Duration: 1.5 Hrs
Time to Start: 07:00 Hrs
A heritage walk in Agra will surely make you think that this world famous destination is not only about the classic Taj Mahal but also has a rich heritage. As you embark on the Mughal Heritage Walk (a unique tourist concept), the history of this city will unfold itself. The one kilometer stretch of Heritage Walk will take you to the Mughal era through three important monuments rich in architectural beauty- Gyarah Sidi, Humayun Mosque and Mehtab Bagh. Gyarah Sidi (eleven steps) is the ruins of the astrological observatory built by the Mughal Emperor Humayun. It is located on the banks of the Yamuna River and is carved out of a single stone.
You will also be taken to a historic settlement called Kachhpura near Taj Mahal where you can witness the rural lifestyle. It is great place to taste the real essence of Indian village. Get acquainted with the colorful customs and traditions of the village people. Humayun’s Mosque is located in this village. According to the Persian inscriptions of this monument, it was built in 1530 when Humayun ascended the throne of the Mughal Empire. The mosque is almost ruined now, and only the sanctuary is left. At one point of time the mosque was decorated with glazed tiles.
The Moonlight Garden, Mehtab Bagh, was the last of eleven Mughal built gardens along the Yamuna River, opposite to the Taj Mahal. It is said that the garden was built by the emperor Babur. When this garden was created, it had white plaster walkways, airy pavilions, pools and fountains along with many fruit trees. It was designed as a part of the Taj Mahal complex.