Highlights of Agra and Jaipur
There are many things to do in the vibrant city of Agra. The most popular reason visit is to see the majestic Taj Mahal.
Rudyard Kipling described The Taj Mahal as ‘the embodiment of all things pure,’ whilst its creator, Emperor Shah Jahan, said it made ‘the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes’. It is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world as well as a World Heritage Site.
The Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan as a memorial for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who sadly died after giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. Her death left the emperor heartbroken, and construction of the Taj Mahal began the following year and was completed in 1653.
After it was completed, Shah Jahan was overthrown by his son Aurangzeb and imprisoned in Agra Fort, where he could only see it through a window. Following his death in 1666, Shah Jahan was buried here alongside Mumtaz.
The best time to visit is either at sunrise or sunset. Please note that The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
The Agra Fort is one of the finest Mughal forts in India. Originally the fort was built as a military structure, but Emperor Shah Jahan transformed it into a palace, which later became his prison for eight years after his son Aurangzeb seized power in 1658.