People from all over the world come to Agra to see Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. It is located about 204 km south of Delhi in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Situated on the west bank of river the Yamuna, Agra is the city of tombs and memorials. Agra is also known for its Taj Mahotsav. A cultural fest held in the month of February every year that enables to celebrate traditional Indian music and dance on a single platform. Thousands of tourists throng to it from all over the world.
≫ Taj Mahal : Agra is popular for beholding one of the seven wonders of the world-the Taj Mahal. The architectural brilliance of the mansion, the fort and the palaces is a clear remainder of the mausoleums of the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries. Taj Mahal is one of the World Heritage Monuments and attracts maximum number of tourists from all over the world.
The magnificent marble tomb was built between 1631 and 1653 by Shah Jahan, the Emperor of Agra. The Taj Mahal was built in memory of his wife Mumtaz, who died in childbirth.
≫ Agra Red Fort : The fort was originally built by Emperor Akbar and was later expanded by Aurangzeb. The fort's huge double walls rise over 20 m (65 ft) in height and measure 2.5 km in circumference. They are enclosed by a fetid moat and contain a maze of superb halls, mosques, chambers and gardens which form a small city within a city.
Shahjahan was kept captive by Aurangzeb in this red fort. He did gave his father a room with a view of the Taj Mahal, built by him. It is an interesting fort and worth seeing.
≫ Jama Masjid : The masjid was erected in the memory of Sheikh Salim Chisthi and his grandson Islam Khan by Jahanara Begum, Shahjahan's daughter, who was imprisoned with Shah Jahan by Aurangzeb,in the year 1648 A.D. The masjid exhibits a wonderful assimilation of Iranian architecture. The building with its rectangular open forecourt, has no minarets but its sandstone domes have a striking marble patterning.