The sight of a white marble mausoleum, raised on a platform and graced by 4 minarets on each corner, reflected in the watercourse that runs through the ornamental gardens is an unrivaled tourist attraction in Agra. Taj Mahal, a symbol of undying love, has been summed up by Ghalib, the famous Urdu poet, as a rebuff of an ordinary man's love for his beloved, in whose memory he cannot build a monument of such magnificence.
Today, Taj Mahal is a major tourist
attraction in Agra, and is open to all even on full moon nights, so that you
can take your beloved by the hand and walk down the gardens as moon and its
entourage of stars light your path on your tour to Agra under the Golden
Triangle Tours package arranged by Adventure Tours of India. Besides Taj
Mahal, there are plenty of tourist attractions in Agra that will keep your
hands full on your tour to Agra.
Built in massive red sandstones
on the bank of Yamuna, The Agra Fort is another major tourist
attraction in Agra. It is popular with tourists as a towering fort as well
as for the many palaces and mosques build within its premises by Jahangir
and Shah Jahan, after Emperor Akbar began its construction in 1565. Some of
the prominent mosques within Agra's Red Fort include the Moti Masjid
(Pearl Mosque) and Nagina Masjid (Gem Mosque). Upgraded as a palace
under Shah Jahan's reign, Agra Fort is famous for Jahangir's Palace,
Khas Mahal and Shish Mahal (Mirror Palace). Other places to see at this
tourist attraction Agra include Diwan-I-Khas, Diwan-I-Am, Ladies'
Bazaar, Amar Singh Gate and Musamman Burj.
(China Tomb) is another tourist attraction in Agra. A Persian style tomb, it
is built of glazed tiles and is dedicated to the memory of Afzal Khan, prime
minister in the court of Akbar. Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb, built by
empress Nur Jahan (Jahangir's wife) in memory of her father, wazir in the
Mughal Emperor's court is another tourist attraction Agra that you can visit
on your tour to Agra. Built from 1622 to 1628, the tomb makes use of pietra
dura (the delicate marble work) that was later to become the hallmark of
Another popular tourist attraction in Agra is the
dome-shaped Jama Masjid, located near Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb. Built
by Shah Jahan in 1648 in the name of his daughter Jahanara, Jama Masjid is a
distinct mosque for its minaret-less courts. Akbar's mausoleum,
built of red sandstone and marble, combines the motifs and styles of Hindu,
Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Christian architecture. Supervised by
Akbar himself, it is a must see on your tour of tourist attractions in Agra
Persian styled Mughal Gardens of Ram Bagh, Dayal Bagh and Soami Bagh
are other tourist attractions in Agra that you can visit on your tour to
Agra under the Golden Triangle Tours package offered by Adventure Tours of
India. Excursions to nearby tourist attractions such as Fatehpur Sikri,
Mathura, Patna Bird Sanctuary and Sur Sarovar are popular diversions on your
tour of tourist attractions in Agra.