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Agra is a city steeped in history. Long renowned as the city of the Taj Mahal - unrivalled in its splendor throughout the world, the ancient city of Agra traces its inception to the time of the Mahabharat.

Taj Mahal Agra came into prominence when Sikandar Lodhi made it his capital in 1501. The Mughal Empire is primarily responsible for Agra’s magnificent palaces, forts and mausoleums all over the city – each with its own story!

Agra is also a part of Brijbhoomi, the land associated with the birth and legendary activities of Lord Krishna. It is a pleasant town with a comparatively slow pace of life.

Agra’s famous for its skilled marble artisans (supposedly the descendants of those who so expertly fashioned the Taj Mahal) as well as for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.

Much of the city’s impressive past is reflected through the haunting ‘presence’ of personalities inside the monuments, majesty of the buildings and the exquisite arts and crafts; not forgetting the lure of exceptional cuisine

Today, luxury and modern conveniences exist side by side with traditional and luxury hotels, shopping malls, plazas and wide avenues, catering to the visitor’s every convenience and comfort. We offer a superb choice of venues for recreation, business, sports, pleasure, education and destination.

General Information

Area: 82 sq. km. (31.66 sq miles).
Altitude: 169 meters (554.462 ft) above sea level.
Temperature:
Summer : Max - 45.0º C ( 113 º F ), Min – 21.9 º C ( 71.42 º F ).
Winter: Max - 31.7 º C (89.06 º F), Min – 4.2 º C (39.56 º F) Clothes:
Summer – Cotton.
Winter – Light Woolens.


Agra – Places of Interest

Taj Mahal - Agra is famous for being home to the incomparable Taj Mahal. The palace stands as a testimony of Emperor Shah Jahan’s love for his queen. The Persian architect Ustad Isa created a masterpiece in symmetry in this white marble mausoleum that stands on the Yamuna banks surrounded by landscaped gardens. Over 20,000 workers toiled for 22 years before the monument’s completion. It is a favorite among the Seven Wonders of the World.


Agra Fort Tour

The Agra Fort - The Mughal Emperor Akbar commissioned the construction of the Agra Fort in 1565. Akbar’s successors further embellished the fort with marbled mosques and palaces, beautiful gardens and courts.

This red fort seems carefully designed from a distance, but when you come close, you will become more and more awestruck at the careful craftsmanship and artistry that covers nearly every wall of the entire fort.

Inside its heavy walls holds many fine fairy-tale palaces and monuments such as the delicate Moti Masjid, Jahangir Mahal, Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience), Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), the Shish Mahal, among others.

Sikandra - The geometrically astounding mausoleum of Emperor Akbar represents his philosophy and secular outlook while fusing the best of Hindu and Muslim architectures. Legend has it that the great Emperor Akbar had designed it himself, and it was designed with such perfection and care that the legend must be true. This well-preserved monument was completed in 1613.

Itmad-ud-daulah - Emperor Jehangir’s queen, Nurjahan, constructed this exquisite marble tomb in 1628 for her father. The Itmad-ud-Daulah foreshadows the artisanship and architecture of the Taj Mahal where the same ‘Pietra Dura‘ inlay work on the marble was first used. The mausoleum also includes a private garden that overlooks the Yamuna River.

Excursions

Buland Darwaja Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri (39 km.) - Akbar constructed the famous city of Fatehpur Sikri in gratitude to the mystic who had blessed him to have a son. After Akbar’s first son was born, he built the red sandstone city and named it his capital. Soon after, the region’s lack of water forced Akbar to abandon the city.

The deserted city still contains many reminders of its short yet amazing past. The beautiful marble tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti attracts thousands of visitors who seek the blessings of the revered saint.

Other monuments worth visiting are the towering Buland Darwaza (built to commemorate Akbar’s Gujarat campaign), Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, Panch Mahal, Jodha Bai's Palace and the Birbal Bhavan pavilion.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (54 km) Also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, India’s most renowned water bird sanctuary lies in the neighboring state of Rajasthan and is the winter home of the rare Siberian Crane. Here, you are able to get a tour of the back through cycle rickshaws that will give you a chance to catch your eye on each bird’s lovely plumage

Mathura (54 km) Mathura, on the banks of the River Yamuna, is celebrated as the birthplace of Krishna. The groves and ghats of nearby Vrindavan with its thousands of shrines and temples still echo with stories and songs which recount the mischievous exploits of the charming god, Lord Krishna.

Accessibility:

Rail: Agra is connected to the major cities of India and lies on the main Delhi-Chennai North/South railway route. Agra Cantonment Railway Station is a major station of the Indian Railways.

Road: Agra is well-connected to the following cities by road: Mathura, Delhi, Chandigarh, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Jhansi, Chitrakoot, etc. Agra's distance by road, from the main cities is as follows: Delhi (203 km), Khajuraho (393 km), Gwalior (118 km), Jaipur (237 km).

 

Accomodation ( Royal / First Class )

OBEROI AMARVILAS
ITC MUGHAL
TAJ VIEW
TRIDENT
HOTEL JAYPEE PALACE
CLARK SHIRAZ
MANSINGH PALACE
HOLIDAY INN
HOTEL HOWARD PARK PLAZA
PUSHPVILLA

These are just a sample of the hotels available in this category.

 

 

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