lies on the west bank of the river Yamuna in Uttar Pardesh, India. Famous
for housing the Taj Mahal - one of the seven wonders of the world, Agra has
more in its possession then just Taj Mahal. There are very few cities in the
world that can match the history and heritage of Agra.
Lying at a distance of 204 km south of Delhi, Agra is the single most
famous, most visited and most photographed tourist destination in India.
Agra is a part of the great north Indian plains. The imposing architectural
magnificence of the city is projected in the spectacular monuments of the
medieval India built by the Mughals, who ruled India for more than 300
Agra was the capital of India in the mid 16th century and earlier 17th
century, the era which witnessed a colossal building activity and this was
the period when Shahjahan built Taj Mahal in the memory of his beloved wife,
Mumtaz Mahal. The construction done during this era were purely close to the
Though, tourists come to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, seldom do they forget
other architectural splendour of the city. Agra boasts numerous monuments of
yesteryear, worth a visit. Apart from Taj Mahal, you can switch to Agra
Fort, situated just opposite to the Taj Mahal on the other side of the river
Yamuna. The massive fort, made of sandstone is magnificent monument,
speaking loudly of the glorious period of the Mughal era. Then comes the
Sikandara - the mausoleum of Akbar, the greatest of Mughal Emperors is a
fine example of the then Islamic architecture with intricate work of inlays.
If you are interested in the wild life of India, then go beyond the
bounadries of Agra, almost 60 km from Agra to gaze through the dense forest
life of Baharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Though a Bird's Paradise, Bharatpur is
home to numerous wild animals, whom you can see in their natural habitats.
Agra is not only a famous tourist destination but is also a shoppers
paradise too. You can indulge yourself in the shopping areas and shopping
malls, where you can buy the specialities of the place. And yes, don't
forget to buy the replica of Taj Mahal, found almost in every corner of the
city, to keep your memories, regarding this wonderful city alive.
Agra is broadly connected with almost all the major cities of India, by
numerous transport facilities - Air, Rail or Road. So you can choose either
of them, depending on your convenience to reach the glorious land of Taj
Mahal - Agra.