The following lists provide an overview of local attractions and destinations close to this property.
Agra, an old heritage city on the banks of the river Yamuna, finds its mention in the Epic Mahabharata as Agraban. Enriched with an affluent historical and cultural backdrop, the city of Agra goes back to several centuries to the third century B.C., where it has been referred to as Agrabana or Paradise City. In the 16th and 17th centuries it became the capital of the Mughal Empire and many of the city's best-known monuments were built during this period. The city reached its zenith between 1556 and 1658, under the successive rule of Emperors Akbar, Shah Jahan and Jahangir. Akbar's reign was the most memorable in the city's history. This was when Agra flourished and became renowned as a centre for art, culture and commerce. Since then, the city has continued to attract artists and intellectuals from all over the world.
In terms of artistic ambience and culture, the city is still associated with the Mughal period. It has a laid back lifestyle and an immense wealth of architecture, handicrafts and jewellery. Situated along the Yamuna River, which meanders down from the ancient towns of Mathura and Vrindavan, Agra is a significant district headquarters in Uttar Pradesh. The city charms worldwide tourists with various historical and architectural attractions.
Arts & Cultural
In February, the Taj Mahotsav (festival) is held in Shilpgram, a crafts village and open-air emporium situated about a kilometre along the road running from the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal. The festival features live performances of music and dance.
Points of Interest
Agra Fort (5 kms)
Emperor Akbar began the construction of the massive red sandstone Agra Fort on the banks of the Yamuna River in 1565. Additions were made until the rule of his grandson, Shah Jahan, under whose reign it was partially converted into a palace.
Akbar's Mausoleum at Sikandra (17 kms)
The sandstone and marble tomb of Akbar, the greatest of the Mughal emperors, is situated in the middle of a peaceful garden where deer graze, at Sikandra, 4 kms northwest of Agra. Akbar started its construction himself, blending Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Christian motifs and styles, much like the syncretic religious philosophy he developed called Din-E-illahi.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Situated 60 km from Agra. During the season, cormorant, darter, spoonbill, egret, stork and black ibis are found in large numbers.
Dayal Bagh Temple (15 kms)
The white marble Dayal Bagh Temple of the Radah Soami religion has been under construction since 1904 and is not expected to be completed until some time in the 21st century. If you're lucky, you may get to see the pietra dura (inlay work) in process.
Fatehpur Sikri (40 kms)
Fatehpur Sikri was built by the side of an artificial lake about three kilometres long. This complex of palaces, mosques, gardens, and pavilions is a rich legacy of the Mughal era.
Taj Mahal (1.5 kms)
Described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, this stunning mausoleum has become the de facto tourist emblem of India. It was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
The alleyways of Kinari Bazaar, or old marketplace, start near the Jama Masjid. There are several distinct areas whose names are relics of the Mughal period, though they don't always bear relation to what is sold there today.