About Agra...

When you are on a tour of North India it cannot be completed unless and until you visit Agra and eventually Taj Mahal a pride of India. Away from India when someone speaks about India the first reference comes out to be Taj Mahal. It is so much popular among tourists as well as local population. Agra formerly known as Akbarabad is situated on the banks of Yamuna River. It is the third biggest city in Uttar Pradesh which was the capital of India during the Mughal era. According to the mythology Agra was also famous with the name of Arya Griha at time of Aryans. It’s a city of rich heritage of art, culture and architecture. The finest quality of Indian culture is evident in art, architecture, music, dance and drama of this city. Agra forms the third apex of the Golden triangle tour along with Delhi and Jaipur. Agra is an awesome place to visit because of its rich heritage and value. The most famous talk of the city is obviously the Taj Mahal, which was built by “King Shah Jahan” in memory of his beloved wife “Mumtaj Mahal”. It is now one of the seventh Wonders of the world and one of three World Heritage Sites, the others being Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Agra came into limelight during the rule of Afghan King Sikandar Lodhi who had made it the capital of his empire. Later in 1526 A.D., the Mughal Emperor Babar took upon himself the task for rendering Agra, a unique character and beauty of its own. The visionary that he was and a great patron of the arts, Emperor Babar brought in a change in the culture and life-style among the people of Agra, which then brought forth some of the finest craftsmen, artists, statesmen, warriors and nobility, this part of India had ever witnessed. The golden age of Agra's history, thus began to set in. The next few hundred years of Agra witnessed the rise of the pageantry of three great Mughal monarchs - Emperor Akbar, Jehangir and ShahJahan all of whom lavished on this fabled city, their love and riches immeasurable to transform the land into one of the great centres of art, culture, learning and commerce. Much of the city's impressive past lives in evidence even today, in the hunting presence inside the monuments, the majesty of the buildings, the exquisite arts and crafts and not to forget, the lure of an exceptional cuisine all, cherished as priceless legends of a nostalgic past. The older city of Agra has impressively retained much of its resplendent history captivating every visitor with fond memories to take back home. Today, luxury and modern convenience also exist adjacent to tradition luxury hotels, shopping malls and plazas, wide avenues and a superb choice of venues for recreation, business, sports, pleasure, education and the arts.

Apart from the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Sikandra and Itmad-Ud-Daulah are the main attractions of the city. Fatehpur Sikri is 36 kilometers from the city and well connected by road. This Mughal architecture of the city is a great experience for everyone. The main attractions of the city are Mughal Monuments, lying everywhere in the town. The history of the city says the glory of monuments of Agra began during the time of Babar but reached at its height during the regime of the great mughal ruler Akbar. Located in the rich alluvial plains of the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers in western Uttar Pradesh, it lies about 200 km southeast of Delhi. The city was a symbol of Mughal power and aspiration, but it was also their residence and they filled it with gardens and elegant palaces, settled their families and set up their spaces of leisure and devotion. Hindi is the most popular language of the city but Urdu and English are also spoken by mass. Agra, also known as the city of The Taj Mahal, is a part of the huge state of Uttar Pradesh. This city is considered romantic because of the great monument of Taj Mahal’s history that graces it with its presence. City of Agra standing on the banks of river of Jamuna is famous for its delicacies on offer at Agra are a variety of cuisines to travellers besides the Mughlai cuisine, which saw its birth in this region, Agra is well known for the other palaces and forts that were mainly built in the Mughal era.