Agra Off The Beaten Path

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    We infront of Akbar's Tomb
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  • Akbar's Tomb at Sikandra.
    Akbar's Tomb at Sikandra.
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  • Tomb of Mariam Zamani
    Tomb of Mariam Zamani
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    Visit the abandoned city .

    by lynnehamman Updated Nov 29, 2009

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    If you are going to be in Agra- it is really worthwhile going to visit Fatehpur Sikri
    It has a fascinating history, and wonderful architecture that has been well preserved.
    There is a Sufi Shrine there which has the most marvellous marble lattice work.

    This place is only 37 km from Agra by road, and can easily be combined with a visit to Agra.
    Highly recommended. We had a car and driver- it took us about 30mins to get to Fatehpur Sikri from Agra
    Taxi's can be hired from Agra, and there is also a bus (which might take longer)

    Beware of fake guides who will try and convince you that you need their services. There are genuine guides available. Insist on seeing credentials.

    Lattice window at Sufi Shrine , Fatehpur Sikri
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    Puppet show at the Mughal Sheraton reception area

    by Crift Updated Dec 10, 2003

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    That is a kid with a great future!

    The "puppet man" --as he calls himself, but I think "puppet boy" would be more appropriate-- is less than 15 yrs old and already he is a great puppet player, great singer, great performer/actor, great merchant and a great liar!!!

    I could tell he was trying hard to extract --in the most polite manner, I must admit-- some extra rupies from me, because I had already bought one of his puppets for 200 rupies without bargaining (big mistake, they cost around 40-50 in Delhi's Main Bazar)... When I asked him how old is he, he said without thinking: "Today is my bithday, I am turning 15... will you give me a birthday present?" What can I say?? He is a real character!

    What really made me like this kid even more, was the fact that, without any obligation, after I had given him his "birthday present", he ran and made up a small rug elephant puppet and offered it to me as a gift. Nothing much but the gesture was very nice! Someone who knows how to give and not only how to take is a winner in my book!

    His show takes place every day from 5-6:00 pm onwards at the Mughal Sheraton reception area.

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    Taj Jahan

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Mar 14, 2004

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    Our government guide showed us, from outside the Taj Mahal, where you look across the Yamuna River to see the foundations for the second Taj Mahal that Shah Jahan intended to build, made out of black marble.
    But unfortunately he used public money to pay for his wfe's mausoleum, and planned to do the same for his own. His son, Aurangzeb, became angry with the $$$ his dad was spending, and imprisoned him, before he could complete it. All there is to see is one domed tower (without any black marble overlay) and some foundation work.

    the foundations of the Taj Jahan
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    big bath

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Mar 14, 2004

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    Jahangir's Hauz is a circular bowl-shaped monolithic tank is 5-feet high, 8 feet in diameter and 25 feet in circumference at the rim. It has 3 steps on both the inside and outside which shows that it has always been above ground and was mobile. So that it could be transported and used for bathing in the camp, as well as in the harem. It was ordered to be made by King Jahangir. A persian inscription was carved in 10 ornamental cartouches on the outside of the rim.

    inside the bath
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    Fatehpur Sikri

    by Luchonda Updated Aug 10, 2003

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    The forgotten city of India ! As from the beginning the waterprovision was poor and so people left this city!
    The architecture is unique - a mixed of Moslim/Hindoe an Persian influence.
    In the center of this village you will find a "Chess place" - the figures were at that time living ladies of the Harem - manipulated by Akbar himself.

    Fatehpur Fathepur
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    Mina Masjid

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Mar 14, 2004

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    This small mosque was entriely built of white marble, by the Mughal king, Shah Jahan, for his personal use. It has a small open coutryard, in front of the 3-arched prayer chamber. It isn't decorated and is high-walled on all sides.
    It appears that Shan Jahan used the mosque during his period of imprisonment in the apartment beside the mosque.

    one of walls outside
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    The baby Taj

    by Luchonda Updated Aug 16, 2003

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    The tomb is of special interest because it looks much to the Taj Mahal, although a little bit smaller . It's worth visiting it .. Because it's quiet smaller than the Taj Mahal it's also known as Baby Taj. It was the first Mogul construction in marble and besides that also the first which made elaborate use of the pietra dura-technique as later with the Taj Mahal. From here you have also a nice view on the Taj Mahal.

    The Baby Taj

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    Chini Ka Rauza

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Updated Jul 15, 2008

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    Chini-ka-rauza is situated at a distance of less than one kilometer north of Itmad-ud-daulah (Baby Taj) on the same side of the Yamuna.This tomb is Built in 1635 a memorial dedicated to Allama Afzel Khan Mullah Shukrullah of Shiraz, who was a Persian poet-scholar and later the Prime Minister of Shah Jahan. It is decorated with glazed tiles (chini) on the facade and depicts the Persian influence on Mughal architecture.Paintings and Islamic calligraphy can still be made out on the high domed ceiling.It is a rectangular structure, having beautiful tile work in glazing colours On the top of the chamber some Quranic texts are inscribed. Although it is in a dilapidated condition, its craftsmanship is worth seeing.

    North Gate Chini Ka Rauza East Gate Chini Ka Rauza Ceiling Painting Celing Painting
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    Get a rickshaw...

    by Peter_P Written Feb 25, 2003

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    In front of every hotel in India, you find rickshaws. We hired one for an afternoon (less than 1 USD !!) to travel to some shops. Not the tourist-ones but the ones where local Indians go to buy there stuff. Better prices, good products and a smell of local commerce... Crowded places, dangerous traffic,... an experience not to forget !

    Fun and not expensive
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    Mehtab Bagh

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Updated Jul 15, 2008

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    Mehtab Bagh is situated north side to the Taj Mahal trans Yamuna opposite to Taj Mahal.The moon light garden was built by Emperor Shahjahan viewing the Taj is on the sandy bank of the river Yamuna.
    Mehtab bagh is an ideal spot for the photography the Taj. The panoramic view of the Taj along with Yamuna flowing gently makes this site an excellent photography point.
    Entrance Fees Rs 100.

    We are Standing on Black Taj Mahal Foundtion Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh
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    Sikandar--Akbar's Tomb

    by atufft Updated Apr 29, 2007

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    This really isn't far off the beaten path of the main highway between Delhi and Agra, but many tours probably skip by this great temple in the rush to visit the Taj Mahal. Akbar's tomb is well worth the visit; however, in our case we arrived too late--after spending far too much time in Vrindavan and Mathura. The building was also under at least some restoration as shown in the photo. But, I did capture a few memorable images of the exterior from the long entry driveway that has a large expanse of grass upon which it is actually possible to walk. This structure is older than Taj Mahal and provides a model for the later building of the Taj. Built mostly of red sandstone, colored semi-precious stones are enlayed in fantastic geometrical patterns. There are four towers around the dome of Akbar's tomb.

    Sikandra--Akbar's Tomb Tower at Sikandra Close-up of Sikandra Stonework
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    Sunset Viewing Point of Taj Mahal

    by MM212 Updated Apr 18, 2011

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    I arrived in Agra on a Friday afternoon in late February 2009 only to find out that the Taj Mahal was closed on Fridays. Thus, I began my sightseeing tour by first visiting the mausoleums on the opposite bank of the River Yamuna, namely, Chini-ka-Rauza and Itimad-ud-Daulah, and then ended the day by watching sunset from the viewing point of the Taj Mahal across the River Yamuna. It was one of my last days in India and this moment turned out to be the most unforgettable. Because it was the dry season in late winter, the giant River Yamuna was reduced to a small stream and its riverbed was mostly dry, which allowed the visitors to descend into the riverbed and to walk over fine white sand nearly all the way to the majestic white monument. Watching the incredible Taj Mahal and its changing hues as the sun receded in the sky, with only a handful of others and a few animals, was simply magical. Naturally I could not stop gazing at the Taj and taking many photos in the process, some of which are attached while others I've posted in the travelogue: "Unforgettable Sunset by the Taj Mahal". This is a MUST when visiting Agra, preferably on the evening before the scheduled visit to the Taj Mahal.

    The Taj from the Yamuna viewing point, Feb 2009 Northern fa��ade of the Taj Mahal, Feb 2009 Reflections against River Yamuna, Feb 2009 Us and the animals, Feb 2009
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    Teatime

    by 20011019 Written Oct 25, 2005

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    As I described in my other Agratip, it's really nice to visit the village on the other side of the river. But...If you are invited in someones home, you will be offered tea. Like at other off the beaten path locations. But don't drink the tea. It's not nice not to drink it, I know, but most of the time you will get very sick. Just like we, when we didn't think it was nice to reject the tea.
    This is only the case with of the beaten path places. The other tea was delicious!

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    Hidden Gem

    by NYTim Written Feb 16, 2009

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    If you are going to visit the Taj, just a few hundred yards from where the green zone starts, there is a nature walk with some of the best far away views of the Monument. There is a very small entrance fee but the vista's are excellent.

    View from the nature walk
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    Tomb of Mariam Zamani

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Updated Dec 5, 2011

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    Mariam‘s tomb is situated some 1 km away from Akbar's Tomb at Sikandra. While coming towards Mathura from Agra,It falls on the left side. You can see the signboards/directions from the main highway (NH2).
    Mariam Zamani was the doughter of Raja Bharmal Kachhwaha of Amber (Jaipur) and was married to Akbar in 1562 A.D. she gave birth to Salim (Jahangir) in 1569 at Fatehpur Sikri, when the title ; Mariam Zamani; (Compassionate to the World). When she died in 1623 at Agra, Jehangir built a stylish tomb for his mother close to the tomb of Akbar within the compound of Christian Missionary Society. This square tomb stands in the center of garden.
    This was originally a Lodi Barahdari (Open pavilion) which was adopted by the mughals and converted into a tomb by making a crypt below the central compartment; reconstructing the four facades of the building with carved red sandstone panels and a chsajja with addition of Duchhattis (Mezzanine floors) at the corners; and remaking the superstructure with Chhatris and Chhaparkhats.
    The cenotaph of Mariam Zomani is set in the central chamber, directly above the main mortuary chamber. There is a third grave of the queen too, situated as the white marble cenotaph on a brick masonry platform in the centre of the terrace.

    Tomb of Mariam Zamani
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