Agra is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Agra is included on the Golden Triangle tourist circuit, along with Delhi and Jaipur. The Mughal Empire has left magnificent iconic sights and have made the city highly popular and great history.

History: Though Agra’s history is largely re cognised with Mughal Empire, the place was established much before it and has linkages since Mahabharat period. It is generally accepted that Sultan Sikandar Lodī, the Ruler of the Delhi Sultanate founded Agra in the year 1504. The golden age of the city began with the Mughals. It was known then as Akbarabad and remained the capital of the Mughal Empire under the Emperors Akbar, Jahangirand Shah Jahan. In 1835 when the Presidency of Agra was established by the British, the city became the seat of government, and just two years later it was witness to the Agra famine of 1837–38.

Climate: The city features mild winters, hot and dry summers and a monsoon season. The average monsoon rainfall is during June to September, the monsoon is not as heavy as in other parts of India. In summers ( from March-June) the city witnesses a sudden surge in temperature and at times, mercury goes beyond the 46°C mark in addition to a very high level of humidity. Winters (from November-Feb) are bit chilly but are the best time to visit Agra.

Access:

Air: Agra is on the daily route of Indian Airlines which flies Delhi-Agra-Khajurao-Varanasi & returns.The closest international airport is New Delhi approx 3 hours drive

Road: Area is well connected by road to Delhi and other important tourist centres.
Lifestyle: A happy and joyous city Agra is home to several cultures and religions that coexist in harmony. Mostly a mixture of the Brij and Mughal cultures the city experiences an amalgamation of both these cultures. The dominance of the brij cultures is because of its geographical location and the influence of the Mughal culture is due to the fact the city was dominated by the Mughal rulers. The cuisine of Agra can be described as rich creamy and spicy. The people of Agra mostly use the tandoor to prepare their rotis and kebabs. A paradise for all kinds of kebabs that are marinated and cooked with the most exotic range of spices and dry fruits Agra is ethereal for the food lover. Some of the most popular dishes include tandoori chicken, seekh and boti kabab and even tandoori fish.

 

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