The Taj Mahal stands serene and perfect in the garden
of cypresses and reflecting pools on the banks of river Yamunna. Its pure
white marble shimmers silver in the moonlight, glows softly pink at dawn,
and at close of day reflects the fairy tints of the setting sun. The Taj in
all its timeless beauty is still the inspiration of poets and painters,
writers and photographers. And lovers still meet here in the moonlight in
the shadow of the world's most famous monument of love. It took 22 years to
complete--a symbol of eternal love where Shahjehan too lies buried,
re-unitedat last with his beloved Mumtaz.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Situated at a distance of 55 km from the city of Taj Mahal, Agra, Bharatpur
hosts a variety of bird species from across the globe. Close to 380 species
of birds are found in this 29 sq km stretch, approximately 10 sq km of which
comprises of marshes and bogs. Rest of the area comprises of scrublands,
grasslands and more than 44,000 trees that are used for nesting by birds
each year. This rather intriguing blend of marshes, woodland and flora found
here represents and, at the same time, substantiates the density and
diversity of the region's forest cover.
How does one describe Delhi? The capital city of India? The capital of the
world's largest democracy? Actually, Delhi is India in miniature. Delhi
is 32,87,263 sq km of India's fantastic variety compressed into 1483 sq
km. Over the millennia, it has wooed rulers, attracted plunderers, and tried
historians with so many details. Today, even as it preserves an enviable
heritage, Delhi is a true cosmopolitan city always on the move. Agra,
situated at a distance of around 203 km from Delhi, always remained in
struggle to be the centre of power with the later.
Mathura (or Brajbhoomi) is famous as the birthplace of Lord Krishna, an
important deity in the Hindu religious pantheon. It is an important pilgrim
place of the Hindus and one of the seven sacred cities in India. The main
pilgrim center in Mathura is the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple. Mathura is
also an important craft center. Mathura is located at a distance of around
47 km off Agra.
Sikri was the imperial city of the Mughal dynasty between 1571 and 1584.
Built by the Mughal emperor Akbar, this royal city is one of a kind. The
architectural grandeur of this deserted city cannot be described in words
and one can only experience the aura of its magnificent edifices by seeing
them. The city is located at a distance of 40 km from Agra, the city of Taj
Akbar's tomb at Sikandra is an excellent example of assimilation of
different styles of architecture and it represents a significant departure
from the earlier Mughal buildings. The tomb carries the characteristic
flavor of the airy tiered pavilions of the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
Vrindavan is a sacred destination of the Hindus and is revered for of its
association with the life of Lord Krishna. There are as many as 4,000
temples in Vrindavan, most of them dedicated to Lord Krishna. Vrindavan is
located just 57 km from Agra, the city of Taj Mahal.
The city of Gwalior, the city of famed Sindia' and known for it's mighty
fort is located at a distance of around 118 km from Agra.