World renowned as the location of the legendary Taj Mahal

Little is known of its numerous other monuments which were built in the 16th and 17th centuries to house the capital of the Moghul empire.

It was here that the Moghuls built the beautiful red sandstone Agra Fort; to this the emperor Jehangir added rose red palaces, courts and gardens. Emperor Shah Jahan further embellished the complex with mosques and pavilions of gem-in-laid marble.

The Agra Fort built in 1565, has massive double walls, punctuated by four gateways, the fort houses palaces, courts, mosques, baths, gardens and gracious pavilions within its premises. The colossal walls are 20 feet high.The building and structures inside the fort gives an impression of a city within the city.

Among the fascinating structures that are to be foundwithin the fort is the red sandstone Jehangiri Mahal built by Akbar for his Hindu queen, Jodhabai. The marble pearl mosque inside the fort is one of the most stunningly beautiful mosques in India

The Itmad-ud-daulah tomb stands in the centre of a grand Persian garden. Built in 1622 this splendid garden tomb is believed to be the precursor of the magnificent Taj Mahal, and was the first Mughal structure to be built entirely of marble, and the first, again, to make use of pietra dura, the inlay marble work that came to be typical of the Taj.

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