Romance is in the air in the City of Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal, the magnificent monument that stands at the heart of India has a story that has been melting the hearts of millions of listeners since the time Taj has been visible. A story, that although ended back in 1631, continues to live on in the form of Taj and is considered a living example of eternal love. It’s the love story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, two people from the course of history who set an example for the people living in present and the future to come. An English poet, Sir Edwin Arnold best describes it as “Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passion of an emperor’s love wrought in living stones.”

Its 14th February 2018 Today

Romance is in the air at Sunset Lounge / Mughal Room. Celebrate the spirit of #romance with a tempting #menu tailored by our Chefs just for this special occasion and allow us to serve an evening to remember while enjoying the incredible ambience with specially decorated tables, candle lights and a spectacular view.

Spa in Agra – A City of Taj

The spa is a real delight for the senses. Stress, disharmony in the human body and the toxic urban lifestyle has resulted in the increasing demand for Spa holidays. At Clarks Shiraz, a traditional massage with #Ayurvedic oil is truly #relaxing and #rejuvenating. Shirodhara treatment process in which medicated herbal oil is allowed to drip in a continuous stream over the forehead for 30 minutes to one hour. It relaxes the nervous system, acts as a soothing balm for the brain and #fightsinsomnia. Separate facilities are available for Ladies and Gents. Open from 9 am to 9 pm.

Taj Mahotsav, Agra 2018

Taj Mahotsav, one of the most eagerly awaited #festivals, is celebrated from 18th to 27th February this year at Shilpgram near the Eastern gate of “#TajMahal“.

This 10 days long carnival is actually a vibrant platform that gives you information of India where you can find India’s rich #arts, #crafts, #cultures, #cuisine, #dance and #music. Taj Mahal is the most beautiful historical place of India which tells about incredible India. #TajMahotsav is organized by UP Tourism…..
Enjoy this mahotsav with Hotel Clarks Shiraz, Agra

Art and Architecture of Taj

The Taj Mahal is the largest and most elaborate structure of the Mughal Empire, and is one of the greatest achievements of Islamic architecture in all history. While there are many theories as to who actually designed the complex, most scholars agree that the primary architects were the Persian builders Ustad Isa Khan Effendi and Ustad Ahmad. A third architect, Ismail Khan, may have been responsible for designing the main dome.

Building the Taj Mahal was a major feat. Builders, designers, and artists were brought in from across the Mughal Empire as well as imported from Persia, Central Asia, and other Islamic kingdoms. For 22 years after ground was broken in 1632, the greatest artists and builders of the Islamic world were employed on this massive mausoleum. According to most sources, over 20,000 people worked on the Taj Mahal. When it was completed it included a main gateway, a mosque, a rest house, gardens, and the actual mausoleum itself, covering 42 acres of land in total.

Thanks to the great number of designers, artists, and craftsmen who worked on the Taj Mahal, the overall design is a fascinating blend of Indian, Islamic, and Persian features. It’s a complex and beautiful building, well deserving of the respect it has maintained over the centuries.

Taj Mahal and UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site. As a former capital city of the region, city Agra is a must-visit Indian location, with the climate suiting winter visits best. It offers an urban landscape filled with fantastic sights and experiences.

The Agra Fort is one of the finest Mughal forts in India, although it’s overshadowed by the Taj; the fort is an imposing red sandstone structure built by Emperor Akbar in 1565. The majesty of Agra’s past still lingers and is evident in the culture and surrounding architecture, including the famous inlaid marble and red sandstone buildings.

Modern luxuries are also available to all visitors, delivering a wonderful balance of the classic and contemporary amongst the city’s beautiful settings. There is a wealth of delectable delights for all your senses.

Agra is famous for its sweets, which are devilishly delicious and a real treat for your tastebuds. The beautiful sights across the markets will capture your attention too, but be prepared to barter when buying from local craftsmen, who specialise in leather goods, rugs and gold embroidery. The quality of the carvings and the remains of the art work and painted buildings must have made this a fabulous palace in its heyday.

6 Must Try Food in Agra

Agra is known as the hometown of the beautiful Taj Mahal, also has a rich and varied range of cuisines. Serving as the haven of many communities, Agra is home to Muslims, Marwaris, Jains, Baniyas, and many more, which has culminated into the city is a one-stop destination for all kinds of food, delighting the non-vegetarian and vegetarian alike, with all kinds of culinary budgets.

1. Petha – Petha, Petha everywhere! The moment you step in Agra, you will find pethas around you. Petha is a sweet dish and is available in many flavours like plain (white); Kesar(saffron); with nuts; in colorful shades of pineapple, strawberry, mango that too in different shape.Petha is believed to have medicinal traits and is considered good and beneficial for blood pressure, hydration, brain growth, and more. The best Pethas can be found inPanchhiPetha and Baluganj.

2.  Mughlai cuisine – Since 16th Century, when Agra was made the capital of India by, the Mughals and constructed all the spectacular monuments, that are listed among world heritage sites, Mughal empire left indelible imprints on Agra’s taste as well. Similar to the love of food in Delhi and rest of North India, Agra also has plenty of yummy dishes. A few trademarks are creamy, boldly flavored curries; dried fruits and nuts; roasted meats, lots of ground and whole spices, It’s a rich cuisine fit for a king. To enjoy the best Mughlai Food, you can go to NaikiMandi, TajMahal Restaurants, Indiana and MG road.

3. Chaat – The chaats are too much spicy but yummy. In Agra also, chaats are very popular; especially dahi-bhaal, raj kachori, samosa, and golgappas are famous. But when talking about Agra we will focus mainly on the bhallas, as Agra bhallas are a bit different than what you have in Delhi.The bhallas are made big and crispier in Agra. To enjoy chat you can go to Chat waliGali in Sadar Bazar, Agra.

4.  Parantha – Trademark of Mughlai (and therefore North Indian) cuisine, paratha, or parantha, is similar to chapatti but it is pan-fried and stuffed with various ingredients, mostly vegetarian. You can enjoy the parathas with Paneer or some kind of chutney. Dahi(Curd) remains a constant with parathas. A famous paratha point is on Old Delhi Agra Highway called as RambabuParathe Wale.

5. Bedhai and Jalebi – A famous breakfast dish among Agra-wasis, this typical breakfast is served at street stands, corner points and on redis. This mouthwatering dish consists of two parts, one of which is spicy and the other one is sweet. Bedhai part of it is a fried, round, puffy bread typically served with a bowl full of spicy green sabzi made from of potato and curd. Jalebi, as most of you must have tried is sweet, a sticky dessert made of fermented batter. Fresh Jalebis and Kachoris are so famous and loved that the street corners are filled with people in the morning time.  GMB and Shree Ji sweets on Fatehabad Road are famous corners with Bedhai&Kachori being its specialty.

6. Dalmoth  – A traditional namkeen from Agra, Dalmothis made from nuts, spices, and oil. Dalmoth is really Crispy, spicy, and a little bit greasy. You can enjoy this snack with cold beer!The best Dalmoth can be found in PanchiPetha and Baluganj

 

World Heritage Sites – Agra – Taj Mahal – Night Viewing

With limited access, the Taj is now open for five nights each month for nighttime viewing around the full moon nights. The total number of visitors is restricted to 400 each night.

The night viewing of Taj Mahal is opened from 8-30 p.m. to 12-30 in eight batches of 50 persons for half an hour duration. The visitors of the night viewing of Taj Mahal have to report at Shilpagram complex half an hour in advance of the viewing time. The entry is allowed from the Eastern Gate of the Taj Mahal only after security check near the Eastern gate. The visitors have to keep their luggage at the counter free of cost. No video camera is allowed in side the monument during the night viewing.

Hotel Clarks Shiraz offer you special packages to stay and view Taj in moon light