Agra, the historical city has also been referred to as the capital of Mughal Empire for a long time. After all, the city had witnessed the glory of ancient era and construction of several elaborate buildings at an enormous scale.
Unfortunately, most people believe that Taj Mahal is the only place worth visiting in Agra. The truth is that the city boasts of several other sites and monuments and places. Are you planning a next holiday, spare a couple of day to be able to explore what the city has to offer other than the splendid Taj.
Here is a list of cities you must include these places in your itinerary:
- Mehtab Bagh
If you are looking for a unique place to visit in Agra from where you can get a view of Taj Mahal minus the crowd, head straight to the famous Mehtab Bagh, the “Moonlight Garden”. It is a 25 acre garden complex constructed in Mughal style located opposite the monument. Mehtab Bagh was actually constructed before the Taj. Founder of the Mughal Empire, Emperor Babur constructed the place. Despite falling into ruin, it was reconstructed exquisitely later on. Open till sunset, Indians need to shell out INR 15 as entry fee while foreigners must pay INR 200.
- The Bazaars of the Old City
The best way to get rich experience of the heart of Agra, you must head straight to the enthralling and jammed Old City right behind the Jama Masjid mosque built during 17th century. Entangled and entwined by jumbled row of narrow lanes, this bazaar is home to a staggering variety of merchandises such as saris, clothes, spices, crafts, jewelry, shoes, and delectable stalls of snacks. Known as Kinari Bazaar, a guided walking tour to this area is often recommended. For more information, simply check out Taj Mahal tour packages available online.
- Nature Walk
The Taj Mahal nature walk is a beautiful get away you would love to take as a tourist away from the maddening crowds of the city. You can enjoy the view of mesmerizing Taj Mahal bordered the beauty of nature. A reserve forest is a major attraction on Fatehabad Road, around five hundred meters from the East Gate. It ensures an exceptional opportunity to admire Taj Mahal in a variety of settings and hues. The place offers you a visual treat of a number of rest areas, viewpoints, and much more. The place is open daily from sunrise until sunset. Fee for Indians is INR whereas foreigners must pay INR 100 rupees.
- Sheroes Hangout
This is a must visit place for all Agra tourists. Sheroes is beautifullt tucked away between knick-knacks shops opposite Gateway Hotel located on Fatehabad Road. The café is a haven of groovy graffiti. The entire place is staffed by women who emerged as courageous survivors of horrific acid attacks in India. Opened on December 2014, the place was founded by Stop Acid Attacks, a Delhi-based NGO. It is dedicated to raise awareness of this dreadful issue. The service is also an attempt to impart ample strength to help these survivors show their faces in public despite being disfigured. You can enjoy tastier food and beverages here with ever-expanding library. The place also has an exhibition space.
- Agra Fort
This is a hot favorite place located near Taj Mahal. Initially constructed by the Emperor Akbar in the year 1565, a huge number of additions were carried later son in this fort. These additions went on till the era of Shah Jahan. Agra Fort is a classic example of Mughal architecture made up of exclusively of red sandstone. The fort is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.