Fatehpur Sikri , 38 km south-west of Agra, was built by the side of an artificial lake about 3 km long and 1.6 km wide. Still perfectly preserved, this complex of palaces, mosques, gardens and pavilions is a rich legacy of the Mughal era. You can stroll through the Emperor's bedroom, climb to the top of the Panch Mahal, the five tiered palace and look down on the Pachisi courtyard. Then move to the Anup Talau, the sandstone platform on a pond, where Mian Tansen once sang. And no trip is complete without a visit to Salim Chisti's Dargah, where you can tie a thread on the latticework of its walls and make a quiet wish.
Fatehpur Sikri, was one of the capital cities of Akbar after the childless Mughal was blessed with a son with the blessing of the Sufi Saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti, who lived here.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary , Situated 60 km from Agra. During the season, cormorant, darter, spoonbill, egret, stork and black ibis are found in large numbers. In winters, migrant birds from as far as Siberia and Northern Europe collected here. Dabchicks, pheasant tailed jacanas, moorhens and coots find their natural surroundings here.
Mathura , Situated 55 km from Agra and 10 km south of Bridavan on the west bank of the Yamuna, is believed to be the birthplace Lord Krishna, who is said to have been born in a prison here. Mathura is one of the oldest cities in India, much older than even Agra. Its history can be traced back prior to the days of the Maurya dynasty, which ruled from 325 BC to 184 BC.
Sur Sarovar , Also known as Keetham lake, is linked by motorable road. The lakeside is ideal for picnics/outings. A large variety of fish and waterbirds add to the lake's charms. Named after Surdas who is said to have resided here, the lake is 30 minutes away by road.