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Taj Mahal Agra

The Taj Mahal - Home to the greatest love story ever told, The Taj Mahal is India’s most fascinating and beautiful masterpiece. Set amidst landscaped gardens on the banks of the Yamuna river, this edifice was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. After her untimely death, Shah Jahan had her mortal remains buried in this mausoleum. And after his own demise he was placed to rest next to his beloved queen in the same mausoleum. The Taj is most enthralling in the quietness of early morning, cloaked in mists, and as the color changes from soft yellow to pearly cream and

dazzling white,it is well worth a visit at different times. A visual delight for viewers over the ages, the monument looks its best on clear full moon nights. It looks its spectacular best in the full moon nights of October, when the skies are clear and the Taj is bathed in the off-white moonlight. However, it is a delight even in the radiance of dawn and the orange glow of sunset. The Taj in all its eternal beauty is still the inspiration of poets and painters, writers and photographers.

Agra Fort - Within a radius of 3 kilometers, on the banks of the river Yamuna, stands the crescent-shaped Agra Fort. Designed and built by Akbar in 1565 A.D, the fort is surrounded by a 70 feet high wall. It is home to the beautiful Pearl Mosque and numerous palaces including the Jahangir Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Am and Moti Masjid. Later it was used by his son Jehangir as the seat of power. With four gates the Fort is enclosed by a double barricaded wall of red sand stone. The Jahangir Mahal is reached through an impressive gateway and its inner courtyard consists of beautiful halls, profuse carvings on stone, exquisitely carved heavy brackets, piers and cross beams.

Itmad-ud-Daula - This tomb was constructed by Nur Jahan in sweet memory of her father Ghiasud-Din-Beg between 1622-1628 A.D. This white marble structure of the pre-Taj era though smaller is often considered equal if not better to the great one itself.

Chini-ka-Rauza - Reputed to be an Afzal Khan creation, a high official in the court of Shahjahan, Chini Ka Rauza is decorated by glazed tiles on the facade. It depicts the Persian influence on Mughal architecture.

Agra Historical Monuments
Ram Bagh - Laid out in 1528 by Babur the first of the Mughal emperors this is one of the first Mughal gardens. It is said that Babur was temporarily buried here before being permanently interred at Kabul in Afghanistan. The Ram Bagh is 2 to 3 km further north of the Chini Ka Rauza on the riverside and is open from sunrise to sunset.

- Sikandra, 10 kms north west of Agra, is the final resting place of Emperor Akbar. The Tomb of Akbar shows an interesting fusion of Hindu and Mughal architecture reflecting the spirit of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. Akbar began the construction of his own garden mausoleum during his lifetime, a red sandstone structure in a Char-Bagh meaning 4-square ceremonial garden.                                
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