When it comes to visiting top tourist cities in India, importance of Agra city can’t be ignored. Apart from being renowned for its marvelous Taj Mahal, Agra city is also famous for various other tourist attractions. It is among the most ancient cities in the country. Even in epic Mahabharata, this city is mentioned. So, if you are planning to see the wonders on earth, you should not forget visiting at Agra city. This might be a reason why there are various Agra city tour packages available to choose from. But before leaving your home, you should first know about the top tourist places to visit in Agra.

However, you can visit this city round the year, but the best time to visit here is from October to March.  It is only 238km distance from Delhi, the capital city of India and about 234km far from Jaipur, the pink city. Delhi-Agra tour packages are high in demand. Let’s check out top tourist attractions in Agra.

Taj Mahal

When it comes to exploring the beauty of top tourist attractions in India, significance of Taj Mahal can’t be underestimated. It is positioned among the top seven wonders in the world. If you want to witness the outstanding beauty of this white marbled structure, you should not forget heading towards Agra city. Most of the visitors or tourists love visiting India just because to unveil the amazing architectural beauty of this amazing Mughal-era building.

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Taj Mahal, Agra, India | © Yann Forget / Wikimedia Commons, via Wikimedia Commons

Mughal king Shah Jahan constructed this amazing structure in the memory of his lovely wife called Mumtaz Mahal. This historical structure is a fine example of Mughal and Persian architecture. It is completely made of white marble stones. Whether it is about witnessing the beauty of interior or exterior, you always find it a great specimen of amazing architecture. There are various verses from the sacred Islamic book Quran depicted inside the building complex.

Agra Fort

Another key tourist attraction in Agra city is Agra Fort. It is also renowned as Red Fort. It is made of red sandstone. It is another grand piece of Mughal-era architecture. This Fort was constructed during the 16th century. Visitors, who are going to see the beauty of Taj Mahal, need to visit at this fort, which is situated adjacent to the great wonder on earth. This giant fort has various walls that surround for about two kilometers area. Moreover, inside this fort, tourists can see different types of amazing structures such as Khas Palace and Jahangir Palace. Moreover, Diwan-e-Khas is the major attraction inside Agra Fort. Under the rule of Mughal Emperor Akbar, Agra Fort was constructed in the year of 1565. It is located at the bank of famous river Yamuna. There are various gates available to enter into this grand fort such as Amar Singh Gate, Delhi Gate, Hathi Pol, etc.

A full view of Agra Fort, UP, India.

A full view of Agra Fort, UP, India.

Jama Masjid or Mosque

If you want to visit top tourist places to visit in the city of Agra, you should not forget visiting at Jama Masjid or Mosque. Earlier, this mosque was called Masjid Jahan Numa. Mughal king Shah Jahan constructed this Islamic worship building in Agra. The construction work of the mosque took five years to be completed. The best part of this amazing structure in Agra is its architecture.

Fatehpur Sikri, Agra

If you want to visit top historic places or structures in and around Agra city, you must visit at Fatehpur Sikri. Mughal king Akbar founded this city. Fatehpur Sikri used to be the capital city for Mughal emperor. Later the capital city was shift to Agra. There are various tourist attractions at Fatehpur Sikri such as harems, gardens and utility structures, and yes mosques.

View of the present Fatehpur Sikri | uttar pradesh | By Pablo Nicolás Taibi Cicaré from León, Spain [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

View of the present Fatehpur Sikri | uttar pradesh

Itmad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb

When it comes to visiting top tombs of Mughal era in Agra city, importance of Itmad-ud-Daulah’s tomb can’t be neglected. This Mughal-era mausoleum is considered among the top monuments in the city. It is among the top tourist attractions in Uttar Pradesh, India. This tomb is often called as “Baby Taj Mahal”. The interior of this tomb has various resemblances of Taj Mahal. It is certainly a must-visit tourist attraction in Agra.

Akbar’s Tomb

If you want to unveil the mystery of various top Mughal era masterpieces, you should not forget visiting at Akbar’s tomb. The famous Akbar’s tomb covers an area of around 119 acres. The tomb is situated at the grounds of famous Sikandra. Here, one point should be noted that King Akbar himself initiated the construction of this tomb during 1600. Later the construction work of this tomb was completed by his son called King Jahangir. It is a four-tiered building with pyramid-like shape.

Moti Mosque

Moti Masjid or Moti Mosque is constructed by King Shah Jahan. This Islamic mosque is also known as “Pearl Mosque”. If you want to see one of the best architectural wonders in the city, you should not forget visiting at Moti Masjid. Do you know why it is called pearl mosque? Actually, the key reason behind its name is that it shines like a pearl when it gets in touch with sunrays. This grand mosque was constructed during 1648 to 1654. Marble pillars, pearly white interior and amazing marble tank in the mosque make it an outstanding piece of Mughal-era architecture.

Sikandra Fort

The famous tomb of Emperor Akbar is situated inside the renowned Sikandra Fort. This Mughal-era structure is built using red sandstone. It is situated at a place known as Sikandra. This fort is a fine example of Muslim-Hindu architecture in the city. The grand fort is positioned amidst the lush greenery i.e. gardens. It is enclosed in total four walls, and yes each side of fort wall has one colossal gate. If you want to see a Mughal era building with lots of architectural work, natural beauty and amazing design, you shouldn’t forget visiting at Sikandra Fort. Garden, fountains and incredible water channels make it an outstanding piece of Mughal-era architecture and design.

Jodha Bai Ka Rauza

When it comes to unveiling the history of great Mughal king Akbar, importance of his beloved wife Jodha Bai can’t be underestimated. Jodha Bai Ka Rauza is a simple but eye-catching structure in the city. It is located adjacent to famous Jahangiri Mahal. The best part of this building is that you can witness the beauty of Taj Mahal through various slits in the wall. It is a fine example of Gujarati and Rajasthani architecture. It is situated in Fatehpur Sikri.

Mehtab Bagh

It is a garden type of complex situated adjacent to the Agra Fort and Taj Mahal. It can be seen at the bank of river Yamuna in Agra city. It is a Charbagh-kind planned Mughal garden. This square-shaped amazing land covers an area of around 300 x 300 m. However, there were various gardens designed at the bank of river Yamuna, but it is the only remaining garden of that era. Under the aegis of first Mughal emperor Babur, this garden was designed.

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