When you hear the word Agra , the first thing that comes to your mind is Taj Mahal. Agra has been referred as Arya Griha or the home of the Aryans in the Mahabharata epical age.The first person who referred Agra by its modern name was Ptolemy (Claudius Ptolemaeus).
While unfolding its history you will come across its great architectural heritage in Agra, which stands out beyond many in the world as a symbol of love in the great monument the Taj Mahal. Because of this Agra is one of the prominent destinations for people all across the world.From Bollywood to Hollywood , from Indians to International Tourist, Its a favorite destination with everyone.
Sight Seeing In Agra
Lets talk about Taj Mahal,The Taj Mahal was constructed entirely out of white marble and was included in the list of the New Seven Wonders of the World announced in Lisbon on 7th July 2007.Any visit to India would be incomplete without a visit to the world famous Taj Mahal, which is often described as the “Monument of Love”. Taj Mahal was built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Shahjahan's period was a golden era for the architectural skills.
Visits at sunset are great opportunites for really great photographs.At first glance the Taj Mahal looks to be solid white marble, but on closer inspection it is semi-precious stones, inscriptions and floral patterns. In the day sunlight it can be dazzling, but in the early morning and evening lights it brings out all the colours and then you can really feel the romance and history of this beautiful monument.
Apart from the Taj Mahal, the imposing Agra Fort is something which should not be missed. The construction of this fort was started by Mughal Emperor Akbar and later on additional building were added by his son and grandson. The fort complex has numerous building of importance like the Moti Masjid, Sheesh Mahal, Jehangir’s Palace, Deewane-E-Am and Deewane-E-Khas.
Is located about 40 kilometres from Agra, was founded by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar in the year 1564. Tourists visiting Agra must not miss this beautiful royal city which can be easily covered as a day-trip. The trip out to Fatehpur Sikri will take you some rural villages.It will give you a peek into the Indian culture and life. An imposing gateway called “Buland Darwaza” guards the entrance to this city.
Is just 12 kilometres from Agra city lies the tomb of Emperor Akbar which has been built combining the best of Muslim and Hindu Architecture. Located centrally in the square plan.There are beautiful panels adorned with very lovely mosaic work. The mortuary chambers are on the ground floor and the vestibule leading to the Akbar's tomb is decorated with floral and Arabic designs.
Is a Tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg(also referred to as Itmad-ud-daulah), commissioned by her daughter Nur Jahan, the wife of then Mughal Emperor Jehangir. This Tomb located on the banks of Yamuna River(left bank), is surrounded by gardens and walkaways, is often referred to as the Baby Taj.The Rajasthani marble walls are also very lovingly decorated, using the same process of semi precious stones, jasper,and topaz, as with the Taj Mahal. Mirza Ghiyas Beg, incidentally is the grandfather of Mumtaz Mahal (also known as Arjumand Bano and daughter of Asaf Khan), the wife of the emperor Shah Jahan, responsible for the construction of the Taj Mahal.
Radha Swami Samadhi
Is located in Dayal Bagh, around 15 kiometres from Agra. This magnificient building built in white marble houses the Samadhi of the founder of Radha Swami and has floral designs and patterns inside.
Festivals In Agra
Taj Mahotsav Every year during the month of February, the tourism authorities organize a festival which is known as Taj Mahotsav. Cultural activities showcasing the rich heritage of the region are displayed to entertain the tourists. Visitors can enjoy the spectacular display of folk music and dance and also enjoy the authentic Mughal Cuisine during the Taj Mahotsav.
Weather in Agra is quite hot and dry during the summers with temperatures reaching up to 45 degrees in the month of June. The best time to visit Agra is during winters November to February. This area does not receive much rainfall and most of the rainfall occurs during July and August.
How To Reach Agra
Agra has a small airport (Code AGR),Apart from this you can easily fly Delhi which is 200 kilometres away from Agra.All flights to Agra are from Delhi only.
Agra is a major railway station and trains are available from the city to almost all the major cities of India. Agra has two major stations, namely Agra Cantt and Agra Fort, visitors should check the departure station printed on the ticket to avoid any confusion. Trains are the best way to reach Varanasi, Jaipur and Haridwar (for Rishikesh) as well.
Agra can be easily reached from Delhi/Jaipur and the quality of road on Agra-Delhi section is excellent. However, the travel distances may take about 4 hours for the journey. It takes around 4 hours by car from Delhi to Agra depending on the traffic
The food in Agra are as amazing as Taj Mahal is , which originally comes from Persian cuisine. It is the Mughal people who introduced the aromatic Pulaos and Biryanis. The Spicy Kormas and Koftas were invented by the Mughals.
Plenty of accommodation from budget to expensive hotels is available to suit every budget. It is advisable to book in advance if you are visiting Agra during the peak season December to February.As I always mention in my Blogs you will find the best Hotel deals online.Pre Booking Helps.
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