Guide on Agra and Taj Mahal Tours

Abhinav By Abhinav, 17th Dec 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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A guide to Agra city and the great Taj Mahal including the other two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Agra Tour

Agra, the city of three UNESCO World Heritage sites, is in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, around 200 km from Delhi. The Taj Mahal is one of the World Heritage sites along with the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. It has many other buildings and Tombs from the age when the Mughals ruled here. Agra is well connected to the major surrounding cities and is well packed with visitors due to its location near the capital city of India, giving foreign tourists an easy reach.

The Taj Mahal
The white marble monument has a life and it’s a symbol of love. “Teardrop on the Cheek of Eternity”, was the title given by the great Indian author Rabindranath Tagore. It is one of the most photographed monuments in the world and almost everyone recognizes it instantly. But not everything can be seen in photos. Seeing it in actual is splendid. The grounds of the complex have various beautiful buildings, reflecting pools and trees. Taj Mahal Tour

Agra Fort
It is built mainly of red sandstone and alike in design to the Red Fort in Delhi. Emperor Akbar renovated the fort in Agra to combine his empire and emphasize power. The construction began in 1565 and ended in 1571. It has a great architecture and has a lot to analyse about the great Mughal Empire. It shows that how forts of North India were different from the South Indian forts.

Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri is located on the outside of the main city, around 35 km away. It was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar as a symbol of victory. He also built a huge gateway called the Buland Darwaza, after the victory over Gujarat. Fatehpur Sikri includes many of the buildings relating to the Mughal era. It also has beautiful gardens providing a place for peace and leisure.

Hiring a Guide
Official guides can be hired for a half day or more. One guide can also be hired for Taj Mahal and Agra Fort both. Beware of the unlicensed guide, they focus more on taking you to the shops rather than presenting the actual information. Agra Tours

Audio Guides
The Archaeological Survey of India has introduced an official self guided audio tour facility. The tour is in different foreign and domestic languages. The tour allows visitors to hear about the different things related to the monument and it guides the tourist across the site in a well manner. Visitors can enjoy the sight seeing at own pace, with reliable and literally correct information.


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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Dec 2012 (#)

Thanks for the useful information, Abhinav - siva

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author avatar karasiwo23
17th Dec 2012 (#)

Very informative post

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