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Agra Tours within a Budget

Agra, the city of Taj, is widely renowned for its three world heritage monuments – Taj Mahal, Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. The Taj Mahal of India is one of the world heritage sites of UNISCO reflecting the finest example of Mughal architecture comprising elements from Persian, Turkish, Indian and Islamic. Sited on the bank of the Yamuna River, the structure of Taj Mahal has inspired musicians, poets and painters to captivate magical words and inspiration for centuries. Agra tour takes you on the romantic vacation which will let you enjoy a symbol of love, Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal is undoubtedly a star attraction of this city that is remained the sweet memories of Mughal Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz. She was died in 1631 while conceiving the 14th child and at that moment he made a wish to construct an exceptional building, thus it has established. The total time was spent to construct it is 22 years with a thousands of workers. The total material was inlaid with imported White marbles that still glitters at evening in the rays of moon.
The word Agrevana was mentioned in Mahabharata to describe the city. This city was created by Raja Badal Singh and the evidence of this theory can be found in ruins of Badalgarh fort. During medieval period, it has become the hub of attraction of many emperors’ of India and referred as the capital of Mughal emperor. It was produced some historical sites that includes Agra fort, Tamara, Fatehpuri Sikri, I’tnad-ul-lah, Smadhi, Mankameswar temple, Guru Ka Taal, Jama Masjid, Mariam’s tomb, Akbar’s tomb Sikandra, Swami Bagh etc. Agra tours provide you an excellent opportunity to witness all these world heritage sites.

Tourism in Agra is the major basis of income for the people of Agra. Agra Hotels,there are many five-star and the finest hotels established in Agra. One of the best spa resorts of Agra is Kaya-kalp ‘The Royal Spa’ Asia’s that provides all types of spa therapies to the guests. This city is also famous as Leather industry where one can find certain kinds of goods and products of leather. It is the oldest market places of Agra, Agra fort, which is renowned the traditional one in the city. On the contrary, the Kinri bazaar is very popular business centre of the place.

The Best Destinations Around The World

One of the best destinations across the world is the ultimate masterpiece Taj Mahal situated on the bank of Yamuna River in Agra, the city of love. The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan got this monument constructed as promised in the loving memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal after her demise. Mixed with phenomenal beauty, the immense love which was the reason behind its construction, Taj symbolizes eternal love. This white marble richly crafted monument is a tribute to beauty celebrating unconditional love of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to his Persian wife Mumtaz Mahal.

Taj Mahal India : It is a “symbol of eternal love”, narrating love saga of how deeply a man loved his wife, that even after she died, her memory would never fade away. It shines like a pure diamond leaving its viewers awestruck. It’s the synonym of immense beauty which can never be expressed truly. It has mesmerizing vision with visceral charisma depicting pain of a dying soul forming the world’s best love story.

Taj Mahal History : It took 22 years to build this exotic monument with the cost of around 32 crores involving almost 20,000 workers.  It has great architect style, with fusion of Persian, Islamic and Indian architectural style. 99 names of Allah (muslims’ god) are being calligraphed on the sides of tomb of Mumtaz Mahal. The whole complex is being decorated with the passages from Quran (holy book of Muslims) by Amanat khan depicting themes of judgment and truth.

Taj in center with four minarets with the height of 138 ft at each corner stands out as the dazzling one. The entire monument is constructed by white marble that gives eternal beauty and reflects magnificent touch. The entire construction is man- made and represents the best of material from all over the India and Asia such as the white marble from Rajasthan, jasper from Punjab, turquoise from Tibet, jade and crystal from china, lapis lazuli from Afghanistan, sapphire from srilanka, and the carnelian from Arabia.

The tomb is the main attraction of Tajmahal, where cenotaph of Mumtaz mahal is placed at the centre of interior chamber. Mahal is decorated with Islamic style char bagh garden which concludes ashoka tree and others small flowers. Darwaza-i-rauza made up of black stone, adorned with Arabic calligraphy and elaborated geometric designs, is one of the main attractions. On western side of Tajmahal, stands splendid monument of red sandstone, mosque complementing to the beauty of Taj. With Mecca facing, it’s being used for prayer purpose. The elaborated architectural creativity, amusing sculptural works narrates the certainly best tale of never-ending love. The monument of eternal love is a symbol which depicts valuable architectural skills and elegance of royal Mughal Emperor.

The superb decoration, precious gemstones and the transparency of the white marble make it a scenic location. The main gateway is situated at the end of the long watercourse. Disheveled flowers, red lotus, and leaves adore the sloping side of the niche formed by semi-precious marble. And the white tear drop with a red trident at the entry of Taj Mahal makes it appear more dazzling.

Taj reflects different hues with respect to sunlight from yellow in the mornings to sparkling white in the day and a light pink in the twilight dust. The sight of the Taj in full moon light is completely breathtaking. The captivating sight of Taj Mahal is an expedition of delight, cheerfulness and budding love.

As per English poet, Sir Edwin Arnold, Taj Mahal is “Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passion of an emperor’s love wrought in living stones.” Taj Mahal of India has mesmerized many people with its captivating beauty and its beauty can be enclosed in the words of Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore as, “a teardrop on the cheek of eternity”.

 

 

Agra Fort History

Agra Fort is believed to be built over the remains of an ancient site known as Badalgarh (The house of clouds). This belonged to the Lodi Dynasty and was conquered by Babur the Mughal Emperor in the famous battle of Panipat in 1526. Babur was the founder of the Mughal rule in India.

The history begins – Lodi dynasty: The beginning of the history of the Agra Fort is from the Lodi dynasty. After the death of Sikandar Lodi in 1517, his son Ibrahim Lodi held the fort. That time the fort was built of bricks.

Agra fort captured – Mughal dynasty: In the famous battle of Panipat in 1526 Ibrahim Lodi was defeated and killed by Babur, the founder of the Mughal rule in India.

Babur sent his son Humayun to Agra and he captured the fort and seized a vast treasure. The famous diamond ‘Kohinoor’ was one of these treasures. Humayum was coronated here in 1530 A.D.

Agra fort occupied – Sur dynasty: Humayun was defeated in another war with Sher Shah Suri from the Sur dynasty and he occupied the fort of Agra. Sher Shah Suri repaired Badalgarh and the Sur dynasty reigned there until 1655 A.D.

Agra fort re-captured – Mughal dynasty: In 1555 A.D the fort was recaptured by Humayun and the power came in the hands of the Mughal dynasty. After the death of Humayun, his son Akbar made Agra his capital and named it ‘Akbarabad’.

Construction of Agra Fort begins: In 1565 A.D. Badalgarh was demolished and the construction of the famous ‘Red Fort’ or the ‘Agra Fort’ began.

The construction done by:
Akbar: The Emperor Akbar started the construction of the Agra Fort with red sand stone. The ramparts and buildings of the fort were constructed by him in eight years from 1565 A.D. to 1573 A.D.

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DiwanIAm in Agra

The fort of Agra encompasses within its walls the Diwan–I–Am, a famous assembly hall erected between 1631 A.D – 1640 A.D. Diwan–I–Am, also known as the Hall of Public Audience, was re-constructed during the reign of Shah Jahan. The Emperor used this place to address the general public and nobility. He would sit on a throne and dispense justice based on the petitions presented by his ministers.

The importance of Diwan-I-Am: The importance of Diwan-I-Am is unquestionably connected with the importance of the Agra Fort. The powerful fortress encloses Agra, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers with its famous and exquisite buildings. Agra served as the capital of the Mughal emperors from 1526 to 1658 and to present day remains an important tourist destination. In 1983 Agra Fort achieved the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One should not confuse the Agra Fort with the Red Fort at Delhi. The latter has never been referred to as a fort by the Mughals, but was rather called the Red Bungalow.

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