Home to the icon of Mughal architecture, The Taj Mahal, Agra in the northern part of India is
accessible both from Delhi and Jaipur and is a must-visit for lovers of Indian history and ancient
architecture. Located on the bank of the River Yamuna, there is a rich collection of tourist places in
Agra that you can visit other than the Taj Mahal.
Which are the places to visit in Agra?
No visit to Agra can be complete without visiting the famous places in Agra such as the Taj Mahal
and the Agra Fort. However, through this article, you will also read about other tourist attractions in
Agra that you probably did not know, along with the famous sites and attractions.
Located on the banks of the Yamuna, the magnificent Taj Mahal remains among the
must-visit places to see in Agra. Declared World Heritage site in 1983, this monument of love
between Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, is a treat to watch during the day and night (especially full
moon nights). Built at a cost of over 30 million rupees (in the years 1632-1653), Taj Mahal has 4
surrounding minarets that are slightly tilted outwards to prevent them from falling on the main
Also referred to as the Red Fort, Agra Fort was commissioned during Akbar’s rule in the year 1565 but was reworked from its original red sandstone construction to be laid with marble and parchinkari works during Shah Jahan’s rule. Located close to the Taj Mahal, this fort encloses notable buildings in its interiors including the Pearl Mosque, Dīwān-e-‘Ām & Dīwān-e-Khās, and Jahangir’s Palace, making it one of the most famous places in Agra.
One of India’s first Mughal tomb to be made completely out of marble, the 21-meter high Itmad-Ud-Daulah represents the sheer magnificence of Mughal architecture and is considered among the top places to visit in Agra. Decorated with white marble from Rajasthan and semi-precious stones such as cornelian, topaz, and jasper, this tomb was built by Empress Nur Jahan and was dedicated to her father, Mirza Ghiyas Beg.
Located at a distance of 35 kilometers from Agra, the city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar, who even moved his Mughal capital to this place for a short time. One of the best places to visit when in Agra, Fatehpur Sikri has a number of tourist attractions such as the 54-meter tall Buland Darwaza, Birbal’s House, and the Jama Masjid.
Another tourist attraction in Agra is Akbar’s tomb residing in a land space of around 119 acres. Commissioned by Emperor Akbar himself in the year 1600, the construction of the tomb was completed by his son, Jahangir. Inscribed with the 99 names of Allah, this beautiful sandstone tomb is carved with images of deer, rabbits, and langurs.
While you are visiting Akbar’s tomb, you can also marvel at the rich architecture of the Sikandara Fort, which encloses Akbar’s tomb. Made of deep red sandstone, Sikandara Fort is situated amidst a large garden, which is divided into 4 distinct portions. In addition to the rich artistry, Sikandara Fort offers landscape garden, water fountains, and water channels to its visitors, making it among the best places to visit in Agra.
One of the top places to visit in Agra, the Jama Masjid is a historic mosque, located in the Chandni Chowk market of Agra. This mosque is dedicated to Princess Jahanara Begum, Shah Jahan’s daughter, and was built in the year 1648. It is renowned for the unusual dome shape and can accommodate over 25,000 people.
Moti Masjid (or Pearl Mosque)
Located in the Agra Fort, Moti Masjid was built during the rule of Shah Jahan. This architectural wonder is also known as the Pearl Mosque as its exteriors shine like a pearl in bright sunshine. Built during the year 1648 to 1652, Moti Masjid is erected on sloping ground and is among the best tourist attractions in Agra.
One of the oldest gardens in India, Ram Bagh (originally known as Aram Bagh or Garden of relaxation) was built by Emperor Babur in the year 1528 on the banks of the Yamuna river. Located to the north of the Taj Mahal, Ram Bagh was designed to keep it cool even during peak summer days. For nature and garden lovers, this is among the must-visit tourist places in Agra.
Jodha Bai Ka Rauza
This palace of one of Akbar’s queens, Jodha Bai, is located in the vicinity of the Jahangiri Mahal. Located in the city of Fatehpur Sikri, the palace architecture is a combination of Rajasthani and Gujarati designs. The palace also has wall slits through which you can also see the Taj Mahal.
There are numerous other places to visit in Agra such as the Chīnī kā Rauza, dedicated to Shah Jahan, and the Mariam tomb, dedicated to Mariam, the Christian wife of Emperor Akbar, making Agra a must-return travel destination.
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