Travelstick Agra Uttar Pradesh India

Travelstick Agra Uttar Pradesh India

Agra

The area immediately surrounding the Taj mahal is known as Taj Ganj. Here there is a wide selection of budget hotels starting from around 10USD, as well as plenty of restaurants.

The main train station is Agra Cantonment, about 6km west of Taj Ganj. Foreigners must purchase their train tickets at window number 1 (See "Useful Info" for train timetable information). At the station there is a prepaid autorickshaw booth charging 130INR (1.70USD in 2020) from the station to Taj Ganj. Rickshaw drivers know this price and will charge the same whether you use the booth or not.

Travelstick Uttar Pradesh in India and stand in awe infront of the Taj Mahal

Often referred to as the "Baby Taj", the tomb of Itimad-ud-daulah was built between 1622 and 1628 by Nur Jahan, wife of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. It was built as a tomb for Nur Jahan's father Itimad-ud-Daulah, a Persian noble who was a minister in the court of Jahangir.

This is the first tomb in India made entirely of white marble, the first structure to make use of pietra dura and the first of many tombs to be built on the banks of the Yamuna River. It is said to have been the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. Although smaller than the famous Taj, the tomb is beautifully decorated with intricate stone inlay and lattice work.

The tomb is located on the east bank of the Yamuna River, about 1 km north of Agra Fort. It is just over an hours walk from the Taj Mahal.

Entrance 310INR (4USD in 2020)

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