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Agra is home to the internationally famous Taj Mahal, and is one of the most famous tourist spots of India. It is located about 204 km south of Delhi in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Situated on the west bank of river the Yamuna, Agra is the city of tombs and memorials. Agra is known for its Taj Mahotsav (Taj Festival). This cultural festival is held in the month of February every year, and thousands of tourists throng to it from all over the world. The Taj Mahotsav brings traditional Indian music and dance on a single platform for tourists to enjoy.
Agra has a rich historical background, which is manifested in the numerous historical monuments in and around the city. Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodhi of the Lodhi dynasty of the Sultanate of Delhi in the 16th century. Babur, who was founder of the Mughal dynasty in India ntroduced the concept of square Persian-styled gardens here. Emperor Akbar built the Agra fort, while Jahangir beautified it with palaces and gardens. Shahjahan marked the zenith of Mughal architecture, by building the Taj, the unspeakably beautiful riverside mausoleum that is undoubtedly the biggest tourist attraction of Agra.
Placs to See :
Taj Mahal Agra :
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj is a dream in white marble with exquisite pietra dura (stone inlay) work. It is said that different types of precious and semi-precious stones were used in the intricate inlay work done on the interiors. On a trip to this magnificent monument, it is better not to rush into seeing things, but to linger in the gardens, admire the scenic beauty, and take your time.
Itmad-ud-daulah’s Tomb Agra :
Built in memory of Mirza Ghiyas this tomb is also known as the ‘baby Taj’, it was the first Mughal structure completely built from marble and first to make extensive use of pietra dura.
Agra Fort :
Built by Emperor Akbar on the west bank of the river Yamuna, the Agra Fort dominates the centre of the city. The crescent-shaped fort has a 20-metre high and 2.4-km long outer wall that contains a maze of buildings that form a small city within a city. The Diwan-i-Aam (hall of public audience), the Diwan-i-Khas (hall of private audience), the octagonal tower known as Musamman Burj, Khas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal (the mirror palace) and the Anguri Bagh (the Grape Garden) are the other places to see within the fort.
Jama Masjid Agra :
The Jama Masjid is a wonderful assimilation of Iranian architecture. It has a rectangular open forecourt and no minarets. Its sandstone domes have a striking marble patterning.
Sikandra fort in Agra :
The sandstone and marble tomb of Akbar represents Akbar’s philosophy and secular outlook, by blending Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Christian motifs and styles.
Dayal Bagh in Agra :
Dayal Bagh is the headquarters of the Radhaswami sect and a beautiful white pietra dura marble inlay temple is being built here. The temple has been under construction for almost 100 years now.
Rambagh in Agra :
Ram Bagh is one of the earliest Mughal Gardens in the country and was laid out by Emperor Babar.
How to Reach :
Agra Air :Agra airport is 7 km from the city center and 3 km from Idgah bus stand. Major Indian airlines operate daily tourist shuttle flights to Agra, Khajuraho, Varanasi and back. It only takes 40 minutes from Delhi to Agra.
By Road : Idgah bus stand is the main bus stand of Agra, from where one can catch buses for Delhi, Jaipur, Mathura, Fatehpur-Sikri, etc. Buses for Mathura also leave from Agra Fort bus stand.
By Rail : Agra is well connected by railroad. The main railway station is the Agra Cantonment station. Agra is well connected by rail to Delhi, Varanasi and cities of Rajasthan. trains like Palace on Wheel, Shatabdi, Rajdhani, and Taj Express are the best choices if you want to reach Agra from Delhi in luxury.