Agra is one of the most popular heritage cities in India, best known as the city of Taj. The Heritage Walk is a 1 km loop that links the village of Marwari Basti, the ancient village of Kachpura, Mehtab Bagh, the Mughal aqueduct system, the Humayum mosque, and the Gyarah Sidi. This walking expedition lets you experience the era of the Mughals, who conquered, ruled, and left behind the traces of their royal lifestyle and architectural marvels.
Gyarah Sidi or Eleven Steps are carved out of a single stone. It sits at the edge of River Yamuna overlooking the hemispherical cavities in the ground from which astronomical readings could be taken. Gyarah Sidi is the remains of the astrological observatory of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Gyarah Sidi sits on the banks of River Yamuna and gives a great view of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.
After the Gyarah Sidi, the tourists are led into the Kachhpura village to visit the Humayun Mosque, situated on the left bank of River Yamuna. The mosque is a handsome Panchmukhi structure with and a high Iwan which conceals the dome on top of the central nave, which is supported on kite-shaped pendentives and net squinches. There are double-aisled wings on either side of the central nave.
The Mehtab Bagh or Moonlight Garden is a charbagh complex in Agra, lies north of the Taj Mahal complex and the Agra Fort on the opposite side of the Yamuna River. This spectacularly wonderful garden was originally built to view the Taj Mahal in the serene moonlight when the Taj reflects its image on the river and Yamuna mirrors back on the structure of Taj. The garden was designed as an integral part of the Taj Mahal complex in the riverfront terrace pattern.
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