Agra former capital of India was established in 1501 by Sultan Sikander Lodi. The city with deep rooted culture and reflecting its splendid past is situated on the banks of sacred Yamuna River in Uttar Pradesh state of India. It had been the capital of a number of dynasties comprising Lodhi and Mughals.
The city has mention in the epic Mahabharatha. The city is named there as Agraban which means “heaven”. It was also spotted in the world map prepared by famous geographer of second century Ptolemy.
Later the city was occupied by Mughal and during the reigns of Mughal emperor Akbar city reached at the peak of splendor when the world famous fort the Taj Mahal and other magnificent mausoleums were built.
Agra is considered as one of the chosen tourist destinations where one can see some of the most talked about structures of past especially the Taj Mahal.
Agra is a very lively city with its chaotic marketplace and enough places to live and enjoy delicious as well as varied food while enjoying some of the most beautiful man-made beauties in the field of architecture such as Agra fort, Fatehpur Sikri and the Taj Mahal.
The night life of Agra is very colorful offering an eye’s treat to the tourists here.
It won’t be an exaggeration to say that the place is a live evident of art, culture and architecture during the Mughal empire. There are a good number of hotels as well as resorts which undoubtedly make it an unforgettable experience.
Why Visit Agra
The Taj Mahal is no doubt the top most reason to visit Agra but it's equally true that it is not the only thing that captures the attention of tourists around the world, instead there are number of places or things that allure tourists.
Not only Taj but also other mausoleums like Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort etc are also the great example of rich art and culture of India.
City has too much to offer and is definitely a vibrant centre of Indian Culture and Religious philosophies. By taking the tour to Agra, one gets an opportunity to come across the great treasures of handicrafts hidden here. The city is known for handicrafts products like Inlay work on Marvel, footwear, brassware, zari and Embroidery work to name few.
Tourists have great shopping experience by shopping in a number of emporiums displaying traditional handicrafts.
It is 10 day long carnival bringing art and craft of India in front of the world in the month of February from 18 to 27th. With the Taj Mahal as its beautiful and eternal backdrop, the carnival showcases vivid colors of Indian culture. A planned tour to Agra during this carnival period increases the enjoyment of the visit to manifold as it is possible to experience the most spectacular façade of this city which make the whole world wonder.
Last but not the least, the nights of the city while watching the breathtaking beauty of exquisite Taj; are simple unforgettable.
Places Around Agra
Undoubtedly, Agra is among the special tourist attractions in India as well as abroad especially because of the seventh wonder of the world the Taj Mahal. There are other splendid mausoleums also which also present the rich architecture, art and culture of India.
Some of the best places to visit in Agra include
The Taj Mahal
This monument which is witness of pure love does not need any introduction around the world. It is among the Seven Wonders of the World. The beauty is simply breathtaking. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his beloved Queen Mumtaz.
The distance of the Taj Mahal from the city centre is 4.8 km.
It is closed on Friday and remains open on other six day of the week.
The Agra Fort was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D. and additions were continuously done to the grandeur of this fort till the time of his grandson.
There are also beautiful buildings such as Diwan-e-khaas, the Moti Masjid, Khaas Mahal, Shish Mahal and Samman Burj to name few.
The buildings remain opened from the time of Sunrise to Sunset.
Sikandra represents the philosophy and secular outlook of great Emperor Akbar as it is a perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture culture during that time.
The opening time is from Sunrise to Sunset.
The Marvel tomb is of a persian named Mirza Ghyas Beg, father of Queen Noorjahan. It is famous for its craftsmanship.
It is opened from Sunrise to Sunset.
The city of previous time is an epic written in red sandstone built by Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is an exquisite marvel tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti.
It is opened from Sunrise to Sunset.
There are several other places also which are worth seeing like Chinni Ka Roja, Mariyam’s Tomb and Jama Masjid.
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