Agra Tour Packages — History of Mughal Emperors
Agra is a place with the best destinations, that’s why most of the people want to avail Agra Tour Packages. But, before going to select the tour packages, you must know some facts, some pros, and cons about Agra. Agra is a city that lies on the shore of the River Yamuna, in Uttar Pradesh, India. The city is 378 kilometers away from Lucknow from the west point. It is 206 Kilometers away from the south of New Delhi and 125 kilometers from Gwalior. Agra is a crowded place, it comes on the top cities that are populous in Uttar Pradesh. Also, it is the 26th most populous city in India.
Agra is present on the elevation of 171 meters. The city is important for tourist’s traveling towards India. Because the city holds main tourist’s attractions from the Mughal era – Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpūr Sikrī. These buildings depict the historical background of Agra and the culture of Mughal Era. All of these three buildings are UNESCO World Heritage sites. The nickname of the city is “Akbarabad – The Taj City.”
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Reasons to Visit Agra
Agra is mainly famous for the monuments built by Mughal Dynasty. Some of them are discussed below so that before availing Agra Tour Packages, you must collect the information about the city
Explore the Beauty of Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal is a favorite tourist’s spot throughout the world. The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan dedicated his mausoleum to his beloved wife Mumtaz. Taj Mahal is one of the new seven wonders of the world. It is one of the UNESCO world’s heritage site. Due to this monument, Agra is known as the City of Taj. The construction of Taj Mahal was completed in 1653, now it is the final resting place of Mumtaz Mahal. The construction took 22 years for its completion, 20,000 workers took part in its creation. The beautiful gardens and the marble work makes it the most beautiful monument in the world. It is on the bank of the river Yamuna, adorned with Persian architecture.
At the gate of Taj Mahal, there are twenty-two domes that reflect the years of its completion. The most elegant dome is that of Mumtaz Mahal, which is 60 feet in diameters and 80 feet high. The verses of Quran are emblazoned on its gate and inside of the building. After the death of Shah Jahan, his son Aurangzeb built the tomb of Shah Jahan in Taj Mahal. Nowadays, people from all over the world come here to see the beautiful building.
Discover the History of Agra Fort
The Agra Fort was specially made on the conquering of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, the great in 1565. It is also a world’s heritage site according to UNESCO. The fort was actually built before 1000, but later Akbar renovated it. It just looks like the Delhi Fort due to the stonework. During the time of Shah Jahan, the fort was converted into a palace and reworked with marble and pietra dura inlay. The most attracting parts of the fort are Pearl Mosque, also known as Moti Masjid, Diwan-e-Am, and Diwan-e-Khas, which is the place for accommodating the private and public audience. Other than this, Jahangir’s Palace, Shish Mahal (Mirrored Palace), Khas Mahal, and Musamman Burj are also noteworthy.
The exterior of the fort depicts the inner paradise and due to its serene and peaceful environment, it looks like a paradise. The shape o the fort is nearly crescent, with a straight wall facing the river from the east side. Its perimeter is about 2.4 kilometers. The architecture of the fort shows the history and culture of North India. This makes its difference with South India – where most of the forts are built on the seabed. In short, Agra Fort makes Agra Tour Packages worth availing.
Fatehpur Sikri – The Tomb Reflecting the Victory of Mughal Emperor
35 kilometers from Agra — the Mughal Akbar moved his capital to Fatehpur Sikri. Later, the area was full of the significant building with remarkable history and worth seeing architecture.it is also one the World’s heritage site and it is famous among the visitors for tourism. The fort was named after the place of battle, Sikri in which the Mughal Emperor Babar defeated Rana Sanga. Akbar wished to make Sikri his headquarters but due to lack of water, he has to shift towards Agra Fort.
The “Buland Darwaza”, ‘the lofty gateway’ in Fatehpur Sikri, is a symbol of the victory of great Mughal emperor, Akbar in 1601 CE. To approach the Buland Darwaza, you have to move 52 steps. The Buland Darwaza is 35 Meters wide and 53.74 meters high. The gateway is made up of sandstone, decorated with black and white marbles inlay. Watching this Buland Darwaza makes Agra Tour Packages more interesting.
Visit Akbar’s Tomb at Sikandra
On Delhi-Agra Highway, at Sikandra is the last resting place of Akbar the great, a Mughal Emperor. It is just 13 kilometers away from Agra Fort, so you can visit both of them in a single day. Akbar Tomb is a just perfect monument, that reflects the completeness of the Akbar’s personality. In the lush green garden of the tomb, deer, rabbits, and langurs wander here and there amusing the visitors. The best thing about this is that Akbar himself selected this place for his tomb and also planned his tomb himself. Thus, the tomb reflects the nature of Akbar and his interest. To build the tomb in the lifetime was once the Turkic culture which Akbar followed in his life. The 99 names of Allah inscribed on the tomb, that reflects the religious belief of Akbar.
Sightseeing Attractions in Agra
Every place holds the key that attracts the visitors from all around the world. Likewise, Agra has many tourists attractions that make the Agra Tour Packages most memorable one, some of them in my list are below, that you must visit during your tour to Agra
- Taj Mahal
- Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah.
- Mehtab Bagh
- Jama Mosque, Agra
- Agra Fort
- Akbar’s Tomb
- Chini ka Rauza
- Aram Bagh
- Moti Masjid
- Tomb of Mariam-uz-Zamani
- Musamman Burj
- Jama Mosque, Fatehpur Sikri
Hotel Booking in Agra
Booking of the hotel is the first and foremost responsibility of the travelers. Thus, book your hotel in Agra now, before you reach Agra to avoid any difficulty in arrival. Some of the best hotels in my opinion in Agra are as below:
- Hotel Sidhartha
- Sai Home Stay
- Ray of Maya Hotel
- Hotel Taj Resorts
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Agra
You can access your destination via airways, railways, and roads as well. The Taj International Airport connects the city to the world. After landing at Agra, head towards your hotel via taxis or public transport, which includes rickshaws and buses. The main bus stands area in Agra includes Idgah Bus Stand, Taj Depot, Ford Depot, Inter State Bus Stand. The fare for the bus is constant, while you have to negotiate your fare with rickshaw or auto-rikshaw drivers. You can also ride on Tempo, which goes on a selected route having a constant fare rate.
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