PLACES TO VISIT MORE THAN JUST TAJ MAHAL IN AGRA
When visiting Agra, surely Taj Mahal is the first and top most places to visit in Agra tour but as a traveler who has spent enough time in the city of Taj, I can tell you there is lot of other things to see and much fun stuff to do in Agra than just visit the Taj Mahal. There are various planners available online and on Trip Advisor which provide pickup and drop-offs at desired locations with comfortable stays and commute between different destinations in Agra. Incredible Taj is one such travel company which lets you choose from various packages with same day Agra tour, two day tours and even a heritage walk through Agra if you are more of an adventurer. Choose the tour best suited to you and relax in the leisure of the city Agra.
There are even many ways you can visit experience The Taj Mahal, like never before and skip the mundane and time consuming waiting ques and over bearing crowd with Incredible Taj. These amazing travel planners let you see the Taj Mahal in the early morning at sunrise making your visit to Taj a lifetime experience. Enjoy the beauty of Taj bathing in the soft sun rays of early morning with less crowd and get amazing photographs. You don’t even need to worry about the drivers or guides at that time of the hour because professional planners at Incredible Taj has got it all covered for you. With them, you just need to sit back and enjoy the city of Agra.
Another marvel monument that is worth visiting while spending vacations in Agra is Agra Fort. This majestic, splendor monument is the reflection of the grandeur and strength of the Mughal Era that once ruled the entire nation. Its mighty walls of red sandstones and large iron gates takes you back to that moment in history where the dynasty of the Mughal rulers was at its peak. Click a great many pictures and learn about the history of both Taj Mahal and Agra Fort from the Incredible Taj’s professional tour guides who accompany you at every spot.
Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah
Agra is much more than the city of just Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, many other significant monuments which are as significant and beautiful although less famous but worth visiting whilst in Agra. Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah is another such Mughal mausoleum in the city of Agra which is often called as “ Baby Taj” because it is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal.
You can also visit the great red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri; the third world heritage site, also called as “the city of Victory” built by the Great Mughal Emperor; Akbar. Lots of spots and monuments in Fatehpur Sikri are included in the tours offered by the Incredible Taj such as Buland Darwaza, Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chishti, Panch Mahal, Birbal’s palace and many more.
- Buland Darwaza: the Buland Darwaza at Fatehpur Sikri is 55 meters high, from the outside, gradually making a transition to a human scale in the inside. Built as a victory arch, to commemorate Akbar‘s successful Gujarat campaign. It presents you a grand entrance to the beautiful courtyard of Jama Masjid.
- Jama Masjid: It is a mosque and perhaps one of the first buildings to be constructed in the complex, with the Buland-Darwaza as a massive entrance to the courtyard. The large central mihrab is covered by a dome which is decorated with fine and beautiful white marble inlay, in geometric patterns which you can look at for hours straight.
- Tomb of Salim Chishti: A white marble encased tomb of the Sufi saint, Salim Chisti, within the Jama Masjid’s courtyard. It is built around a central square chamber, within which is the grave of the saint. Surrounding it is a covered passageway with stone pierced screens all around with the intricate geometric design, all made of striking white marble just like the Taj Mahal.
Visit the Old Bazaars and get Henna Tattoos
Visiting all the monuments all day as much as exciting and thrilling it is can also be exhausting and tiring. But Agra has many old bazaars and markets for you to go on a shopping spree buying the unique handicrafts of exquisite workmanship at reasonable rates. Get the intricate handicrafts made out of marble and wood. Take home the unique beautiful souvenirs from the artistic city of Taj from” Munshi” Ganeshi Lal & Son.
Ever heard of Zardozi craft? It’s the art of embroidery on precious clothes with extremely thin threads and semi-precious stones which are embroidered in such a way to give it a 3D effect. This art is present in Agra since ages and you can get various Zardozi wall hangings and sceneries to adorn your house at Munshi Ganeshi Lal & Son, Agra. They have the best collection at reasonable rates with even a demonstration of how the artifacts are made.
Get your hands dyed in Henna tattoos and enjoy the true meaning of spending vacations in Agra. You can try various street foods of Indian cuisines and enjoy the old streets of Agra market.
Now, you have enough options to choose from as to how to spend your vacations in Agra city and making the most of the time while in the city. Visit All Agra sightseeing places and get lost in the historic city with a rich artistic and food culture.