Tajmahal India | Visit Taj mahal in Agra | Palaces and Forts in India | Agra, India
Agra, the home of iconic Taj Mahal, is a city in Western Uttar Pradesh, also known for the home of Mughals. My Agra trip was based on most historical places like Taj Mahal and other forts & palaces in the nearby district like Fatehpur Sikri.
From New Delhi, we started our road trip in the morning and it took us approx 4 hours to reach there. Also, the highway connectivity is really convenient and time-saving. The routes to chose are multiple and most of them are convenient. One entire day is enough to see the entire city.
On reaching the world famous, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal, I don’t know why but my heart literally skipped a beat as it was an extraordinarily stunning view. Also, it is considered one of the world’s most symmetrical structure. It is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the river Yamuna in the city Agra It was commissioned in 1632 by Shah Jahan, a Mughal Emperor (reigned from 1628 to 1658), to house the tomb of Mumtaz, his favourite wife. After Shah Jahan died his tomb was also made next to Mumtaz’s.
The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 & one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage. In 2007, it was declared a winner of the New 7 Wonders of The World.
Entering the tomb, there is a dome over the tombs of Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz. Their actual tomb is in lower levels. Taj Mahal has 4 minarets around it. Many doors in this huge structure are closed for the tourists as ordered by the government.
From there we went to a fort near to Taj Mahal, which is Agra Fort, the residence of Mughal emperors before the shifting of Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi.
From there we went to Fatehpur Sikri, a city to the west of Agra & actually very close to it too, located in Agra district known for its Buland Darwaza a.k.a. The Gate of Victory, made by Akbar on the account of the victory over Gujarat. In fact, from the top floors of this fort, the Taj Mahal can be viewed at a distance.
So this was my blog from Agra and the places around it. It included not only The gorgeous Taj Mahal but also the forts close to it.