Places Covered : Taj Mahal, Agra fort, Mathura (Birth Place of Lord Krishna)
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The Taj Mahal was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal and is regarded by many as the finest example of Mughal architecture. The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, widely recognized as ‘the jewel of Muslim art’ in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. Taj Mahal has an architectural style that combines elements from Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles. The white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar component of the Taj Mahal, which is actually an integrated complex of structures.
Agra Fort is a monument, about 2.5 km northwest of the Taj Mahal. A royal residence of Mughals for generations, the fort was used to be the site of a battle during the Indian rebellion of 1857. The fort has a semicircular plan; its chord lies parallel to the river while its walls are seventy feet high. Double ramparts have massive circular bastions at intervals, with battlements, embrasures and string courses. Four gates were provided on its four sides, one of them, Khizri gate opens to the river. Two of the fort's gates, Delhi Gate and the Lahore Gate are most notable.
Mathura (Birth Place of Lord Krishna)
Krishna Janma Bhoomi marks the original spot of the birth of Lord Krishna in the Katra Keshav Deo Temple. The main shrine leads to a small room with a raised platform, and pictures of Krishna and tales of his birth adorning the walls. According to legends, the prison cell, in the temple premise is the exact place where lord Krishna was born. The stone walled cell is reminiscent of the cruelty of Kansa. Many statues and sculptures from bygone era were found on excavating the site. Since prison cell is turned into the present beautiful temple, lakhs of devotees throng the temple during Janmashtami, every year.
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