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10 places to visit in Agra

Many people reasonably favor not to stay very long in Agra, as it is a quite unattractive city with a lot of touts. However, there are quite a few worthwhile places to visit in Agra and around, apart from India's most famous monument - the Taj Mahal. 

1. Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal looks like a fairy story from the banks of the Yamuna River. It has a well-off history dating back to 1630 AD and is in fact a crypt that has the body of Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. He had it built as an ode to his love for her. It is made out of marble and took 22 years and 20 000 workers to complete.

2. Agra Fort
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Agra Fort is one of the premium Mughal forts in India. Originally, a clan of Rajputs held a brick fort. However, it was then emprerored by the Mughals and rebuilt by Emperor Akbar, who decided to alter his capital there in 1558. There are many buildings inside, including mosques, public and private audience halls, palaces, towers, and courtyards. 

3. Jawab Masjid 
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It was built to preserve symmetry. To the left of the Taj is a mosque made up of red stonework. It is a ordinary put into practice to construct a mosque next to a tomb, as it sanctifies the region and provide for a place of worship. This mosque is still used for Friday prayers.

4. Sheroes Hangout
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 Away between trinket shops opposite The Gateway Hotel on Fatehabad Road is groovy graffiti-filled cafe that's a must-visit in Agra. The remarkable Sheroes Hangout is fully staffed by women who are survivors of acid attacks in India. It opened in December 2014 and founded by a Delhi-based NGO called Stop Acid Attacks. 

5. Old City
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In the Old City of Agra behind Jama Masjid mosque, you will find a knot of thin lanes housing a surprising diversity of goods including spices, clothes, saris, jewelry, shoes, and snack stalls. It's a place where conventional arts and crafts, such as marble work, are alive. This area, known as Kinari Bazaar.

6. Mughal Heritage Walk/Kachhpura Village
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It Is a community based tourism initiative of CURE Center for Urban and Regional Excellence and the Uttar Pradesh government, to assist villagers create an income as of tourism and improve their living conditions.The walking tour costs 1,250 rupees for adults and 750 rupees for children under 12 years old.

7. Taj Nature Walk
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Get away from the crowds and enjoy the Taj Mahal surrounded by nature. About 500 meters from the east gate, on Fatehabad Road, one will find a reserve forest that gives a only one of its kind opportunity to view the monument in dissimilar hues.  

8. Wildlife SOS
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One must not miss on visiting the Agra Bear Rescue Center, set by Wildlife SOS on 160 acres of land allotted by the Uttar Pradesh government if you are an animal lover. The Facility is open every day from sunrise to sunset and is located on the Delhi-Agra Road.

9. Korai Village
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Korai Village can be toured on the way to Fatehpur Sikri near Agra. It's located just off the highway, less than 10 kilometers before this heritage site. 

10. Fatehpur Sikri
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Fatehpur Sikri is located just about an hour west of Agra and is a popular side trip. This now abandoned city was once the proud capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century, and is one of India's top historical destinations. Its occupants abandoned it after only 15 years due to insufficient water supply.

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