Agra

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TAJ MAHAL

The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The grace of perfection of proportions and grandeur of geometrical patterns of well appointed gardens enhancing the poise of the whole complex together add magnificence to the delicacy of this mance of love, dedication and purity, ‘The Taj’!

AGRA FORT

Agra Fort, is a monument, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. 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. The present-day structure was built by the Mughals, though a fort had stood there since at least the 11th century. Agra Fort was originally a brick fort, held by the Hindu Sikarwar Rajputs. It was mentioned for the first time in 1080 AD when a Ghaznavide force captured it.

THE TOMB OF AKBAR, SIKANDRA

The Tomb of Akbar the Great is an important Mughal architectural masterpiece, built 1605–1613, set in 48 Ha (119 acres) of grounds in Sikandra, a suburb of Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is located at Sikandra, in the suburbs of Agra, on the Mathura road (NH2), 8 km west-northwest of the city center. About 1 km away from the tomb, lies Mariam’s Tomb, the tomb of Mariam-uz-Zamani, wife of the Mughal Emperor Akbar and the mother of Jahangir.

SIKANDRA

Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah is a Mughal mausoleum in the city of Agra in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Often described as a “jewel box”, sometimes called the “Baby Tāj”, the tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah is often regarded as a draft of the Tāj Mahal. Located on the right bank of the Yamuna River, the mausoleum is set in a large cruciform garden criss-crossed by water courses and walkways. The mausoleum itself covers about twenty-three meters square, and is built on a base about fifty meters square and about one meter high. On each corner are hexagonal towers, about thirteen meters tall.

FATEHPUR SIKRI

Fatehpur Sikri is a city and a municipal board in Agra district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. The city was founded in 1569 by the Mughal emperor Akbar, and served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. Fatehpur Sikri sits on rocky ridge, 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) in length and 1 km (0.62 mi) wide, and palace city is surrounded by a 6 km (3.7 mi) wall on three side with the fourth being a lake at the time. Its architect was Tuhir Das and was constructed using Indian principles.

RADHA SWAMI SAMADHI

Soami Bagh Samadh, Agra is one of the significant tourist spots of the city that attracts tourists from all over the world. Soami Bagh Samadh is the mausoleum of Huzur, who was the initiator of the Radhasoami Faith. 15 kms from Agra, Dayal Bagh, also known as Somibagh, houses the samadhi of the founder of Radha Swami Faith, ‘Swamiji Maharaj’. The maine structure is a majestic building, 110-feet in height, built of pure white marble. The belief here is that construction work should never end, making it into a live monument, hence it is under construction for almost 100 years

TAJ MAHOTSAV (SHILPGRAM)

Taj Mahotsav, one of the most eagerly awaited festivals, is celebrated from 18th to 27th February this year at Shilpgram near the Eastern gate of “Taj Mahal”. This 10 days long carnival is actually a vibrant platform that gives you information of India where you can find India’s rich arts, crafts, cultures, cuisine, dance and music. Taj Mahal is the most beautiful historical place of India which tells about incredible India. Taj Mahotsav is organized by UP Tourism and it is a source to increase Indian Tourism.

MARIAM’S TOMB

The Tomb of Mariam-uz-Zamani is the mausoleum of Mariam-uz-Zamani, the Hindu consort of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. She was the mother of next Mughal Emperor Jahangir. The structure was originally an open baradari (pleasure pavilion) under Sikander Lodi who built it in 1495 AD. It was adopted by the Mughals in 1623 AD and converted into a tomb by making a crypt below the central compartment. They remodelled it substantially. The ground floor consists of some forty chambers built by Sikander Lodi, which bear faint traces of paintings on plastered walls. The centre of the ground floor houses the cenotaph of Mariam.

JAMA MASJID

Jama Masjid in Agra is opposite the Agra fort and overlooking the Agra Fort Railway Station. The Jama Masjid is also popularly known as the Jami Masjid or “Friday Mosque”. It is one of the larger mosques in India. Jama Masjid of Agra has Imam of Ahle Sunnat Wala Jamaat or Barelwi. Jami Masjid Mosque is a very simple mosque of red sandstone with little white marble decoration and blue colour paint wall and ceilings. It’s a huge mosque in the center of Agra surrounded by a great bazaar.

KAILASH TEMPLE

Kailash Temple In Agra Kailash Temple is located on the banks of the river in Sikandra and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The majestic temple attracts millions of devotees without paying regard towards caste, creed and colour from throughout the country, which not only comes to pray but also to enjoy the cool breeze from the Yamuna River and the serene environment of the area.

MANKAMESHWAR TEMPLE

Mankameshwar Mandir (Temple) in Agra is one of the ancient templesdevoted to Lord Shiva. The temple is situated at Rawatpara, near Agra Fort Railway Station. It is said that the shivlinga is covered by the silver metal and was founded by Lord Shiva himself during Dwapara era, when krishna was born in mathura. For child krishna darshan Shiva arrived from mount kailash and rested here.

BALKESHWAR TEMPLE

Balkeshwar Mandir is one of the four temples devoted to Shiva which are situated on four corners of Agra. This Shiva Mandir is located in Balkeshwar Colony which lies on the banks of river Yamuna at Balkeshwar. On Shivratri day, the Shivlinga is adorned with Rudraksha.

PRITHVINATH TEMPLE

Prithvinath Temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. This is one of the four temples located on the four corners of Agra city. It is located at Shahganj on the way to Jaipur. In this temple, Shivrathri is celebrated with great grandeur. People from Agra and the country visit this temple on Shivratri with great devotion.

RAJESHWAR TEMPLE

Rajeshwar Temple is located at Rajpur village near Shamshabad. It is very close to Agra. All the Hindu festivals are celebrated with great devotion. Many tourists visit this temple. Most people visit this place in the early hours and late evenings.

GURU KA TAL GURUDWARA

GURUDWARA SHRI GURU KA TAAL SAHIB is situated in the Distt City Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Situtaed on the national Highway No 2 it marks the holy place of SHRI GURU TEGBAHADUR SAHIB JI. It is a historical Sikh pilgrimage place dedicated to the memory of ninth Guru Sri Guru Tegh Bahudar Ji. Guru ka Taal is near Sikandra in Agra. The Gurudwara was built over the place where the Guru Tegh Bahadur laid down his arms to offer arrest to Aurangazeb, the Mughal Emperor. Several devotees gather every year to pay homage to the great Sikh guru in this Gurudwara.

BAPTIST CHURCH

This church is on part of the site of a church set up by the Baptist Missionary Society in the 19th Century. It was then called the ‘Native Church’, the Europeans using Havelock Church in the Cantinment.

CATHOLIC CHURCH

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Agra is an archdiocese located in the city of Agra in India. In 1784, it was Established as Mission “sui iuris” of Hindustan from the Apostolic Vicariate of Great Mogul.