There’s much more to Agra than the Taj Mahal. By crossing the Yamuna River you’ll discover the pre-Taj history and architecture through Mughal tombs, gardens and observatories.
You’ll visit lesser known monuments such as the pleasant Rambagh gardens and the 11 Steps that helped the Mughals study star constellations.
However, the highlight will be the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula, a Mughal mausoleum, that is often referred to as the jewel box or Baby Taj. This delicate Islamic style tomb demonstrates a significant departure from previous Mughal mausoleums, and is the flawless precursor of the more famous Taj Mahal.