Agra is home to many of India’s historical landmarks, tourists from all over the world flock to this region. It is of course most famous for the Taj Mahal, unfortunately many sometimes overlook the Fatehpur Sikri and the Agra Fort, which some would say, are equally as impressive.
The Taj Mahal, an internationally-renowned architectural masterpiece, is a mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal, the favorite wife of Shah Jahan. It took more than 20,000 laborers and 20 years to build the structure and was finally
completed in 1653. It is famed for its impressive symmetrical properties. It includes a huge, 18-meter in diameter and 24-meter in height dome and its interiors are adorned with semi-precious stones.
The Fatehpur Sikri contains many buildings of historical importance. Tourists go there to see the small palaces and gateways that were built during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar. One of the most significant buildings in Fatehpur Sikri is the Buland Dawarza, a 54-meter high gate that commemorates Mughal Emperor Akbar’s victory over Gujarat. It is made of red sandstone, with various black and white marble inlays and carvings.
The Agra Fort, sometimes referred to as the Red Fort, was also erected during Mughal Emperor Akbar’s time. It is a walled city where many different types of sites and structures are found. Tourists can explore Agra Fort and admire the remarkable architecture evident in the mosques, halls, gardens, towers, palaces, and other buildings at this Agra tourist destination.
While visiting Agra, do not let the opportunity to see Sikandra pass you by. Sikandra, the resting place of the great Mughal Emperor Akbar, lies 13 kilometers away from Agra Fort. The tomb is made of red-ochre sandstone with carvings of rabbits, deer, and inscriptions of all 99 names of Allah.
The Mankamesh war Temple is an ancient temple located less than a kilometer away from Agra Fort. It is one of four ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva built on the four corners of the city.