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AGRA THE HERITAGE CITY OF INDIA

Indian Heritage City Agra situated on the banks of holy river Yamuna, prominent tourist destination in India. Millions of tourists visit Agra from all across the world every year to see the beauty of majestic Taj Mahal and other historical monument lying everywhere in the city. Agra is primarily witness of Mughal architectural excellence and their love for structural designs. Agra home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites are The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Several others historical monuments and gardens in Agra like Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah, Tomb of Mughal Emperor Akbar The Great

The Taj Mahal in Agra was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Indo-Islamic architecture in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. Described by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore as “the tear-drop on the cheek of time”, it is regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India’s rich history. It was declared a winner of the New 7 Wonders of the World (2000–2007) initiative. The Taj Mahal was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1631, to be built in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632. The imperial courts documenting Shah Jahan’s grief after the death of Mumtaz Mahal illustrate the love story held as the inspiration for Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal complex is believed to have been completed in its entirety in 1653 at a cost estimated at the time to be around 32 million rupees, which in current times would be approximately 52.8 billion Indian rupees (US $ 827 million). The construction project employed some 20,000 artisans under the guidance of a board of architects led by the court architect to the emperor, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri

BULAND DARWAZA

Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory) Exceptional testimony to the Mughal civilization at the end of the 16th century is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Offers a unique example of architectural ensembles of very high quality constructed between 1571 and 1585, its form and layout strongly influenced the evolution of Indian town planning, notably as Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi). Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments, all in a uniform architectural style, is the most typical example of Mughal walled city, with well-defined private and public areas and imposing gateways. The architecture is a blend of Hindu and Islamic and reflects the political and philosophical vision of the Mughal emperors and their style of government. The complex of monuments includes Jodha Bai’s Palace, Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaza and Tomb of Hazrat Sheikh Salim Chishti

AGRA FORT

Agra Red Fort sprawling over an area of 380,000 sq m, UNESCO World Heritage Site situated on the right bank of River Yamuna. This fort was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar, after he defeated the Afghans at Panipat in 1556 using red sandstone, which was brought from the Barauli area in Rajasthan. The renovation was completed in 1573, after eight years of hard work of 1,444,000 labours. The fort is often referred to as walled city, as seventy feet high walls surround it on all sides

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