Agra to Jaipur
via Bikaner - Agra Rd
Agra – City Of Mughal Heritage
Agra is not just about the ‘Taj Mahal’. The city offers numerous tourist spots for its visitors. In Agra, one can travel to various temples, heritage sites and museums etc. Apart from the Taj Mahal, other tourist places in Agra are Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh, Chini ka Rauza, Balkeshwar Mandir, Aram Bagh, Shahin Bagh & Gurudwara Guru ka Tal etc. People visiting Delhi also visit Agra. Agra has regular trains from Delhi and other main cities of India. Along with trains, there are also many taxi services & bus service taking tourists to Delhi every day. But for a comfortable and enjoyable ride, it is better to go with a Meru Outstaion cab. Just search for cabs near me on the mobile app and begin your journey to the capital city of India. The iconic and spectacular ‘Taj Mahal’ attracts tourists from all parts of the world. Anyone who visits Agra visits the Taj Mahal too. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located on the banks of the Yamuna River & is among the seven wonders of the world. The calligraphy, the arches and every aspect of the Taj Mahal make it look incredible. The entry fee for Indians is Rs 50 & if you want to visit the mausoleum, then Rs 200 is charged. Being one of the top-visited tourist spots in India, it’s better to go during the morning as the crowd is less and one can easily explore the place and take photographs. After completing the Taj Mahal tour, one can head towards Mehtab Bagh, located right behind the Taj Mahal. Mehtab Bagh is considered the best place for viewing Taj. The garden is open every day & the entry fee costs Rs 30 for Indians and Rs 200 for foreigners. Fatehpur Sikri is the second most visited tourist place in Agra after the Taj Mahal. It was built by ‘Akbar’ during the 16th century. It remained the capital of the Mughals for around ten years. Fatehpur Sikri is home to palaces, mosques, public buildings etc. ‘Diwan-i-Aam’ is the main attraction in Fatehpur Sikri. It was a place where public gatherings use to take place. Diwan-i-Khas, located on the north side, is a Persian architecture style structure, where royal members gathered to discuss private affairs. The Panch Mahal, Ibadat Khana, Jama Masjid, Buland Darwaza, Birbal’s house, Pachisi Court are few other must-visit places in Fatehpur Sikri.
Jaipur – City Of Pink HuesThe Pink City is amongst the favourite places of every travel enthusiast. Jaipur was established in 1727 by Maharaj Sawai Jai Singh II. It is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Amer Fort and Jantar Mantar. Jaipur reflects the rich and lavish architecture and is one of the best luxury destinations in India. Jaipur is well connected, by train, road and air transport. Just book a Meru outstation cab from our app and begin your journey towards Jaipur within minutes. The Elephant festival and Kite Festival are the well-known festivals celebrated here in January & February-March. ‘Hawa Mahal’ is a pink sandstone fortress located at Hawa Mahal road in Badi Choupad. The Mahal was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 & designed by Lal Chand Ustad. Rooftop Cafe located right opposite Hawa Mahal is the best place to take the best photo. An amazing fact of Hawa Mahal is that it has more than 900 windows & the whole structure is constructed without any foundation. The structure mesmerizes with its charm from every angle. Jantar Mantar is the largest astronomical observatory in the world which is built from stone. It is located at a walkable distance from Hawa Mahal and is near City Palace. It was built in 1727-33 by Raja Sawai Jai Singh & today it is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It was built to locate the position of planetary bodies & measure time. The iconic tourist destination, City Palace, is located in the middle of Jaipur city built-in 1732. This massive palace is divided into different parts including, gardens, courtyards, palaces etc. The palace is the best representation of the grandeur of royal families. The complex also includes famous palaces like ‘Chandra Mahal’ & ‘Mubarak Mahal.’ The architecture of the palace is widely inspired by Mughal & European styles. The architect of the palace is made as per the Vastu Shastra. Reach here by booking a cab from Meru at an affordable cost.
PLACES TO SEE IN JAIPUR – CITY OF PINK HUES
Amer Fort – Architectural MarvelAmber fort or Amber fort located in Amer is 11 km from Jaipur. Raja Man Singh I, laid the foundation stone of the fort and later Mirja Raja Jai Singh completed the construction. The fort is big enough & it takes two hours to visit the whole place. The fort got its name after Ambikeshwar which, is another name for Lord Shiva. The fort has a blend of Hindu and Rajput style architecture. It has four different divisions. It is better to hire a tour guide who will help to give in-depth information about the place. There is also a Sound & Light Show held every evening showcasing the history of fort & Jaipur. Sheesh Mahal or known as the ‘Palace of Mirror’, is a major attraction in the Amer Fort. Tourists can visit the fort from 10 am to 5:30 pm.
Jal MahalThe beautiful place is situated in the centre of Man Sagar Lake in Amer. It is surrounded by Nahargarh Hills and draws the attention of every tourist in Jaipur. This massive palace was originally constructed in 1799 and then restored and expanded by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 18th century. Tourists can reach Jal Mahal by boat. Jal Mahal is a five-storied building, but four of it remain underwater when the lake is full & only one storey appears above water. The place is the finest example of Mughal and Rajput style architecture. Consider visiting the place during morning and evening to get a splendid view of sunrise and sunset. There is a pathway near the Man Sagar Lake from where tourists can visit the place. There is no entry fee & is open from 6 am to 6 pm.
City PalaceThe City Palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, who was also the founder of Jaipur. The construction of the palace took place in the 17th century as the capital was shifted from Amer to Jaipur. This palace served as his residing throne. Popular places to visit in City Palace include Diwan-I-Khas, Baggi Khana, Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal. There is also a museum inside the palace where tourists can get to see a collection of Rajput, weapons, swords etc.
Best Places to Visit on Route from Agra to Jaipur
Fatehpur SikriOn your journey from Agra to Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri is the first place that is a must-visit for travellers. This town was formed as the capital of the Mughal empire by Akbar. It is situated 37 km away from Agra and is located right on your way towards Jaipur, so it won’t take much time to reach here. The city is mainly made of red sandstone & you can get to see a combination of Hindu and Islamic styles in its architecture. It remained the capital of Mughals for only ten years due to a water shortage. It was named as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The city has various sites like:
i) Buland Darwaza: Buland Darwaza, also referred to as ‘Door of Victory, was constructed by Emporer Akbar in 1575 A.D. as a mark of his victory over Gujrat. The structure is made of red & buff sandstone and took 12 years to construct. Fatehpur Sikri is the nearest railway station to reach here.
ii) Jama Masjid: It is one of the most spectacular structures you will come across. It is the most attractive and biggest mosque in the world. Jama Masjid is also called Jami Masjid. It was constructed by Akbar in 1571 A.D. Some other nearby tourist attractions which you shouldn’t miss are Birbal’s Palace, Jodha Bai’s Palace, Badshahi Darwaza, Ibadat Khana etc.