Agra Travel Guide, Information, Tips and Best Information
Wish to realize a dream vacation? Welcome to the amazing tourism city of the TajMahal - Agra, India. The beautiful city of Agra is located close to the national capital, Delhi on the western banks of the River Yamuna. This romantic city is the perfect spot for those in love like tourist couples from all over India and the world. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, - the Taj Mahal is a favorite romantic spot for most newly-wed couples. In addition to this White Marble UNESCO World Heritage Site there are several other historical monuments and tombs that date back to the mythological era. Some of them include the Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar Mausoleum also known as the Sikandra Fort.
History of Agra is amply evident from the numerous historical monuments in and around the city. Though the history of Agra city is linked with the Mughal dynasty, numerous other rulers also contributed to the rich history of Agra. Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodhi (Lodhi dynasty; Delhi Sultanate) in the 16th century. Babur (founder of the Mughal dynasty) also stayed for sometime in Agra and introduced the concept of square Persian-styled gardens here. Emperor Akbar built the Agra fort; Jahangir beautified it with palaces and gardens. Shahjahan marked the zenith of Mughal architecture, when he built the Taj. The post-Mughal era's history of Agra saw the rule of the Jats, Marathas and finally the British taking over the city.
The best time of the year to visit this fascinating major tourist attraction place is during Diwali as streets are colorfully lit up. King Shah Jahan reined this capital city of the Mughal Empire during the ‘Golden Age of the Mughals’. He built the Taj Mahal in memory of his dear wife Mumtaz Mahal. In case you are here during the wedding season, then make sure to be part of the romantic fairytale – themed fantasy wedding ceremonies here. Emperor Akbar built the red sandstone ‘City of Victory’ known as the Fatehpur Sikri in the 16- century, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience the fable life while riding on carriages drawn by horses (Tonga- rides) at the Akbar Mausoleum in Sikandra. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is the splendid Agra Fort Sound & Light Show you should not miss out.
PLACES TO VISIT IN AGRA
If your plan is to visit Agra during your holidays, it is good to know about tourist places near agra.