Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Agra is situated in Uttar Pradesh, it is a famous city of North India.
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The city of Taj Mahal, Agra is situated on the bank of river Yamuna in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It lies among famous north cities of India like Delhi and Jaipur. Agra along with Delhi and Jaipur forms the most popular travel itinerary i.e. ‘Golden Triangle’.
Agra has a population of 1,686,976 (est. 2010), and 19th most populated city in India. It achieved fame from its many splendid Mughal-era buildings like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. These monuments are listed in UNESCO World heritage sites. It also has reference with Mahabharat as Agrevana.
It is known from the time of pre-Muslim history of Agra. It was invaded by Afghans. Interestingly, Sikandor Lodi made it administrative centre for a while and moved his capital here to keep a check on the warring factions of his empire. The remains of Lodis’ great city can be still seen on the other side of Yamuna. Later on, Babur’s son Humayun captured Agra and he was rewarded by the Raja of Gwalior with lots of wealth, jewellery and precious stones containing one legendary stone Koh-i-noor Diamond which is now in England as a crown jewels. Great architecture or monuments like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri were constructed by Mughals. The time of Akbar was glorious era for Agra.
Agra has a unique culture in itself. It has been a capital of Mughals for centuries. It was ruled by Rajputs before Mughals and Lodi-sultanate. Something special was left behind every time. There are various historical monuments influenced by Mughal and Rajput Architecture.
It has got a great impact of Mathura and Vrindavan being very close to these places. It is also influenced by Brij culture and tales of Lord Krishna.
It is a home of seven world wonders i.e. Taj Mahal. Thousands of national and international tourists visit this place to witness the glimpse of Taj Mahal on the especial occasions or festivals.
It is crowded or clustered today around the Taj Mahal having mushroomed by many shops and bazaars. There is a famous Sadar Bazaar from couple of kilometers away from Taj. It is a place to buy households and other stuffs for day-to-day use.
It also has got a shopping mall culture here now. Though, there are not big super markets or shopping malls, yet people can find many shops or brands in the malls. It has worn a modern look influenced by nearest Delhi. People wear modern outfits with western clothes. International tourists has added more colors and varieties in its culture.
Taj Mahal: It is one of the most famous architectures around the world. Its beauty draws the attentions of tourists. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved Mumtaz Mahal. She died in 1631. It has the dome of 144 ft capped with a finial, Marble Screen daintily carved from a single block of marble, four minarets high and crowned by an open octagonal pavilion or chhatri. The garden is influenced by Islamic garden of paradise. 41 million rupees were spent and about 20,000 workers labored for 12 years constantly to complete this structure in 1643.
Agra Fort: It is located on the west bank of Yamuna River. Agra Fort was built up by Emperor Akbar between 1565 and 1573. The fort looks similar to the Red Fort in Delhi as it is also constructed mainly from the red sandstone. The fort has beautiful view of his masterpiece, the Taj Mahal, on a clear day. The impressive Amar Singh Gate is to the South in the fort and to its right is Jahangiri Mahal which is the only major palace in the fort that belongs to Akbar’s reign. There is a large marble pool in front of the Jahangiri Mahal. It is said that it used to be filled in Nur Jahan’s time with thousands of rose petals.
Dhobi Ghat: It is located on the bank of Yamuna. Agra’s dhobi ghat is popular for making photos. Washer-folk wash their laundry and draw the attentions of Photographers/film-makers. Taj Mahal is also seen from this point and photographed many times when washer-folks are busy with laundry.
Shopping can be enjoyed in Sadar Bazaar. This is highly reputed market in the city of Agra. Different handicraft item as well as famous Agra shoe; leather products and marble goods can be purchased here with skill of bargaining in the evening. It is opened 11 – 23 hr every day except Tuesday.
Chaat can be enjoyed on the road side. And there are also numbers of restaurants in the city. Mughalai cuisine is famous among tourists in Agra. One can take Petha (A sweet candy made out of Pumpkin) while returning to home, among the famous sweets from Agra.
Agra is well connected by all modes of transport:
By Air: Kheria airport is 6 km from Agra, which connects Agra to Delhi, Khajuraho and Varanasi.
By Rail: Agra Cantonment Junction is a main broad gauge routes to the south, east and west. Trains from all major destinations are well connected to Agra.
By Road: National Highway 2,3,11 passes through Agra which is connected to all part of country. ‘Idgah’ is the main bus terminal in Agra.
Tongas and Electric Tempos: One can use these mediums in the city to explore the Taj as cars are not allowed around it.
Auto-rickshaw: Auto-rickshaws are faster then cycle rickshaw. They are supposed to get fare meters installed in auto-rickshaw. You should bargain the fare first. Usually, Fare starts from INR 25-30/-.
Cycle-Rickshaw: Cycle rickshaws are good for shorter distance. It gives livelihood to the citizens who are below poverty line. It takes time to cover a stretch of road. Its fare should be fixed before riding on. Fare starts usually INR 10/-
Taxi: One can hire an ac taxi for whole day in just INR 1200-1500/-. It can be booked by phone and internet both.
Agra’s climate is extreme and tropical. Summer months are extremely hot and temperature rises up to 45 degree Celsius. Winters are cold and foggy. There is a heavy rain and high humidity in the monsoon season.
Carry Passport, Visa, Cash Card, Credit Card, Health Insurance Card if any, Vaccination Booklet, Program Booklet, Important Phone Numbers and Extra Passport Copy.
Carry your sun cream, hand sanitizers, soap/Shampoo, personal medicines and anti diarrhea medicines.
Avoid wearing too short clothes. Carry your Sunglasses, party clothing and representative clothing.
In terms of Electronics, must carry your phone+charger, photo-video cam, E-banking.
Other miscellaneous things to carry are travel guide, books/magazines, playing cards, neck-pillow, sleeping mask, towel and money belt.