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Fatehpur Sikri

An epic in red sandstone. A city of yesteryears, today lost in the mists of time. Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar during 1564 A.D. A sonless Akbar had gone to Sikri to seek blessings of a muslim Saint Sheikh Salim Chishti and he was blessed with a son. He in gratitude, constructed his capital city and named it Fatehpur Sikri. Later, due to shortage of water and unrest in north-west, Akbar had to abandon this city. The beautiful marble tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti attracts thousands who seek blessings of the revered saint. Other renowned places are Diwan-I-Aam, Diwan-I-Khaas, Buland Darwaza, Panch Mahal, Jodha Bai's Palace and Birbal Bhavan.

Open: Sunrise to sunset.
Distance about : 39kms from Agra City.
Entry fee : Domestic Tourist : 40/- Foreign Tourist : 510/-

Taj Mahal


Emperor Shah Jahan built this white marble mausoleum for his queen Arjumand Bano Begum or Mumtaz Mahal. The building aside, the Taj Mahal is one of the most glorious symbols of love. Great builder that he was, the Emperor commissioned a building that has lasted centuries to remain a thing of rare breathtaking beauty.

The building was commissioned in 1631 and decorated with the landmark technique of intricate marble inlay work. The site was honoured with the prestigious National Heriatge Award. The Taj Mahal regarded as one of the seven wonders of the world is situated on the banks of the River Yamuna and stands at the northern end of formal gardens.

The white marble came from Makrana in Rajasthan and the red sandstone from Fatehpur Sikri. Precious stones like jade, crystal, turquoise, lapis lazuli, sapphire, jade, coral and diamonds were brought from far-flung places in Tibet, China, Sri Lanka, Persia and Afghanistan. It is believed that a fleet of 1000 elephants was used to transport the material.

Open : Sunrise to sunset.

Best time to visit :
The best time to visit Agra is in the winter months between November and March when the weather is ideal to go sightseeing.

Distance about:
5.5 Kms from Agra Cantt Railway Station.
Entry fee : Domestic Tourist : 40/- Foreign Tourist : 1000/-


Sikandra

The Mughal Emperor Akbar, known as Akbar the Great, ruled an empire that stretched across North India from 1556 to 1605. His reign is considered the pinnacle of Mughal rule in India.

Akbar's tomb is located in the serene ambience of Sikandra 3 km away from Agra. Akbar began building it during his lifetime and his son, the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, completed it. Some of its design features are similar to the design of the Taj Mahal built later in Agra. Akbar's tomb at Sikandra has a large arched entrance and green lawns, on which deer can be seen grazing, surrounding the tomb.

The entrance is decorated with marble inlay work around the arch, and the inner surface of the dome of the tomb is decorated with images1 of flowers, geometric designs and Islamic calligraphy.

Moti Masjid (closed for visitors)

Moti Masjid or the Pearl Mosque was built by the emperor who built Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan. The mosque as it shined like a pearl got the popular name of Moti Masjid.The mosque was built by Shahjahan for his members of the royal court. The three marble domes of the mosque rest over the red sandstone walls and seen in totality the structure is inviting. The structure is built taking a good care of its symmetry. It is grounded to the right of the structure hall Diwan-E-Aam of the Agra Fort. 

The place where Moti Masjid stands is not far from the city center. There is regular bus service from the Power House Bus Stand. 

The place has a railway station of its own. Agra Fort Railway Station is the one that provides the service. 

Agra Airport lies to the south-west of Agra Fort. By air one can reach the airport and has to travel about 8 kms to reach the Agra Fort Complex.

 
 
 
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