Tourist Attractions in Agra
No-where in India is Mughal architecture so evident as in the fascinating city of Agra. From the magnificent Taj Mahal to numerous other monumental marvels, Agra has it all. The other spectacles are somewhat faded in the background because of the beauty of the Taj but this fact however doesn't lessen their appeal. The colossal red sandstone structure of Agra Fort is a famed tourist destination in Agra and a must visit on Tourist Attractions in Agra. Akbar primarily built it as a military structure and initiated its construction in 1565. Shah Jahan upgraded it to a palace. It was finally made into a prison
The Diwan-I-Am & Diwan-I-Khas are the halls of Public Audiences. Shah Jahan used Diwan-I-Am for domestic government business while Diwan-I-Khas was reserved for important dignitaries or foreign ambassadors. Akbar is said to have built Jehangir's Palace for his son. It was the largest private residence in the fort and displays an interesting blend of Hindu and Central Asian Architectural styles.
Opposite the bank of the Yamuna, north of the fort, is the exquisite Itimad-ud-Daulah - the tomb of Mirza Bhiyas Beg, who was the Chief Minister of Jehangir and whose daughter, Nur Jahan, wife of Jehangir, later constructed the tomb. It is also popular as Baby Taj as the carvings on this monument is said to be equivalent and even better than Taj Mahal. Akbar's Mausoleum, just 4 kms to the northwest of Agra whose construction was initiated by Akbar himself blending Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Christian motifs and styles, lies in the centre of a peaceful garden at Sikandrabad.
Across the train tracks from Delhi Gate of Agra Fort is the Jama Masjid, built by Shah Jahan in 1648 and can be reached through the alleyways of colorful Kinari Bazar. The Rambagh and Dayalbagh Gardens and the Chini ka Rauza are the major historic sights that you can see on Tours to Agra.
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