Top 10 of both the renowned and lesser known sites in Agra

For what people have to travel halfway across the globe to get a glimpse of, people in India have it right on their doorstep! The immaculate Taj Mahal is the reason of travel to India for many tourists which makes Agra a top tourist destination. This article talks about the top 10 places to see in and around the city.

Undoubtedly one of the most popular places known to tourists all over the world, Agra has made its presence felt in the global tourism map by being home to the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. Take the Delhi to Agra train and pay a visit to these top 10 places to see in and around the historic city of Agra.

 

Taj Mahal

taj mahal tour

A mention of the Taj Mahal is inevitable while talking about the city of Agra. This white marble mausoleum built by Shah Jahan in memory of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world.

 

Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary

soor sarovar bird sanctuary

 

Established in the year 1991 by the Forest Department of Uttar Pradesh, the Sur Sarovar Bird sanctuary houses over 160 species of birds. The lake near the area is a safe haven for both domestic birds and migratory birds who fly in from all parts of the world.

 

Old City

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Narrow streets with small markets selling all kinds of edibles and commodities like spices, jewelry, clothes, shoes and snack, you will run into the heart of true Agra if you pay a visit to the old city which lies behind the Jama Masjid area.

 

Kachhpura village

kachhpur village

 

Enjoy a Mughal heritage walk in this village in Agra. The heritage walk starts from the opposite side of the majestic Taj Mahal and ends at Kachhpura village. There are fixed rates for adults and children that you will have to pay to undertake this heritage walk.

 

Fatehpur Sikri

fatehpur sikari

Fatehpur Sikri is a popular tourist attraction not very far from Agra. Now a deserted town, it was the capital town of Mughals during the 16th century. It is still a major crowd puller and almost anyone who visits Agra pays a  visit to this place.

 

Mehtab Bagh

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This beautiful garden lies just opposite to the Taj Mahal. It is spread over a garden complex of about 25 acres of land and was actually existent before the Taj Mahal. The garden complex at one point felt into ruins but now has been rebuilt again beautifully.

 

Agra Fort

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Considered the next best spot to Taj Mahal in Agra, the iconic Agra Fort is one of the best monuments built by the Mughals in India. The monument houses many other palaces, towers, courtyards and mosques within its complex.

 

Tomb of Mariam Zamani

Tomb of Mariam Zamani

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One beautiful monument in Agra which is lesser known to the public, the tomb of Mariam Zamani is built in the blend of Baradari and Mughal architectural style. Lying below the monument is the tomb of Mariam-Zamani, wife of Emperor Akbar and mother of Emporer Jahangir.

 

Tomb of Akbar the Great

tomb of akbar the great

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Yet another lesser known monument in Agra is the tomb of Akbar the Great. This masterpiece was built by Emperor Akbar himself in the year 1600 however, after his death in 1605, his son Jahangir took over the construction and completed it to the way it looks today.

 

Panch Mahal

panch mahal agra

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This five-storey man-made wonder is found inside the Fatehpur Sikri complex. It was built by Akbar the Great for his queen and other royal ladies. Panch Mahal as the name suggests has five pavilions.

Agra has its own train station, hence you need not look for the nearest railway station to Agra. You can straight away board your train after having booked your ticket or simply book a cab to New Delhi.