One of the most important historic cities of India, Agra was the capital of medieval India for about 135 years. For the first time, Sultan Sikandar Lodi established his capital at Agra in 1501 and when Babur, the first Mughal Emperor of India, captured the throne in 1526, he chose to retain Agra as his capital. During Akbar's period, Agra emerged as India's most famous center of art, culture, learning and commerce. The trend continued for about a century and reached its zenith during the period of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan, who ultimately decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi in 1637. Now a sprawling industrial town, the city is famous for the world renowned Taj Mahal and other architectural masterpieces. Agra is also famous for precious and semi precious stones, marble products, brassware, leather items and a delicious sweet called 'petha'.
the enchanting Taj Mahal from all over the world.
Agra is known all over the world for the magnificent Taj Mahal -- one of the most beautiful masterpieces of architecture in the world. The symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal who died at a young age of 38. Situated on the bank of Yamuna River, the Taj Mahal represents a fine blend of Mughal, Persian, Central Asian, and Islamic architecture. The most impressive and remarkable features of the Taj Mahal are its four tall minarets (162.5 feet high) at four corners of the structure, the black and white chessboard marble floor and the majestic dome (213 feet high and 58 feet in diameter) in the middle. The uniformly encrypted Quranic verses all around the archways and the level of sophistication used in its overall decorations make everyone spell bound. The beauty of this magnificent structure can't be expressed in words. Started in 1631, the construction of the Taj Mahal took more than 20 years to complete.
Tourist Attractions In Agra
The main tourist attraction in Agra is the magnificent and beautiful Taj Mahal. Other attraction in and around Agra include the Agra Fort, the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, Jama Masjid or Jami Masjid, Chini-Ka-Rauza, Buland Darwaza at Fatehpur Sikri and Akbar's Mausoleum at Sikandra.
Shopping In Agra
Agra offers a unique and exciting shopping experience to its visitors. Famous for its handicrafts and fine arts traditions, the city offers a rich variety of items ranging from amazing replicas of the Taj Mahal, matching in every detail with the real Taj, to leather, marble and brassware items. You can also shop for finely painted wooden goods, stone decorative, embroidered rugs and famous pethas (a kind of sweet made of pumpkin and sugar).
How to Reach
The nearest airport is Kheria, located at 7 km from the Agra city center. All the major domestic airlines operate between Agra and major cities of India.
By Rail: Agra well connected by trains and has small and big railway stations. Agra Cantonment is the main railway station and connected to almost all the major cities and towns of India. The world famous Palace on Wheels- the most luxurious trains of India has Agra on top of its itinerary.
By Road: Agra has a good network of roads. The national highway numbers 2, 3, and 11 pass through the city making it easily accessible by road. The city is well connected to Delhi (203 km), Jaipur (235 km) and other cities of India by road.
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