Mughal Heriatge beyond the Yamuna in Agra
Tourists oftne visit Agra just for the Taj Mahal. Nothing wrong with that, considering that The Taj is one of the seven wonders of the world, and stands tall as the most known monument of an Emperor's love for his wife. Visitors to Agra are also aware of the fort and Akbar's Tomb at Sikandra as well as Fatehpur Sikri. However, if you do decide to cross the Yamuna river and visit the other side of Agra, you would not be disappointed.
Agra's other half consists of some of the best Mughal heritage and historical treasures. Some of these are:
Mughal Heritage in Agra
1. Tomb of Itmad-ud-daulah: Itmaad-ud-daulah was the father of the powerful Mughal Queen Nur Jahan. It was the queen who built this magnificent tomb for her father. The tomb, situated alongside the Yamuna, is completely made of white marble and is decorated with delicate paintings through-out.
2. Chini Ka Rauza: Chini ka Rauza is the name given to the tomb of Afzal Khan. He was a courtier of Jahangir and Shah Jahan and also the brother of the calligrapher who made Taj Mahal. Afzal's tomb has been made by elegant blue tiles which remains as it is till date.
3.Zahara Bagh corner canopy: Visible from the tomb is a tall chhatri or tower-like canopy over-looking the river. Beginning from the opposite side of Taj and going further, a single canopy stands in magnificent isolation and is accessible only through a narrow pathway. This was once the corner pavillion of the extinct Zahara Bagh.
4. Aram Bagh: Originally laid out by Babur, this garden was renovated by Jehangir and a set of pavillions were added alongside the river. It's a good place to relax with cool breeze coming from sides.
5. Mehtab Bagh: Mehtab Bagh is said to provide you with the best views of the Taj Mahal, and that too without the hassles of the crowd!
Reaching Agra and Beyond:
Agra is approx 204 Kms from Delhi.
1. By Air: Agra airport is 7 Km from the main city and all domestic carriers fly the Delhi-Agra sector daily.
2. By Train: From Luxury trains like Palace on Wheels to passenger lines, all run from Delhi to Agra.
3. By Road: Delhi-Agra highway is a delight to drive on. However, bus services are also very frequent and a bus can be taken from Nizammuddin bus stop in New Delhi for Agra.