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.
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).
Climate of Agra
Agra in Uttar Pradesh is located at the Indo Gangetic plain and experiences a typical sub tropical climate. The long and hot summers continue from April to September. November to February remains chilly cold. The best time to visit Agra is September to March.
How to Reach Agra
Agra Uttar Pradesh can be accessed easily because of the excellent transportation network. You can easily reach Agra from Delhi and Jaipur. The Kheria Airport, which is the domestic airport of Agra, is located only 5 kilometers away from the city. Seven railway stations are there in Agra. Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express will take you to Agra. The three highways- National highways 2, 3 and 11 that run through the city, will make you reach this historical city easier.
Tourist attractions in Agra
Agra India is dotted with numerous places of attraction. These tourist hotspots will tell you of the richness of the culture of the country. The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located in this city. You can go for sightseeing tours and explore it to the fullest. Some of the other major places of interest, which are worth visiting, are Mankameswar Temple, Guru Ka Tal, Jama Masjid, Mariam's Tomb, Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb, Sikandra (Akbar's tomb), Swami Bagh Samadhi, Chini Ka Rauza, Ram Bagh, Mehtab Bagh, Keetham Lake, Balkeshwar Temple, Shyam Ji Maharaj Temple, Rawli Maharaj Temple, Kailash Temple, Mankameshwar Temple, Prithvinath Temple, Mahakal and Mahakali Temple etc.
Restaurants and cuisines in Agra
Petha is the typical sweet candy found in Agra. Dal moth, a spicy lentil concoction is found in Agra. Chaat is the specialty of Agra. There are several multi-cuisine restaurants. There are separate restaurants for special cuisines like Mughlai, South India, Chinese, Cafes and Bakeries, Western food and typical Agra food. For buffet, you can visit the Grand Buffet at Jaypee Palace and Taj Bano in Mughal Sheraton. There are several bars in Agra that has the selection of choicest wines.
Shopping in Agra
If you love shopping, then Agra is the ideal destination for you. Here you can pick up various handicrafts and go on a shopping spree to collect beautiful artifacts. It is a shopper's paradise. Interesting souvenirs and replicas of Taj are the best buys from the shops. The most common buys from the shops of Agra are marble structures, leather items, fine Zari embroidery work, stone inlay work, durries and carpets. Carved images and rose wood items can also be bought from the shops.
Hotels in Agra
Agra is dotted with numerous hotels and modes of accommodation for the tourists to put up a stay. Here, you can find hotels of various categories to suit the individual requirements and taste. The various categories of hotels include 5 star deluxe hotels, 5 star hotels, 4 star hotels, 3 star hotels, mid range hotels, discount hotels, guest houses and budget hotels in Agra.