A visit to
Taj Mahal Agra image courtsey: gotchance.com
Taj’s own land.
On the banks of River Yamuna.
The City of Agra is in the State of Uttar Pradesh, on the banks of River Yamuna, is 82 sq. k m in area, and has a population of 1.4 million, it is at an altitude of about 169 meters above sea level and about 204 kilometers south of India’s capital New Delhi. It is some what a quieter town when compared to
Begins from Ptolemy.
Written history starts with Ptolemy’s records were
The Agra Fort is a massive 2.5 Kilometer structure in red sand-stone built by Akbar in 1565. It was originally built as a military cantonment but the lavish style associated with the Mughals designed it so; that it can excel even palaces. Later Shah Jehan made many additions to it like Diwan i Khas, Diwan i Am,
Diwan i Khas is an addition made by Shah Jehan where the famous Pea-cock Throne was placed before it was taken to
Diwan i Am is made in marble with exquisite floral motifs was used as a place where the Emperor addressed public grievances.
Octagonal Towers was built by Shah Jehan and it was in this place Shah Jehan spent his last days from where he could see Taj Mahal, it is said that in his sun-set time he used to shed tears simply by staring at Taj (Shah Jehan was a virtual prisoner of his own son).
Sheesh Mahal is also is a delight for the visitors among many other sights in this Fort of historical importance.
Fatehpur Sikri built by Akbar in 1571 is just 37 kilometers from Agra was originally built as the capital of the Mughal Empire, the fort made of red sand-stone, administrative complexes, residential facilities all were built but the town-ship could not sustain as water was scarce and the entire complex was later discarded and the capital changed to Lahore.
Fatehpur Sikri is now a ghost town; a complex for tourists to visit and see the remnants of what used to be palaces, residential complexes and the Fort that has not undergone any damages. The sunset over the remnants of this ghost town is so graceful that people watch it with awe.
Diwan i Khana (treasury), Diwan i Khas (where Akbar’s throne was placed), Diwan i Am (place for public audience) etc are of places that evokes memory of a bygone era.
Akber’s Tomb is only 4 km from
Soami Bagh Samadh in Dayal Bagh is a tall structure for the memory of Swamiji Soami Maharaj the promoter of Radha Soami faith which had many followers.
Itmad Ud Daula’s Tomb was built by Nur Jahan for her father Ghias ud Din Beigh her father.
Mariam’s Tomb is the mausoleum of Akbar’s Christian wife Mariam.
Ram bagh, Chini ka Rauza, Jama Masjid etc are all of historical importance and worth seeing. A family determined to cover all locations in