Friday, 2 January 2015

12 Beautiful Romantic Destinations Hidden in India

Sometimes, life gets monotonous and all you crave for is a vacation with your special someone. But where to head to when all the places are already taken with tourists crowding them every now and then? Here are 12 beautiful romantic destinations hidden in India that you must travel to with your loved one:

1. Mashobra

Half an hour away from the hustle bustle of Shimla lies a sleepy town full of Himalayan cedar, wild strawberries and abundant orchards. Mashobra is truly a nature lover’s delight. Not your typical romantic destination, this one is for couples who like to experience the other side. Try some local cuisines or just wander around, this place will make you forget your worries.
2. Triund
Have you ever dreamt of walking on clouds? If you have, here is a chance to make that dream come true. Some 18 kms away from McLeod Ganj, Triund is the adventure lover's paradise and looks just great every season. The four-five hour trek leaves you tired as hell, but when you are with the love of your life, it is totally worth it!



3. Khajjiar

Another of Himachal's gem, Khajjiar is a tiny little hill station in Chamba. It's beautiful location and landscapes have earned the title of 'Mini Switzerland'. Just walk around with your special someone around the lake or go on a romantic long walk in the thick pine forests.


4. Cherrapunji
Your sweatheart by your side, a drizzle, some chai with hot pakoras, and a long drive - what else do you need to make it a perfect evening? One of the wettest places on Earth, Cherrapunji in Meghalaya is beauty at its best. The place sees monsoons throughout the year and is a perfect abode for you and your plus one.

5. Chaukori
Chaukori is a tiny hill station in Uttarakhand, but this one's not like your usual hill stations. Here, you can actually sit in silence with your partner and feel the cool breeze touch your faces. Want another reason to visit? The majestivc view of the snowy peaks of Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot cannot be missed!


6. Mararikulam
If you and your partner are craving some beach time alone, ditch Goa and straightaway head to Mararikulam. Time stands still at this super clean beach which is a perfect destination to sit, relax and soak in the sun or just enjoy the shade of the coconut trees on the beach.


7. Jalori Pass
If you are the kind of couple who likes to keep it adventurous, what can be better than a bike ride to Jalori Pass, one of India's dangerous roads. However, it remains closed during peak winters. So before you decide to take the route, make sure you are fully prepared.


8. Alleppey
Alleppey is also known as Alappuzha and is a beautiful town in Kerala. From temples to caves to boat rides and cruises, there is something to leave everybody awed in this town. We recommend you get on the houseboat, forget your worldly worries and wander around the lake for a while!

9. Coorg
Be enchanted by the beautiful Abbey Falls in Madikeri or experience wildlife at the Jungle Trek in the Western Ghats, Coorg makes for a great romantic destination to rejuvenate your souls.


10. Havelock Island
A four-hour ferry drive away from Port Blair, the pristine blue waters of the Havelock Island are perfect to set the tone for your time ahead with your loved one. Hire a bicycle, bike or just walk around on the island, the place offers you your time alone, without any tourist-y distractions.


11. Imphal
If you like experiencing new cultures, Imphal is the place for you. Rightly called the Jewel of India, it is surrounded by hills from all sides making it a perfect place for a long chat and a little cuddle. A total scenic heaven, head to Imphal if you are tired of the conventional romantic places.


12. Nashik

While Nashik recorded it's lowest temperature of the season – 6.3 degrees Celsius – it is the perfect time to take a drive down to the city with your special someone. Enjoy a drink at the Vineyards or savor lunch by the side of the various lakes that it has to offer.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Top Tourist Destinations In India

India is very very diverse – probably the most diverse of countries that you will find on this earth. We have some of the Coldest places in Kashmir, A place that has highest rainfall in world – Cherrapunji, and also one if the driest places on the Earth – The Thar Desert. Adding to that – More than half of Indian boundary is home to beautiful beaches. And don’t forget that Northern part of India hosts Himalayan Ranges snow capped mountains.Mix all this with different cultures and hundreds of Languages and Dialects – You have a got a potent mix of diversity. If you really think, I really am amazed that with such diverse people & geographies how do we operate as one single democratic country !

Agra
Agra’s Taj Mahal is one of the most famous buildings in the world, the mausoleum of Shah Jahan’s favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the world, and one of three World Heritage Sites in Agra.
Taj Mahal
Completed in 1653, the Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal king Shah Jahan as the final resting place for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Finished in marble, it is perhaps India’s most fascinating and beautiful monument. This perfectly symmetrical monument took 22 years (1630-1652) of hard labour and 20,000 workers, masons and jewelers to build and is set amidst landscaped gardens.

Jaipur and Udaipur
Jaipur is also popularly known as the Pink City, is the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan. Jaipur is a very famous tourist and education destination in India. Lots of people flock to Jaipur to view the various forts and monuments in Jaipur which reflect its glorious past. Tourism is a significant part of Jaipur’s economy. Some of the world’s best hotels are located here.
Amber Fort

Lots of people flock to Jaipur to view the various forts and monuments in Jaipur which reflect its glorious past. Tourism is a significant part of Jaipur’s economy. Some of the world’s best hotels are located here.
Forts & Monuments
  • Hawa Mahal
  • Amber Fort
  • Jaigarh Fort
  • Nahargarh Fort
  • City Palace
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Jal Mahal
  • Rambagh Palace
  • Chandra Mahal, The City Palace, Jaipur
  • Diwan-e-Aam, City Palace
  • Central Museum, (Albert Hall Museum)
Kashmir
Kashmir was once called Heaven on Earth, and once of the most beautiful places in the world. However, in last couple of decades, terrorism has faded its charm – A place home to Himalayan Ranges.
Dull Lake
The State of Jammu & Kashmir has main three geographical regions known as “The Lesser Himalayas” or the “Jhelum Valley” (Kashmir), “The Inner Himalayas” or “The Indus Valley” (Ladakh & Frontier areas) also called “Trans-Himalayas”, and “The Outer-Himalayas” or “The Southern mountain range” (Jammu). The area of Jammu & Kashmir is 2, 22,236 square kilometers.

Kerala Backwaters
House Boat in Kerala
Kerala, situated on the lush and tropical Malabar Coast, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Named as one of the "ten paradises of the world" and "50 places of a lifetime" by the National Geographic Traveller magazine, Kerala is especially known for its ecotourism initiatives, Beautiful Backwaters and Alternative healing massages.

Goa
Goa is Famous for its pristine beaches, infact 90% of all the tourism in Goa happens only for its beautiful beaches in Coastal Areas. Goa has two main tourist seasons: winter and summer. In the winter time, tourists from abroad (mainly Europe) come to Goa to enjoy the splendid climate. In the summertime (which, in Goa, is the rainy season), tourists from across India come to spend the holidays.
Goa Beach
In 2008 there were more than three million tourists reported to have visited Goa, more than half million of whom were from Foreign visitors. Infact, many foreigners have made Goa as there home for its laid-back and relaxed lifestyle.

Kanyakumari

Vivekananda Memorial
Though there are several places of tourist-interest in the town and district, Kanyakumari is especially popular in India for its spectacular and unique sunrise and sunset. The confluence of three ocean bodies – the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea – makes the sunrise and sunset even more special. On balmy, full-moon evenings, one can also see the moon-rise and sunset at the same time – on either side of the horizon.

Old Delhi

Delhi, Capital of India has many attractions like mosques, forts and other monuments that represent India’s history. The important places in Old Delhi include the majestic Red Fort. New Delhi on the other hand houses many government buildings and embassies, apart from places of historical interest.
The Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb have been declared World Heritage Sites.

Ajantha Ellora

Ajantha & Ellora are 28 – 30 rock-cut cave monuments created during the first century BC and 5th century AD, containing paintings and sculptures considered to be masterpieces of both Buddhist religious art and universal pictorial art. The caves are located just outside the village of Ajantha / Ellora in Aurangabad district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Since 1983, the Ajanta & Ellora Caves have been a UNESCO, World Heritage Site.

Darjeeling

Darjeeling in India owes’ its grandeur to its natural beauty, its clean fresh mountain air and above all, the smiling resilient people for whom it is a home. Known for its natural splendor, Darjeeling’s best gift to its’ visitors is the dawn of a new day. The mountains awaken first with a tentative peeking of the sun.
A steep ride, five kilometers from Ghoom, or an invigorating walk up a steep incline, leads sun worshippers to Tiger Hill. The air is chilly with darkness and damp. To the east, a dull orange sun emerged painting the sky with brilliant strokes of magenta, gold, orange and fuchsia. The snow capped Everest, Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Jannu and other peaks slowly emerge from slumber to start a new day. The sun worshippers gasp at the magnificent sight.

Mysore

Mysore is a tourism hot spot within the state of Karnataka and also acts as a base for other tourist places in the vicinity of the city. The city receives the maximum number of tourists during the period of the Dasara festival when festivities take place for a period of 10 days. One of the most visited monuments in India, the Ambavilas Palace (also known as Mysore Palace) is the center of the Dasara festivities.

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Beautiful Culture Of India

If anything which attracts tourists to India is its affluent culture and traditions. If anyone wants to know everything about Indian Culture then one should know about fairs, festivals, arts, crafts, language, literature, cuisine and its diverse religions. One can easily be left spell bound on learning the richness in culture and artistic vision of the Rajas of the ancient times. Indian culture is well preserved in the various historical cities, monuments, magnificent temples and shrines. These structures are sure to leave a long lasting impression and an unforgettable experience to its visitors. The Indian Culture is one of the oldest of cultures round the world. Every state in India preserves its own culture, language, festivals and customs. The culture of India includes Indian music, Indian dance, costumes, cuisine and festivals.

Indian art and crafts has succeeded in making its own unique identity all around the world and occupies its own prominence. The Indian crafts are not old but too old. The Indian crafts’ history goes back to the Indus Valley Civilization. Paintings, sculptures, jewelry, textiles, stone and woodcrafts are amongst the major art and craft works in India. The profusion of color is what amazes the visitors. The idols of the various gods and goddesses, clothes, trucks and all those small products in the numerous shops at Delhi’s Janpath display a mutiny of colors. All the wonderful handicrafts are the work of many unrecognized artisans who have the power to wield magic with heir hands. For instance, the beautiful Gujarati Cholis, the perfectly carved furniture and the brilliantly studded silver jewellery are some of the skillful works of those thousands of unsung craftsmen.



Culture Of India

The traditional delicacies of India make people’s mouth water without fail. The diversity in the Indian food is simply irresistible. One can easily find a different flavor and specialty in the North Indian, South Indian, West Indian and East Indian cuisines. In India the act of eating meals also takes place in a traditional way. The person has to sit on the floor and use his fingers to devour his meals. It is a common myth that Indian cuisines begin and end with curries. In India, it is not just the dishes, but also the flavors, colors, cooking and cutting styles of vegetables is different in each region.

India is often called a land of ‘Unity in Diversity’. This is because of its various religions, Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam and Christianity. Indian religions have a great impact on the people and societies. Understanding religion in India is not possible without learning its religious practices and beliefs. Indian dances are also a popular form of communication. Here the body is used to speak out ones thoughts. These dances are an age old traditions. There are various dances for each of the regions. Dances are included in the various other zones like poetry, literature, theatre, sculpture and music.
The best reservists of Indian Culture are the ancient Indian Vedic scriptures. Indians believe in the depths of these scriptures to such an extent that they choose ones paths from these to attain salvation. The Hindu religion has become one of the developed religions only because of these texts.

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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

History Of India


It is understood that the spirit of India has always succeeded in captivating the whole world with its unique air of mystery. India is a subcontinent which conserves a history 5000 years old. People all around the world know India as a country where history repeats itself and every stone and dust particle.

The first chief civilization was the Indus Valley Civilization. It prospered around 2500 BC in the Indus river valley and still exists in bits and pieces. This civilization is commonly known as the Harappan culture. The invasions in India had begun to destroy India from 1500 BC onwards. The Aryan ethnic groups from Afghanistan and Central Asia had begun to sift in the north western part of India. The advancement was slow but despite of this they were successful in controlling the Northern part of India. As a result, the Dravidians were shoved back to the Southern part of India. These Aryan tribes multiplied across the Ganges plain. Later they were grouped into sixteen chief kingdoms. Gradually, these kingdoms were merged into four new larger states. In about 364 BC, when North India was ruled by the Nanda dynasty, there were two more attacks from the west. The first was by Darius, the Persian King and the other by Alexander.
Agra Fort
The first ones to rule the Northern India along with some parts of the Southern India were the Mauryas. Chandragupta Maurya became the founder with the proficient supervision of Kautilya. It was because of him that a consolidated organizational setup could be created. Only after Ashoka could the empire flourish. He left many iron pillars and rock cut edicts in places like Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh.

Following the collapse of the Mauryas, the Guptas came into picture. Although this empire was not larger than the Mauryas but it was responsible for keeping the northern part of India united politically. And this happened from the 335 AD to 455 AD.
There were many other commanding empires after the Mauryan Empire. Satavahanas, Kalingas and Vakatakas were amongst those arisen in the southern and central India. The Cholas, Cheras, Chalukyas, Pandyas and Pallavas were the grand dynasties in the Southern India.
The Muslim invasions took place after the Guptas had done their part. This happened at the early half of the 11th century. The raids affected the Northern part of India by Mahmud of Ghazni for seventeen times and resulted in the shattered power of the Northern part. Later Mahmud of Ghauri invaded India and successfully established a foreign empire.

The Mughal Era is still known to be the vivacious period. Some of the most outstanding rulers of the Mughal dynasty were Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb. This dynasty’s size is not only prominent but the Mughals had a great taste of art and architecture. This can be seen in the magnificent Taj Mahal made by Shah Jahan at Agra. Also, the various forts, palaces, buildings, mosques, gardens etc display the brilliant architecture of the Mughals. The most fascinating thing to note is their revenue system. It still forms the basis of the Indian revenue system till date. After the Mughals came the Marathas in the Western part of the country.
The trading posts were set up in India by the British, Portuguese, Danes and Dutch. The French had to set themselves up in Pondicherry. The East India Company stood for the British and developed their business control over huge areas. However, their rule was made official by the straight conquest of the British Crown.
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Monday, 5 March 2012

National Parks In India

Like Heritage monuments and Mughal Monuments, India is also famous for its National Parks, Bird Sancturies etc. Here we at Delight Tours, we also have various packages for those who have keen interest in wildlife species, birds etc.

Brief Description about Indian National Parks :-
Currently there are over 80 national parks in India to serve this purpose. Each of these parks houses at least one unique species. India is a country famous for its wildlife and animal resources. But people have become greedy these days. They hunt down the innocent animals just for fun and game. If this thing goes on, all of this natural wildlife will be exterminated. To prevent this from happening, the government of India has established several wildlife sanctuaries in many different states across the country. This is done because India houses some of the rarest of the animal kind that can be found across the globe. A study has shown that India is one of the 17 countries that contribute to 70% of the words total biodiversity. Thus it is essential that wildlife must be preserved with much care.

Jim Corbett national Park : Corbett National Park is one of the very first wildlife reserves to be established in India. It has an area spanning over 500 square kilometers in the Himalayan foothills. The park was first established back in the year 1936 under the name Hailey National Park, and was later changed to the name Ramganga National Park, before finally reaching its current name, Corbett National Park. The park is known for its various types of wildlife as well one of the nine tiger reserves created during the launch of Project Tiger back in the year of 1973.


Kaziranga National Park : The Kaziranga National Park was founded near the banks of the Brahmaputra River, the park can be found in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of the state of Assam. The park has been honored as a world heritage site and is also home to two thirds of the world’s Great One-horned Rhinoceroses. Since its declaration as a tiger reserve back in the year 2006, Kaziranga National Park has become home to one of the highest densities of tigers in a protected area. The park is also famous as a breeding spot for elephants, wild water buffalos as well as swamp deer’s. The lands of the Kaziranga National Park are mostly consistent of elephant grass, marshland, and dense tropical forests.

Periyar National Park : Periyar National Park is located in Periyar, which is a protected area located in the state of Kerala. The area of the park covers a massive area of 925 kilometer squares, with a total of 350 kilometers of that land being converted to form Periyar National Park. Much of the park is covered by undisturbed evergreen or semi-evergreen rain forests. This park is well known for its elephants and its mammals which total up to a total of 62 different species, many of which are endangered. The reserve is also home to a total of 53 tigers in a recent recording in the tear of 2010.

Sariska Tiger Reserve : The Sariska Tiger Reserve can be found in the state of Rajastan. The area was originally a hunting reserve but was later converted into a wildlife reserve in the year 1955. In light with the launch of Project Tiger in India in the year 1978, the park also gained recognition as a tiger reserve. The area of the park spans over a massive total of 866 kilometer square. Some of the famous wildlife you can find in the Sariska Tiger Reserveissuch as the Bengal tigers, Four horned antelopes and the Rhesus monkeys. However tragedy struck the park in the year 2004 when it was declared that there were no longer anymore tigers in Sariska. One of the possible arguments brought up as a reason why was poaching.

Sundarbans National Park : The Sundarbans National Par los a national park which also triples up as a tiger reserve as well as a Biosphere reserve. The park can be found in the Indian state of west Bengal and spans over an area of a total of 1330 square kilometers. It is a reserve which is well known for its status as one of the largest reserves of the Bengal tiger. It also houses a large variety of birds, reptiles, and invertebrate species including the extremely large salt-water crocodile. The park was originally just a tiger reserve back in the year 1973 but was later named a national park in the year 1984. The park boasts a total of 64 different species of plants. The park is also well known for its breathtaking beauty in the months of April and May when the scarlet red leaves of the Genwa and the yellow flowers from of the Khalsi plant can be seen. Besides that the Park is also home to over 400 tigers.

Dhudhwa National Park : The Dhudhwa National Park is famous for being one of the tiger reserves in India and is located in Lakhim Pur Kgeei District of Uttar Pradesh. The national has an area which spans over an area of 81 square kilometers. The Park also boasts a variety of animals consisting of 38 species of mammals, 16 species of reptiles, 400 species of birds and 90 species of fish. The national park is also home to one of the rarest birds in the world, known as a Bengal Florican. The Bengal florican has a global population of 600 and 40-50 of those birds can be found in the national park.


Gir forest national park : The most prominent national park of North India is probably the Gir forest national park. It is located in the state ofGujarat and was established in year 1931. The park extends to a total area of over 1400 km². It is the only home of Asia lions. Due to much effort by the government and other activists, the ecosystem is really well-balanced with a wide species of flora and fauna. The lion population in this park is over 400 thanks to its lion breeding program. This park has seven different perennial rivers flowing through it. It also has the biggest reservoir in the area. There are over 500 different plant species found in this area. This park also acts as a useful research area for biological studies. If producers several million kilos of grass whose value exceeds over US$10 million. It also acts as an important source of wood with providing over 10,000 metric tons of wood every year. The special Park has a rich species of fauna which includes over 30 different kinds of mammals, 300 different types of birds, a number of reptiles and a variety of insect species. The notable animals include Bengal tigers, Asian Lions, leopards, hyenas, Mongoose and antelopes.

Bannerghatta national Park : The Bannerghatta national Park is another prominent wildlife sanctuary located in Karnataka state. It is a unique place and houses the largest zoological reserves covering an area of over 25,000 acres. This national park is very famous for its lion and tiger reserves. The white tiger among them is probably the most famous. Other species such as leopards and antelopes are also present here. This park has a small zoo which exhibits several reptiles and other small creatures. One of the most notable features of this park is that it has a butterfly park which extends up to 8 acres with over 20 different species of butterflies. Its biological reserve is also pretty amazing with lots of elephants, dear, leopards and other mammals.

Buxa national Park : The Buxa national talk located in West Bengal adds to the famous national Parks of India. It extends a total area of 760 km². Its biggest attraction is the Buxa Tiger reserve. Animals such as civet, red jungle fowl and Tigers can be found here. It was the 15th Tiger reserve to be established and was constructed in the year 1983. It runs along the border of Bhutan. It has a rich species of flora with special type of orchids, grass and even aquatic flora. The prominent fauna includes Tiger,boar, elephants and sambar. Over 250 species of birds can be found here. One of the most notable things about this national park is that it has the highest density of fish species in the entire Bengal region. Regal Python can also be found here.

Betla national Park : Betla national Park is situated in the state of Jharkhand. Its main attractions include elephants, tigers and monkeys. Under the project Tiger reserve, this park became the first in India to conserve tigers. It has a total area of over 1300 km². Animals such as deer mouse, horned antelope, sambar, wolf and elephants are prominent in this region.
Many such national parks exist in India each with the same goal of protecting the wildlife

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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Place to Visit In Agra

India is a land of rich cultural heritage and diversity. Because of this, much advancement has occurred resulting in many new types of architectural and historic buildings being constructed every now and then. There are many places in India with such improvements. Among them Agra is probably at the top of the list. Tourism in India is at its peak today, all of which is due to the fact that many such wonderful places exist today that people would want to come from faraway places so that they can have a view at the magnificence that lie before them. Agra has been under the influence of the Mogul kings for over four centuries. Because of this many buildings and beautiful places are constructed here since long ago. This place has become so much popular that any tourist who comes to India will want to this visit this place no matter what.

The Taj Mahal
When it comes to visiting Agra, the most notable and probably the most famous of all the places in India is the Taj Mahal. It was constructed in the year 1632 by the then Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan. He constructed this beautiful white structure in memory of his dead wife Mumtaz Mahal. This building is a mixture of Turkish, Persian and Indian construction styles. Its construction was completed in the year 1453, almost after 22 years since the construction began. 
The Taj Mahal
This amazing structure is called the jewel in the Muslim Style of construction in India. It is a dome shaped structure which involved over thousands of craftsmen. It is symmetrical shaped structure with a dome at the center. The building is located at the banks of the great River Yamuna.This also adds to the scenic beauty of the structure. Inside this amazing structure is like a whole new world. The walls inside the Taj are filled with designs by the artisans. Several precious gems are used for decorative purposes. There is an Octagon shaped structure in the inside which is highly decorated. The interior walls are over 25 m and there is a false sun motif decoration at the top. The graves of the great Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife are at the center of the structure. This is not very highly decorated as Muslim tradition forbids grave declarations. Surrounding this beautiful structure is a 300 m² square meter garden called the Mogul garden or Charbagh. The Taj Mahal is considered one of the 7 modern wonders of the world. This is one of the historic achievements of this great structure.

Sikandra Fort
Sikandra

There are many other places to visit in Agra besides the Taj Mahal. One such place is the Sikandra Fort. This was constructed by Emperor Akbar, the most famous of the Moguls. This fort is located 10 meters away from the main city and is surrounded by a garden. This garden is similar to the Charbagh garden around Taj Mahal. Water channels flow throughout the garden thus making way for a lot of fountains.This is a tomb made completely out of red colored sandstones. The Tomb shape is different when compared to other Mogul buildings. It consists of a large number of arches and Piers. The gateways to the fort are the most beautiful. There are four gates built completely out of sandstones and the southern gate leading to the tomb. Accessing this place from the main city is quite easy. There are lots of bus lines going in and out thus making this place easily accessible.

Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Agra, India. The fort is also known as Lal Qila, Fort Rouge and Red Fort of Agra. It is about 2.5 km northwest of its more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal and it can be more accurately described as a walled city. The great Mugals, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb lived here, and the country was governed from here. It contained the largest state treasury and mint. It was visited by foreign ambassadors, travelers and dignitariesIt was originally a brick fort, held by the Hindu Sikarwar Rajputs. It was mentioned for the first time in 1080 AD when a Ghaznavide force captured it. Sikandar Lodi (1488–1517) was the first Sultan of Delhi who shifted to Agra and lived in the fort. He governed the country from here and Agra assumed the importance of the second capital. He died in the fort in 1517 and his son, Ibrahim Lodi, held it for nine years until he was defeated and killed at Panipat in 1526. Several palaces, wells and a mosque were built by him in the fort during his period.

Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri

Another place that one must see when he or she is in Agra is the Fatehpur Sikri. During Akbar’s reign, this place was the political capital of the great Mogul empire. This place is famous for its red fort. All the treasure and Arsenal was kept here during their reign. When compared to other cities built by the moguls, this place acts as an innovation for modern times. It also acts as an example for decent revenue system, administrative and organizational place.
Fatehpur Sikri sits on rocky ridge, 3 km. in length and 1 km. wide, and palace city is surrounded by a 11 km wall on three side with the fourth being a lake at the time. Its architect was Tuhir Das and was constructed using Indian principles. The buildings of Fatehpur Sikri show a synthesis of various regional schools of architectural craftsmanship such as Gujarat and Bengal. This was because indigenous craftsmen from various regions were used for the construction of the buildings.Influences from Hindu and Jain architecture are seen hand in hand with Islamic elements. The building material used in all the buildings at Fatehpur Sikri, palace-city complex, is the locally quarried red sandstone, known as 'Sikri sandstone'. It is accessed through gates along the five-mile long fort wall, namely, Delhi Gate, the Lal Gate, the Agra Gate, Birbal's Gate, Chandanpal Gate, The Gwalior Gate, the Tehra Gate, the Chor Gate and the Ajmere Gate.

Jama Masjid
Agra is also a place of many religious beliefs. One example for this is the Jama Masjid. Here a large courtyard is constructed where people can gather around to pray. The Jama Masjid is highly integrated with interior writings and tiles of decorative colors and geometrical designs. A shrine of the great Sufi leader Salim Chisti is present inside the mosque. There is an amazing workmanship in the screens of marbles located inside the tomb. It was initially constructed using red sandstone. Aside the fact that the structure is an amazing architectural feat, it also serves as a place of worship for the Muslim complex. This makes the place one of the must-see locations when a person visits Agra.

Itmad – Ud Daula Tomb
Itmad-Ud Daula Tomb
The Itmad-ud-daulah tomb stands in the centre of a grand Persian garden, an architectural gem of its times. It is the tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, Emperor Jahangir’s father – in- law. The structure was built by Empress Noorjehan in memory of her father, between 1622 and 1628 and is very similar to the tomb she constructed for her husband, near Lahore in Pakistan. This splendid garden tomb is believed to be the precursor of the magnificent Taj Mahal, and was the first Mughal structure to be built entirely of marble, and the first, again, to make use of pietra dura, the inlay marble work that came to be typical of the Taj.
Located on the left bank of the Yamuna river, the mausoleum is set in a large cruciform garden criss-crossed by water courses and walkways. The mausoleum itself covers about twenty-three square meters, and is built on a base about fifty meters square and about one meter high. On each corner are hexagonal towers, about thirteen meters tall. The walls are white marble from Rajasthan encrusted with semi-precious stone decorations - cornelianjasperlapis lazulionyx, and topaz formed into images of cypress trees and wine bottles, or more elaborate decorations like cut fruit or vases containing bouquets. Light penetrates to the interior through delicate jālī screens of intricately carved white marble.

Jahangir Mahal
Jahangir Mahal
One of the most beautiful buildings inside the Agra Fort that one must not miss at any cost is the Jahangir Mahal. Jahangir Mahal is one of the monuments that reflect the Akbari Architecture. The structure was built during the reign of Akbar. The structure has served as a palace for the members of the royal family, mostly women. This Mahal is a huge private resident of the then royal family inside the fort. Jahangir’s Palace was the principle Zenana Palace.
Agra is a wonderful city with many forts and historical monuments. The significant structures that this city holds include Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. UNESCO has identified all the three places as World Heritage Sites. Jahangir Mahal is located within the premises of the Agra Fort. It is one of the biggest structures inside the premises and tourists for its architecture. This Mahal was the private resident for Akbar’s Rajput wives. The architecture of Jahangir Mahal is a splendid piece of work. The brackets in the palace are built with a Gujaratis way of approach to a building. The brackets are marvelously carved with flora and fauna patterns and appeals about the style of the Akbari period of architecture. The buildings are also dominating on the fact that most parts of the structure are built in the Islamic Style.

Chini ka Rauza
Chini ka rauza, Agra is considered to be the one of the masterpiece of glazed-tile decoration. This mausoleum is in fact a classic example of the Persian influence on Mughal architeture of that period. Parts of the walls are still covered with the colored enamel tiles (Chini) which gave the tomb its name. On the top of the dome you can see some Quranic texts inscribed on it. This really is a magnificent holiday site to visit in every season.

Soor Sarover
17 kilometer far from Agra, 15 acre of green wildlife area Soor Sarover is the best place to visit and view different species of birds. Soor Sarover is also known as “Keetham Lake”. More than Hundred species of migratory and native birds are found in this heavenly place. It’s a favorite place of nature lovers and picnickers. Soor Sarover is also known for the home of different species of Reptiles and Mammals. In pentagonal of shape it covers around 7.13 kilometers. It’s a place to enjoy the nature and this is the place which inspired Soordas to compose the “Bhakti Kavya”.

Dayal Bagh
This is the headquarter of the Radhaswami religious sect, founded in 1861 by Shri Shiv Dayal Singh, also known as Swamiji Maharaj. Being built to commemorate the Supreme Creator, this tall, unfinished facade of marble, lined with exquisitely carved pillars and panels, was estimated to cost about five million rupees when it was conceived. Today, the cost of work finished and work still to be done will run into ten million.

Ram Bagh

It is one of the earliest Mughal gardens, Laid out in 1528 by Babur the first of the Mughal emperors, a couple of kilometers north of Chini-ka-rauza. It is said that Babar was temporarily buried here before being permanently interred at Kabul in Afghanistan. Its original name was Aram Bagh (Garden of Rest). Ram Bagh, the garden of Babur is hot and dry. Emperor Babur, in search of rest and coolness designed Ram Bagh (garden of tranquility). Originally from Afghanistan he was a great lover of gardens and introduced this type of garden to the largely Hindu India, and his successors embroidered on his theme as far as garden design was concerned. It is especially because of the many religious and symbolic meanings that the ground of the Persian gardens has not changed dramatically.

There are many such places similar to the ones mentioned about that quite worth visiting in Agra like . Proper accommodation, decent transportation, green environment and decent support by the government for the tourists makes Agra one of the most sought after place to visit by every person at least once in his life.