Agra – the place which stands tall with pride for it is the witness of pure love and unquestioned bonding between the two souls. It unravels the flair and aura of immense and impeccable love due the presence of the world famous monument “The TAJ MAHAL”.
Not only in India but all over the world, the place Agra is correlated with the monument of love- The Taj Mahal, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and precious jewel of Muslim architecture in India.
Agra , the former capital of Hindustan ( now India) is a city located in the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. It has major tourist turnover throughout the year savouring the splendid Mughal – era buildings most prominently the Taj Mahal, Agra fort, Sikandara and Fatehpur Sikhri. This city takes pride in being included on the Golden Triangle tourist circuit along with Delhi and Jaipur.
History of Agra rates back in the years of Mahabharat wherein the place gets a special mention in the epic as the forest of Agraban closed to Mathura. The credit of finding this city goes to Badal Singh in the year 1475. The Sultan Sikandar Lodhi made Agra as his capital city. Agra unfolds the Mughal love for architectural monuments which were built in contemporary Mughal style.
Climatic conditions in Agra are semiarid and tropical climate. One can experience cold and at times foggy winter, hot and dry summers and a monsoon season with heavy rainfall. The main religion that dominates this city is Hinduism followed by Islam and Jainism.
Agra is the mirror replica of the rich and lavish lifestyles of the then Mughal rulers which is reflected in the monuments and forts constructed by them. The world famous Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Itimad –Ud- Daulah (Baby Taj) Akbar’s Tomb, Mankameshwar temple, Swami Bagh Samadhi, Guru ka Tal, Jama Masjid, Chini ka Rauza, the oldest Mughal garden – Ram Bagh, Mariam’s Tomb, Ketham lake – which has splendid variety of aquatic life and water birds and the Mughal heritage walk all these symbolises the Mughal history and their standard of living.
The fairs and festivals have the shades and flavours of the surrounding areas viz. Mathura and Vrindavan. This is reflected in the cultural and traditional events that are organised in the city. Cattle fair, Janamashthmi festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, Dussehra, Taj Mahotsav, Bateshwar Fair, Ram Barat, Kailash fair are all celebrated with great pomp and valour.
Stay option in Agra is never an issue as it has hotels that cater to the tourists of every hue. This city is the most favourite tourist destination across the world and each of these hotels are widely appreciated for their standard, distinguished and traditional Indian hospitality services.
Agra is the paradise for shopaholics and it specializes in leather items, dress materials with embroidery work, sandalwood and rosewood items, carpets and mini Taj replica models which are seen as a decorative item in most of the houses. One cannot resist the temptation from having Agra’s famous delicacies Petha (sweet) and Dalmoth (salty). The mughlai cuisine, dry fruit milk, chaat, paratha that tickle your taste buds the moment you put them in your mouth.
The narrow lanes of Kinari bazaar, Raja Mandi, Fuhaara and Lohamandi provide you with the best bargains at dirt cheap prices. Agra- the city of Taj has everything under one roof right from splendid monuments, mouth watering cuisines and shopping markets.