The royalty of a destination is recognized for its rich historical significance and heritage. India is a country endowed with lots of such historical attractions, mostly in the northern states. Uttar Pradesh offers some magnificent historic rural places to visit in Agra in Kachhapura village which is located in the backyard of the inspiring white marble masterpiece -Taj Mahal.
Kachhpura– A small village situated just at a distance of 5 Km from Agra city, where people can visit anytime (a full one is advisable for a better experience) during their Agra sightseeing trip. The village offers some amazing historical rural places to visit in Agra.
Mostly, the people visit here to see some popular Agra tourist places like red fort, TajMahal, which looks stunning from all the directions. But, you can only capture the sensational view of Taj from far locations. For example, the view of Taj from the red fort, especially in the morning time provides an inner peace, which compels anyone to recall their “Love of Life” at that nostalgic moment.
In kachhpura, one could find such a beautiful spots which gives you the similar experience. Apart from this, the village offers “Mughal heritage walk” trip. In this, you will walk through the below 5 historic rural places to visit in Agra.
5 historic rural places to visit in Agra- “Kachhpura Village”
1) Gyarah Sidi
To visit this place, one need to follow a narrow path, that passes through the Agricultural fields of the village. As soon as you cross this path, you will meet with the standalone single block situated at an empty garden space which is popularly known by the name “Gyarah Sidi” (Eleven Steps) situated at the bank of the Yamuna River.
The Gyarah sidi is carved out of an isolated structure made up of monolithic stone. Most of the people, who visit Agra tourist places like Taj Mahal, remain unaware of this small historic monument, as it is located in the backyard of the Agra city.
But once the tourists would get enough information about this destination, they would be desperate to know the historical significance of Gyarah Sidi and admit that there are also other things to do in Agra apart from visiting Taj.
However, one could find an expert local guide from the village who will explain the relevant facts and anecdotes related to Gyarah Sidi.
According to the historical facts, Gyarah Sidi is made by the Mughal emperor-Humayun, who was the eldest son of Babur- the founder of the Mughal dynasty. Humayun had a great belief in Astrology and Astronomy science. So, he created a big Jantar-Mantar, which contains a set of various monuments including Gyarah Sidi where he used to observe the star constellation.
At present, Gyarah Sidi is the only monument left remained in the vicinity of the Jantar Mantar which depicts the keen interest of Humayun who used it to see the position of Budh, Shukra, Shani and so on… and its significant effects on the lives of the people.
Being an Astrologer, he had also used Gyarah sidi to see the position of his own stars for all his court proceedings.
2) Humayun Mosque and Taj View
After getting started with Kachhpura village trip from a small but popular monument, now it is the time to get involv with the local villagers and to experience their warm hospitality. The people of Kachhpura are very kind and represent their rich local culture and tradition to the tourists with full dedication. They welcome tourists by singing traditional Aarti and garland them with the utmost respect.
Before moving on to see the next attraction, the local village community will take you to a village house terrace for provide an elegant view of Taj Mahal from top of the house. The view looks amazing in the shadow of the other small nearby monuments and the light clouds which surrounds the Taj provides the feel of heaven when the combination of the rural ambiance and the incredible Taj view meets together at one place.
On moving further, you will take on to the religious Humayun mosque, built by the Mughals in 1530, to fulfill their religious needs and performing ritual practices. The interesting thing to know about this mosque is that the whole structure is made up of brick masonry and no stone carving has done, unlike the other Mughal mosques. Instead, a white plaster is used with the brick arch to strengthen the structure of the mosque.
There are several sandstones engraved graves found within the compound of the mosque associated with the Mughal. The internal structure of the mosque contains four wings and each wing has double days in two aisles.
A light rounded dome is surrounded by the roof ceiling of the chambers. Unfortunately, the southern wing is collapsed (ornamented with glazed tiles) due to unusual activities in the village.
3) Moonlight Garden [Mehtab Bagh]
This place is popularly known as “Moonlight Pleasure Garden” and is one of the best historical rural places to visit in Agra. Here, the charming moon gets ready to view the Taj in its moonlight. When a mirror is placed between the Taj view and Yamuna River, the river reflects back the spectrum of new colors on the Taj which is elegant to watch and provide the most memorable experience to see the beauty of the Taj from far sights.
The Mahtab bagh is located just at the backside of the Taj Mahal so the tourists can take the number of clips with the ultimate view of Taj in the background.
Apart from this, the moonlight garden enriches with an excellent architecture and irrigation methodology, large water fountains, glorious white walkways and airy pavilions.
4) Central Courtyard of Kachhpura
The central courtyard is an old village platform where the village Panchayat is conducted and the important decisions related to village issues are taken place. Moreover, the villagers organizes various traditional folk dance activities by using this large vacant space of the courtyard.
One can view the other rural heritage attractions around the village like Street Theatre, Hena Tatto making shops and the display of different forms of arts and crafts made by the local village community which are also available for commercial trading purpose.
During the trip to the central courtyard, you can make short relations with the village traders and ask them for the local cottage industry for shoemaking as Agra is famous for exporting leather shoe all over the world.
Moving along the line, you can view the skilled village women sitting at their house front with a bunch of clothes on one hand and a traditional Sui dhaga (needle and thread) on another, sewing a beautiful cloth bags with eye-catching embroidery through its borders and centers.
Things to do in Agra- “Kachhpura Village”
The women also participates in the creative arts and activities. They don’t even leave the waste to go in wastage and use them to create useful Hand- fans. The creativity doesn’t stop here and they also try their hands to create beautiful local musical instruments.
The most interesting thing you can experience with Kachhpura villagers is when you involve with them in pottery making and try your useful hands on it to create beautiful earthenware which is carved out with clay, provides a stunning shape and a proper finishing to the end product.
5) Local Arts of Kachhpura Village
The actual experience of a village tour remains incomplete without the taste of traditional folk art and dance. Kachhpura enriches with talented local artists and you could see the village girls participating in the folk dance in front of your eyes.
The image of beautiful Sanjhi art created by villagers
It is magnificent to listen to the humming of religious songs coming out from the local temples which purify your heart with true thoughts and emotions.
Best time to Visit
The best time to visit Kachhpura village is during the winter-summer period from October to March. The atmosphere looks pleasant with the moderate temperature at this time. All the Taj view from far sights will give you its optimum level of experience as mentioned in this article.
The monsoon period between July to September being the worst period to visit kachhpura as the roads are filled with rainwater which might ruin your actual experience to get most of this beautiful rural destination.
Traveling route to Kachhpura
The people who want to explore kachhpura village during Agra sightseeing should have to turn right from Ram Bagh Crossing from NH-2 and continue on road straight up to 3km till it passés railway Godown which falls amidst the road.
The people who want to visit Kachhpura after Tajmahal visit can reach there more easily by taking a right turn from Railway Godown after passing through the new bridge near Redfort.
Timing and Charges
You can visit this village from 9 am to 6 pm. The tickets charges for adults will go around Rs 1250/head and for the child (above 12 years) Rs 750/child.
A one day trip to the above 5 historic rural places to visit in Agra will give you the actual experience of Agra sightseeing where you will get the opportunity to look for various other things to do in Agra other than alluring Taj, as well as experiencing village lifestyle, hospitality, and shop local arts.