Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Agra is renowned as being dwelling to one of the Seven Wonders of the World-the Taj Mahal. Since the 17th century, travelers have crossed continents to come and see this unexceptional symbol of love, and few have been unmoved by its unparalleled gorgeousness. The history of the Taj Mahal is one of the great love stories of the world.The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan ruled (1628 -1658) and was married to Arjumand Bano Begum in 1612 A.D. He called his wife Mumtaz Mahal or Crown of the Palace, because she was so beloved to him. Mumtaz Mahal died in 1631.
Taj Mahal , Agra Fort , Fatehpur Sikri
Agra Fort Built predominantly as a military institution by Akbar in 1565, the red sandstone Agra fort was partially converted into a palace during Shah Jahan's time. Though the principal structure was built by Akbar, many more additions were made by his grandsons. Agra Fort is located on the banks of the Yamuna near the railway station. Agra is well connected by air with Khajuraho, Varanasi, and Delhi.
Monuments Inside The Agra Fort : Diwan-e-Am, Diwan-e-Khas, Octagonal Tower.
Fatehpur Sikri is one of the optimum examples of Mughal architectural splendor at its height. Though the city is in ruins, it is a place to visit if one comes to Agra. But in real terms Fatehpur Sikri is a place where one should spend some time. The sunset over the ruins is sight to cherish. Fatehpur Sikri is the best example of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Fatehpur Sikri Mosque is said to be a copy of the mosque in Mecca and has designs are derived from the Persian & Hindu architecture. Entrance to this mosque is through the 54 meter high Buland Darwaza, which was built in April 1575, to commemorate Akbar's victory over Gujrat. To the North of the Mosque is the Dargah of Shaikh Salim Chishti. This Dargah was built in 1570.
Monuments of Fatehpur Sikri : Ankh Michauli, Diwan-i-Khas- Hall of Private Audience, Buland Darwaza, Panch Mahal, Khwabgah, Anup Talao.