For more than 150 years, Agra was the Lodi and Mogul capital, until Aurangzeb transferred it officially to Delhi on usurping his father's throne in 1658. In the seventeenth century, the city was compared favorably with London and its architecture master places from the Great Mogul period are world famous. In view of all this, most visitors expect to find a Agra as city of glorious past with the vestiges of its former glory. The tourist on Same Day Taj Mahal Tour or Agra city tours happens to see the narrow streets of the old city, old buildings and the Jama Masjid area. These are reminiscent of erstwhile glorious past of Mughal Empire.
With the rapid diminishing power of the Moguls in the second half of the eighteenth century, Agra became a battleground for the Marathas and the Jats, who took it in turn to control the city, much destruction occurred during their disputations, particularly in 1764, following a Jat raid. The British made Agra the regional capital once again, early in the nineteenth century, and built a large cantonment to the south, which even today represents half the entire city.
Although no detailed record exists of the layout and appearance of Agra in its heydays, there had been exotic bazaars, garden mansions, garden, trees and, probably, water coursing through the main street.
Fortunately, the Jats and Marathas, although they were Hindus, spared Agra's Muslims tombs, mosques and fort like: the Taj Mahal to the South-east, the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah to the east and the Tomb of Akbar to the north-west, in the suburb of Sikandra. Agra Fort was also untouched. This is quite in contrast to the fact that Muslim invaders destroyed Hindu monuments with religious zeal.
Primarily, it is the peripheral monuments of Agra, in particular the Taj Mahal that people come to see rather than the city itself. The overall impression that Agra gives is of a crown of base metal studded with exquisite jewels. A better impression of the splendors of the Mughal cities is gained from a visit to Akbar's 'dead city' of Fatehpur Sikri, 23 miles (37 Kms) distance. The Same Day Taj Mahal Tour by train will lead you to Fatehpur Sikri as well. Its great Jama Masjid and royal palaces have been almost untouched by time, although little else remains.
For the sake of convenience, due to proximity, brief excursion is made into Rajasthan, via Mathura and Vrindavan, to explore Deeg and Bharatpur, with its Keoladeo National Park, an ornithologist's paradise. Before leaving Agra, many will wish to make an excursion southward to Gwalior, which possesses the finest of all Indian forts, and a series of enormous Jain rock carving.
Agra Tour Packages
Taj Mahal with Ajanta Ellora Tour
Highlights :Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur - Udaipur - Mumbai - Ajanta- Ellora
Taj Mahal With Jodhpur Tour
Highlights :Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri- Jaipur- Jodhpur - Delhi
Tajmahal with Haridwar & Rishikesh
Highlights : Taj - Mahal - with - Haridwar - Rishikesh