Into the by lanes of Agra

Agra, located on the banks of the Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh, has been mentioned in the epic Mahabharata where it was named as Agravena (meaning “the border of the forest”) and it falls under the Braj culture region

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The city of Mughals, Agra has its own fascinating history that tells its story through the medium of its stone fort walls. This walk gives the glimpse of the socio-urban culture along with the history of the city.

Agra is considered a major tourist destination because of its royal background with many Mughal-era buildings and UNESCO-recognised World Heritage sites like the Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikhri. The city is part of the Golden Triangle tourist circuit along with Delhi and Jaipur.

Agra heritage walks
The heritage walk in Agra classifies into two options – the Mughal Walk and the Colonial Walk. In the Mughal heritage walk, one can witness the beauty and rich architectural history of monuments, lanes of handicraft items, local folk dance, and plays that reveals the reigning the culture. The Colonial walk focuses on the significance of the city’s colonial architecture and monuments.
Joining the heritage walks, it takes you through the timeline of the city’s history and its development throughout the years.

Mughal Heritage Walk
The city of Mughals, Agra has its own fascinating history that tells its story through the medium of its stone fort walls. This walk gives the glimpse of the socio-urban culture along with the history of the city. The kilometre-long walk through gives the tourists a chance to see the culture and lifestyle of the people living in Agra.

Path of the walk
– The walk starts from the narrow lane of the Kacchpura village which showcases the lifestyle of the people living there and experiencing their warm hospitality.
– Gyarah Sidi or 11 steps is on the bank of the Yamuna which is carved out of a single block of stone, and gives a great view of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.
– Tourists are then led into the village to visit the unusual Humayun Mosque with sand stone grave in its compound. You can explore the wall art paintings and stone carvings.
– Mehtab Baag or moonlight garden was built to view the Taj Mahal in the shining moonlight; it is an architectural.

The Colonial Walk
This aims to raise the awareness about the city’s colonial architectural development, its planning element details and experiencing the cultural aspects of the city.

Path of the Walk
– The walk starts at Amar Niwas which is a beautiful colonial bungalow where tourists are briefed about the British Raj and colonial culture of the city.
– Numerous places like St George’s Cathedral, Havelock Memorial Church, Telegraph office, Queen Empress Mary Library are worthy places to visit.
– The tour is divided into few sections for vehicles and to experience the colonial buildings on foot.