Things to do in agra
Set out on a sightseeing tour of Agra and head first off to the Taj Mahal. Taj is every bit the spectacle it is made out to be. The first sight of the colossal marble structure looming before you can make your heart flutter; that is the sort of impact it has on its visitors, many of whom are not first-timers. The grand white marble mausoleum build by Mughal ruler Shah Jahan in memory of his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal who died at childbirth in 1631, is considered the grandest tribute to love. Its massive white dome, the four minarets on each corner of the square courtyard and the intricate inlay of precious gems on its form make it truly remarkable. The area is overflowing with souvenir shops selling pretty marble jewelry boxes and colorful scarves.
Among activities to do in Agra, head next to the red sandstone Agra Fort, perhaps one of the most imposing Mughal structures, and home to the Mughal rulers till they shifted their capital to Red Fort in Delhi in 1638. Explore the fort ramparts with your guide, cross the wide moat that was once filled with crocodiles to safeguard against an attack. You get a view of the Taj Mahal from here. There are several other places to visit in Agra, such as Sikandra which houses Akbar’s tomb and a sprawling garden with black bucks. If you are staying a couple of days in Agra, you must plan a trip to Fatehpur Sikhri, a city founded by Akbar in the 16th century dedicated to Sufi saint, Salim Chishti.