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Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is an immense mausoleum of white marble, built between 1631- 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wifeMumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal means Crown Palace; The Taj is one of the most well preserved and architecturally beautiful tombs in the world, one of the masterpieces of Indian Muslim architecture, and one of the great sites of the world's heritage.The Taj Mahal has a life of its own that leaps out of marble, provided you understand that it is a monument of love. Sir Edwin Arnold said it is not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passion of an emperor's love wrought in living stones. It is a celebration of woman built in marble and that is the way to appreciate it.

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Fatehpur sikri

According to contemporary historians, Akbar took a great interest in the building of FatehpurSikri and probably also dictated its architectural style. The imperial Palace complex consists of a number of independent pavilions arranged in formal geometry on a piece of level ground, a pattern derived from Arab and central Asian tent encampments. In its entirety, the monuments at FatehpurSikri thus reflect the genius of Akbar in assimilating diverse regional architectural influences within a holistic style that was uniquely his own.Main attraction of this ghost town isBulandDarwaza, JamaMaszid, Tom of SalimChishti, Diwan-i-aam, Diwan-i-khaas, Panchmahal, Birbal's House.

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Itmad-Ud-Daullah (Baby Taj)

Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah (Urdu: اعتماد الدولہ کا مقبرہ‎, I'timād-ud-Daulah kā Maqbara) is a Mughal mausoleum in the city of Agra in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Often described as a "jewel box", sometimes called the "Baby Tāj", the tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah is often regarded as a draft of the Tāj Mahal.Along with the main building, the structure consists of numerous outbuildings and gardens. The tomb, built between 1622 and 1628 represents a transition between the first phase of monumental Mughal architecture – primarily built from red sandstone with marble decorations, as in Humayun's Tomb in Delhi and Akbar's tomb in Sikandra – to its second phase, based on white marble and pietra dura inlay, most elegantly realized in the Tāj Mahal.

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Red Fort

Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. The present-day structure was built by the Mughals, though a fort had stood there since at least the 11th century. Agra Fort was originally a brick fort, held by the Hindu SikarwarRajputs. It was mentioned for the first time in 1080 AD. In 1526, Mughals captured the fort and seized a vast treasure, including the diamond later known as the Koh-i-Noor. Architects laid the foundation and it was built with bricks in the inner core with sandstone on external surfaces. Some 4,000 builders worked on it daily for eight years, completing it in 1573.It was only during the reign of Akbar's grandson, Shah Jahan, that the site took on its current state.An interesting mix of Hindu and Islamic architecture is found here.

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Sikandra Tomb

The third Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great (1555–1605), himself commenced its construction in around 1600, according to Tartary tradition to commence the construction of one's tomb during one's lifetime.After his death, Akbar's son Jahangir completed the construction in 1605-1613..The south gate is the largest, with four white marble chhatri-topped minarets which are similar to (and pre-date) those of the TajMahal, and is the normal point of entry to the tomb. The tomb itself is surrounded by a walled enclosure 105 m square. The true tomb, as in other mausoleums, is in the basement.

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Mehtaab Bagh

The MehtabBagh garden is the last of eleven Mughal-built gardens along the Yamuna opposite the Taj and the Agra Fort.It is mentioned that this garden was built by Emperor Babur (d. 1530).It is also noted that Emperor Shah Jahan had identified a site from the crescent-shaped, grass covered floodplain across the Yamuna River as an ideal location for viewing the Taj. It was then created as "a moonlit pleasure garden called MehtabBagh" White plaster walkways, airy pavilions, pools and fountains were also created as part of the garden, with fruit trees and narcissus.The garden was designed as an integral part of the Taj complex in the riverfront terrace pattern.


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Bateshwar Temple (65 K.M.)

After being regaled by the icon of Love, Taj Mahal, and the royal surroundings of Agra, don't take an about turn to Delhi. Instead traverse across 70 kms and experience one of the most heavently constellations of temples sprinkled on the ghats of river Yamuna... in the temple town of Bateshwar. Temples, temples and temples - numberless temples. That's what welcome you, spellbinds you and blesses you in Bateshwar Appears to have derived its name from BATESHWARNATH, a title of Lord Shiva. In the world of towering skyscrapers and congested skyline, the sight of 101 temples is both refreshing and life giving. Out of these 101 temples, 42 are dedicated to the Lord Shiva they are flanking the Yamuna and are epitome of centuries of faith and ageless celestial aura which is recognized as the most distinctive if India. Apart from the main Bateshwarnath Temple, other temples like Bhimeshwar, Narmedeshwar, Remeshwar, Moteshwar, Jageshwar, Panchmukheshwar, Pataleshwar, Gauri Shankar, Neminath Jain Temple etc. are also places of attarction.

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Patna Bird Sanctury (54 K.M.)

The Patna Bird Sanctuary, located at Jalesar sub division of Etah district, is spread over an area of 108 hactare . This resort was given recognition as a protected sanctuary in the year 1991. Ornithologists have reported about 300 different species of exotic birds with multicolour plumes clustering here for roosting and breeding during the peak season of winter months. These winged visitors start migrating back when hot weather conditions set in during the month of March. The scenic beauty of the sanctuary with intertwined date trees provides a topographic atmosphere akin to Goa, in Uttar Pradesh. Besides the migratory birds, Patna Bird Sanctuary is a permanent abode for local birds also, which abound all through the year. For long it has been a favourite breeding centre for a large number of migratory birds. An old and historic temple dedicated to Lord Shiva attracts thousands of pilgrims for spiritual pursuits. It is the thinkling of the temple bells mingled with the chirping of birds that creates an atmosphere of rare tranquility here.

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Chambal Safari (Oct.-March)

National Chambal Sanctuary on the River Chambal is a refuge for the rare and endangered Gharial ( Gavialis gangeticus) and Ganges River Dolphin ( Platanista gangetica). The 400 km stretch of crystal clear water also supports Marsh Crocodiles, Smooth Coated Otters, 6 species of Terrapins/Turtles plus 250 species of birds. The Chambal river originates in Kota, Rajasthan and merges with the Yamuna at Bhareh. The river passes through sandy ravines which are famous for its dreaded dacoits. The river can be approached for birding near the town of Bah, Uttar Pradesh where Chambal Safari Lodge provides accommodation and has boating arrangements. Bah is a 5-6 hour drive from New Delhi via Agra.