die, but love shall not and death shall have no dominion.
In the year 1607 when a prince of the royal Mughal household strolled down the Meena Bazaar, accompanied by a string of fawning courtiers, he caught a glimpse of a girl hawking silk and glass beads. Five years and a wife later (in those days princes did not marry for love alone) the regal 20 yr-old went to wed his 19 yr-old bride. It was a fairytale union from the start, one that withstood court intrigues, battles for succession and finally, the grand coronation. And when she died on the 19th year of their marriage, he etched her story in stone. The Taj Mahal is the living symbol of the monumental passion of Shah Jahan and Arjumand Banu.History
India is a country steeped in history, and the remarkable fact is that in spite of numerous foreign invasions both by rulers and cultures, she still retains a unique flavour of her own. There is a great architectural heritage in India and Agra, or Agraban, as it was called in the Mahabarat times, a charmed city can boast of the most splendid monuments in the world, including three world heritage monuments.
Agra is a part of Brijbhoomi the land associated with the birth and legendry activities of lord Krishna. In Agra City there are five Shiva temples which are the symbols of
Agra was the capital city of Sikander
Lodhi, the second ruler of the Lodhi dynasty, who defeated by the
persian King Babur in 1526 A.D. Babur too made Agra his capital city
and so began the great Mughal rule. It was Babur who build the first
monument in Agra, a planned garden garden called Gul-e-Afgaan or the
After Babar in (1530 AD) HUMAUN took over
the thrown of Agra. Sher Shah Soori also continued Agra as his
Capital. During the rule of Akbar (1556 to 1605 A.D.) Agra earned
fame all over the world and was counted one of the great and
beautiful cities of Medinal India. Emperor Akbar constructed many
beautiful buildings. In the premises of famous Fatehpur Sikri and
Agra Fort. During his rule people of all caste and religion living
friendly upon which Akbar declared the concept of "Sulah Kul"
in making the personality of Akbar the great his "NAVARATANS"
Raja Man Singh, Raja Toder Mal Hakeem Lukman, Raja Birbal,
Mullah-Do-Pyaza, Abdul-Fazal-Feuzi, Abdul Rahim Khana Khan and Miyan
Tan Sen Played an important role.Attractions in
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- Taj Mahal
purchased a plot of land from Raja Jai Singh on the banks of
Yamuna River for building the Taj Mahal. Raja Jai Singh was also
instructed by Shahjahan to provide a regular supply of special,
hard and non-porous marble from the quarries of Makrana. A 2½-mile
(4.02 km) road ramp was built to haul huge pieces of marble to
the site of the construction.
- Agra Fort
high red sandstone ramparts of this great monument stretch for
almost 2.5 kilometres, dominating a bend in the river Yamuna,
northwest of the Taj Mahal. The foundation of this majestic
citadel was laid by the Emperor Akbarand it developed as a
stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations.
Perched atop a rocky ridge 37 km west of
Agra, Fatehpur Sikri came into being four centuries ago when the
Emperor Akbar, not yet 28 years old, created the first planned
city in Indo-Islamic style. The city was actualised with great
energy, but was completely abandoned a little more than a decade
- Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid at Fatehpur Sikri, near Agra is also known as the
Jami Masjid. The mosque is one of the largest in India. It was
constructed in 1571 A.D. during the reign of the Mughal Emperor
Akbar the Great.
Agra is on the main tourist route of
Delhi / Agra / Khajuraho / Varanasi. Flights connect Agra to Delhi,
Khajuraho and Varanasi.
Agra lies on the Delhi to Mumbai broad -
gauge railway line. Express trains from Delhi, Mumbai, ta, and
Chennai halt at Agra. Palace on Wheel the most luxurious train
also includes Agra in its itinerary.
Agra is connected to Delhi, Rajasthan and
other cities of Uttar Pradesh by excellent bus services. The
travel inside in side the city the local transport rickshwas,
tongas and tempos are the best means.