Agra - A Tale of Love and War

Our 23-year old hotel is a heritage, just like the city of Agra is. The city has been passed on from the epic of Mahabharata, where it was known as 'Agravena', meaning 'the border of the forest'. According to the tale, the city was founded by the Agre Jat clan, and hence the name.

It was ruled by the Lodi dynasty sultan, Sikandar Lodi, who made the city his second capital. After his death, Sher Shah Suri defeated his son and ruled the city for 16 years until he was defeated by the Mughal dynasty, who built the city the way it is today. They built the monuments like Taj Mahal, which is the seventh wonder of the world, Sikandra, Itmad-ud-Daulah and Agra Fort. Today, these monuments have become the best tourist attractions in Agra.
Our Hotel is located very close to all these attractions, making it an ideal choice for your stay.

Places to Visit in Agra

Hotel Amba Inn Agra Taj mahal

Taj Mahal

The seventh wonder of the world is famous, not only because it looks magnificent, but also due to the rich history attached to it. It sings a tale of love and loss, which is tragic yet beautiful. 

The Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, built this spectacular structure in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. She died giving birth to their 14th child in the year 1631, and the construction for Taj Mahal started in the same year. 22,000 laborers and Artisans were called from around the world to ensure perfection.

The graves of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal lie entombed in this breathtaking epitome of love. 

Hotel Amba Inn Agra Fatehpur sikri

Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri is listed as a World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. From 1571 to 1585, it was the political capital of Emperor Akbar, one of the greatest emperors of the Mughal Era. 

The place is filled with rich cultural monuments which give you an experience of medieval Mughal architecture. Each monument has a dazzling tale of its own, which will make you travel to that era in your mind. 

Some of the most famous monuments in Fatehpur Sikri are:

  • Buland Darwaza
  • Tomb of Salim Chisti
  • Diwan-e-Khas

Hotel Amba Inn Agra Itimad-ud-Daulah

Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

Mirza Ghiyas-ud-din was a poor merchant from Persia. He was barely managing to look after the basic needs of family when he was blessed with a baby girl. He considered abandoning her but was unable to do so.

To his surprise, the baby girl carried good luck with herself and her father was appointed as a chief minister of wazir in the court of Jehangir, son of Akbar. 

Jehangir fell in love with his daughter and married her. She came to be known as Noor Jahan, due to her inexpressible beauty. Jahangir built this monument as a tribute to his father in law. Itmad-ud-Daulah means 'Pillar of the Empire'.
 

Hotel Amba Inn Agra Agra fort

Agra Fort
 

Also known as the red fort of Agra, this fort was the home for Mughal emperors - Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan. But the first resident of the fort was Sikander Lodhi who captured it during his reign. It was later captured by the Mughals after they defeated his son in the battle of Panipat. They seized the most famous treasure of India, Kohinoor diamond from the fort. 

They made Agra their governance captial and ruled their empire from this fort.

Hotel Amba Inn Agra Sikandra

Sikandra

Also known as Akbar's tomb, Sikandra was built by the emperor of Mughal kingdom, Akbar. He named it after the ruler of Delhi, Sikandar Lodhi. Emperor Akbar's grave lies in this monument. 

This was built by Akbar's son, Jahangir, though Akbar had planned it previously. About 1 km away from the tomb is located the tomb of Akbar's wife, Mairam-uz-Zamani.

The tomb has four minarets made out of marble, which are strikingly similar to those of Taj Mahal.