Put yourself there and see how the world looks. Agra is a wonderful city that is well captured with millions of travel enthusiasts every year without any failure and hence there are lots of Agra tour packages available which can give you a fascinating experience. Agra is a city situated on the banks of river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.Agra tour is very famous tour due to many Mughal-era buildings, especially the Taj-Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, all of which are UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. Agra is added in Golden Triangle Tourism Circuit with Delhi and Jaipur. Get best Agra tour package, explore Agra holiday packages or customize your tour itinerary to plan your Agra tour.
Sikandar Lodi controlled the country from here and Agra assumed the importance of the second capital. He died in 1517 and his son Ibrahim Lodi remained in power for nine years and many palaces, wells and a mosque were constructed by him in the fort, eventually defeating in the Battle of Panipat in 1526.
People think Agra is just for the Taj Mahal. But, this is an exciting place that will make you scared. Agra was the capital of Great Akbar. Thus, there are many architectural wonders for enjoying Persian style related here. The prestigious tourism destination is the world wonder, Taj Mahal. Apart from this, you can find grave of various types, religious places, river Yamuna and water related activities in the river.
History of Agra
Agra's history is a very rich background, which is completely clear from various historical monuments around and around the city. The initial reference for Agra city comes from the age of epic, when Mahabharata Agra was called "Agawarana". Agra is also called "Arya Grama", which means residence of Aryans. There has been a lot’s of historical impacts on this beautiful city and the history of Agra has been revived in the historic monuments built during the Mughal regime.
It is generally accepted that Agra was an ancient city from the time of Mahabharata and yet the Muslim ruler Sultan Sikandar Lodhi of Delhi Sultanate established Agra in 1504.After Sultan's death, the city went to his son Sultan Ibrahim Lodi. He ruled Agra with his sultanate until he fell to Mughal Badshah Babar in the first battle of Lenniput in 1526.
Since Akbarabad was one of the most important cities of India under the Mughals, so many building activities were seen in it. Babar, the founder of the Mughal dynasty, named it the first formal Persian garden on the banks of river Yamuna. The garden is called an Aram tiger or a relaxing garden. His grandson Akbar the Great raised the vast edge of the great Red Fort, besides learning about Agra, creating a center for arts, commerce and religion.
Akbar also built a new city on the outskirts of Akbarabad called Fatehpur Sikri. This city was built in the form of a Mughal military camp in the stone.His son, Jahangir, loved the flora and fauna and kept many gardens inside the Red Fort or ‘Laal Kila’. Shahjahan, known for his keen interest in architecture, gave Akbarabad the most valuable monument, Taj Mahal. Built in the romantic memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the mausoleum was completed in 1653.
Places to visit in Agra
Agra's history has a very rich background, which is completely clear from various historical monuments and around the city. The earliest reference to Agra city comes from the age of epic, when Mahabharata Agra was called "Agawarana". Agra is also called "Arya Grama", which means the residence of Aryans. This beautiful city has many historical influences and the history of Agra has been revived in the historical monuments built during the Mughal rule.
Taj Mahal is one of the most popular Mughal Empire architectural wonders still stands with all its beauty in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India.
The Agra Fort is the beautiful monument in Agra. According to the architect, the brick was used in the inner part of this fort and the outer part was decorated with red stones. It is said that about 4000 workers had made this fort in about 8 years by working everyday and its construction work was completed in 1573.
According to ancient historians, Akbar was very interested in making Fatehpur Sikri and he has decorated many places in the city with his favorite artifacts. Most of the buildings of Fatehpur Sikri were constructed with the Red stones. Even in the Shahi Mahal, made by Akbar, there are many artworks. He has incorporated all the artifacts and cultures of Arabian, Persian and Asian artisans in his palace. All the memorial monuments of Fatehpur Sikri show the greatness of Akbar and his achievements, such a beautiful art can hardly see you and others.
Jama Mashjid is constructed the Red stones and Sangmarmar stone. After seeing the Taj Mahal this is the second best place to visit. Daughter of Shahjahan named Jahan-aara did the good work in praise of God. Jahan-aara did not get married and build the Jama-Mashjid by the property in her share. It is believed, that until the prayer is continues in masque, till then Jahan-aara will be virtues.
Nearby places to visit in Agra
Located in the Rajasthan state of India and the Braj region. At some time Bharatpur was considered impermeable. This city is 178 km (111 mi), about 55 km (34 mi) from the west of Agra, and the birthplace of Krishna's Mathura, about 180 km (110 mi) from Jaipur, which is also called the Pink City of India's capital New Delhi. It is located at a distance of 35 km (22 mi).
The Royal House of Bharatpur narrates the history of the 11th century. Bharatpur has been included in the National Capital Region (NCR) some time ago. The average height of this area is 183 meters (600 ft), which is also known as "Lohgarh" and "Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan". The main attraction here is the ‘Keoladev National Park’, which is compiled in UNESCO's World Heritage Site.
Mathura is a district of Uttar Pradesh province. Mathura is famous as a historical and religious tourist destination. For a long time, Mathura has been the center of ancient Indian culture and civilization. The important contribution of Mathura to the formation and development of Indian religion, philosophy arts and literature has always been. Even today, the name of this city is associated with Mahakavi Surdas, Acharya Swami Haridas of Music, Swami Dayanand's guru Swami Virajanand, poet Ravkhan etc. with great souls.
Deeg is located 35 km far from the Bharatpur, Deeg Fort is build by Maharaja Surajmal in 1730. Deeg fort is located in Deeg city, which was the former capital of the Jat kings. The central turret of the fort is situated on a high altitude, surrounded by a narrow canal. An 8 km long wall makes the limit of this fort. There are 12 turrets in this fort, in which the Lakha turret is the largest. The Lakha Burj is located in the northwest corner of the fort. Surajmal Haveli built in the Bengal architectural style is an important part of the fort.
Best time to visit Agra
This is very hot if you are planning to visit the Agra in summers between April to October. So the best time to visit in Agra is November to March.
How to reach Agra
How to reach Agra by Road
Agra can be reached from major cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow, Gwalior, Idgah bus stand, Taj Depot, Ford Depot and Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) are some of the major bus stands in Agra that connect many other major cities of the country.
How to reach Agra by Train
There are four main railway stations in Agra - Agra Cantonment, Raja-Ki-Mandi, Agra Fort and Idgah Agra Junction. This city is well connected to train services in all the important cities of India. There are several super fast express trains connecting Agra to Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.
How to reach Agra by Air
Agra's Kheria Airport is located approximately 12.5 km from the heart of the city. Taxis are easily available from the airport to the city. Agra is connected to the wind from Varanasi, Delhi and Khajuraho.
Agra Tour Packages
Classic Taj Mahal Tour
The Classic Taj Mahal Tour is a tour to Delhi, Agra, Mandawa and Delhi. History, culture and heritage can be seen in each of these attractions. Several forts, mosques and tombs dotting this region are the evident of Mughal Empire and the British Raj in Delhi.
Golden Triangle Tour with Varanasi
Visit to those cities which fall under is one of the most popular tour packages of India. Golden Triangle Tour with Varanasi gives you an opportunity to explore the popular cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur along with the ancient holy city of Varanasi.
Spa Ayurveda and Taj Tour
Spa Ayurveda and Taj Tours, is the tour package which includes relaxation sessions of Spa at Rishikesh and also the sightseeing of beautiful Taj Mahal. Your stay at the spa resort is a completely rejuvenating experience for your tired mind, body and soul.
India Golden Triangle with Udaipur
Udaipur's history is another example of the bravery of Rajputana since centuries. Udaipur tourist attractions are the leftovers of its ancient times. India Golden Triangle with Udaipur tour is one of the best options to give a complete insight into the majestic past and cultural heritage of India.
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