The ancient city of Agra is known throughout the world for its famous Taj Mahal, which is dubbed as the ‘Lover’s Monument’ due to its romantic history. Located in the biggest Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Agra city is about 200 kilometers south of the capital of India, New Delhi. Taj Mahal is in the list of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’ for its unique construction and majestic beauty.
The state capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow is located 360 kilometers east of Agra, and the Yamuna River flows near the city and is the biggest tributary that feeds the Ganges.
Agra was the seat of the great Mughal Empire during the 15th and 16th century. Magnificent architectural structures from the Mughal era adorn the area. Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpūr Sikrī, are some of the most awesome sites. UNESCO has declared all the three sites as World Heritage sites, and they attract hordes of tourists and historians from all over the world every year.
The best way to explore these heritage sites and many other historic monuments in the region is by a car for rent in Agra.
The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built Taj Mahal as a mausoleum and eternal resting place for his most favorite queen Mumtaz Begum. Master Architect of the time, Ustad Esa from Persia, supervised the construction of this great structure that took 22 years to complete, and is a marvel of symmetrical construction. The interior of the building is decorated with semi-precious stones, and the entire structure is rare white marble that remains magnificent to this day, despite the passage of many centuries. The emperor himself is also buried in a tomb next to that of Mumtaz Begum.
Agra Fort also known as the Red Fort was built using red-coloured stones by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565 AD. The fort houses a series of splendid buildings that include Moti (Pearl) Mosque, the Palace of King Jahangir, and the Mirror Palace (Shish Mahal).
Many visitors plan day trips to Fatehpūr Sikrī, located at about 35 kilometers from Agra city. A monument commemorating a famous battle victory by Emperor Akbar, Buland Darwaza is a worthy location in Fatehpūr Sikrī, along with many other splendid structures including a magnificent fort.
Agra is full of historical monuments and structures, and tourists are never out of places to visit and explore. Other famous sites near Agra include the tombs of Emperor Akbar and 'Itmad-Ud-Daulah', and Swāmī and Ram Gardens. The only way to negotiate the narrow lanes and congested traffic of the city is to hire a car in Agra and comfortably make your sightseeing trips. Avail of a car rental in Agra and explore the famous sites and other interesting places the city has to offer.
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