We at Mughal Safari Tours & Travels also offers a wealth of Muslim-friendly travel services, making it an excellent option for Muslim travelers. Mughal Safari’s services for Muslim travelers include customized Halal tour packages that have been carefully tailored to meet their specific religious requirements. Tour packages that are available ensure that hotel bookings are either capable of offering prayer facilities or are located in close proximity to a local masjid in the area & availability of Halal food. Tours also include sites of Islamic historical significance as well as Islamic events and conferences.
Located in India, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, on the banks of the river Yamuna is the world-renowned city of Agra. Home to numerous popular attractions, Agra is one of the most well-known cities in the world. The legacy of the Mughal Empire and their love of exquisite architecture can be seen all over Agra. The bustling markets, the numerous mausoleums and tombs, and the magnificent fort found here are great examples of Agra’s rich history and the Mughal’s and the mark they made. Agra is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as to other attractions that will leave tourists speechless.
We assured Muslim visitors that they will be able to find Muslim-friendly facilities in Agra. There are plenty of mosques in Agra at which Muslims can offer their prayers. Also while in the city, tourists must try out the delicious biryani/kebabs & other (Prebooked Halal food)delicious foods in Agra.
The nearest airport to Agra is Agra Airport, which is located about 8 kilometers from the center of the city. This airport however only has domestic flights. For international flights, tourists will have to use the services offered at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is located approximately 222 kilometers away, or the Jaipur International Airport; located about 245 kilometers away.
Things to Do and See in Agra
♦ Taj Mahal
It was built by the Mughal emperor – Shah Jahan, as an ode to his love for his wife – Mumtaz Mahal. This white marble wonder which was built in 1632 took 22 years to build. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. As the Taj Mahal is located on the banks of River Yamuna, it is the ideal place to be during sunrise or sunset. Also while here, the Agra Museum is worthy of a visit. Located within the gardens of the Taj Mahal, this museum is home to original architectural plans of the world-renowned structure. Tourists will also get a chance to see special plates which break if they come into contact with food that is laced with poison, on display here.
♦ Agra Fort
A visit to Agra is also incomplete without a visit to one of the finest Mughal forts in India; the Agra Fort. This spectacular Fort was built in 1565 by Emperor Akbar and is now UNESCO listed. It is home to many ornate buildings, including the Pearl Mosque- or Moti Masjid, palaces, towers and courtyards, and Diwan-i-Am; a hall of the public audience. If here during the evening, tourists must stick around for the sound and light show that recreates the history of the Fort.
♦ Itmad-Ud- Daula
Often described as a “jewel box”, sometimes called the “Baby Taj“, the tomb of I’timād-Ud-Daulah is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. It was built & commissioned ( in between 1622 and 1628) by Nur Jahan, the wife of Jahangir, for her father Mirzā Ghiyās Beg, originally a Persian Amir in exile, who had been given the title of I’timād-Ud-Daulah (pillar of the state).
♦ Mehtab Bagh
Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden) was built by Emperor Babur in the early 1500s and the width of the gardens perfectly aligns with those of the Taj Mahal. It was then famously known as the “moonlit pleasure garden” when Emperor Shah Jahan identified it as the ideal site from which to admire the mausoleum.
This garden is very famous for spotting Taj Mahal from a distance.
♦ Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid at Agra also known as ‘Friday Mosque’ is a seventeenth-century structure and is one of the largest mosques built by the Mughals in India. Constructed under the reign of Shah Jahan in 1648, Jama Masjid is dedicated to his favorite daughter Jahan Ara Begum. This splendid monument is visible from the Agra Fort with the Agra Fort Railway station right between the two structures. Jama Masjid has a huge significance in Indian history and culture and has been intricately designed with multicolored marbles and sandstone.
♦ Fatehpur Sikri
Taj Nature Walk (Dist. 9.5 Kms.)
A beautiful natural forest-cover spreading over an area of 70 hectares, just 500 meters away from the Eastern Gate of Taj Mahal. An excellent view of the Taj is available from the different species are also seen here.
Indians Rs.50/ Adult
Foreigners Rs. 50/- Adult
Child Rs. 5/-
Summer 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Winter 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sur Sarovar (Keetham Lake) (Dist.23 Kms.)
Sur Sarovar was declared a Bird Sanctuary in 1991. It is today home to more than 126 species of migratory and resident birds. Initially covering an area of 4.03 sq. Kms. it has been expanded to an impressive area of 7.83 sq.Kms.dotted with small islands.
Foreigners Rs. 350/-
Wild Life SOS (Dist.55kms.)
Located at Mathura, near bear rescue center, is the Elephant Conservation and Care Center.
“Elephant Conservation and Care Center” is a project of Wildlife SOS, created in 2010 in collaboration with the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department to rehabilitate severely abused captive elephants in distress. All the elephants housed at the center have shocking stories of the situations they had to be rescued from. Here, several elephants that used to spend their days doing hard work in often harsh conditions are living out their retirement years in peace and safety. No longer forced to bear heavy loads, or walk on hot pavement, these majestic creatures are finally able to spend their days happily, with frequent baths, a nutritious diet, and good veterinary care.
The Elephant Conservation and Care Center currently houses 20 elephants which include 12 females and 8 male elephants. The center is full of natural vegetation with enough open fields around for their daily walks and several trees available to scratch themselves, thus making it closest to the natural habitat of the elephants. Water pools have been provided to the elephants with free access for them to bath and play in the water, at will.
Compulsory Donation Rs.15o0/-Person
Note: Please read more before book the above tour from official SOS site http://wildlifesos.org/elephant-conservation-and-care-center/
Emerging like an oasis in the arid zone of Jalesar Taluq of Etah District is the Patna Bird Sanctuary, spread over 108 hectares of land. This resort for migratory and local birds was given recognition as a protected sanctuary in the year 1991. Ornithologists have accounted for about 200 different species of exotic birds. Besides the migratory birds. Patna Bird Sanctuary is a permanent abode for local birds also. An old and historic temple dedicated to Lord Shiva attracts thousands of pilgrims for spiritualistic pursuits every year.
National Chambal Sanctuary (NCS) (Dist. 80 Kms.)
It is a 400 Km stretch of the river Chambal with a swathe of ravines on both sides. granted protected area status in 1979 to help revive Ghariyal population. It is an IUCN Category IV(Manages Nature Reserve)Sanctuary which is a home for Dolphins, Ghariyals, Marsh crocodiles, Turtles and about 311 species of birds.
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