Following our article about Agra and the images gallery, our third destination of the northern part of our incredible 28 days Funky India journey, comes the HD video. The film is edited from the footage taken during our four days visit in the charming city and includes some of Agra’s most important sights such as the famous Taj Mahal as well as other world heritage site including the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
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Agra is by far one of the most visited and unique tourist destinations in India. Indeed being home to the world famous Taj Mahal and numerous other splendid heritage sites such as the Agra Fort, the city attracts millions of visitors each year. With a great railway connection from the capital, many choose a quick day trip to visit the key sights, but a good couple of days is recommended to fully experienced everything the city has to offer, as well as visit the key attractions nearby such as Fatehpur Sikri. This grandiose city located within the northern part of the Uttar Pradesh state, is part of the golden triangle, along with New Delhi and Jaipur, and often considered the main destinations to visit for a first trip to India. Agra, established in the 16th century was at the heart of the Mugal Empire, and is today best remembered for its architectural legacy of fascinating forts, tombs and other majestic buildings.
The Taj Mahal proudly sitting next to the sacred Yamuna river is consider one of the 7 wonders of the modern world. It is a breathtaking mausoleum built over 20 years, between 1631 and 1648, from beautiful and rare white marble. It was constructed by the grandson of Akbar, Shah Jehan, one of the greatest Mughal emperors, as the mausoleum for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is today a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it is one of the most photographed and easily recognisable Indian attractions. It is considered one of the country’s best preserved and architecturally interesting sites, putting India at the forefront of the world’s top cultural destinations.
The Agra fort is the second most visited attraction in Agra. This red sandstone palace and defensive structure is a remarkable piece of architecture, often considered a much better preserved version of the Delhi’s Red Fort. It was built by the Emperor Akbar between 1565 and 1571 as a testament of his power. The fort was later improve by Shah Jahan, the grand child of Akbar, but ironically ended up as a prisoner.
Fatehpur Sikri, often referred to as the ghost city, is one of the most important sites outside of Agra. Located some 40kms west of the city centre; it is the perfect example of the richness of the Mugal civilization. Built at the end of the 16th century the complex is comprised of a variety of buildings including Mosques, Tombs and Palaces.
The Akbar tomb, located in Sikandra, a couple of kilometres north of Agra, is entirely dedicated to one of the greatest Mugal Emperors. The tomb complex is at the heart of a beautiful garden and surrounded by four red sandstone gates.
The Mariam Tomb is a beautiful white marble grave, built by Jahangir for his mother Mariam Zammani. The complex is also home to a school and a church built by Akbar in the memory of his Christian wife.
Jama Masjid is a large mosque built in 1648 during the reign of the father Shah Jahan. It is famous for its unusual dome and absence of minarets.
Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb, often simply referred to as the Baby Taj, was built by the Empress Nur Jehan for her father, the Chief Minister of Emperor Jahangir. It uses white marble and is surrounded by a lovely garden.