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When you are visiting Indian cities, the only thing that you should keep in mind is : Always expect the very unexpected. The sights, sounds and smells of these cities will haunt your mind for a long time.

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The architectural beauty of Taj Mahal with sophisticated culture and environment that you are going to catch in the beautiful city of Agra scatters over to the whole state of Uttar Pradesh.

While visiting the city of Agra, you will find no dearth of hotels. Hotels in Agra offer you a wide range, from budget and economy to luxury.

For those who are planning to experience more of the beauty, travel to different city in the same state and observe the excellent Varanasi Ghats.

Agra Travel Reviews
"A very chaotic industrial city, but once you take you eyes on Red Fort and Taj Mahal, you forget it all."
- Sheila Roberts
"I can't resist curry anymore, i have been eating original Indian food since last 15 days.... Just love it!"
- Tiffany Henderson
"At Taj Mahal and other monuments they asked me to leave my shoes and then they put a kind of textile over them at the entrance. I saw few people that took their own textiles for their shoes, perhaps that is a good idea."
- Robin Carrel
"How bittersweet to have security at the Taj Mahal for Pete's sake. what a world!"
- Dave Wahl
"Taj Mahal no doubt deserves its reputation as the world's most beautiful building."
- Steve Gordon

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Agra, Uttar Pradesh

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[203 km from Delhi/ 3.5 hrs Road Drive from Delhi]

Agra or Agrabana served as the capital city for Sikandar Lodi in 1501.The city of the Taj Mahal was the capital of India, during the great Mughal era. Overlooking the River Yamuna, this city of architectural wonders, boasts many more grand Mughal monuments in the form of magnificent forts, mosques and tombs. As a political power its prominence ended when Shah Jahan transferred the status of capital city to Delhi in 1634.
Popular Tourist Attractions in/ around Agra
Agra is dotted with several places of tourists’ attractions which includes

Taj Mahal (Built by Emperor Shah Jahan between 1631-1653)
For time of its creation, Taj Mahal is signified for eternal love. A fine blend of Mughal, Persian, Central Asian, and Islamic architecture can be seen in its structure. Situated on a raised marble platform, Taj Mahal attracts people from every walk of the society.

Highlights: 43 different gems used for Mumtaz’s tomb, jilokhana mosque, a guest house, two formal gardens flanking a reflecting pool etc.

Taj Mahal Agra

Agra Fort (Built by Akbar in 1565)
Agra fort took long eight years to complete. It costs around 3.5 million rupees at that time. After the Mughal emperor Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan also added some new features to the fort. Initially designed for the military purposes, this fort houses multiple buildings.

Highlights: Moti Masjid, Diwan-i-am, Diwan-i-Khas , Musamman Burj, Jehangir`s Palace , Khaas Mahal and Shish Mahal.

Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah (Built by Noor Jahan 1622 -1628)
This first complete marbled Mughal structure was used the marble inlay work of Taj Mahal fame. This tomb was dedicated to Noor Jahan’s father, Mirza Ghiyas Beg. This Baby Taj's beautiful structure is considered much more superior to the Taj Mahal.

Highlights: Indo-Persian architecture.

Jama Masjid (Built by Jahan Ara Begum in 1648)
This beautiful mosque houses a unique shaped dome without any minarets. It reflects one of the most beautiful structural brilliances of Mughals.

Highlights: Arabic and Persian architectural style.

Akbar's Mausoleum (Construction started by Akbar)
Located at Sikandra, the mausoleum of Akbar is at about 10 Km from Agra. Akbar himself designed and his son Jehangir completed this great edifice.

Highlights: stone inlay work, fusion of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist and Jain motifs.

Popular Excursions from Agra
Excursions from Agra to the dead city of Fatehpur Sikri will take you to a voyage of time. Located at a distance of about 37 Km from Agra, the Red Sandstone dead city Fatehpur Sikri represents a fine blend of Indo- Mughal architecture. Situated at a distance of 55 km from the city of Taj Mahal, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary houses about 380 species of birds. The birthplace of Lord Krishna, Mathura or Brajbhoomi is located at a distance of around 47 km off Agra. National capital Delhi is just 3 hours away from this old city. Located just 57 km from Agra, pilgrimage centre Vrindavan houses as many as 4,000 temples.

Popular Shopping Items/ Shopping Centres in Agra
Known for its fabulous handicrafts, marble and soft-stone inlay work, Agra is a paradise for the impulse buyers. Around The Taj Mahal complex you can buy various Marble Inlay work and little Taj replicas in marble from street shops. You will get good quality leather products like bags, leather jackets, chapels, wallets, etc. from Sadar Bazar, Kinari Bazaar and Munro Road. Other items for shopping include Itar carpets and Dhurries. Bargain hard. You can also buy from the U P government shopping places.

Gangotri, U.P. Govt. Handicrafts Emporium, Taj Mahal Complex
  • U.P. Handloom, Sanjay Place, Hari Parbat, M.G. Road
  • UPICA, Sanjay Place, Hari Parbat, M.G. Road,
  • U.P. Handicraft Palace, Fatehabad Road
Agra Travel Information
As one of the hottest tourist destinations in India, Agra is well linked by the rest of the country.

Closest Airport: Agra’s Kheria Airport (10 Km from city centre)
Closest Railway Station: Agra Cantonment Railway Station / 3 Km from city centre
Delhi-Agra Trains: Shatabdi Express, Taj Express, Inter-city Express
Bus Stand: Idgah Bus Stand / 3 Km from city centre
Road Link: National Highway 2

Local Transport in Agra
Hire a Taxi if you are planning for a short excursion. If you just want to just roam around the city then Auto- rickshaw or Cycle Rickshaw can be a very cheap alternative. If you want to experience this old city in a vintage way then go for tangas. With charge $0.50 - $1.0 for an half an hour rides. Your hired Taxi will charge from Rs. 600 – Rs. 750 for 80 Kms and 8.