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Tourists in Agra visits the popular monuments, forts, palaces and mausoleums and gets ready to go back to their places, but Agra is not only famous for its tourist attractions. Here, travellers can explore the hustle bustle market of the city which is famous for its numerous goods. Besides the architectural wonders, it enables the travellers to explore the traditional shopping centers. Travellers can visit in diverse markets to get the best sculptures, handlooms, handicrafts, paintings, embroidery goods, carpet, musicial instruments and metal show pieces.

Most of the shops that travellers will find here is located near the Taj Mahal. The popular markets are sadar bazaar, kinari bazaar, munro bazaar and many more. The sadar bazaar is an ideal place to get exclusive products be it is for home décor or a wide range of ethnic clothing, footwear and accessories. People can also find an extensive range of rugs, marble, brassware, leather items and textiles at reasonable prices whereas kinari bazaar is favourite place for ladies as here they get latest and fashionable accessories, clothing, footwear, jewellery and many more things. People who have knack of bargaining can do well at Agra's marketplaces as it is quite famous and easy for the buyer.

Visiting Agra and leaving from here without taking “Itar”is certainly injustice with the marketplace. People who are fond of fragrance must try the variety of Itars that are available here in the market. Get one or more to please your close ones and make them feel special.

Agra's Other Monuments to Explore

After exploring Taj Mahal, here are few more monuments you must visit are as follows:

Agra Fort:

Agra Fort is the most important stronghold of Mughal's Dynasty. Its construction was begun by Emperor Akbar in the year 1565. It was made of Red sandstone. This fort was used as both a military strategic as well as royal residence of the emperor. The construction comprises of a good sampling of Hindu and Islamic traditions and the emperor has generated such a harmony in his kingship that it was impossible to separate the Hindu and Muslim. The fort is made of red sandstone as well as white marbles as it was built by two generations of the Dynasty i.e. Akbar initially started it and later Jahangir and Shahjahan made changes in it. The fort has different structures that were used for diverse purposes such as follows:

  • Sheesh Mahal, The Anguri Bagh, Khas Mahal, Musamman Burj and Mina Masjid.
  • The Diwan-i-Am - It was used for easy communications between public and aristocracy.
  • Diwan-i-Khas - It is a hall made for private audience and used to welcome kings and dignitaries.
  • Nagina Masjid - It was designed exclusively for the ladies of the court.

Fatehpur Sikri:

This amazing structure located on the Yamuna bank River that represents the Mughal architecture that consists of unique and magnificent artwork. It was made of red stones and turned as a classic Indian embellishment. During the year 1571 to 1585, it was also known as the capital of Mughals. When Aurangzeb left the place and never returned back, Lord Curzon took the charge to preserve the structure and since then this ancient monument is being preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Timings: Open all days from sunrise to sunset.


Sikandra is again known as one of the wonders of the Mughal dynasty. It was named after Sikandra Lodi, who was the strong ruler of Delhi. He ruled from 1488 to 1517. It was begun by Akbar and Jahangir completed it in the year 1613. The architecture reflects the perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim art. The tomb is designed in between a large garden which is open to four red sandstone gates. It is designed in a three-storey with minarets at each corner. The top most storey is entirely made up of white marble. It is made of red sandstone as well as white marbles. The polygonal shape of the structure makes it look different from all other architectures. It is located 6 miles away from Agra.

Timings: Open from Sunrise to Sunset

Itmad-ud-daulah's Tomb:

Itmad-ud-daulah's tomb is a again a marble made epitome that belongs to the Father of Nur Jahan, Ghias-ud-Din Beg. During the rule of Jahangir, he worked as the Chief Minister of Jahangir's kingship. This tomb was built in between the year 1622 to 1628. Though it doesn't carries the exception beauty as Taj Mahal has, but its craftsmanship is not less than Taj Mahal. Tourists can clearly observe the fine artwork of the craftsmen. It was also known as the very first complete marble structure of Mughal times.

Apart from the major sightseeing of Agra, here are some more places to explore such as follows:

  • Jahangir mahal
  • Chisti's tomb
  • The buland darwaja
  • Palace of jodha bai
  • Panch Mahal

Every dynasty has its history and facts, let's have a look on some major facts of Mughal Dynasty. Each of these facts will connect you with the rich past of Mughal rulers.

Facts of Agra Fort:

  • Sikandar Lodi was the very first ruler of Delhi, who was shifted to Agra to live in the fort.
  • All the great rulers of the Mughal Dynasty including Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb lived in Agra Fort and ruled the nation from here itself.
  • The walls of the Agra Fort are seventy feet high.
  • In the Sherlock Holmes mystery, 'The Sign of the Four' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Agra Fort played a key role.
  • In the year 2004, the Agra Fort has won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and Indian post issued a stamp to commemorate this prestigious award.
  • Agra Fort was modelled after the Rajput fort built by Raja Man Singh Tomar of Gwalior in 1500
  • In turn, the Agra Fort served as a model for Shah Jahan's Red Fort in Delhi.
  • The Khas Mahal located in the Agra Fort was the model for the Diwan-i-Khas at the Red Fort in Delhi.
  • The Yamuna River flowed along the straight eastern edge of the fort, and the emperors enjoy their bath as they had their own bathing ghats here.
  • Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb for eight years which is also known as ‘Mussaman Burj’ of Agra Fort.
  • People can see Taj Mahal from Mussaman Burj easily.
  • People can also see Taj Mahal through the slits in the wall of Jodha Bai's palace at Agra Fort.
  • A large part of Agra Fort was converted into army barracks by the British that were not accessible to the public at that point of time.

Facts of Taj Mahal:

  • Taj Mahal looks pink in the morning, white in the day and changes its colour to golden in the moon light.
  • It is also known as Symbol of Love.
  • The pillars surrounding Taj Mahal are designed tilted outwards so that during any natural disaster especially an earthquake they will fall away from the tomb.
  • An identical Taj Mahal was supposed to be built by using the black marble.
  • Over 1,000 elephants were used to transport building materials during the construction.
  • The Taj Mahal is designed quite perfectly and it is symmetrical in look, except for one thing. The two tombs inside are not equal in size and the reason being the male tomb has to be larger than the female tomb.
  • Emperor ordered to chop off the hands of craftsmen so that no one could make its replica in near future.
  • The total cost of Taj Mahal calculated in its construction is approx. US $100 million in today's money value.

Facts of Itmad-ud-Daulah

  • The meaning of Itmad-ud-Daulah is “Pillar of the Government”.
  • Itmad-ud-daulah tomb is also known as ‘Baby Taj Mahal’.
  • Though it doesn't have same exceptional beauty as the Taj but no doubt that it is more delicate in appearance.
  • This was the very first Mughal structure that was completely made of marble. It is also known as the first tomb to be built on the banks of the Yamuna.
  • Lyrically this elegant marble tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah is described as a “jewel box in marble”.
  • Similar tomb is designed for Jahangir near Lahore in Pakistan.
  • The major features of the tomb are includes marble screens, pietra dura artwork and its chamber itself.

Taj Mahal is an alluring masterpiece that captivates masses from all over the world and makes them amazed with its endless beauty of white marble and beautiful blend of precious and semi-precious stones. The changing mood of the Taj Mahal according to the weather is again a mesmerising attraction for people. The fine craftsmanship and excellent calligraphy makes this epitome just amazing to explore for hours.

Taj Story

Taj Mahal was built in memory of Shah Jahan's beloved wife Mumtaz. The strikingly designed this epitome is stands for the opulence of the era and intense love of the emperor. It is not only a mausoleum, but known as a proud passion of the King Shah Jahan that is carved into marbles and stones. As it is an exceptional gift a husband has ever given or dedicated to his wife, that's why it is known as “SYMBOL of LOVE”.


There is a rich history of Taj Mahal which comprises of a number of facts. It is said that the emperor has hired a team of approx. 20,000 people to design such striking epitome. The construction of the complex was started in the year 1631 AD and it got completed in the year 1648 AD whereas its outlying buildings and gardens were finished in the year 1653 AD, it took approx. 22 years to complete the entire construction. The craftsmen used more than 28 precious and semi-precious stones to enhance the beauty of the tomb. The experienced and talented workforce used the stones in such as a way that it plays magic of colours since morning till night. The fine marbles and amazing shine of the stones enables the epitome to change its colour every hour in every day, according to the changing weather.

Creation of Taj Mahal

For the beautiful creation numbers of elements were used by the craftsmen from which few of them is listed below:

  • Soft stones
  • Red stones
  • The translucent white Marble was brought from Rajasthan
  • The Jasper from Punjab
  • The Crystal from China
  • The Turquoise was from Tibet
  • The Lapis lazuli from Afghanistan
  • The sapphire from Sri Lanka
  • The carnelian from Arabia
  • Shahjahani column is used in the entire complex

Precious Metals Brought from various parts of the world such as follows:

  • Nephrite jade and crystal from Tibet
  • Turquoise from upper Burma
  • Yellow amber from Badakhshan of north eastern Afghanistan
  • Lapis lazuli from Egypt
  • Chrysolite from the Indian Ocean
  • Rare shells, coral, and mother-of-pearl

World Heritage

This beautiful epitome falls under the category of world heritage according to the UNESCO. The endless beauty, Hindu, Muslim and Persian architecture's art reflection and richly decorated interior and exterior look makes it one of the seven wonders of the world. Moreover, it is a precious gift for a wife that a husband has ever given to his wife so, it is considered as a symbol of love. All these reasons compelled the UNESCO team to count it as a world heritage and a classic artwork representation.

Time to Visit

OPENING HOURS - Sunrise to Sunset

Friday Closed (open only for offering traditional prayer in the mosque between 12 Noon to 2 P.M)

Night viewing on Full Moon date and two days before and after it, excluding Fridays and in the month of Ramzan.


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