Tourist Places Near Taj Mahal

Agra Fort

UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of India’s most important and powerful Mughal forts. Emperor Akbar reconstructed the fort using red sandstone after landing in Agra in 1558. In 1573, the process was accomplished after eight years of work. After Shah Jahan moved the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi in 1638, the fort maintained its status.

Agra’s Other Tombs

The TajMahal has overshadowed two important tombs in Agra, both of which were built in the Islamic style before the TajMahal was built. Monarch Akbar, often regarded as the most prominent Mughal emperor, is buried in one of these tombs.

Mehtab Bagh

Mehtab Bagh, often known as the “Moonlight Garden,” is one such location with a vista to remember. Located right opposite the TajMahal, this 25-acre Mughal garden complex was constructed by Emperor Babur before the construction of the Taj itself (the founder of the Mughal Empire). However, it has been magnificently restored after having fallen into disrepair.

Mughal Heritage Walk Through Kachh pura Village

CURE (Center for Urban and Regional Excellence) launched the Mughal Heritage Walk as a community tourism program to help residents earn a living and improve their living conditions through tourism. To facilitate this one-kilometer (0.6-mile) stroll. It begins on the riverbank just across from the TajMahal, travels past the village of Kachh pura, and concludes at Mehtab Bagh.

Taj Nature Walk

Escape the crowds and explore the TajMahal in nature. A 70-acre reserve forest on Fatehabad Road, less than 500 meters from the East Gate, allows visitors to see the monument in many colors and settings. Its routes lead to overlooks, watchtowers, and rest spots.

Sheroes Hangout

The Gateway Hotel on Fatehabad Road has a hip, graffiti-covered cafe across the street that you must check out if you’re in Agra. The Sheroes (She+Heroes) Hangout is operated entirely by women who have survived horrendous acid assaults in India. Stop Acid Attacks; a Delhi-based NGO, was formed in December 2014.

The Bazaars of the Old City

The Old City of Agra, located behind the 17th-century Jama Masjid mosque, is a fascinating and busy place to visit. While wandering around the maze of tiny streets, you’ll come across vendors selling everything from spices and garments to saris and jewelry to shoes and crafts. This region might be extremely intimidating if you don’t know your way around.

Agra Vegetable Market

Visit the wholesale vegetable market on Fatehabad Road in the early morning for a lively show. Located on a barren lot, this bustling market distributes food from all across India. The product is delivered in brightly painted trucks, unloaded, and sorted into stacks according to type.

Agra Bear Rescue Center

Wildlife SOS runs the Agra Bear Rescue Center, which holds captive sloth bears forced to dance. On National Highway 19, the center is located inside the Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary. It’s around 50 minutes from Agra to Mathura. The admittance fee is 50 rupees for Indians and 500 rupees for visitors.

Korai Village

Make a pit stop at the Korai Village rural tourism effort to Fatehpur Sikri. Korai is a tribal town whose residents were the guardians of dancing sloth bears, and they are located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Because they were not compensated for the bears’ removal, they have been struggling to earn a living and survive since the bears were removed.

Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri is a popular day trip from Agra but beware of touts and beggars who have taken over the area. One of India’s finest historical locations, this abandoned city was constructed by Emperor Akbar in 1571 when he decided to move his capital from Agra Fort there.

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