Agra is known for being the home of the mighty Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. With that in mind, when you first arrive in the city it can seem like something of a slight disappointment, as the crazy traffic and often dirty surroundings can be very far away from your vision of serene buildings and romantic pools.
The Taj Mahal needs almost no introduction, being one of the most iconic buildings in the world. Commissioned in the 17th century by the emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal may look like a palace, but it was actually built as an elaborate tomb for the emperor’s favourite wife. Due to its fame however you will find that it is very crowded, so if possible go as early as you can in the morning to beat the crowds. When you choose to do that, you’ll be treated with an amazing sunrise that is most beautiful sitting at the square on the left of the Taj Mahal. You can also marvel at the inner decoration as well as walking in the flower gardens that are dotted with water features that are meant to reflect the river of Paradise.
Agra is another UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as being the sister monument to the Taj Mahal and although it is named a ‘fort’ it is more like a walled city that was built from red sandstone. On a visit here make sure you look out for the carved stone elephants, balconies made from marble, and brickwork that is laid in gorgeous patterns.
Agra itself may not be the most interesting city or the most beautiful one, but there is a reason that so many people make the trip here. The Taj Mahal and its partner, Agra Fort, are some of the most beautiful buildings ever built, and as such it is worth braving the traffic and the crowds to get a look at these gorgeous world-famous icons.