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.
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.