A Date With Stunning Taj in Agra
Agra is a historical city in India, and home to some of the iconic structures of Mughal era. Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, in Agra is far-famed its architectural beauty and grand historical importance.
I recently took a visit to Agra, with my brothers, and like each time I found the city brimming with travelers, domestic as well as foreigners, exploring its historical treasures. We reached there at 8 pm evening, and took two rooms in a budget friendly hotel in Agra Cannt (actually you’ll have to land at Agra Cannt if you go there by train). The best thing for travelers is that they would find travel agents (unauthentic) at the railway station, who can arrange hotel, transportation and other travel facilities for Agra tour. There will be auto-drivers for budget-friendly tourists, while cab-drivers approach family vacationers and foreigners with deals of 2 to 4 star Agra hotels. Agra is a not place for week-long stay, so you better booking hotel rooms based on per night charges.
We stayed in a 2-star hotel, where charges where simply INR 900 per room per night. Rooms were decently arranged and were equipped with several modern facilities like air-conditioner, LCD, landline phone (not for STD calls) and spacious bathroom with hot & cool water supply. Room service was excellent – the attendant was asking for anything every hour or so. At morning, we placed our luggage and left for one another date with glorious Taj (a cab was arranged by the hotel on demand).
Taj Mahal is about 8km from Agra Cannt and opens as early as 7am in morning. There was a reasonable queue at ticket window, and just after a fifteen minutes wait, we were in front of majestic Taj Mahal: One of the Seven Wonders of the World. I think this mega structure has a unique lure that no other structure around the world holds. Your eyes get stuck on that mist-clad (in morning) white building made of prestigious marble stones. Refreshing greenery and a rectangular water pond with enchanting fountains all around at the front add more to the grace which is already at zenith.
The crowning jewel of Indo-Islamic architecture, Taj Mahal is truly an eye-opener, no matter how many times you have seen it before. This monument was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in remembrance of his wife Mumtaj Mahal around 1632. As per an expert travel guide, this structure is built using the finest material, while the quality of craftsmanship was probably the superior anywhere else in India at that time. The main premise is built on a raised platform surrounded by four towering minarets. The art work on the walls is simply matchless, and inside the structure is the sepulture of Queen Mumtaj Mahal.
Taj Mahal is surrounded by lush green gardens, while beautiful Yamuna River gives it a background. Don’t forget to take your camera when you go to explore Taj. This is the place where every corner is worth capturing in reel. After that, we headed to the red Fort, which is walking distance from Taj Mahal and is one another architectural marvel of Mughal era. Mammoth size and appealing architecture of this fort is sure to leave you mesmerized. Even, some travelers find it more gracious than Taj and any other structure in Agra.
Lively markets and a range of dining spots in the city make your trip spicier. Don’t forget to buy ‘Agra Petha’ – a special sweet that the city is famous for – to take some home for your family or friends.
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