The most obvious choice reason that usually dictates a visit to Agra, the Taj Mahal is a beautiful symbol of love, while simultaneously flaunting Indian history and architecture, and leaving the world to marble its fine centuries’ old construction. The idyllic scenery provided by the flourishing surrounding gardens and constructions further enhance the experience that already boasts rich history, wondrous architectural work and a touching love across the generations. Often seen as the symbol of India globally, it is at the top of the places to see near Agra, and a must visit during any person’s lifetime. One of the greatest legacies left behind by the Mughals was the construction of beautiful Persian-styled gardens that provide a beautiful blend of well-designed gardens and intricately constructed structures. Agra is home to one of the oldest Mughal Gardens in India, the Ram Bagh, which was formerly known as the Aram Bagh.
Another UNESCO World Heritage site, FatehpurSikri is one of the top places to see near Agra. Constructed by Akbar and used as the Mughal capital for ten years in the 16th century, it was later abandoned by the Mughals but preserved to a large extent even today it is believed to be the birthplace of the Navaratnas or the nine famed courtiers of Akbar. Built almost entirely of red sandstone, it provides an incredible insight into the lifestyle prevalent during the Mughal Empire and is high on the list of locations for sightseeing in Agra. Besides all the incredible monuments already mentioned, there are places to see near Agra that has equally splendid architectural work, such as the Panch Mahal in Fatehpur Sikri. This is a five-story palace that has intricate work on its red structure.
While famous for its history and architecture, Agra is also a culturally rich location, which would be incomplete without its food culture. Alongside a vast variety of options for every type of cuisine, a must have while in Agra is the indigenous sweet known as Agra Petha. Serving as the perfect break in a hectic day of sightseeing in Agra, the sweet is a delicious dessert made of ash gourd and sugar. It provides a nice finish to what will be a splendid experience in Agra, my next travel destination.
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