Visit the spellbinding Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
Agra will forever be associated with that great monument to love, the Taj Mahal and the impossibly beautiful building that hangs like a cloud over the city. However this former capital isn’t all about the famous monument – there are plenty of other beautiful examples of Mughal architecture to be found such as the magnificent Red Fort. You may stop here for just a night on your tour of the Golden Triangle but it is well worth extending your stay to a few days to explore.
- World Heritage Site, Wonder of the World… the Taj Mahal’s reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful buildings is well documented and no stay in Agra would be complete without a visit here
- The Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah is a great place to visit before the world famous monument and to enjoy a more peaceful experience
- One of India’s largest mosques, Jama Masjid, and the beautiful Agra Fort are both well worth a visit and fine examples of Mughal architecture
- Agra makes up part of India’s Golden Triangle, alongside Jaipur and Delhi, and you can visit as part of an escorted tour or as part of a tailor made itinerary
- The fascinating abandoned city of Fatehpur lies within easy reach of the city. We highly recommend stopping here en route between Delhi and Agra
Agra holiday highlights
Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Muhal, its striking craftmanship and captivating location are a magnificent sight. This destination was also once the heart and soul of the Mughal empire, with the sacred Yamuna River flowing behind the Taj Mahal. The haunting tale behind the Taj Mahal tells the story of a passionate love that knew no limits. After the craftsmen had finished the building, the emperor cut off their right hands so that no one could create a monument as beautiful as this again.
Agra boasts a labyrinth of colourful bazaars and markets reminiscent of medieval times and items including marble, jewellery, leather and souvenirs can be bought. Most markets are open late into the evening. Agra is also home to World Heritage Sites including the Agra Fort and Akbar’s relinquished capital, Fatehpur Sikri, plus many antiquarian buildings that include magnificent examples of Mughal architecture as well as classic churches and unique sandstone tombs.