Excursions around Agra are no less interesting than the Agra itself. Excursions from Agra include Sikandra, Fatehpur Sikri and Bateshwar. All these places are well under 80 Kilometers from Agra therefore one need not stop at these places at night. A single day trip is sufficient for them.
Akbar' s tomb at Sikandra is a magnificent example of blending of
different styles of architecture. It marks a considerable departure from
the earlier Mughal buildings. The tomb carries the characteristic flavor
of the airy tiered pavilions of the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. The
tomb of Akbar, though Islamic in spirit, is a blend of styles. The
magnificent entrance, use of exquisite patterns, excellent Jaalis, fine
Persian style calligraphy and the Char Bagh garden layout etc. are
representative of Islamic influence. On the other hand, the absence of a
dome and use of canopies reflect the local influence.
Bateshwar is a dusty town situated nearly 70 kilometers from downtown
Agra. An otherwise sleepy town, Bateswar, an important spiritual and
cultural center, comes to life in the month of November every year. It
is when the annual cattle fair is held here. This enormous cattle fair
is held at the banks of Yamuna in the 'Kartik' month of Hindu calendar.
Nevertheless, the fair is not the only draw for the tourists. Apart from
that there are as many as 108 temples of Shaivite sect at the banks of
Fatehpur Sikri was the imperial city of the Mughal dynasty between 1571
and 1584. Fatehpur Sikri is actually a historical capital city made out
of twin village of Fatehpur and Sikri that are situated 45 odd
kilometers from the city of Agra. The city is situated amidst barren
ridge. Emperor Akbar established this city, to serve jointly with Agra,
as the imperial capital of Mogul empire. The story of this 4 centuries
old city is no less interesting than the city itself.