The fame of Taj Mahal has reached every corner of the world. People all across the globe visit or want to visit Agra to witness the beauty of this white mausoleum within their lifetime. It is true that the magnificence of Taj is unmatched and it is undoubtedly the finest Mughal art piece that they gifted to India and the world. But the ancient city of Agra is home to some of the most wonderful Mughal architectures other than Taj Mahal.
If you plan an Agra tour, then here is the list of monuments that you must visit other than Taj Mahal to learn about the grandeur of Mughals.
A UNESCO world heritage site, Agra fort is built entirely of red sandstone and various other monuments were added in the complex by different emperors. It houses numerous stunning palaces, lovely mosques and majestic towers. Akbar moved his capital to Agra and for nearly ten years, the city remained the Mughal's capital. Diwan-e-khas, Diwan-e-aam, Moti masjid and Musamman Burj are some of the main tourist attractions of the fort complex. It is said that Shah Jahan died in Musamman Burj after being prisoned by his son Aurangzeb for more than seven years.
Built as the capital city of Akbar, it was soon deserted after the lake in the city which was the only source of water dried out. It was here that the nine jewels of Akbar, his nine courtiers were found. Also a world heritage site, it is undoubtedly the best preserved Mughal architecture in India. There are a number of spectacular palaces, mosques, minarets and gardens which offers you an opportunity to peek at the kind of life that was led in this planned city. Buland Darwaza, Jama Masjid, tomb of saint Salim Chishti and Panch Mahal are some of the tourist attractions of Fatehpur Sikri.
Also known as 'Baby Taj', it is said have inspired the architecture of Taj Mahal. Built by Nur Jehan, Jehangir's wife, for her father who was also called Itmad-ud-daula which means pillar of the state. His wife also lies nest to him. This structure constructed entirely of white marble is surrounded by garden, fountains and walkways. The walls of the tomb are decorated with semi-precious stones and the the images of cypress and wine bottle are carved in them. The structure of the tomb resembles a jewel box.
The resting place of Mariam Zamani, wife of Akbar, it is located to the west of Akbar's tomb in Sikandra. Mariam was a Rajput princess from Amber who converted to Islam and was renamed Mariam. The tomb is an excellent architectural masterpiece with a perfect blend of Hindu, Christian, Islamic and Buddhist architecture. It was originally a Baradari which was later renovated and stylized into a tomb. With a red Sandstone facade, the structure has panels adorned with geometrical floral patterns and has Ornamental octagonal towers. You will impressed by the remarkable floral paintings here.
Akbar's Tomb At Sikandra
Situated on the outskirts of the city, it was built by Akbar himself during his lifetime but the topmost portion was constructed by his son, Jehangir. It is surrounded by a lush green garden. A masterpiece of Mughal architecture, the whole structure is built in red sandstone except the top. During your Taj Mahal travel, enhance your experience by visiting all these wonderful monuments.