Seven lesser-known tourist spots in Agra


Whenever we visit Agra, we just enjoy the views of Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra For, Buland Darwaja and some other well-known places. Besides these well-known architectural marvels, there are many other historical spots. in this old city. In this article, the author discusses seven such lesser-known architectural monuments of Agra.

Agra! Whenever we hear this word, the image of Taj Mahal comes to our mind. Those who have visited Agra, have also seen the grand Agra Fort, Jama Masjid, Buland Darwaja, Fatehpur Sikri, Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb and Akbar's Tomb at Sikandra. We appreciate the beauty of the Taj on a full-moon night. We are astounded by the grandeur of Agra Fort. We are impressed by the intricate work in Akbar's Tomb and by the height of Buland Darwaja. We feel the power the emperors when we visit Fatehpur Sikri. Pages after pages can be written on these architectural marvels of Agra.

But, to the serious tourists, Agra presents many other lesser-known architectural wonders. In this article, I would briefly mention seven lesser-known architectural wonders of the city which the tourists should visit.



Ram Bagh: The oldest Mughal garden

This is the oldest Mughal garden in India. It was built by the first Mughal emperor, Babar. It was built on the bank of River Yamuna. It was originally called Aram Bagh, but later the name has been shortened to Ram Bagh.

Mariam's Tomb: Observe the intricate designs

This tomb is one of Akbar's wives, Mariam. It is located on the Mathura-Agra Road at Sikandra. It is a really beautiful architectural structure with intricate designs. Earlier it was used for pleasure but later was converted into a tomb. There are forty chambers on the ground floor with paintings kept on the walls of some of the rooms.

Mankameshwar Temple: One of the very few ancient temples of Agra

The ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located at one of the corners of the old city. It is near Jama Masjid and very near to the Agra Fort. The temple is frequented by local worshipers. There are many markets surrounding this ancient temple.

Chaushath Khamba: Another grand monument

It is another tomb in Agra. Initially it was a hall and later converted into a tomb. There are sixty-four ('chaushath' in Hindi) columns which support the structure. It is made of white marbles. The roof of this monument is flat and the domes can't be seen from outside.

Jaswant Singh ki chhatri: A Hindu monument in Agra

It is a canopy. These chhatris were built on the sites of cremation of distinguished Hindu individuals. The architectural style is Rajput. The Chhatri was built from 1644 to 1658. It is stated to be the only Hindu monument built in Agra during the Mughal period. Although it is not well-known, the tourists must visit this to have a feel of Rajput architectural style in Agra.

Roman Catholic Cemetery(Red Taj Mahal)

It is also known as the John William Hessing's Tomb. It was built by his beloved wife Ann Hessing. Although it is a Roman Catholic Cemetery, the influence of Mughal architecture is evident all over the structure. The tourists should also visit this tomb of this Dutch adventurer, who was once the commander of the Agra Fort. The construction work of this structure was started around 1803.



Chini ka Rauza: A glimpse of Persian architecture

Chini ka Rauza is a tomb of a scholar, Allama Afzal Khan Mullah. He was also the prime minister during the reign of Shah Jahan. The monument got its name from the colored tiles which were imported from China. It was built in the Persian style of architecture. It is located very near to Taj Mahal overlooking the Yamuna. Very few people visit this tomb, but tourists interested in history must visit this grand tomb.

Summing up

Agra presents many architectural beauties. But it is a pity that most the of the tourists only visit Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Buland Darwaja, Fatehpur Sikri and Akbar's Tomb and go back. Most of the tourists are not aware of the other architectural monuments of the city. These lesser-known monuments also open unknown pages of the heritage of India to the attentive tourists. So, these monuments must also be visited.


Article by Partha K.
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