Agra Fort Army Gate (Start Point) :
Built in 1080 AD. 5 different armies have stayed in it till date starting from Sikandar Lodi to
Indian Army today. 5 different armies were – Hindu Sikarwar Rajputs (Sikandar Lodi, Ibrahim
Lodi); Mughals (Babur, Humayun, Akbar); Suris (SherShah); British Army and Indian Army
Two of the fort's gates are notable: the "Delhi Gate" and the "Lahore Gate." The Lahore Gate is
also popularly also known as the "Amar Singh Gate," for Amar Singh Rathore.
The monumental Delhi Gate, which faces the city on the western side of the fort, is considered
the grandest of the four gates and a masterpiece of Akbar's time. It was built circa 1568 both to
enhance security and as the king's formal gate, and includes features related to both.
Ambedkar Park :
This Park was built in the memory of the architect of Indian constitution Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, also known as BabaSaheb. He was an Indian jurist, political leader, philosopher, anthropologist, historian, orator, economist, teacher, editor, prolific writer and a great revolutionary. Although he was from a backward caste, he went onto study at the Columbia University and the London School of Economics. After independence, Dr. Bhim led a number of campaigns to bring caste based equality in India.
After a lesson on the ancient and modern history of India, we board the Indian helicopter (cycle
rickshaws) and go to the old Agra bazaar where our first stop over is the magnificent Shahi
Shahi Jama Masjid :
The royal mosque was built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan’s eldest and most favorite daughter Jahanara Begum in 1648. The legends say that Jahanara spent about 5 lacs rupees which was her dowry amount and remained unmarried for the rest of her lifetime to be able to serve her father in his difficult times. There was a spacious, octagonal Tripolia Chowk which existed between the Jama Masjid and the Delhi gate of the Agra Fort. This Tropolia was destroyed in order to create the Agra Fort Railway Station. The cloisters have engrailed arches supported on pillars.
Chimman Lal Poori Wala (Refreshment Point) :
This shop is about 200 years old and is run by the sixth generation of the same family. The interesting fact about this shop is that it has been situated at the same place for about 2 centuries. The shop is famous for its mouth-watering Indian delicacies.
Paan Leaves Auction Store :
Paan is a preparation combining betel leaf with areca nut and sometimes also with tobacco. It is chewed for its stimulant and psychoactive effects. After chewing it is either spat out or swallowed. Paan has many variations. Slaked lime (chuna) paste is commonly added to bind the leaves. Some South Asian preparations include katha paste or mukhwas to freshen the breath. From the Mughal times, old Agra bazaar is famous for its Paan leaves auction and the tradition is still continued today. The leaves for the auction come from neighborhood cities and also from Kolkata everyday. The paan auction is very interesting for the spectators and takes place twice a day, morning & evening.
Bridal Lehenga Workshop :
In India, the wedding rituals and clothes make the wedding as much as that of the bride and her groom. Both look their splendid best in gorgeous clothes. At one of the workshops of Bridal Indian dresses, one can see the artwork involved in making of lehengas, making it all the more exquisite when the same is handicrafted. If desired, guests can also put on one of the lehengas and get themselves clicked in the beautiful Indian attire.
This small lane is known as VaidyaRamduttaGali, Vaidya means an Ayurvedic doctor, Ramdutta was his name, Gali means small lane. This doctor used to treat people with the herbal medicines. His family members are still practicing the same. Ayurveda is the combination of two words ‘Ayur’ means ‘age’ & ‘Veda’ means ‘to increase’, so Ayurveda tells how to increase your age with the natural herbal remedies. It is said that thousands of years ago, people used only Ayurvedic medicines, because of which they lived for more than 200-300 years.
Mankameshwar Temple :
MankameshwarMandir (Temple) is one of the most ancient temples devoted to Lord Shiva. It is said that the Shivlinga is covered by the silver metal and was founded by Lord Shiva himself during Dwapara era, when Lord Krishna was born in Mathura. Mankameshwar Temple is unique in itself because probably this is the only temple of Lord Shiva that has Lord Shiva’s face carved on it. Usually we see a cylindrical shaped stone denoting Lord Shiva in other temples. 21 AkhandJyoti (Eternal Flame) are lit everyday (24*7). Devotees after fulfilling their wishes comes here to light a Deepak ranging from Rs. 1.25. to Rs. 1.25 lakh everyday.
Lohar Gali :
Lohar Gali is a bustling street with vendors selling colorful clothes, dresses for deities, floral decoration and the special paan. The paan is folded in such a manner so that its shape becomes that of a pyramid. It is then coated with "chandi ka verk" (Silver Foil) and garnished with coconut powder.
Musician’s Balcony :
A merchant named Mohan Lal in 1880 built this temple. He was in the business of making brocade borders for saaris. Cause of this type of carving is unknown, but people believe that it shows his love with the music. These are about 135 years old but still in very good condition.
Rawatpara Spice Market :
As we know, India is famous for its spices. Spices are used in different forms - whole, chopped, ground, roasted, sautéed, fried and as topping. They blend food to extract the nutrients and bind them in a palatable form. Rawatpara is a 500 year old spice market set up by the Mughal emperors to cater to the spice needs of the fort. After an aromatic walk through the Rawatpara Spice Market, a marketplace constantly bustling with activity and frantic shoppers from the city, we get on to our cycle rickshaws and go to the river banks of Yamuna where we get onto our car and make our way to the Mehtab Bagh for a splendid view of the Taj from the backside.
Mehtab Bagh :
‘Mehtab’ meaning moon and ‘Bagh’ meaning garden, Mehtab Bagh is a Mughal garden on the back side of the Taj Mahal. The legends say that Shahjahan used to visit the garden to gaze at the Taj Mahal and admire the beauty of the monument on the full moon nights. We also here give our guests the opportunity to get dressed in the Mughal attires and get a royal experience.