Agra, the former capital of the Mughals, is truly a treasure trove of the world. Two monuments of Agra are included in the historical heritage of UNESCO – the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. In addition to them, the diamond fund of Agra includes the palace and the pearl mosque of Shah Jihan, the Akbarrabad fortress, the mausoleums of Akbar and Itimad-ud-Daoud, the Drama mosque (the list goes on and on).
Taj Mahal, the officially recognized Wonder of the World, reflects the ideas of those times about the interiors of paradise life. The mausoleum was built in the 17th century by the inconsolable Mughal emperor Shah Jihan in memory of his wife, who died suddenly. Later, having completed his earthly journey, Shah Jihan rested in the Taj Mahal next to his unforgettable Mumtaz.
The construction of the mausoleum took 22 years; this fact is reflected in the number of domes that crown the complex’s main gate. The marble walls inside and outside are inlaid with gems. The mausoleum complex includes a luxurious park, an irrigation canal, a marble pool, a mosque, minarets, and guest houses, made in the same style. By the way, the marble with which the mausoleum is lined produces a stunning effect on an unprepared viewer – in the light of the day, it looks snow-white, in the morning – soft pink, and on a moonlit night – silver.
To enhance the romantic effect in the Taj Mahal, you must go to the full moon when the complex is open to night visitors. Are you short on time but still want to experience the magnificence of the Taj Mahal? The same day taj mahal tour by car offers a convenient and efficient way to visit this wonder of the world.
Two and a half kilometers from the Taj Mahal is the Red Fort of Agra which was built under the leadership of the ruler Akbar, who had a passion for red. The construction was continued by his grandson (mentioned above, Shah Jihan); the buildings of this time were white marble. The fort is surrounded by a moat, which in former times was filled with the waters of a nearby river. The walls of the fort, in terms resembling a crescent moon, rise to 22 meters. The fort’s architecture is an interweaving of the traditions of Islamic and Hindu architecture.
A beautiful legend tells that the last years of his life, Shah Jihan, overthrown from the throne by his son, spent in captivity in the Red Fort, admiring the mausoleum where his beloved rested through a barred window. So, what are you waiting for? Book the taj mahal tour by car with experienced drivers and comfortable cars, visiting the Taj Mahal, the Red Fort, and other historical sites along the way.
When to go to Agra
The ideal time to visit Agra is during early October, when the oppressive heat has subsided and the rainy season has ended. The temperature during the day stays at a pleasant range of +18 to +20 °C, with blossoming surroundings, though there may be a high influx of tourists. By December, the temperature drops to +14 to +17 °C, offering cooler weather and lower prices for flights and accommodations, resulting in fewer tourists.
It is advisable to avoid visiting Agra during the hot season from March to mid-June when the temperature remains high, often reaching +35 to +45 °C. The rainy season begins in mid-July and lasts until the end of September, with August being the wettest month, with almost two weeks of continuous rain.