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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Agra Tourism


Agra is home to the internationally famous Taj Mahal and is one of the most famous tourist spots of India. It is located about 204 km south of Delhi in the Indian state of  Uttar Pradesh. Situated on the west bank of river the Yamuna, Agra is the city of tombs and memorials. Agra is known for its Taj Mahotsav (Taj Festival). This cultural festival is held in the month of February every year. The Taj Mahotsav brings traditional Indian music and dance on a single platform for tourists to enjoy. Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodhi. Traditional music, poetic recitals, classical dances and rides on elephants are other highlights. This city reflects a rich culture, heritage and style of architecture of India. There is a lot more location to see, that adds to the charm of the city. Agra is incomplete without savoring and delicious petha.
Taj Mahal

Taj MahalOne of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is widely considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and stands as a symbol of eternal love. Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture. The construction began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, employing thousands of artisans and craftsmen. The tomb is the central focus of the entire complex of the Taj Mahal. The interior chamber of the Taj Mahal steps far beyond traditional decorative elements. Made entirely of white marble and decorated with exquisite pietra dura (stone inlay) work, different types of precious and semi-precious stones were used in the intricate inlay work done on the interior. The complex is set around a large 300-metre (980 ft) square charbagh or Mughal garden. Early accounts of the garden describe its profusion of vegetation, including abundant roses, daffodils, and fruit trees.
 Agra Fort
Agra Fort The city built by Emperor Akbar and beautified with palaces. It is about 2.5 km northwest of its more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled city. It is the most important fort in India. The great Mughals Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb lived here. One enters the fort through the Amar Singh Gate, into the southern part of the fort which includes nearly all the buildings of tourist interest. The fort contains a maze of buildings like; Anguri Bagh, Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, Jahangiri Mahal, Khas Mahal, Musamman Burj. The Agra Fort won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004. The Agra fort is open to visitors from sunrise to sunset.
Itmad-Ud-Daulah - is a Mughal mausoleum in the city of Agra. Sometimes called the 'Baby Taj', the tomb of  Itmad-Ud-Daulah is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. The tomb, built between 1622 and 1628. The mausoleum was commissioned by Nur Jahan the wife of Jahangir, for her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg, who had been given the title ofItmad-Ud-Daulah (pillar of the state)The mausoleum is set in a large cruciform garden criss-crossed by water courses and walkways. The walls are white marble from Rajasthan encrusted with semi-precious stone decorations - cornelian, jasper, lapis lazuli, onyx, and topaz formed into images of cypress trees and wine bottles, or more elaborate decorations like cut fruit or vases containing bouquets.
Sikandra - It is located at Sikandra, in the suburbs of Agra, on the Mathura road (NH2), 8 km WNW of the city center. The Tomb of Akbar the Great is an important Mughal architectural masterpiece, built 1605-1613. The buildings are constructed mainly from deep red sandstone, enriched with features in white marble. Akbar himself planned his own tomb and selected a suitable site for it, after his death, Akbar's son Jahangir completed the construction.
 Ram Bagh
Rambagh Palace 
Ram Bagh - is the oldest Mughal Garden in India, originally built by the Mughal Emperor Babur in 1528, located about five kilometers northeast of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.
The garden is a Paradise garden or Charbagh, where pathways and canals divide the garden to represent the Islamic ideal of paradise, an abundant garden through which rivers flow. The garden has numerous water courses and fountains. The name is a corruption of the Persian Aaram Bagh meaning 'Garden of Rest'. It is also variously known as Bagh-i Nur Afshan 'Light-Scattering Garden', Aalsi Bagh or 'Lazy Garden': according to legend, Emperor Akbar proposed to his third wife, who was a Gardner there, by lying idle for 6 days until she agreed to marry him.

Dayal Bagh
Dayal Bagh - Dayalbagh is a suburb of Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Dayalbagh is the headquarters of the Radhasoami Faith religion. The city is also home to Dayalbagh Educational Institute. The Colony of Dayalbagh, which translates as "Garden of the Merciful," was founded on the Basant Day in 1915 by HuzurSahabji Maharaj. The headquarters of Radhasoami Satsang Sabha are located here. The structure is a blend of mosque, temple and gurudwara architecture. Built in white marble the construction of the lofty structure started on 1904 A.D. and is believed never to be ended. Every year hundreds of devotes come to the place and pay homage to Swami Maharaj.


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