Two hunderd kilometres from the national capital of Delhi, on the banks of Yamuna, lies Agra , a historical city of Uttar pradesh . The city's claim to fame is the Taj Mahal. However, since Agra was the Mughal capital, glimpses of rich Mughal architecture can be seen accross the city. And its not just the monuments that will capture your heart but also the cultural heritage well transferred since centuries in the form of crafts.
By Air : Agra has a domestic airport 6 kms from the city centre. The Agra airport , the Kheria airport, has all the major domestic airlines having their services. The airport is well connected to other cities of India.
By Road : Agra is well connected with national highways 2, 3, and 11. The state transport corporation maintains deluxe and local coaches that run from Agra to Delhi, Lucknow, Gwalior, Jhansi.
By Rail : Agra is connected to all the major cities all over the country. Super fast trains like Shatabdi Express and Jhansi Taj Express minimize the travel time and render same day return services.
There is no dearth of accommodation in Agra. There are two, three and five star hotels and service apartments. The city has accomodation for every pocket.
Hotel Holiday Inn
Hotel Howard Park Plaza Int.
Mayur Tourist Complex
Hotel Taj Khema
Amar Yatri Niwas
No amount of words can justify the richness of Agra in terms of its architectural heritage.
This ultimate token of love among the seven wonders of the world is the major tourist attraction.Built in the sixteenth century by the Mughal ruler Shahjahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, Taj Mahal is a marvel beyond expression of words.
Agra Fort, AgraHistory comes alive as you walk past Diwan-e-khas, Diwan-e-aam, sheesh mahal and the golden pavilions. Light and sound shows in Chandni market specially organized for tourists is a must see.
This gorgeous garden set on the Yamuna riverbank is a typical example of Mughal pleasure garden.
Famous for the picturesque veiw of Taj mahal reflection at night.
The Taj Mahal museum has on display original drawings of the mausoleum and other antiquities of architectural brilliance.
On the left bank of Yamuna is the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah designed like a silver Jewel box in marble. This building is a marvellous example of delicacy and precision in inlay work and considered the next most beautiful architecture next to Taj.
Area 4082 sq. km
Population 1.4 millions
Climate Extreme and Tropical
Languages Hindi, Urdu, English
Best Time to Visit Winters (Nov - Jan)
Excursion Fatehpur Sikri(40 Kms), Mathura( 47 Kms), Vrindavan(10 kms), Bharatpur Bird Sanctury (60Kms), Jaipur (236 kms)
Just like the monuments, the shopping expereince is one of its kinds. The city is famous for its leather works, handicrafts , brass and copper items. Also famous is the inlay work on marvel which is one of its kinds. The main shopping areas in Agra are the Sadar Bazar, Kinari Bazar and Munro Road.
Mughalai cuisines , one of the most savoured cuisines in India is the essence of Agra. A visit to Agra would be incomplete without a taste of seekh kababs and boti kababs. The superb Mughlai cuisine with its luscious sauces of milk, curd, cream and crushed nuts is available in major hotels and restaurants in Agra but you can also check on Dhabas to get some great food on cheap prices. However the real show stealers are Dal moth and Petha for which Agra is famous.
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