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Agra Travel Guide


Agra At a Glance
  • Population:17,75,134
  • Area :1,880.40 sq.kms
  • Geo Location:North
  • Average Climate:1°C - 32°C
  • Best time to visit:October - March
  • STD Code:0562

Introduction

Agra in India is the city of architectural wonders and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. Agra, the most romantic city in India, is famous for the marble edifice 'Taj Mahal' hued in the eternal beauty that is immortal. This beautiful marble monument, located on a bank of the Yamuna River in Agra India, has inspired poets and lovers throughout the world. You can see the gorgeous Taj Mahal on tours to Agra. Agra was the capital of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and his attractive Queen Mumtaz Mahal. After she passed away in 1631, Shah Jahan created a mausoleum that is now known as a symbol of undying love. During your tours to Agra, a visit to the Agra Fort and the Fatehpur Sikri, the red sandstone city made by Emperor Akbar is an absolute must.

Tours to Agra will take you to many other attractions of the city which include Fort Tomb of Itimad Ud Daulah, Akbar's Tomb at Sikandra, Rambagh Gardens, Dayalbagh Gardens, Chini ka Rauza, Fatehpur Sikri, Jama Masjid Agra and Buland Darwaza.

Agra is one of the most important historic cities of India. Agra tours will give enough opportunity to know about the history and culture of Agra. Agra was the capital of medieval India almost for 135 years. For the first time, Sultan Sikandar Lodi set his capital at Agra in 1501 and when Babur, the first Mughal Emperor of India, conquered the throne in 1526, he chose Agra as his capital. During Akbar's period, Agra emerged as India's most well-known center of art, culture, learning and commerce. The phase continued for about a century and reached its pinnacle during the period of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan, who eventually decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi in 1637.

In recent times Agra is a sprawling industrial town, the city is famous for the world distinguished Taj Mahal and other architectural masterpieces. Agra tour will make you shop for precious and semi precious stones, marble products, brassware, and leather items. You can also shop for delicately painted wooden goods, stone decorative, embroidered rugs and famous pethas (a kind of sweet made of pumpkin and sugar).

Agra is well connected to rest of India by air, rail and road network. The nearest airport is Kheria, located at a distance of 7 kms from the Agra city center. All the chief domestic airlines operate between Agra and major cities of India.

Agra well linked by trains has small and big railway stations. Agra Cantonment is the main railway station and connected to almost all the major cities and towns of India. The world renowned Palace on Wheels- the plushest trains of India has Agra on top of its itinerary.

Agra also boasts of a good network of roads. The national highway numbers 2, 3, and 11 pass through the city making it easily reachable by road. The city is well linked to Delhi (203 km), Jaipur (235 km) and other cities of India by road.