If there’s just one city you can visit in Uttar Pradesh, make sure it is Agra, home to the epitome of love – Taj Mahal. The beautiful monument is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and attracts millions of tourists from across the globe each year. There is something surreal and enchanting about Taj Mahal that it cannot be put into words.
You need to visit the city to understand this feeling. There is a lot more to do and explore in Agra. It has many other monuments and tourist attractions. You can shop for souvenirs to take back home for friends and family from the local markets and taste delicious local foods.
One can easily reach Agra from Delhi, you can also plan a Golden Triangle Tour covering Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, the three most loved cities of north India.
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The abode of Taj Mahal, Agra is the most popular Indian destinations in for both, foreigner and Indian holidayers. The city is a prime destination in the Golden Triangle tour of North India along with Delhi and Jaipur. The fascinating architecture and exquisite workmanship of the Taj Mahal draws tourists to Agra like no other place. Taj is not a stand-alone attraction in Agra. The rule of the Mughal Empire in the past has left magnificent forts, fascinating tombs and mausoleums here. It is also fun to be in the bustling chowks and bazaars of Agra.
Agra has been in mentions right from Mahabharata to the Mughal Dynasty and beyond and the place has been monumental in shaping India’s history. Sikandar Lodi of the Lodi Dynasty (16th Century) had built innumerable structures such as forts, step wells, mosques and other public facilities in Agra. Later, it was Sher Shah Suri’s reign over Agra and it was the capital of the Mughal Empire (1556 to 1658). Named as Akbarabad, during the Mughal reign, Agra was ruled by distinguished rules like Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and their successors. Their affinity towards beatification of their city improved architecture, gardens and art & culture in Agra. From Persian inspired gardens on Yamuna banks to monuments and mausoleums, Agra was made beautiful during their rule.
Post Mughal Empire, the Marathas ruled Agra and later the British. Agra’s culture, heritage and living were influenced by different dynasties making it culturally richer.
However, there’s lot more to experience in the city along with Taj Mahal, one the Seven Wonders of the World. No doubt, Taj Mahal gathers the maximum interest of tourists, but when in Agra, do not miss other exemplary structures. When done with admiring the wonder Taj Mahal, move on to other places like the Agra Fort - this UNESCO World Heritage Site was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar and is an architectural jewel in this city; Fatehpur Sikri - Emperor Akbar’s favorite place once, this wall city structure narrates tales of his bravery and benevolence; Other than these Akbar’s Tomb & His last resting place at Sikandra, Mehtab Bagh on Yamuna bank, ancient Shiva temple Mankameshwar Mandir, Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, Guru Ka Tal, Ram Bhag, Kinari Bazar, Mausamman Burj, Moti Masjid, Panch Mahal and Maryamuzzamani Palace. After a sole-quenching sightseeing, drop into Agra’s famous halwai shop / food outlets and try some specialties of the city like Mughlai Food, Bedhai & Kachori, Chat, Dalmoth, Paratha and the sweet juicy Petha. Agra is hub of leather products and marble decorative items with inlay work. So do shop for some memorable souvenirs
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