Agra Travel Guide


Agra, broadly known as the city of the Taj, ushers voyagers from everywhere throughout the world with its air of affection that goes back to the period of the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. It harbors the Taj Mahal, one of the seven miracles of the world (now additionally a piece of the recently pronounced seven marvels), and numerous other critical vacationer attractions.The exact land area of the city is on the banks of the stream Yamuna in the condition of Uttar Pradesh in the northern piece of the Indian subcontinent. This delightful city is at a separation of around 201 km from New Delhi, the capital city of India. As limits, Agrahas Mathura on the north, Dhaulpur on the south,Firozabad on the east, Fatehabad on the south-east and Bharatpur on the west. The complex compositional outline of the tombs, the fortresses and the royal residences bear declaration to the abundance of the effective Mughals, who made Agra their capital in the sixteenth and the mid seventeenth hundreds of years. The presumed inheritance of decorate work on marble and soapstone is proceeded by skilled workers who are relatives of the individuals who were possessed under the Mughals. As recorded by the UNESCO, there are three world legacy destinations in this city, in particular, the Taj Mahal, the AgraFort and Fatehpur Sikri. The great perspective of the Taj, the image of everlasting affection, is an affair to love for a lifetime!


A city with such rich legacy locales as the Taj Mahal will undoubtedly have a rich history. Mainstream thinking goes that Sultan Sikandar Lodi, the Ruler of Delhi Sultanate built up this city in the year 1504. After the end of Sikandar Lodi, his child Sultan Ibrahim Lodi succeeded him. He kept decision his Sultanate from Agra till the year 1526, when he was overwhelmed by Babur in the First clash of Panipat. The city, prospered under the Mughal administer and was the capital city of three progressive Mughal rulers, Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan till 1649, when Emperor Shah Jahan moved his money to Shahjahanabad, for more proficient organization. At that point known as Akbarabad, this city was adorned by the Mughals with excellent developments. Babar, the progenitor of the Mughal rule built up the primary Persian garden on the banks of waterway Yamuna, which is known as Aram Bagh or the Garden of Relaxation. Akbar, the most effective of the Mughal heads belittled the advancement of expressions, trade and religion in Akbarabad other than developing the considerable Red Fort and building up the city of Fatehpur Sikri (a city close to suburbia of Akbarabad). Akbar’s child Jahangir, a mate of plants and natural life, enriched the Red Fort with many patio nurseries. However, the city of Akbarabad or Agra got its most amazing structure, the Taj Mahal, from Shah Jahan, the sovereign who was known to be an authority in engineering. This radiant landmark was worked in the memory of Shahjahan’s cherished spouse Mumtaz Mahal, and is additionally her catacomb. Shah Jahan a while later moved his cash-flow to Delhi. However, his child Aurangzeb again made Akbarabad his capital and bolted up his dad Shahjahan in the Fort there. In the year 1653, Aurangzeb moved his cash-flow to Aurangabad in the Deccan. With the steady decrease of the Mughal Empire, the Marathas and the Jats claimed the city and named it Agra. At last in 1803, the city was involved by the British and was under their control till India got her freedom.


Achieving Agra is not an extremely burdensome errand. The city has a decent system of railroads and streets through which it is associated with different urban communities (counting Delhi, from which it is 200 km separated) and traveler spots. Other railroad stations incorporate the Agra Fort railroad station near the Agra Fort and the Raja Ki Mandi railroad station in the focal point of the city. The principle railroad course is from Delhi to Agra. Aside from the consistent trains, a select prepare named the Palace on Wheels’ has been presented only for the vacationers which has Agra as one of its goals. In addition the sightseers can likewise benefit of transport administration from New Delhi to Agra. One can likewise travel by transport from Jaipur by means of National Highway 11, from Gwalior through National Highway 3 and from Kanpur by means of National Highway 2. For taking a voyage through the city, taxicabs and rickshaws are dependably at your administration.


The city of the Taj gives agreeable accommodation to each traveler as indicated by his methods. A portion of the mainstream five star hotels incorporate the Jaypee Palace Hotel, the Welcomegroup Mughal Sheraton, Hotel Amar Vilas, Hotel the Trident, Hotel Clarks Shiraz, Hotel Agra Ashok and Hotel Taj View. The primary four star hotels are Howard Park Plaza International and Hotel Holiday Inn while Hotel Amar, Hotel Deedar E taj, Athithi Hotel, Mansingh Palace, Grand Hotel and Hotel Kant are the main three star hotels.


There are an assortment of vacationer spots in Agra to excite the voyagers. The most well known and striking among them is the Taj Mahal, which has withstood the attacks of time to stand firm as the image of endless love. Finished in the year 1653, it is in reality the last homestead Shahjahan’s adored ruler Mumtaz Mahal. This wonderful landmark is the consequence of years of diligent work put in by Mughal craftsmans (the central engineer was Ustad Isa) under the patronisation of Shahjahan. The Taj Mahal seems like a hallucination from the Agra Fort, where Shahjahan put in the last eight years of his life detained by his child Aurangzeb. This chimerical impact is realized by dexterous use of lime, block and white marble. As one enters through the primary entryway one goes over the verses of the Holy Koran (the religious book of the Muslims) and 22 little vaults. The number 22 is suggestive of the quantity of years it took the craftsmans to construct the landmark. The whole structure, adorned by lovely stones, lies on a marble stage which thus is based on a sandstone stage. The tomb of Mumtaz Mahal and in addition that of Shahjahan (raised after his demise by his child Aurangzeb, by Mumtaz Mahal’s tomb) lies benath the most elegant vault of the Taj. Every moment detail of this superb marble building, from the minarets to the perfectly laid garden decorated by the wellsprings is as agreeable as the song of adoration. This man made excellence compares splendidly with the magnificence of the continually changing sky to give a fabulous view.

Another attraction is the Agra Fort, which is semi-round fit as a fiddle and lies on the correct bank of the waterway Yamuna. The Mughal Emperor Akbar began the working of the Agra Fort in the year 1565. However, structures were joined until the rule of his grandson Shah Jahan. One of the flawless components of this post is its twofold divider comprised of red sandstone (which gives it the name Red Fort). The outside divider ascends to a stature of around 40 feet while the inward divider has a tallness of 70 feet. A wide and profound canal circles the post. The fortification constitutes bulwarks with towers and bastions at computed interims. Two of the bastions, onlooking the waterway Yamuna, are known as the Shah Burj and the Bengali Burj. There are four doors, in particular the Delhi Gate on the western side, which constitutes the main access to the fortress, the Amar Singh Gate or Akbar Darwazah on the southern part (these days, guests enter the post through this entryway), the Jal Darwazah or Water Gate, a door only implied for the ladies and the fourth passage confronting the northeastern side. Different structures inside the Agrafort incorporate the Akbari Mahal, the Anguri Bagh, the Diwan-i-am, the Diwan-e-khas, the Jehangiri Mahal, the Khas Mahal, the Machchhi Bhawan, the Mayura Mandapa, the Mina Masjid, the Moti Masjid, the Musamman Buri, the Nagina Masjid and the Shish Mahal. Each structure is perfectly cut to fill its individual need. At that point there is the Sikandra, the sepulcher of head Akbar begun by Akbar himself, and was finished by Jahangir in the year 1613. The engineering style superbly mixes Hindu, Islamic, Christian, Buddhist and Jain outline and topics and is an able sign of Akbar’s religious broadmindedness. The whole building is a five storeyed truncated pyramid while the main tomb has a square shape. It contains gently cut three-storeyed red sandstone minarets. The ground floor is crossed by numerous breezy sections. The southern part has a vestibule, luxuriously enhanced with carvings and works of art. Alternate tombs in this fenced in area incorporate those of Shakrul Nisha Begum and Aram Bano, the little girls of Akbar.Itmad-ud-Daulah, another vacation spot in Agra, is really a tomb developed by Nur Jehan, the ruler of Mughal Emperor Jehangir, for her dad Mirza Shiyath Beg. At the point when Jehangir wedded Noorjahan, her dad came to hold the position of the Prime Minister of the Empire and obtained the title of ‘Itimad-ud-Daulah’, which actually signifies “Treasurer of the Empire”. The trademark marble work of this tomb was later to be utilized by Shahjahan in building the Taj Mahal. The exceptional element of this tomb is that it is molded like a silver gem box. Near Agrais the city of Fatehpur Sikri. This excellent city was worked by Akbar to offer his thanks to the holy person Sheik Salim Chishti when his (Akbar’s) child was conceived. The creative marble tomb of Sheik Salim Chishti in this city draws in various sightseers and lovers who come here to be honored by the holy person.

Another vacationer recognize, the Radhaswami Samadhi, is the official focus of the adherents of the Radhaswami religion. This blessed place, where the fiery remains of the ancestor of the Radhaswami religion lie, has a sanctuary with choice stone carvings of various vegetation. The Chinni Ka Rauza is the tomb of Mulla Shukrullah Shirazi, who was a prestigious writer (composed verse under the pen name of ‘Allami’) and also the Prime Minister of Mughal sovereign Shahjahan. This tomb was worked by Afzal Khan, a manager having a place with the court of Shahjahan. The structure which fuses coated tiles is an ideal sign of Persian imaginative greatness.

One can likewise visit the Jama Masjid,built in the year 1648, by Jehanera Begum, the little girl of Shahjahan, so as to honor Shiekh Salim Chistti and his excellent child Islam Khan. This working, with an open yard, mirrors the utilization of Iranian engineering designs.

At that point there is Mariyam’s tomb, worked by Jehangir for his mom who was the Rajput ruler of Akbar. Akbar gave her the name of Mariyam Zamani, which signifies ‘merciful to the world’. The tomb is worked of red sandstone in the trademark Mughal building style. Aside from all these, different landmarks in the city of Agra incorporate the Battis Khambah, the Chhatri Rani Hada, Hessing’s tomb, Humayun’s mosque, Sarai Nurjahan, the tomb of Itibar Khan, the tomb of Salabat Khan and so forth. There are additionally numerous different religious spots, to be specific the Kailash sanctuary, the Mankameshwar sanctuary, the Balkeshwar sanctuary, the Prithvinath sanctuary, the Rajeshwar sanctuary, the Guru kr Tal Gurudwara, the Baptist Church, the Catholic Church and the Digambar Jain Mandir. Agraalso gives extension to trips to other visitor spots outside the city, as Bateshwar, Keetham Lake,Mathura, Vrindavan, the Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, the Patna Bird asylum and so on.


The city of Agra is a merry place with many fairs and celebrations held consistently. The most prevalent among these is the Taj Mahotsav, which paints the whole city in shades of bliss. It includes a ten day long festival in the time of February of the superb custom of Uttar Pradesh’s way of life, artworks, expressions, food, move and music. The festival setting is Shilpagram, near the Taj Mahal. The celebration begins with a parade mirroring the Mughal magnificence. It appears as though the time of heavenliness set up by the Mughals has been breathed life into back once more. Another huge fairs incorporate the Kailash reasonable, the Sheetla reasonable, the Bateshwar reasonable, Urs and Ram Barat.


As though all these vacation spots are insufficient, the city produces elite handiwork works, for example, Zari Zardozi, Strone cutting and Inley fill in and in addition rugs with different sorts of enhancements and cowhide shoes. To add a quill to the top there are two Padam Shree Award victors for crafted works, Mr. Sekh Samruddin and Shri Hari Kishan Badal. The landmarks, the celebrations, the painstaking work, everything consolidate to make Agra, an ideal mix of culture, legacy and amicability, which discovers its definitive representation in the Taj Mahal.