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Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal - Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World is in Agra and so it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India not only for domestic but also for foreign travelers. Agra located in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh forms the Golden Triangle of Indian tourism with Jaipur and Delhi .


The art and culture of this historic city are not only spectacular, but are also reflection of the imaginative talents of the Indian population during the grand past. The city is the houses of many ancient temples, forts, mosques, tombs, mausoleums and historical monuments. The city is famous for its own exceptional style of traditional paintings, folk music, folk dances and embroideries.


Taj Mahal is more than just a mausoleum - it is has been described by the poet Rabindranath Tagore as a "teardrop on the cheek of eternity". As an expression of the height of the Mughal dynasty's architectural genius in the Indian subcontinent, as the symbol of a bereaved emperor's love for his empress, and as an inspiration to countless photographers and artists who have tried to capture its many subtle nuances of light and shade, the Taj Mahal continues to captivate people worldwide with its history, its design, and its symbolism of eternal love.


The world famous seven wonders of world the Taj Mahal, popular as the personification of love, was built by Emperor Shah jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal is the most visited tourist attraction of India because it looks the same from all four sides. 20,000 craftsmen from Italy, Persia and Turkey were engaged on the construction of the Taj Mahal by the bank of the river Yamuna which started in 1632 and was completed in 1653. The Taj Mahal is flanked by two smaller red stone buildings, one a mosque and the other a rest house.


Like any other temple in India here also you need to put a cloth around your feet in order to enter the mausoleum. It can be available on rent with a small fee from shops just before the stairs leading to the tomb. Taj Mahal has a very fine marble carvings ornamented with several precious and semiprecious stones of several colors. It was in 1983 that the famous Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aside from the Taj Mahal, Agra has two other UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Agra Fort and FatehpurSikri. Taj Mahal in the night is a sight to behold but entry is restricted.


Timings:
Taj mahal is opened all days except on Friday it was opened between 06:00 am to 06:00 pm.


Entry fee:
Below mentioned are the entry fees for Indians, and the foreigners. Camera charges and other charges only if applicable.

  • Domestic Adult: 20
  • Foreigner: 750
  • SAARC Nation: 510

Agra fort

Agra fort In 1565 Agra fort was specially made by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar. During the rule of Shah Jahan's, the red sandstone fort was transformed into a palace and widely repaired with marble and pietradura inlay.

The fort is semi-circular shaped, flattened on the east with a long, nearly straight wall facing the river. Renowned buildings in the fort are the Pearl Mosque, Diwan-e-Am, Diwan-e-Khas (public and private audience halls), Jahangir's Palace, Khas Mahal, Shish Mahal and the Musammam Burj.

Timings: Agra fort is opened all days from 6:00 am to 5:30 pm.

Entry Fee: For Indians the entry fee is Rs.20 but for foreigners the entry fee is Rs.300.

Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb

Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb This Mughal Mausoleum was built at the command of Noor Jahan (wife of Jahangir) in the memory of her father Mirza Ghiyas Bagh, who was honored with the title of Itmad-ud-Daula (pillar of the state). This is where the mausoleum took its name from.

The walls of the mausoleum are built in white marble and embedded with semi precious stones. The cenotaphs of both the father and mother of Noor Jahan lay side by side in the tomb.

Timings: It is opened all days from sunrise to sunset.

Entry Fee: For Indians the entry fee is Rs.10 but for foreigners the entry fee is Rs. 110.

Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri Fatehpur Sikri was founded by the great Mughal emperor Akbar, in the year 1569, and is used as the capital of the Mughal Empire during the years 1571-1585. Earlier it was named as Fateh which means victory; later on it was known as Fatehpur Sikri. It was home for the birth of navaratnas (9 jewels). It is the symbol of renowned Mughal architecture with unique designs and artworks. The building was made of red stones and Akbar planned to renew the Persian court splendors made by his ancestor Timur, but ultimately it came through as the classic Indian embellishments.

Soon after its completion Fatehpur Sikri was deserted because of insufficient water due to natural reasons and was further triggered by the closeness of the Rajputana areas. city is a beautiful piece of art that surrounds brilliant works by great minds of the strong Mughal period influenced by the emperors.


Timings: It is opened all days from sunrise to sunset.

Entry Fee: For Indians the entry fee is Rs.20 but for foreigners the entry fee is Rs.260.

Akbar's Tomb

Akbar's Tomb Akbar Tomb was built in 1605-1613 exclusively for the great Mughal emperor. Covered in 119 acres area the work of the tomb was initiated by Akbar himself in 1600 as per the Tartary tradition. About a kilometer away lays the tomb of Miriam, Akbar's wife in the suburbs of the Akabar Tomb. The southern gate which is very much similar to the Taj Mahal has 4 white marble chhatri and the gate serves as the entrance to the tomb. There is a wall of 105sq m which surrounds the tomb.

There is a fake tomb which is located in the marble pavilion placed inside a 4 tier pyramid building while the true tomb is safely kept in the basement. The building is made up of red sandstones with touches of white marble. The tomb is one of India's greatest assets and is an attractive tourist spot.


Timings: It is opened all days from sunrise to sunset.

Entry Fee: For Indians the entry fee is Rs.10 but for foreigners the entry fee is Rs110.

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid Jama Masjid was built in the 1648s, by Shah Jahan in the memory of her favorite daughter. Jama Masjid stands facing the Agra fort and neglects the Agra Fort Railway Station in India. To build the Agra Fort Railway Station, the octagonal Tripolia Chowk was destroyed. The main entrance is on the eastern side. The prayer chamber is decorated with slender turrets with alternate kiosks. Among the three Masjid’s Jama Masjid is the largest dome, crowning the sanctuary.

The portico of the central portal has Persian inscriptions on white marble inland with black stones, in praise of Shah Jahan and Jahanara, his daughter. It took 5,000 workers a period of 6 years to complete the magnificent building and the building is made up of red sandstone and marble. It stands on a high plinth and has 5 arched entrances leading to the courtyard.


Moti Masjid

Moti Masjid Moti Masjid is one of the holy places in Agra. Famous as pearl white, Moti Masjid was built by Shah Jahan to make the court members worship. Its artwork and beauty stamps the rich craftsmanship of India. Moti Masjid was built between the years 1648 and 1654 with a total cost of Rs.1, 60,000. It is made of 12 arches facing from the North, East and South. The main entrance is located on the eastern side, and the prayer chamber is decorated with complicated designs adding glory to it.

It is unique in its own way, with Hindu style kiosks which decorate the parapet. Consisting of 7 bays, it boasts of its white marble luxury. The Moti Masjid stands on grounds that slope from east to west. The sanctuary is sheltered by 3 bulbous sized domes.


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