Taj Mahal - Nearby places
Taj Mahal is one of the beautiful monument constructed in the Mughal period. There are other monuments besides Taj Mahal that provides information about the architecture and design during the Mughal period. Some of these monuments are as follows −
Agra Fort was built by Lodi dynasty and Mughal dynasty elaborated its construction areawise as well as architecture-wise. The red sand stone of the fort were replaced with marbles and other Mughal art has been embedded in the fort.
Aurangzeb imprisoned his father Shah Jahan in this fort who looked at the Taj Mahal from the window of the fort. The distance between the fort and the Taj can be covered in 15 to 20 minutes as the distance between both the monuments is around 7km. Many structures like pillars, mosques, halls and others are included in the fort.
Sikandra is the mausoleum of Emperor Akbar which combines the themes of Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, and Jain. The tomb has four minarets with great artwork. Sikandra is located on the highway from Delhi to Agra. The distance between Taj Mahal and Sikandra is 19 km.
Itmad-ud-Daulah is the tomb of the father of Nur Jahan, wife of Jahangir. In Indian history, it is considered as the first monument built of white marble. It is built on the banks of Yamuna River. The tomb is surrounded by a garden which is a picnic spot nowadays. The distance between Taj Mahal and Itmad-ud-Daulah is around 11km.
Fatehpur Sikri was founded by Akbar. It includes public hall, private hall, a mosque, buland darwaza and other structures. There is a tomb of Salim Chishti, one of the Sufi saints. Along with these there are many other monuments that show the culture of different communities.
The distance between Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri is around 44 km and people can get there through various means of local transport and buses.