Man may come and man may go, but ‘love’ goes on forever. Love is divine and eternal. Monuments, tombs and sepulchers are various means of eternalizing love. Agra in India is one such place that is renowned the world over for one such monument, the Taj Mahal.
Taj MahalOne of the New Seven Wonders was built by the great Mughal Emperor in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is one of the most mesmerizing and captivating monuments in the world built mainly of precious marbles and the interiors engraved with semi-precious stones stands as a perfect masterpiece of skill, heritage and flamboyance.
Agra FortBetter known as Red Fort still signifies the might, valor and the military strategies that enabled the Mughal emperors to rule over India for such a long period. Moti Mosque, Diwane-aam, Diwane-khas, Shish Mahal are the main attractions of this monumental complex.
Fatehpur SikriSituated at 35 km from Agra, although stands in a dilapidated and abandoned condition still holds on its bosom, the valor and glory of Akbar the great who had shifted his capital to this place.
Buland DarwazaWas built by Akbar after his victory over Gujarat. It is not only ‘buland’ or strong in its physical feature, it stands as evidence to the artistic skill of the contemporary artisans. The intricately designed sandstone with marble engraves on the Darwaza opens the aesthetic mind of every visitor.
Itmad-ud-daulah Or the Baby TajWas built by Empress Nur Jahan in memory of her father who was the Chief Minister of Emperor Jahangir. It is situated in the left cache of river Yamuna. The small hexagonal towers also known as the Jewel Box is richly decorated by white marble and attract attention of tourists.
Akbar’s Tomb or SikandraWas the resting place of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, located at 13 kilometres away from the city. Standing at this place, one can visualize the secular characteristics of Akbar who was the founder of the unique feature of ‘Unity amidst diversity’ in India.
Jama MasjidAnother precious example of Mughal Sultanat is a mosque built by Shah Jahan for daughter Jahanara Begum is noted for its atypical dome.
Mariam TombTomb of the wife of Muhghal Emperor Akbar is located within the compound of Christian Missionary Society.
Petha (sweetdish)A translucent soft candy made of ash gourd. It is eye-catching as well as tongue-watering and has become synonymous with Agra. The special flavor of Kesar and Angoori add to the age old popularity of Agra Pethas.
Tourists have many more to witness at Agra such as Guru Ka Tal, Ram Bagh or Aram Bagh, oldest Mughal garden in Mehtab Bagh or Moonlight Garden, Keetham Lake or Sur Sarovar and a number of Hindu temples.
It is said that ‘love’ is just like ‘ghost’ about which everybody talks, but few have seen it. In fact, we are all born out of love, and it is the very principle of existence and its only end. The Tajmahal at Agra stands as a testimony to this mystery about ‘Love’.