While visiting Agra, I was certain about not missing out any of the heritage sites. This is one of the main reasons for relying on Maharajas’ Express. If you are looking for a vacation with this luxury train, keep track of Maharajas’ Express dates for the itinerary of your choice. The booking speed would be very high, especially around holiday season.
Back to the trip, Agra is one of the epitome of beauty and it is the land to three main heritage sites. Apart from these heritage sites, there are numerous of historic sites that you should miss in Agra. Let’s walk through the heritage sites of Agra.
This is the iconic attraction of the country. Taj Mahal is a grand marble mausoleum, which is famous for its architectural beauty, fine carvings and intricate designs made with semi-precious stones. The minarets around the structure, the garden covering the massive area and the geographically accurate pathways add more beauty to this iconic world wonder.
While visiting Taj Mahal, do not just stick with the mausoleum alone. There is a mosque, museum and other structures inside the complex.
Once outside the structure, you can find lines of shops for buying Taj Mahal miniature, Persian rugs, carpets, décor items, marble articles and much more.
This walled city is a heritage site for its collection of marvelous buildings. This fort holds numerous palaces, temples and many other structures. Even the gates to the fort were built with grandness.
This red sandstone massive structure holds a few marble palaces, which were built by the man who commissioned the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan. Take up a sightseeing tour through the Agra Fort to learn about the palaces, hall of public audiences, museums, the tower where Shah Jahan spent his last days watching Taj Mahal and so on.
This was the city of Victory, built by King Akbar. He found a perfect site for his city capital and built a long list of luxury palaces, forts, complex and others. The city has three grand walls on three sides and one massive freshwater source on one side. Within a decade of moving into the capital, the water source dried up. Later, the city was abandoned and now, it is a living museum of what an ancient Mughal City will look like.
You can find various unique structures inside this walled city, along with the largest mosque of the country, Jama Masjid.
Agra is just a few hundred km away from Delhi. If you are looking to make a complete vacation out of Agra, choose the Golden Triangle itinerary. If you are visiting India for the very first time, it is better to stick with this circuit. It covers Agra along with Delhi and Jaipur.