Agra is a city in Uttar Pradesh, India. Once, this place acted as capital of Hindustan. It is located on the banks of Yamuna River. In the Epic Mahabharata, name of this city was Agrevana. This city was built in 1475. Lodhi and Mughals dominated this region during their reign. Shopping lovers can buy rare handicraft items, embroidery works, exquisite jewellery, leather bags, belts, shoes etc.
What to see in Agra:
Taj Mahal: It is the major attraction of Agra. This is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. In the memory of Mumtaz, this was built by her husband Shah Jahan, Mughal Emperor. This is the best example for the Mughal architecture. It was built with marble white stone.
Agra Fort: It is one of the attractions of Agra. This was built with brick. It was the residence place of Sikandar Lodi when he shifted his capital from Delhi to Agra.
Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah: In this city it is the Mughal mausoleum. It is also known as Baby Taj. Visitors of this place can see gardens and outbuildings along with main building. Mughal architecture can be seen here.
Tomb of Akbar: It was built between 1605 to 1613. This is situated at Sikandra. Minarets of this tomb are similar to Taj Mahal. It was built with Red Sandstone. This is one of the best examples for Mughal Architecture.
Mehtab Bagh: It is the garden complex consisting of 25 fountains. This is located opposite to Taj Mahal.
Chini Ka Rauza: At this place tomb of Allama Afzal Khan Mullah is situated. He was the Prime Minister of Shah Jahan. In 1635 this tomb was built.
Jama Masjid: It is one of the largest mosques in India which was built in 1648 by Shah Jahan. It is dedicated to his daughter Jahanara Begum.
Ram Bagah: It is oldest Mughal Garden. In 1528, this was built by Babur, Mughal Emperor. Babur was temporary buried here. Canals and pathways are attractions of this place.
Musamman Burj: It is located in Agra Fort. This is a beautiful octagonal tower. It is situated close to Diwan-e-Khas, Private Hall of Shah Jahan.
Mankameshwar Temple: Lord Shiva is worshipped here. It is one of the ancient temples in Agra. Shivalingam is covered with Silver Metal. It is believed that, When Lord Krishna born in Mathura this Shivalingam was found.
Tomb of Mariam-Uz-Zamani: Tomb of Mariam-Uz-Zamani is situated here. She was the mother of Jahangir, Mughal Emperor. It was built between 1623- 1627 CE. Architecture of this tomb is worth seeing.
What to see around Agra:
Fatehpur Sikri: It is a small town which is situated 40kms away from Agra. Several historical monuments can be seen here such as Birbal Bhavan, Sheikh Salim Chisti Tomb, Diwan-e-Khaas, Jama Masjid, Diwan-e-Aam, Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaza.
Getting to Agra: Agra is well connected with road, railways and airways. Agra has 2 major bus terminals. Both were well connected with Kanpur, Lucknow and Delhi. City has 4 main railway stations. They were Idgah Agra Junction, Agra Fort, Raja Ki Mandi and Agra Cantonment. All the stations are well connected with other important cities of India. Kheria airport is the Agra airport which is located 12kms away from the heart of the city. Airport is well connected with Khajuraho, Delhi and Varanasi.
Getting around Agra: Autos, Cycle Richshaws, Tempos, Tonga’s, electric buses are available to visit the places of Agra. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Agra
Best time to visit Agra: Best time to visit Agra is between October to March.
Where to stay in Agra: All range of hotels are available to stay in Agra. Few resorts are available here. Budget hotels were ranging between Rs.100 to Rs.1000.
Where to eat in Agra: Plenty of restaurants are available here. Specialties of the city are Pethas, Dalmoth, Gajak, and Pedas.