Shah Jahan wouldn’t have thought that what he was building in memory of his beloved wife, would turn into such a wonder of the world. The structure is an epitome of love and magic and thanks to its surreal allure, it put Agra on the global map. But let’s not forget that the city has much more to it than just this one architectural marvel.
The legacy of the Mughal empire has left quite a sprinkling of magnificent forts, fascinating tombs, and important mausoleums; along with a delectable food-scene and gorgeous marketplaces. The only downside comes in the form of hordes of rickshaw-wallahs trying to scam you, unofficial guides vying for your attention and souvenir vendors, who literally stick their merchandise in your face so you take notice.
But largely, a trip around the old city can be satisfying to the core. Here’s what you must see when you visit the city of Agra:
Needs no introduction, does it?
40 kms from Agra, it was once the short-lived capital of the Mughal empire. It is an entire city that needs to be covered on a walking tour.
One of the finest Mughal forts in India, it stands tall built in red-sandstone and white marble even today.
One of the best places to get a view of the Taj, this garden sits prettily right across the mausoleum.
Known as the Baby Taj, this all marble beauty was constructed by Nur Jahan for Jehangir.
This grand sandstone and marble tomb commemorates Akbar – the greatest of the Mughal emperors.
The narrow streets behind Jama Masjid where the over-crowded lanes with bustling colourful shops is where you can find your souvenirs.