Agra Travel Guide

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 Lodhi 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.

An Insight into Agra Tourism

Places to visit in Agra

Taj Mahal 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.

Agra Fort 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.

Fatehpur Sikri 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 masjid Jama Masjid 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-Masjid by the property in her share. It is believed, that until the prayer is continues in masque, till then Jahan-aara will be virtues.

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.

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.

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