Welcome to Agra - contd.
Places to see - top picks:
Taj Mahal - Mughal tomb
Taj Ganj.Described by the Indian classical poet Tagore as a "tear on the face of eternity",the Taj Mahal is quite simply one of the world's most marvellous buildings. (Open daily,except Monday,dawn till dusk.Admission Rs.15.Free on Fridays;no tripods)
Agra Fort - Mughal fort
From this citadel,built between 1565 and 1573,on a bend above the river Yamuna,Emperor Shah Jahan used to gaze at the Taj.A wonderful array of Mughal mosques,palaces and gardens. (Open daily 7 am - 6 pm.Admission Rs.10.50;Free on Fridays)
Itmad-ud-daulah - Mughal tomb
3 km from the city on the east bank of the Yamuna.This charming two-storey mausoleum,set amid gardens on the Yamuna's tranquil east bank,was the first building to be built of white inlaid marble in Mughal India.
(Open from dawn till dusk.Admission Rs.12;Free on Fridays)
Akbar's tomb - Mughal tomb
Sikandra.10 km northwest of Agra.Hop on any bus bound for Mathura from the Agra fort bus stand.A majestic composition of deep-red sandstone and cool marble designed by Akbar and modified in 1605 by his son,Jahangir.Deer and monkeys roam in idyllic grounds. (Open daily,dawn till dusk.Admission Rs.12;Free on Fridays)
Fatehpur Sikri - Ghost city
37 km southwest of the city centre.Emperor Akbar's deserted capital,straddling a rocky ridge outside Agra,is a masterpiece in sandstone,fusing Hindu and Islamic elements.The finest monuments within this area are the Diwan - i - Am, Diwan - i - Khas, Panch Mahal, Jama Masjid, Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaza and the tomb of Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti.
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