Agra, famous among the tourists for Taj Mahal, the symbol of love, was once the capital city for the Mughal Empire when it was in power. The city is in very close proximity to Delhi (217 kms) and one can go to this place for a weekend gateway from Delhi by simply hiring a Delhi to Agra taxi. The city sits on the edge of Yamuna and has been one of major tourist attraction point. This city has a wide variety of monuments that were built in the yesteryears. One of the major attractions for the city is the Taj Mahal which comes under UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also New Wonders of the World.
Must see places in Agra are:
Taj Mahal: This place was named as; “teardrop on the face of eternity” by Rabindranath Tagore and till date has never failed to impress anyone. The Persian, Indian and Islamic style of architecture can be seen in the design of the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal took 21 years to finish and one can see the little detailing that has been done in every wall.
Jama Masjid: Jama Masjid is Agra’s most largest and reputed mosque. It was commissioned by Shah Jahan and till date is known as one of the most magnificent architecture present in Agra.
Inside the mosque there are mihrabs which have verses of Quran edged to it. It was constructed using marbles and sandstones and has nice courtyards and fountains for everyone to admire. There are beautiful floral pattern with Persian inscriptions in the marble walls of the masjid. The praises are in actual the praises of Shah Jahan and his favorite daughter in scripted in the walls.
Another weekend destination from Delhi would be Mathura. Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna is rich with history. The history of Mathura states that Mathura was once a Buddhist Centre with several monasteries around. However, today we can see very few of them as historic monuments as most of them were destroyed by the Mughals and Afghans.
One can simply hire a Delhi to Mathura car rental and get to this place over the weekend.
Must see places in Mathura are:
Dwarkadhish Temple: This temple is also known as the Jagat Mandir and is one of the famous Hindu temples in India. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna who is known by the name of Dwarkadhish. The history of the temple goes back to 2000 years old.
According to the Hindu mythology, this temple was built by Lord Krishna’s grandson, Vajranabha and was built on top of his home. Therefore, even today this temple sees a number of visitors every day.
One can also visit Vrindavan on the way to Mathura from Delhi. At just 164 kms away from Delhi, one can reach this place easily by hiring cabs from Delhi to Vrindavan. Vrindavan is popular for the same reason as Mathura, Lord Krishna. The city is filled with many temples dedicated for Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. The city is amidst a thick forest which is how they get their name.
Must see places in Vrindavan are:
ISKCON Temple: This temple was built in the year 1975 and was built by Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada. He is also known as the founder Acharya of the ISKCON. It is one of the most popular temples till date. The temple’s main purpose was to educate people more about the Bhagavad Gita and also to let them understand the Vedic Scriptures better.
People can go enjoy the calm environment of the ISKCON and leave their worries behind.