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Experience the Agra City beyond Taj Mahal

TRANSCENDING THE TAJ

“You know Shah Jahan, life and youth, wealth and glory, they all drift away in the current of time. You strove therefore, to perpetuate only the sorrow of your heart?

Let the splendour of diamond, pearl and ruby vanish? Only let this one teardrop, this Taj Mahal, glisten spotlessly bright on the cheek of time, forever and ever.” -Rabindranath Tagore

These lines beautifully put down the majesty of Taj, but what we are yet to know is that what lies beyond this 17th-century, Mughal-style, marble mausoleum with minarets, a mosque & famously symmetrical gardens are the real Agra, and therefore, for a holistic experience of the city you must start at the Taj and then transcend into the little nooks and corners which are a confluence of age-old art and culture of the place.
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The resting place of the great Mughal Emperor Akbar is the royal red sandstone structure. The talk of this fort is that Akbar himself selected this site and ordered the initiation for its construction.

Akbar’s love for gardens is perfectly revealed by the surrounding gardens on all four of its sides. When you have booked an Agra Tour Package, make sure to visit this masterpiece.

  • Address- Lakhisarai, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282007, India
  • Ticket – 110 INR, 15 INR (Indian, SAARC and BRIMSTEC)
  • Timings – 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Best time to visit – November- December
  • Chini ka Rauza

    Build in the fond memory of Mughal Empire’s Prime Minister during the reign of Shahjahan Alamma Afzal Khan Mullah, the place is facing Mecca and is situated on the eastern banks of River Yamuna.

    The place is intriguing as it contradicts the intricacies and designing that usually all Mughal Architectures encompass. On the Same Day Agra Tour, a quick visit to this place will add to the delight.

    • Address- Katra Wazir Khan, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282006
    • Ticket – General Admission – free
    • Timings- 5:00 am – 10: 00 pm
    • Best time to visit – November- December
    • Mehtab Bagh

      A lush green garden built with the exact same dimensions as that of the Taj Mahal is Mehtab Bagh on the opposite banks of River Yamuna to that of the Taj Mahal.

      You can get your Customized Tour Packages India to be here. The pond in the garden shows a majestic reflection of the Taj Mahal, which people tend to call as Black Taj Mahal.

      • Address -Near Taj Mahal, Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Nagla Devjit, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 28200
      • Ticket – Domestic/Indian- 15/- to 25/-, Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries- 15/- to 25/, Foreign tourist- 200/- to 300/-, Entry Below (Children Below Age 15)- Free
      • Timings- 6:00 am – 9: 00 pm
      • Best time to visit – November- December
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        SMALL SHOPS: BEST SERVICE

        A) WHAT’S COMMON BETWEEN THE AGRAHITES BREAKFAST AND THAT OF TOP NOTCH PARLIAMENTARIANS?

        Well, it’s none other than the world famous, Ram Babu Parathe Vaala in the old city of Agra. In spite of being spiralled in the narrow streets of Belanganj, this shop has left an impression by serving its super soft and buttery parathas in top notch weddings such as that of that of Ambani’s and Bachhan’s, to filling the stomachs of hundreds of Agrahites every single day.

        A legend, rightly so, that has been around for 90 years – simple decor, outstanding food, Ram Babu Parathe Vaala, is known for its pocket friendly north Indian sabzi’s and stuffed parathas and is a perfect example of how humble beginnings can lead to billboard success!

        • Location – Belanganj, Civil Lines, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
        • Average Price (meal for two) – Rs. 200
        • B) CHIMMAN LALA POORI VAALA

          This 150-year-old shop is known for its aloo poori, chole bhature, kheer and ‘the’ Gulab jamun.

          This is that crowdy shop which represents the vibrancy of Agra in a miniature, so if you are planning to visit Agra don’t forget to try out some crispy pooris and sabzi which hits completely different in winters.

          • Location – 6, 3, Daresi Rd, Jama Masjid, Seb Bazar, Mantola, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003
          • Average Price (meal for two) – Rs. 300

          THE LONG-FORGOTTEN STORIES OF OLD AGRA

          A) RAWAT PARA

          Rawatpara is one of the oldest localities of the historic city of Agra. It is situated very close to Agra Fort and also the river Yamuna.

          Once you enter the Lala Kokamal Gate, you will smell the aroma of myriad spices and dry fruits along which are known for enticing each eye with its impeccable Rajasthani architecture.

          This cultural imprint is surely the result of a major movement of masses from the length and breadth of the country to this market for small business. This market also is the home for a very old Akhada (wrestling ground) and of course age-old cosmologies and mystic stories.

          B) NAMAK KI MANDI

          Well, this place is named so because it was at this place where the people of Agra, portrayed their support for Mahatma Gandhi’s Salt Satyagraha by preparing Salt from Hard water thereby challenging British power.

          In the pre-independence era, this place also held Congress Office where revolutionaries used to hide to prepare strategies against colonial rule. And therefore, this place holds immense vitality in Indian history. In spite of name being ‘Namak Mandi’, it is known for its jewellery business.

          CAPTURING AGRA: PLACES FOR AESTHETIC PHOTOGRAPHY IN AGRA

          Are you the one who cannot resist but take a photograph each time to notice a butterfly resting on a sunflower petal or an ancient monument bathing in the moonlight?

          If yes, then definitely try out these places with your DSLR’s or mobile phone cameras to seize the moments.

          A) CIRCUIT HOUSE AGRA

          It is one of the places where you can go and feel the subtle beauty of shell pink flowers and the aura of English architecture of 1900’s. Cycling or just walking through this place early morning or late evening is just a perfect delicacy for enjoying solitude.

          Location- Near Tajganj Police Station, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India

          B) MEHTAB BAGH AGRA

          It is a Charbagh complex in Agra, North India. It lies north of the Taj Mahal complex and the Agra Fort on the opposite side of the Yamuna River, in the flood plain. It is perfect for photography during sunset.

          Location- near Taj Mahal, Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Nagla Devjit, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001

          C) SHAH JAHAN Park

          Shah Jahan Park is a Mughal Park located near Taj Mahal. It stands as a tourist attraction because of its picturesque beauty and ambience. Out of all the parks in Agra, this is the most visited one.

          It was built by Shah Jahan so as to provide a resting place as well as a perfect view of the mausoleum. It is known for its grooves, jogging ground and picture-perfect spots. It is located very close to Motilal Nehru Park and Golf Course.

          Location - Taj Road, Fatehabad Rd, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001

          D) TAJ MAHAL

          Undeniably this is the hotspot for photographic shoots especially on the full moon night.

          It is one of those few monuments in the world which drives top notch photographers as well as amateur photography enthusiasts from across the globe to come and capture the sheer vanilla like appearance of this cascade of love.

          Location - Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001

          Also Read: Secrets to Experience on Taj Mahal Tour

          AGRA FORT

          The red sandstone building is simply a treat for photographers who can make some amazing clicks out of it in the shimmering sun of June!

          Location - Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

          Agra is therefore much more than just The Taj, and therefore for a holistic tour of the city, appreciating the beauty of The Taj, and then eventually transcending it to explore the nuances of Agra, is what a true traveller must do!

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