From Mughal monuments to ancient temples, missionary churches to the modern day multiplexes, Agra has emerged into a blend of history and modernity. Although Agra is famous particularly for the Taj Mahal and other sites such as magnificent Agra Fort and near by Fatehpur Sikri, there are a number of other places to see while in the city which are worth the visit. They have been mentioned below:
Travel to Gurudwara Guru Ka Tal of Agra:
Travel to Gurudwara guru ka tal is a pilgrimage for Sikhs and is close to Sikandra on the Delhi-Agra highway. This Sikh prayer place is significant not just as a religious site but also in terms of history. It is dedicated to the ninth Guru of the Sikhs, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur. History has it that the Gurudwara was built at the sight where the Guru offered arrest to the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb after having laid down his arms. Several devotees flock to this Sikh holy sight to pay homage to this guru. It is believed that during the 17th century, this place had a tal or lake to conserve water for irrigation purposes during the reign of Jahangir. Located near Sikandra, it was beside this lake where the Sikh Guru is said to have laid down his arms to Aurangzeb. Hence, at this very particular sight the construction of the Gurudwara took place. The gurudwara is a red sandstone structure and therefore has striking similarities to the Agra Fort. There were twelve towers initially but today only eight have managed to survive the times of history.
Travel Trip to Padri Santos Chapel, Agra:
This Christian monument of Agra that was constructed during the time of Akbar is an example of the secularist values held highly at the court of Akbar by the emperor himself. Akbar had invited the Jesuit missionaries from Goa to serve as advisors to ministers at court. The chapel was built by the Christian missionaries on land granted by Akbar. But it is not just a chapel but a mausoleum in memory of Khwaja Matinus, an Armenian. It stands at the Christian burial place known as Martyr's cemetery for many priests who including Khwaja Martinus who were martyred in 1633 A.D. It is believed that priests from all around Europe including nations such as Spain, Portugal and Holland have their burials at this Chapel in Agra. Though it is known as Padri Santos Chapel, it is sometimes also known as Akbar's church.
Jama Masjid Travel of Agra:
This Jama mosque of red sand stone was built by Shah Jahan in the year 1648 A.D. and dedicated to his favourite daughter, Jahanara Begum. The mosque is close to the Agra Fort railway station and surrounded by a beautiful bazaar. It is not just a prayer place but also stands a test of time for the close affection Shah Jahan had for his daughter Jahanara, who was with him till his death. The mosque which is mainly of Red sandstone has beautiful blue coloured walls and ceilings. What is also worth noticing is the absence of minarets.
Visit to Agra Kalakriti-Saga of love:
Kalakriti is a famous and renowned Cultural and Convention centre at Agra which upholds the cultural heritage of Agra. It's most known and popular of attempts is a theatrical performance known as 'Mohabbat-the-Taj' or the saga of love between Shah Jahan and his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal which is displayed to the audience in fine display of theatre acting. It is a must watch for all visitors and Tourists going to Agra if one does have time at hand.
Tour to Mariam's Tomb of Agra:
ThisMariam's tomb which is a little further away from Akbar's Tomb on the Delhi-Agra highway was built in memory of Akbar's Christian wife, Mariam. The grave is of white marble but in overall, the tomb appears to be in ruins. It is believed by many that Akbar himself made this in memory of his wife Mariam. Near to the tomb, is a Christian missionary school and a church.
Go for Mughal Heritage Walk:
This one kilometre stretch of walk supported by Agra Municipal Corporation is a part of a Community Development Programme. This walk connects passed through the agricultural fields with a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani culture, the Mehtab Bagh, river banks of Yamuna to the ancient village of Kucchpura to the Humanyun Mosque and Gyarah Sidi. The walk, though remains at a low profile under the shadow of Taj Mahal and the majestic red sandstone Fort, is indeed a unique experience sure to impress Tourists undertaking this activity. Through this walk, Municipal Corporation at Agra along with Centre for Urban and Regional excellence, an NGO aims at empowering the youth and women from lower resource communities to avail to sustainable livelihoods and enhance their living environment.
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