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Taj Mahal Itmad-ud-Daulah's Agra Fort Jahangir Mahal Chisti's Tomb Valmiki Ashram Dhruv Teela
                           
Clock Tower Kaiser Bagh Rumi Darwaza Jhansi Fort Rani Mahal Barua Sagar Ram Janam Bhumi
                           
Kakanmath Temple Sun Temple Maya Devi Temple Vijay Pakshi Lake Kashi Vishwanath Durga Temple Krishna Janambhumi
 
Dwarkadish Temple Vishram Ghat Govt. Museum                
 

Taj Mahal

 
taj-mahalDescribed as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, it was constructed by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his queen Mumtaz Mahal, made out of white marble took 22 years to complete (1630-1652 AD). Ustad Ahamad Lahori, a Persian Architect, is said to be the main designer and planner for this magnificent memorial. On full moon nights, the glory of the Taj is at its best. Over the centuries, the Taj has attracted more visitors than perhaps any other Monuments in the country, and it is all too easy resort to conventional superlatives when describing it. What makes the Taj Unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day and glowes pearl-like in the moonlight and during the monsoon. Standing on a high plinth, the Taj Mahal is visible for miles around and forms a backdrop to mustard fields and mud-walled villages. It can be seen from guestrooms at some of Agra's hotels, as well as from the landscaped gardens to the west of the complex.

 

Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb

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itmad-ud-daulah-tombThis tomb belongs to the father of Nur Jahan, Ghias-ud-Din Beg. He was the Wajir or the Chief Minister of Emperor Jehangir. This white marble tomb was built by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628. The tomb may not be as mammoth as the Taj but the inlay designs and carvings are no less than Taj if not more. The delicate marble latticework in the passages allows the light to enter the interiors. A similar tomb was built by Nur Jahan for Jehangir in Lahore. This tomb was the first complete marble Moghul structure.




 

Agra Fort

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agra-fortConstruction of the massive red sandstone Agra Fort on the bank of the Yamuna River was begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565, though additions were made up until the rule of his grandson, Shah Jahan. In Akbar's time the fort was principally a military structure, but during Shah Jaha regin it had partially become Palace. It is an imposing strcture with walls of red sandstone almost three kilometers long. Entered through the Amar Singh Gate, the eastern part of the fort contain palace, audience hall and mosques built by three emperors. The fort presents a good sampling of their favoured architectural styles. Akbar drew on Islamic and Hindu traditions and the result is eclectic. By Shah Jahan's time the style had become so homogenized that it is impossible to seprate the Hindu and Muslim strands. The Diwan-i-Am (public audience hall), the beautiful Diwan-i-Khas (private audience hall) and the magnificent Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque) were also added by Shah Jahan.

 

Jahangir Mahal

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jahangir-mahalThe biggest private residence in the Fort is the Jahangir Mahal, the Palace of Emperor Jahangir. It is an excellent blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The palace has a hall which is called Jodhabai's dressing Room. Jodhabai was Jahangir's Hindu mother. Its desigen and layout is essentially Hindu. Later the palace was used by Jahangir's Dressing Room. Jodhabai was Jahangir's Hindu mother. Its design and layout is essentially Hindu. Later the palace was used by Jahangir's queen Noorjahan,the Light of the World. Jahangir was very found of wine as well as his queen whom he adored even more. The love of wine interfered in the day do day running of the Government.To help him out in administering imperial justice, Noorjahan sat with her husband to advise him in taking decisions. She was an iron lady and never tolerated opposition.Those who came in her way ended mysteriously in the yamuna river.
 

Chisti's Tomb

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chisti-tombThe Gateway buildings leads to the Friday mosque or the Jami Masjid. It is believed to be a copy of the main mosque at Meca. Nearby is the small white marble tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti. It is ornamented with latticed screens and serpentine brackets. Shahjahan added exquiatie pieta dura work later as a mark of respect for the saint. The tomb was built over the exact spot where the holy man sat in meditation during his lifetime. Even, today, childess couples come to the tomb to seek the blessings of Sheikh Salim Chisti.






 

Valmiki Ashram

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valmiki-ashramIt is closely associated with the Indian epic Ramayana. Located on a a hillock, it is believe to be place where Sita stayed during her exile and where here her sons Luv and Kush were born. A stairway to heaven's if ascended, offers a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings.








 

Dhruv Teela

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dhruv-tillaIt is believed to be the spot where, according to Hindu mythology, the child Dhruva meditdated standing on one leg . Pleased by his devotion , god granted him a boon-to shine as a star for eternity Some other place of interest include the Ram Janaki Temple, Luv-kush Temple, HariDam Ashram and Nana Saheb Smarak.








 

Clock Tower

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clock-towerGhari Minar or the Clock Tower built in 1881 by the British opposite Hussainbad Imambara this clock tower on river gomti is said to the highest clock tower in India. This Clock Tower consists of European style of art work. The parts of the Clock is built of pure gunmetal and the pendulum hangs 14 feet. The dial of this clock is in shape of 12 petaled flower and has bell around itself. Its located very near to the Rumi Darwaza. The tower is 67 meter high.






 

Rumi Darwaza

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rumi-darwazaJust beyond Bara Imambara is an impressive gateway, Rumi Darwaza, built by Nawab Asafuddaula in 1784. It is also known as the Turkish Gateway. The heart and soul of the Avadh architecture is well expressed here.







 

Jhansi Fort

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jhansi-fortThe fort of Maharani Jhansi was built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo of Orchha on a rocky hill called Bangra in the town of BalwantNagar, now known as Jhansi.The fort has ten gates. some of these are Khandero gates, Laxmi gate, Sagar gate, Orcha gate and Chand gate.Among places of intersets within the main fort area the Karak Bijli Toup, Rani Jhansi garden, Shiv temple and 'Mazar' of Ghulam Gaus Khan and Moti Bai.







 

Rani Mahal

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rani-mahalRani Mahal place of Rani Laxmibai embellished with multi colored art and paintings on its wall ceilings. Presently this place is converted in to a museum. It is a massive collection of sculptures of the period between the 9th and 12th century AD.








 

Barua Sagar

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barua-sagarThis is where the Marathas fought the Bundelas in 1744. The place is named after the Barua Sagar Tal, a large lake created about 260 years ago when Raja Udit Singh of Orchha built the embankment. This fort, picturesquely located at a height, commands an excellent view of the lake and surrounding landscape. The town is situated on the road to Khajuraho.







 

Ram Janam Bhumi

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ram-janambhumiOn the right bank of the river Suryu as its called within sacred precints stands the holy city of the Ayodhya, believed to be the birth place of Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Vishnu. It is believed that Lord Rama spent much of his childhood here.








 

Kakanmath Temple

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kakanmath-templeThis temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Madan Sagar.This is well preserved granite temple. Its basic plan is similar to the temples of Khajuraho. The Madan temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu stands nearby.








 

Sun Temple

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sun-templeThe 9th century granite sun temple lies to the west of Rahila Sagar, built by Chandela ruler, Rahila who ruled between 890 and 910 AD. Through in a ruined state today, it still stands as the finest example of early Pratihara architecture in the area.








 

Maya Devi Temple

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maya-devi-templeThis is the temple of the tutelary deity of the Chandelas and stands on the shores of Madan Sagar, near the fort. In front of the fort is a monolithic granite pillar, 18 ft. high and 1.75 ft wide at the base. The shrine of Pir Mubarak Shah, a Muslim saint who came from Arabia in 1252 AD stands nearby.








 

Vijay Sagar Pakshi Vihar

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vijay-sagar-pakshi-vihar5 km from town, this picturesque bird sanctuary has been developed on the shores of Vijay-Sagar, which was built by Vijay Pal Chandela (1035-1060 AD).









 

Kashi Vishwanath Temple

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kashi-vishwanath-templeThis temple also known as Golden temple, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva the presiding deity of city. This is holiest spot in the city. Its known as Golden Temple due the gold plating done on its 15.5 meter high spire. One tone of gold denoted by Maharaja Ranjit Singh has been used in the gold plating of the spire. The temple was destroyed bin the various invasions and was rebuilt in 1776 by Maharani Ahilybai of Indore. To the side of the temple is Gyan-Kupor. Its believed that Shiva removed from the originally temple was hidden in this well to protect it from Aurangazeb and it still lies there.





 

Durga Temple

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durga-templeThe Durga temple dedicated to goddess Durga. This temple is commonly known as Monkey Temple due to large number of monkeys who have made this temple their home. It was built by Bengali Maharaja in the Nagara style of architecture and it has five spires which start from the bottom and coverage on the top.








 

Shri Krishna Janmbhumi

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shri-krishna-janambhumiThe land where lord Krishna was born and spent his youth and, has today small towns and hamlets that are still alive with Krishna. A temple stands there on the site now when you enter the compound and narrow passage leads into a small room with a raised platform to the left. The story of his birth is both written and illustrated on the walls. A narrow set of marble steps lead you to the terrace and a walled corridor, creating the effect of a a prison leads you out.






 

Dwarikadhish Temple

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dwarikadish-templeThis temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. This temple was built in 1815 by a staunch and wealthy devotee, Seth Gokuldas Parikh Treasurer of the state of Gwalior.









 

Vishram Ghat

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vishram-ghatThere are about 25 ghats in mathura today, of which the most important is Vishram Ghat. Where according to legend Lord Krishna took his rest after killing Kansa. It is at vishram ghat that the traditional parikrama starts and end.The vishram Ghat is lined with elegant temples and some of Mathura's most important shrines are found here. The aarti held at Vishram Ghat each evening is not to be missed, for the little oil lamps that are floated on the river set the placid as sparkle with a myriad flickering lights.






 

The Government Museum

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government-museumMathura originally founded by F.S.Growse in 1874, is today one of the leading centres for research, study and preservation of Matura's splendid heritage of art. The museum housed in a fine Octagonal, red sand stone building, located at Dampier Park has the largest collection of kushana sculptures in the country. This museum has also fine collections of stone sculptures and terracotta and gold, silver, copper coins, clay seals, paintings and bronzes.






 

Kaiser Bagh

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kaisar-baghKaiser Bagh is Wajid Ali Shah's most magnificent and spacious contribution to Lucknow. This complex consisted large, medium and small structures in the form of large rows of living quarters, royal mansions and baradaris. Almost half of the Kaiser Bagh has withstood the vagaries of the time and has somewhat survived.