When we talk about traveling to Agra in India, most of us come up with popular spots like the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. In reality, Agra is a complete kaleidoscope of many more historic monuments and beautiful places.
Agra has many offbeat and lesser known attractions which will leave you mesmerized with their unique history and architecture.
Lesser Known Gems of Agra
It is the last resting place of Emperor Akbar and showcases his secular outlook and philosophy; it combines the best of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The mesmerizing monument which is well preserved was completed in 1613 by Akbar’s son Jahangir.
It is located on the of Agra-Mathura road and easily reachable by car. It has the mortal remains of Mariam who was the wife of Emperor Akbar and a Rajput Princess of Jaipur .The structure was originally built by Sikander Lodi in 1495 and later renovated. Unlike most other Mughal monuments, this tomb has no domes and is a unique piece of architecture and a must visit for history lovers.
Chini ka Rauza
It is the tomb of Afzal Khan the famous scholar who served as the Prime Minister to Shah Jahan. This Persian-style tomb was completed in 1639 and is rarely visited. It is situated on the banks of the River Yamuna. The facade of the tomb showcases one of the finest examples of glazed tiles in Mughal architecture.
Roman Catholic Cemetery
It is also called the Red Taj Mahal and was built by Ann Hessing in memory of her husband Col John William Hessing in the year 1803. It is not on the same scale as the Taj Mahal but is no less beautiful. The structure is made in carved red sandstone and has plastered walls in white.
It is known to be the oldest Mughal garden in India; it was built by the Emperor Babar in 1528. It is situated about 2.5 km north of the Taj Mahal, on the banks of the River Yamuna. The pavilions in Ram Bagh are designed in such a manner that wind from the Yamuna and the park’s greenery keeps it cool even during summer. It was earlier known as ‘Aram Bagh'; and Emperor Babar used to spend considerable leisure time there. After his death, his body was kept in Ram Bagh for sometime before being sent to Kabul.
Chhatri of Raja Jaswant Singh
"Chhatri" means umbrella or canopy. In the Rajput culture of Rajasthan, chhatris are built on the cremation sites of influential or rich individuals. Chhatris are nothing but elevated dome-shaped pavilions. The Chhatri of Raja Jaswant Singh was built during 1644-58 and is known to be the only Hindu monument built during the Mughal period. This monument is dedicated to Rani Hada, princess of Bundi in Rajasthan, who was married to Amar Singh Rathore. The chattri showcases the Shekhawati architecture of Rajasthan. The stone work is quite similar to that of the Agra Fort.
These forgotten monuments offer a glimpse of history to those who love to venture on the road less traveled.