Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Agra - The City Of Mughals

Agra
If you love history and visiting historical monuments, then surely Agra is the place to be. And if you are on a visit to India, then without Taj Mahal, it is simply incomplete. Housing the 7th Wonder of the World, Agra is famous for its monuments, food and artwork. It is 200 kms away from the national capital and 300 kms away from Lucknow, the State capital. Located on the river Yamuna, Agra is the third axis of the Golden Traingle , the other two being Jaipur and Delhi.

How to reach

Agra is well connected by all the major cities of the country.  By Air, it is connected to Udaipur, Delhi, Jaipur and Lucknow . The airport of Agra, Kheria, is 7 kms away from the city . Agra is well connected by all the major cities of India by railway. The Agra Cantonment, Agra Fort and Raja ki Mandi stations serve the tourists. Many luxury trains like Palace on Wheels also have Agra as their destination.  Agra lies on NH 1 connecting Eastern India with North, NH 3 connecting with Mumbai and NH11 linking Bikaner. Super fast expressways connect Agra with Delhi and other major cities of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Many government buses and private vehicles ply between all the nearby cities.

Best time to visit
Fatehpur Sikri

Typical Indian climate- very hot in summers ( 450C and more) , very cold winters ( close to 10C) and moderate rainfall ( 60 inches). Best time is winters- November to early March.

Must see places in Agra
Of course, the Taj Mahal – the epitome of love. Built by Shah Jehan in 17th century for his beloved wife, Mumtaz, it is one of the most visited places in India.  Babar laid the foundation of the city by making the the Aaram Baagh (Garden of Relaxation).
Ram bagh
His successors, especially Akbar, took the city to new heights by establishing the capital city “Fatehpur Sikri”. Both are now UNESCO heritage sites, along with Agra Fort. There are many other Mughal pieces of architecture to see: Akbar Tob, Chini rauza, Ram bagh ,musamman Burj. There are many temples to visit too. Also there are nature spots like Sur Sarovar to visit.

Other things you can’t miss out other
Agra is famous for its “petha”- a sweet made from ash gourd. You can’t miss handicrafts made of marble and soft stone, leather ware, jewellery, zari embroidery, carpets and lots more.

Where to stay
Agra has many hotels and most of them are quite affordable. You can also visit Uttar Pradesh Tourism Resorts and get exclusive packages including accommodation.