north India in Uttar Pradesh
The Taj Mahal the 7th wonder of the world.
Places of Interest:
Agra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daulah Tomb and Jama Masjid
Distance from Delhi:
204 km by road.
Summer- Max.45, Min.21.9, Winter- Max.31.7, Min.4.2
66 cm (June to September)
Ideal Time to Visit:
October to March
Urdu, Hindi and English
An Over All View Of Agra City
The charisma of Taj Mahal, and the architectural splendor of the city of
Agra, combine together to make it a complete destination for tourists from
all over the globe.
Situated at a distance of 204 km south of Delhi, Agra is the most
prestigious tourist destination of India. The rich culture and the glorious
heritage of the city is portrayed in the gratifying monuments of ancient
India built by great Mughals Empire who ruled India for more than 300 years.
Perched on the banks of river Yamuna, the city is said to be founded in
1475 during the reign of Raja Badal Singh. However the Mughal period started
in India with the arrival of Babur in 1526. Agra was at its summit during
the reign of Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. Mughal regime transmuted the
city into majestic monuments, royal buildings and prospering arts and crafts
including leatherwork and pietra dura a marble-inlay work along with
delicious Mughal cuisine.
Thoughtfully fostered by the sword-wielding hands of the Mughals, Agra is
home to the time-honored epitome of love, the Taj Mahal. The city is
festooned with the foremost edifice of Mughal architecture, magnetizing
visitors from all across the globe. Within the reach of the city lies
Fatehpur Sikri that reflects the entire doctrine and theory of an Emperor
Charms Of The City
Taj Mahal a white marvel of splendor was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in
memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their
14th child. The most prodigal monument contrived for love stands in pride on
a raised marble platform on the shores of River Yamuna. The construction of
the Taj took 22 years and about 20,000 people were engaged in the erection
of this massive colossal.
Visiting Timings: 6:00AM- 7:30PM everyday, Taj is closed on Fridays.
Fort was built by a great Emperor Akbar in 1565 AD and is a perfect example
and a chef d'oeuvre of art and architecture. Built in red sand stone the
fort houses of number of magnificent structures, including 4 gateways,
palaces, courts, mosques, baths and gardens. Diwan - i - Am, Diwan - i -
Khas, Khas Mahal, Palace of Mirrors, Pearl Mosque, Nagina Masjid, Garden of
Grapes, and Fish Pavilion are some of the remarkable monuments in the fort
Visiting Timings: open all days from 6:00AM- 5:30PM daily. From Sunrise to
Itmad-ud-daulah is the tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, Emperor Jehangir's father
- in- law. This marvelous garden tomb is adhered to be the trailblazer of
the majestic Taj Mahal, and was the first Mughal structure, that made use of
pietra dura, the inlay marble work. The structure was built by Empress
Noorjehan the wife of Jehangir in 1622, resembling to this mausoleum she
actualized for her husband, near Lahore in Pakistan.
The masjid was built by Emperor Shah Jahan's daughter Jahanara Begum in
1648 AD The construction of the building is of due importance due to it's
absorption of Iranian architecture.
Radhaswamy Samadhi, Dayalbagh
The exceptionally adorned memorial of the Radhaswamy sect has been in the
construction process for several years and is still being worked upon. It is
made entirely of marble, on which every art of decoration has been applied.
Some of the other places popular among the tourists are Dayal Bagh- 8 kms,
Chini-Ka-Roza- 9 kms Mariyam's Tomb- 13 km, Sikandra- 10 kms, Motilal Nehru
Park and Shah Jahan Gardens & Rosary.
Excursions from Agra
37km from Agra was enlisted as the capital of the
Mughal Empire between 1570 and 1586. Legend has it that the Emperor Akbar
was without an heir and later was blessed by a son with the sanctification
of the Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chisti. In order to honor the saint emperor
named the prince Salim, and founded a new city naming as Fatepur Sikri. The
finest monuments within this area are the Diwan - i - Am, Diwan - i - Khas,
Panch Mahal, Jama Masjid, Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaza and the tomb of Saint
Sheikh Salim Chisti.
10km from Agra lies the monolith of Emperor Akbar. The
tomb has three-story-minarets on its Four Corners. These minarets are built
in red sandstone with stunning inlay work of marble. It is an idle blend of
Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Jain architectural styles.
35km: is the imperial ruin of the Mughal city. When Babur
came to India he laid the first Mughal gardens 500 m North of the Chini Ka
the birthplace of Lord Krishana is one of he religious
Hindu Pilrimage, 58km from Agra. Thousand of devotees thronged the city all
the year round to worship in the temple.
Bharatpur bird sanctuary:
at a distance of 54 km lies the sanctuary
covering an area of 29 km. It is famous for its magnificent migratory birds,
Siberian Cranes. Khajuraho- 395 kms temples famous for their erotic
Other important excursions from Agra are Delhi 204km the capital city of
India, situated in Rajasthan Jaipur is another worth visiting destination
from Agra 232 km from Jaipur.
Festivities in Agra
Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Adha and Muharrum:
Being dominated by Muslim
population, these festivals are celebrated with ample vivacity and amusement
supported by assemblage and prayers. During the festivity time city
processions are taken out in form of Tazias and kaleidoscopic Id Melas are
also organized in entire city.
Diwali, the main festival of Hindus is also popularly celebrated in the
city with same enthusiasm and spirit.
Sheetla Fair, Kailash Fair
from August-September, Bateshwar Fair
November and Urs Fatehpur Sikri during Ramzan are some of other important
festivals of Agra.
The Taj Mahotsav:
Taj Mahotsav is a culturally resonant platform
that combine together the excellent Indian crafts and cultural delicacy. The
festival is organized in Shiipgram just a km from Taj. The main attraction
of the festival is its cultural folk music, classical dance performances and
poetry. Elephant and camel rides are other main source of attraction
arranged in this fun and food festival. The Taj food festival is an
occurrence to elegance with exotic cuisine and delicacies. The Craft Mela
organized, manifest the ethereal crafts like marble inlays, woodcarvings,
brass and metal ware, handmade carpets, the blue pottery, the Chikan works,
Banares Silk etc.
Organized by: UP Tourism Department.
Duration: the festival is held between 18th and 27th of February for
Shopping in Agra A wonderful Experience
Agra is known for its craftsmen and handicrafts, marble and soft stone
inlay work, carpet and leather goods. The city is also famous for its
miniature replicas of the Taj. Main Shopping market is Taj Mahal complex,
Kinari Bazaar, Raja Mandi and Sadar Bazaar.
Agra is also home to one of the foremost presentation of village crafts in
the form of Shilpgram- a crafts village and open-air emporium is adorned
with spacious crafts from all over the country.
The city has a number of Souvenir Shops approved by
U.P. Tourism, details of which can be had from the local Tourist Office.
Gangotri, U.P. Govt. Handicrafts Emporium, Taj
Mahal Complex, U.P. Handloom, Sanjay Place, Hari Parbat, M.G. Road.
Indian Airlines connect Agra with Delhi, Khajuraho and
Varanasi. Convenient airports from Mumbai are Jaipur (174 km) and Delhi (182
km) since there are no direct flights to Agra from Mumbai.
Agra is between Delhi Mumbai broad-gauge railway line. Palace
on Wheel a luxurious train also covers Agra.
Agra is connected to Delhi, Rajasthan and other cities of
Uttar Pradesh by an excellent bus service.
Within the city one can move around by the local transport that comprises
of cycle rickshaws, tongas and Some of the important distances are: Delhi-
204 km, Jaipur-237 km, Khajuraho- 395 kms, Mathura- 54 kms, , Bharatpur 54