Agra – The Land Of Taj Mahal

After Bharatpur, the Palace on Wheels Train takes you to Agra on the same day. This is the last tourist destination of Palace on Wheels.

About Agra

Agra is a historic place and most importantly, the place of the World Wonder, Taj Mahal. This city is located 204 km away from Delhi. It is located in Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the most common tourist destinations in the country. During most of the time in history, Agra had been the capital of Mughal empire than Delhi. You can find numerous Mughal styled architectures in this city. This city is located on the western bank of the soothing river Yamuna. Agra is also famous for marble based handicrafts.

Sightseeing in Agra

The first and foremost tourist attraction in Agra is Taj Mahal. It is a marble mausoleum which was built by Shah Jahan, a Mughal emperor. It was built in memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Agra fort or the red fort is an important tourist attraction. It is a building made up of red sandstone and marble. It took two generations to build this fort. Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula is a fortified garden on the side of river bank, it is the first tomb of the country that was built with marble completely. Jami Masjid is a wonderful example of Iranian architecture. Sikandra has Akbar’s tomb. It is on the way to Delhi. Rambagh is also an important tourist destination near the tomb of Idmad-ud-daulah. Dayal Bagh is a marble temple which is 100 years old.
Apart from these monuments, Agra is very famous for shopping. You can find numerous handicrafts and souvenirs made with marbles and silver.

Agra getaways

Agra is a small city. This indicates that there are many important cities around it at a very short distance. Mathura is an important Hindu pilgrim spot and craft centre. A little away from Mathura lies Vrindavan which is a beautiful garden and pilgrim spot. Other important tourist destinations are Gokul, Govardhan and Bhandirvan. These cities are all associated with Sri Krishna, God of Hindus. Keetham lake is located 23 km away from Agra and it is a beautiful lake with Surdas reserved forest for spotting some water birds and fishes. FetehpurSikri is located 39 km from Agra and it is a sandstone city of Mughal which is almost in ruins today. Ferozabad is located 44 km away from Agra and is very famous for glass products. Aligarh is a renowned place for lock making in the country.