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AGRA THE CITY OF TAJ

ABOUT AGRA

The city that boasts of having one of the seven wonders of the world and three UNESCO world heritage sites, Agra is a treat for history and architecture lovers.

The medieval city located on the banks of the river Yamuna, it is one of the most visited cities in the country.
Strategically located at the heart of India in the alluvial plains between the Ganga and Yamuna, Agra had been a religious and commercial centre for centuries, but it matured and perfected itself only when the Mughals made it their home. Agra is not only famous for its Mughal art and culture but is also known for its food, chat, and the famous Panchi ka Petha. The city even after being one of the hottest cities of the country, is visited in high numbers every day.

The nightlife might not be something worth mentioning but the beauty that this old city acquires at the night makes you love it and relish every bit of it. Peoples' hearts here are as grand as the Buland Darwaza, the sight of Taj Mahal is as sweet as the Petha for the eyes, and shopping on the streets in the sunny afternoons is as chatpata as the famous Daal Moth. Come to the city for a weekend's exploration of architectural marvels such as Fatehpur Sikri, the feel of an old city, and to know for yourself what is this city described as a paradise in Mahabharta so popular for.



The Culture of Agra

India is a culturally and traditionally rich country, so every part of the sub continent is rich in cultural diversity. Culture of Agra is very rich and unique in its own sense like any other historical city. Agra is the most famous tourist destination in India. It hosts millions of international as well national tourists every year. It has been the capital of the Mughal empire and till today it has some of the unique things which represents the mughal influence in the art, architecture and culture of the fame city. This creates a different and unique culture for Agra.

Tucked in the lap of North Indian State of Uttar Pradesh, Agra is placed on the banks of river Yamuna. Agra has very rich heritage and interesting culture. Agra is a historical city and is ruled by various different rulers at different times. There is reference to Agra in ancient epic Mahabharata. Its proximity to cities of Mathura and Vrindavan influences its culture also. Agra is influenced by Brij culture which is influenced by the tales of Lord Krishna. It is also influenced by the Mughal culture as the city and people have been ruled by the Mughals for a long period of time.

Modern day Agra was founded by Sikander Lodi of Lodi dynasty which ruled Delhi during 16th century. Later it was captured by Moguls. During the times of Moguls, Agra became an important city. Cityscape of Agra was designed by the Moguls according to the Mughal architectural designs. There are many historical monuments belonging to the Mughal era. Mogul architecture was the mix of Indian and Islamic architecture. Agra was also ruled by Rajput rulers before Moguls and Lodi. They also left their legacy in the form of the culture and monuments. Every ruler has influenced the culture of this fame city and today we can see the impact of all in the forms of structures and age old beliefs.

Like in any other Indian destination, Agra culture is a mix of cultures belonging to different religions and caste including Hindu, Muslim, Christians and others. But the culture is a harmonious blend of these varied cultures. Hindi is the most important language spoken in Agra besides other languages like Urdu, English, Brijbhasa. Cuisine of Agra is very rich and again is mix of Mughal and Indian cuisines. Agra is famous for its relishing sweets and mouthwatering mughal cuisines. If you go on for an Agra tour make sure that you don’t miss tasting the wondrous cuisines of the city.

Today Agra is a modern city as compared to its historical times. Even though the mughal rule has left a deep impact o the city but still with time it has become very modern. People wear modern day Indian clothes and western clothes with equal ease. As Agra is visited by numerous foreign travelers, they also make a huge impact on the dressing style of the people living there. People of Agra celebrate all the major fairs and festivals belonging to different religions with great harmony. Taj Mahotsav is a cultural extravaganza which is a ten day celebration with the best form of art, crafts and cultural activities which includes dance and music performances as well. This major festival is celebrated every year in Agra.

Agra Facts

  1. Agra city is an important tourist place in terms of historical and architectural attractions in its precincts.
  2. Location is in Uttar Pradesh State,India
  3. Estimated population is 1.4 millions
  4. Area Agra is 4082 sq.km.
  5. The winter in Agra was 4.20 C 31.70 C
  6. Altitude of Agra is 169 Meters above sea level
  7. Language spoken in agra is Hindi,Urdu and English
  8. The temperature during summer- 21.90 °C - 45.00 °C
  9. Rainfall is average yearly 66 cm.

 

ENTRY FEE FOR VARIOUS MONUMENTS IN AGRA

ENTRY FEE FOR VARIOUS MONUMENTS IN AGRA

Monuments For Indian Tourist For Foreign Tourist
A.S.I. A.D.A. Total A.S.I. A.D.A. Total
  Rs. Rs. Rs. Rs. Rs. Rs.
Taj Mahal 10 10 20 250 500 750
Taj Museum, Taj Mahal 5 Nil 5 5 Nil 5
Agra Fort 10 10 20 250 50 300
Fatehpur Sikri 10 10 20 250 10 260
Akbar's Tomb Sikandra 5 5 10 100 10 110
Mariyam Tomb, Sikandra 5 Nil 5 100 Nil 100
Ram Bagh 5 Nil 5 100 Nil 100
Itmad-ud-Daula 5 5 10 100 10 110
Mehtab Bag 5 Nil 5 100 Nil 100
             
 

Note-

  1. Tourists are supposed to buy both the ASI and ADA tickets to visit the various monuments in Agra.
  2. For All the monuments ASI Charges Indian fee from the nnationals of SAARC and BIMSTEC countries while no such provision has been made ADA tickets.
  3. No entry fee for children below the age of 15 years (both Indian and Foreigner).
  4. Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday.
  5. Agra Development Authority (A.D.A.) does not levy any toll tax on Friday at any monument.
  6. Ticket window & cloak room for Taj Eastern Gate are available at Shilpgram and Cloak room for Taj Western Gate is available at Taj Shopping Complex


 

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Agra is between autumn and winter (October to March) as by this time the heat has ebbed and the weather is pleasant and perfect for sightseeing.

HOW TO REACH

By Air

Agra's very own Kheria airport is barely 5 km from the city and is also known as Agra Civil Enclaves. All the major domestic airlines provide flight services to and from the city of Taj.

By Train

It is surprising to note that Agra has seven railway stations of its own, excluding the Tundla junction, which is just 1 hour away from the city. However the two major railway stations include Agra Fort Railway Station and Agra Cantt Railway Station. Raja-ki-Mandi is also a popular stopover point in the city. Most of the trains running across India pass through the former two railway stations including the luxury train 'Palace on Wheels' and the super express trains known as Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express. Some of the other major trains pass through Tundla, well connected to the city by road.

By Road

Agra boasts of three National Highways including N.H. No. 2, 3 and 11. The government and private bus services are available to and from Agra to all the nearby major destinations. One can hire ordinary buses or the deluxe coaches, according to their requirements. U.P. Tourism also conducts special guided tours for the tourists, who come here just for a day, including Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Sikandra and Fatehpur Sikri in their itineraries.

Delhi to Agra - 211 km
Jaipur to Agra - 232 km

AGRA Tourist Attractions

  • The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located on the southern bank of Yamuna River in the Indian city of Agra...
  • Agra Fort is located on the right bank of the river Yamuna in the city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the most ...
  • Fatehpur Sikri is a fascinating ghost city built in the 16th century; 37 km from Agra Akbar the great, who at 26 years did...
  • Itmad-ud-daula has a special place in the chronicles of both history as well as architecture. This is precisely because...
  • This mausoleum is situated on the out skirts of the Agra City. It houses the mortal remains of the Mughal Emperor Akbar...

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