Last week we’ve posted about our Delhi adventure along with the Top 5 places to see in Delhi, you can view it here. So shall we continue our journey of #apinaytouring6indianstoseethetaj, let us move to Agra. Our Day 3 & 4 was spent in the city of Agra, we left Delhi at 8.30am right after breakfast on the 21st July, considering it was the first day of the week it was manic and the traffic was too much. We were warned by our tour operator to leave early not to catch this on the road but I don’t think that can really happen with 3 small kids. We got up at 6am, down at the lobby by 7.30am then off we went an hour after. It took us about 4-5hours drive from Delhi to Agra, so just imagine how much entertaining we had to do for the kids.
Agra is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northernstate of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is 363 kilometres (226 mi) west of the state capital, Lucknow, 200 kilometres (124 mi) south of the national capital New Delhi and 125 kilometres (78 mi) north of Gwalior . With a population of 1,686,976 (2010 est.), it is one of the most populous cities in Uttar Pradesh and the 19th most populous in India. Agra can also refer to the administrative district that has its headquarters in Agra city. It is a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Tāj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpūr Sikrī, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Agra is included on the Golden Triangle tourist circuit, along with Delhiand Jaipur. – Source from Wikipedia
3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to see in Agra
1. Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal often from Persian and Arabic, “crown of palaces” was built by Mughalemperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal is regarded by many as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish andIndian architectural styles. The construction began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, employing thousands of artisans and craftsmen. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar component of the Taj Mahal, it is actually an integrated complex of structures. – Source from Wikipedia
The Taj Mahal, which literally means the Palace of Love was built with love and for love. Like every monument in the world, you hear and watch countless documentaries about the Taj Mahal’s splendour, but witnessing it again is beyond imaginable.
2. The Agra Fort
Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site it is about 2.5 km northwest of its more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled city.
Unfortunately, we were not able to see the Agra Fort inside as we had to move to our next destination, but judging from the reviews I’ve read from Tripadvisor, this is another place worth to visit.
3. Fatehpur Sikri
Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid. – Read more from UNESCO site
Hope you enjoyed this Agra tour with us, I hope we can also do our vlog soon, watch out for it! For now, show us some love, leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts about this blog.