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Taj Mahal

Completed in 1653 A.D., The Taj Mahal built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the final resting place for his favourite
Queen, Mumtaz. Finished in by Marvel, it is perhaps India most fascinating and beautiful monument. This perfectly
symmetrical monuments took 22 years (1630-1652) of hard labour and 20,000 workers, Masons and Jewellers to built and
is set amidst landscaped gardens. Built by the Persian architect, Ustad Isa, The Taj Mahal the bank of the Yamuna river. It
can be observed like a Mirage from the Agra Fort from where Emperor Shah Jahan stared at it, for the last eight years his
life as a prisoner of his son Aurangzeb. It is a masterpiece of symmetry, Seeming to be floating in the air from a distance,
and each revealed as an illusion experienced as one enters through the main gate. The verses of Holy Koran as inscribed
on it and at the top of gate 22 small domes, signifying the number of years the monument took to built. The Taj Mahal has
been built on a Marvel Plateform that stands above a standstone one. The most elegant dome of the Taj, with diameter of
60 feets, rises 80 feets, over the building and directly under the dome is the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal. Shah Jahan's tomb
has been irected next to her's by his son Aurangzeb. Fantastic Inley works using semi-precious stones decorate and
interiors.
Open Time : 6 A.M. to 7.00 P.M. (Friday is closed)

The great Mughal Emperor Akbar commissioned the construction of the Agra Fort in 1565 A.D., although
additions were made till the time of his grandson Shah Jahan. The forbidding exteriors of this fort hight an inner
pardise. The fort is crescent shaped, flattended on the east with a long, nearly straight wall facing the river. It
has a total perimeter of 2.4 k.m., and is ringed by double castellated ramparts of red sandstone punctuated at
regular intervals by bastions. A 9 mt. wide and 10 mt. deep moat surround the outer wall.

Agra Fort

There are number of exquisite building like the Moti Masjid-a white marvel mosque akin to a perfect pearl,
Diwan-e-Am, Diwan-e-Khaas, Jehangir's Palace, Khaas Mahal, Shish Mahal and Musamman or Samman Burjwhere Shahjahan was held captive in 1666 A.D.
Open Time : Sunrise to
Sunset.

The mausolumn of emperor Akbar represent his philosphy and secular outlook, combining the best of
Hindu and Muslim architectures in a superlative region. Completed in 1613 A.D. by his son Jahangir, it
is one of the well preserved monuments. This is the last resting place of the Mughal Empror Akbar.
Open Time : Sunrise to Sunset.

Sikandara
Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary

Approximately 15 km from Agra, on Agra-Mathura highway, an area of 4.03 sq km was


declared a sanctuary under Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 in 1990, seeing its ecological
importance. This is the only representative Protected area in UP under Punjab Plains
biotic province.
Values, flora and fauna: This wetland sanctuary situated near Agra supports nearly 50000 waterbirds and a
large and only heronry of breeding waterbirds including rare birds like the Black-necked Stork. The Prosopis
juliflora trees being the main species of tree that support the mixed heronry. Apart from the waterbirds, there
are many species of woodland birds as well. More than 150 species of birds has been listed in this sanctuary.
The Sanctuary also supports a sizable number of Rock Python.

Soor Sarovar Bird A Bharatpur in Agra, it is must see for the tourists visiting Agra.
Sanctuary
Itmad-ud-Daulah is the tomb of Mirza Ghyas Beg, a persian who had obtained service in Akbar
Court. The Marvel tomb was made by Emperor Jehangir's Queen, Noorjahan, for his father Mirza
Ghyas
Beg
during
1622-1628
A.D..
The Craftmanship at Itmad-ud-Daulah foreshadows that of the Taj Mahal. It was here that. "Pietra
Dura"-the inlay work on marble-so characteristic of the Taj-was first used.

Itmad-Ud-Daulah

Open Time : Sun rise to Sunset.

Fatehpur Sikri is an epic in red sandstone. A city of yeasteryear, today lost in the mists of time.
Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar during 1564 A.D.. Mughal Emperor Akbar had
no heir. He visited holy men to enlist their prayers for his son. When he visited Sheikh Salim Chishti

Fatehpur Sikri

Radha Swami
Samadhi

Taj Mahotsava
(ShilpGram)

who was living at the village of Sikri the saint foretold the emperor that he would be blessed with a
son. When is son was born, he is gratitude, constructed his capital city and named it Fatehpur Sikri.
Later, due to sortage of water and unrest in North-West, Akbar has to abandon this city. The beautiful
marvel tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti still attract thousands who seek blessings of the revered saint.
Other renowned places are Dewane-e-Am, Dewane-e-Khaas, Buland Darwaja, Panch Mahal, Jodha
Bai Palace and Birbal Bhawan. Fatehpur Sikri is about 39 K.M. from Agra.
Open Time : Sunrise to Sunset.

This is the head quarter of Radhaswami religion, here the holy ashes of the founder of the faith have
been preserved. On the sprawing lawns here, is a beautiful marvel temple with beautiful carving of
fruits, flowers, leavesand plants which have been reduced into stone true to nature, and are
distinctive speciments of the plastic arts. This is under construction for almost 100 years.
Open Time : 9 A.M. to 5.30 P.M.
Come February, and it's springtime. The time of the year when nature dawns all its colourful splendour and Agra
bursts into colourful celebrations. For 10 days there is sheer celebration of U.P.'s rich heritage of arts, crafts,
culture, cuisine, dance and music. Yes, it is Taj Mahotsav time again. There are festivities all around and Agra
truly puts on the colours of joy and gets transformed into one non-stop carnival. Organised by U.P. Tourism and
held as an annual event at Shilpgram, literally next door to the Taj Mahal, the Taj Mahotsav is indeed a fitting
tribute to the legendary skills of master craftsman and other exponents of art, music and cuisine. Not only this, it
is also a gentle peep into the rich heritage and extraordinary legacies of this wounderful land. The festivities
commence with a spectacular procession inspired by mughal splendour. Bedecked elephanbts and camels,
drum beaters, folk artistes and master craftsmen... all help recreate a visual delight reminiscent of the golden
era of the Mughal Darbars.

18-27 FEBRUARY

OTHER PLACES
CHINNI KA ROJA
This was constructed by Afzal Khan, A high official in the court of Shah Jahan. Decorated by glazed
tiles on the facade, the structrure clearly depicts the Persian influence in architecture.
Open : Sunrise to Sunset
MARIYAM'S TOMB
This uniqe tomb in red sandstone was built in 1611 A.D. a memory of Emperor Akbar's Goan christian
wife Mariyam. The tomb has some exceptional carvings.
Open : Sunrise to Sunset
JAMA MASJID
This building, with a rectangular open forecourt was constructed in 1648 A.D., by Shah Jahan's
daughter, Jehanera Begum in memory of the famous Shiekh Salim Chistti and his grand son Islam
Khan. Of perticular importants is its wounderful assimilation of Iranian architecture.