Traveling to Agra and going to the Taj Mahal is quite apparent, but the city has many other architectural gems. These historical and ancient monuments are every bit splendid and magnificent as the Taj Mahal, so make sure you check them out ASAP!
This fort boasts of extravagance with its towering appearance, and why not! It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty till 1638 and now is a UNESCO Heritage site and a must-visit, especially in the evenings as they have a light & sound show narrating some of Agra’s historical events.
Location | Rakabganj
Tomb of Itimad Ud Daulah
This tomb is another historically significant mausoleum designed in Indo-Islamic architecture with intricate marble detailing, carved arches & minarets. It almost looks like a jewel box placed symmetrically in a garden; you will be in awe of this place once you visit it!
Location | Moti Bagh
Fatehpur Sikri Fort
Fatehpur Sikri, a mixture of different architectural styles, is another marvelous city that used to be the residence of the Mughal Emperor Akbar and was designed himself. The complex includes many other significant monuments like Panch Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas & Jodha Bai’s Palace, to name a few. Around 40 km from Agra, this red sandstone paradise is undoubtedly on everyone’s wish list.
Location | Fatehpur Sikri
Another beautiful Charbagh complex located on the banks of the river Yamuna, Mehtab Bagh, is nestled between the lush green landscapes with trees, flowers & native shrubbery. After the Taj Mahal’s hustle bustle, it’s a perfect place to visit after the Taj Mahal’s hustle and will soothe your spirit! You can even get the perfect view of the Taj from this spot, and if that wasn’t enough, they even have camel rides running parallel to the garden.
Location | Near Taj Mahal, Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Nagla Devjit
Tomb of Mariam-uz-Zamani
Built by Jahangir in loving memory for his mother, this one is another paradise for any history lover or photo fanatic. Unlike other Mughal tombs, this one doesn’t have a dome but boasts of a robust Mughal architecture with its symmetry, arches, and intricate detailing.
Location | Mathura Delhi Highway, Near Delhi Highway, Sikandra
Chini Ka Rauza
A mausoleum on the banks of the river Yamuna, this one is a must-visit if you’re in Agra. It got its name from the glazed tiles ‘Chini’ used for its construction. The different shades of the tiles like yellow, green, aquamarine & orange are the most attractive features of this monument. Moreover, the interiors of the tomb are decorated with paintings of flowers, perfect for all the art lovers out there!
Location | Ram Bagh
The ‘Gate of Magnificence’, Buland Darwaza, is a large gateway made with red sandstone, white and black marble located in the complex of Fatehpur Sikri. The gateway was built to commemorate the victory of Akbar over Gujarat in 1601 A.D. This one surely can’t be missed due to its gigantic appearance with tons of intricate detailing.
Location | Fatehpur Sikri Fort, Dadupura, Fatehpur Sikri