Holidays in Agra mean spending some time in the shadow of the 17th century wonder that goes by the name of the Taj Mahal. It is perhaps the best way to start your holidays in India. No matter which part of the world you come from, such is the attraction and beauty of the Taj Mahal that it bowls you over and makes your holidays an affair to remember. Taj Mahal Agra offers exclusive tours to Agra.
A tour to Agra, the city of the Taj is one of the easiest things to plan. As you land in Delhi, the capital of India, you are virtually not too far from Agra. It will take you about half an hour to reach Agra by air. You can reach Agra by road in more than two hours and by rail, it takes a little over than an hour. If you are interested in spending some days in the city of the Taj, it is well equipped to provide you quality accommodation. There are a number of upmarket and budget hotels to cater to your needs.
Agra has an eventful history. Ruled by the Mughals for over three centuries, Agra is a treasure trove of art and architecture. Most of the buildings that we see today were built during the reign of Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. Interestingly, the Agra Fort, though started by Akbar saw continuous construction work in the reigns of his son Jehangir and grandson Shah Jahan. But it is Shah Jahan's masterpiece - Taj Mahal - built in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, which scores over other buildings.
You can start your Agra holidays by visiting the Taj Mahal and rounding off with the Agra Fort or the other way round. But such is the attraction of the Taj Mahal that as soon as you touch base in Agra, the Taj Mahal is what occupies your mind and soul. The symbol of love is what tops the list and it is where the tourists spend most of their time.
The Taj Mahal looks stunning even from a distance and once you cross the red stone gate and enter into the lawns, you realize why the Taj Mahal is considered among the finest works of architecture, worldwide. It is amazingly beautiful when seen on moonlit nights. Now you have the option of watching the beauty of the Taj Mahal during the night as it has recently been opened for night viewing.
The Agra Fort, some two kilometres from the Taj Mahal, is the second must-see monument in Agra. The fort has many buildings and was once home to a small city during the 16th century. Shah Jahan built most of the buildings inside the fort. It is in fact Shah Jahan spent the last days of his life here looking at the Taj Mahal.
Mughal architects had a special love for gardens. Most of the buildings have gardens as an important part of their design. You can spend a lot of time walking in the gardens that were built by the Mughals. Ram Bagh is one of the most visited gardens in Agra.
Your Agra holidays are incomplete without rummaging through the bazaars of Agra. Agra is famous for its handicrafts and hand made leather. You can also try Mughlai cuisine, a culinary gift that the Mughals gave to India.
If you are not averse to the idea of travelling outside Agra and want to escape from the hustle and bustle of Agra city, Fatehpur Sikri some 37 kilometres from Agra, offers the perfect retreat. Also known as the ghost city, Fathepur Sikri was a complete town once, but wears a deserted look now. Akbar built Fatehpur Sikri between 1569 and 1585.