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AGRA

Location : State- Uttar Pradesh (North India)

A city of deep seated culture, reflecting its rich historical past, Agra graces the banks of the elegant Yamuna River in Uttar Pradesh. Considered as one of the choicest tourist destinations in India, the city of Agra houses one of the most famous and talked about structures of history - the Taj Mahal. Built in the loving memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the imposing structure was conceived by the fifth Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan. Agra, one of the three World Heritage Sites, the other two being the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, is magnificence incarnate. 22 years of toiling effort, great mastermind to see through, rarest of stones and rich marble went on to create this monumental symmetry of the Taj.

Prime Attractions

Taj Mahal: The symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal, who died at a young age of 38 while giving birth to their 14th child. Situated on the bank of Yamuna River, the Taj Mahal represents a fine blend of Mughal, Persian, Central Asian, and Islamic architecture. The Taj Mahal is one of the most visited and most photographed monuments in the world.

Agra Fort: The Mughal Emperor Akbar laid the foundation of the Agra Fort in 1565 AD. It took eight years to complete this massive fort at a cost of 3.5 million rupees at that time. After Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan also added some new features to the fort.

Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah: Built by Noor Jahan - the wife of the Mughal Emperor Jehangir -- in memory of his father, the white marble tomb represents a fine example of Indo-Persian architecture. Enjoying the privilege of being the first marble tomb of the Mughal periodl. The tomb is popularly known as the 'Baby Taj'.

Excursion

Fatehpur Sikri: Located at a distance of about 37 Km from Agra, the Red Sandstone town of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Akbar as his capital during 1571 and 1585. The city represents a fine blend of Indo- Mughal architecture.

Akbar's Mausoleum: The mausoleum of Akbar is located at Sikandra at about 10 Km from Agra. Akbar himself designed and started its construction.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary: Situated at a distance of 55 km from the city of Taj Mahal, Agra, Bharatpur hosts a variety of bird species from across the globe. Mathura :Mathura (or Brajbhoomi) is famous as the birthplace of Lord Krishna, an important deity in the Hindu religious pantheon

Shopping

Some of the items for which Agra is famous include handicrafts items like marble tabletops, soft stone lay work, semi precious stones, jewellery items and hand made leather items. The small replica of the Taj Mahal makes popular souvenir,decorated with inlay work with semi-precious and precious stones imitating the style of the pietra dura work on the grand Taj.

How To Get There

By Air: The nearest airport Is Delhi 200Kms from Agra. it is well connected with all the major parts of the country

By Rail: Agra is well connected by rail to Delhi, Varanasi and cities of Rajasthan The main railway station is the Agra Cantonment station. Taj Express and luxury trains like the Palace on Wheels is also stop at Agra.

By Road: Agra is about 204 km from Delhi,the capital of India. There is an excellent national highway connecting Delhi and Agra and it is only a 4 hours drive from Delhi.

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