About Agra

It was once the capital of Mughal Empire. Since Shah Jahan could not stay in the land after the death of his beloved wife, he shifted the capital to Delhi. Agra is located on the western banks of the river, Yamuna. It is about 200 km away from the capital of the country, New Delhi. People think Agra is just for Taj Mahal. But, it is an enthusiast place that would put you in awe. Agra was the capital of the great Akbar. Thus, there are a lot of architectural marvels to enjoy here that are related to Persian style. The iconic tourism destination is the world wonder, Taj Mahal. Apart from this, you can find tombs of various kinds, religious places, Yamuna River and water related activities in the river.

It is Agra is a colourful place. It still has the colourful medieval look. The narrow lanes, modern era hustle and local amusement would attract the visitors. With fast trains, it is easier to visit Agra from Delhi. People usually visit Agra for a day or two to enjoy all the attractions. Starting from the local relishing cuisine to Indo-Persian architecture, there are a lot of awe-factors in this land.

In the state of Uttar Pradesh, Agra gets the most amounts of tourists every year. Do you know that this place has three attractions that are considered to be a heritage place by UNESCO? Starting from Holi to Diwali, a lot of festivals would transform this district into a paradise. If you want to look at the real colour of India, visit Agra during any important festival.

History of Agra

The history of this beautiful city has monuments that hold memories dating back to centuries ago. In fact this city is as old as time can be. It dates back to the amazing mythical tales of Mahabharata. It was re –designed when the Mughal Rule took over in the 15th Century. The Mughal ruler called Sultan Sikander Lodi is the main founder of the world famous tourist attraction called Agra. This beautiful city was founded way back in the year 1504. Mahabharata Start to Agra: Though formally accepted as being founded and developed by the Mughal Empire, there are links that date back to the mythological times. It is said that the History of Agra is as old as 1000 BC. There are no specific dates about its origin of the mythological times. Below is a smaller, simpler and short breakdown of the History of Agra at each developmental stage.

1504: Sultan Sikander Lodi founded the glorious city in Agra.

1526: Barbur captured the city in the year.

1565: Emperor Akbar third in line to Barbur commissioned the magnificent Agra Red Fort. He was known as the building genius and structured several monuments around the centered Agra Fort.

1631: Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned this flawless poetic & romantic marble structure in memory of his beloved third wife, Mumtaz. The structure has world acclaim and earned coveted titles like Seven Wonders of the World and recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site. "It took 20,000 artists for the fine masonry".

Soon a township around the nucleolus of Taj came to be known as Taj Ganj. The town was mostly inhabited by craftsmen who began selling marble mini Taj. In the course of time the great Emperor Aurangzeb took over the reins. Soon this city with amazing monuments was taken by Marathas and Jhats too.1803: General Lake of the British Raj took over when Agra earned back its prominence in the north- western cities. During the transition from Jats to the British Rule there were several pricy exquisite pieces carried away. Several great monuments were plundered and saw decline until present modern times.Agra continues to attract many tourists from around the world. People come all the way to sight the world famous Taj Mahal known for its symbol of love. Not to mention the formidable Agra Red Fort, gated Fatehpur Sikri, enormous Buland Darwaza, plush Mughali Gardens and of course the interesting historical tales that each monument has to say.

Best Time to Visit Agra

Agra is in a sub-tropical place on the Indo-Ganges plains. Thus, it has long and hot summer from the month of April to the end of July. At this time, the temperature can go as high as 45 degree Celsius (113 degree F). Loo is the name given to the wind that blows during summer. Loo is very dry and would agitate the summer.If you want to get good deal on hotel bills and want to avoid crowd, summer is the right time. Make sure to pack some light cloths with you. The monsoon usually starts at the end of July. But, some times, the monsoon would be delayed to the starting of August and ends by the end of September. During the monsoon season, the climate would be a little humid and the nights would be cold. The monsoon season would not be very wet and thus, you can also enjoy a rainy Agra if you wish.

Taj Mahal in rain would be a marvelling sight. From October, the temperature falls to 15 degrees Celsius (83 degree F). This is the time when tourists flock this land. Till February, this temperature would be maintained.There is another reason for tourists flocking the place during February. A ten-day festival called? Taj Mahotsav is celebrated in the month of February. During this a lot of fairs, cultural events and art galleries would be conducted. There are lot of other festivals that marks the right time to visit the place like Holi, Diwali and others.

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