The magnificent marble structure Taj Mahal, which is a symbol of love has put India on the international map of tourism.
The former capital of Hindustan, Agra is built on the banks of river Yamuna. Although it was ruled by many hindu and ambitious muslim rulers, the Nawabs’ of Agra have left their footprint here with the most magnificent architecture of their times.
For those who are expecting only the mughal architecture, the history of the city with its five temples and its mention in the hindu epic Mahabharata comes as a pleasant surprise. The city was earlier called as Agravena in the Mahabharata and later became to be known as Agra during the Mughal era. Tourists visiting this place must come with enough time and enthusiasm as there are numerous places of interest to visit.
( Secrets Of TheTaj Mahal- National Geographic )
The first and foremost is the Taj Mahal which was built during the reign of Shah Jahan. It is the mausoleum for his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal. Built by a Persian architect, the minarets and the landscape around it are one of the best sight to a visitor. This is one of the three World Heritage sites in Agra.
Another of the world heritage sites here is the Agra Fort or the Red Fort. Built earlier, the fort was renovated during the time of Akbar in 1565. The red sandstone structure houses the Pearl Mosque or the Moti Masjid, Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Musamman Burj.
Fatehpur Sikri about 35 kms from Agra was built by Emperor Akbar. Though he wanted to make it the capital city, scarcity of water did not allow him to do so. The Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s tomb built by his daughter Nur Jahan is also called the ‘Baby Taj’ as its structure has many things which resembles the Taj Mahal.
We visited the ‘Taj Mahal’ during our recent family vacation trip, in the first week of December 2015.
(Article Source; Thrillophilia.com )