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Agra
Agra MapAgra, the mughal capital in the 16th & early 17th century, is filled with architectural splendour of forts, mausoleums, & palaces. It is famous as being home to the Taj Mahal, of the Seven Wonders of the World. Though its political significance ended in 1634 with the transfer of the capital to Delhi by Shah Jahan, its architectural wealth has made it an international tourist spot. The Mughals with their passion for buildings constructed a quantity of the finest specimen of Mughal architecture in the city. The city is known for its superb inlay work on marble by craftsmen supposedly with a lineage dating back to the Mughals. Agra’s handicrafts also include carpets, gold thread embroidery & leather shoes. Agra to have got its name from Agrabana, a forest mentioned in the epic Mahabharata. It came in to prominence in 1501 when Sikandar Lodhi made it the capital city of his empire. It was in the coursework of the time of Akbar, the great Mughal ruler that Agra came in to its own. They commissioned the construction of the giant Agra Fort in 1565. Though Akbar built a new capital at Fatehpur Sikri not far away, much of the Agra's impressive past lingered on & is evident even today in the majesty of the buildings, the haunting presence inside the monuments, the exquisite arts handicraft & not to forget, the lure of exceptional cuisine ‘all, cherishing priceless legacies of a nostalgic past. The city has impressively retained much of its splendid history’ captivating every tourist with fond memories to take back home. Today, modern convenience coexist adjoining to custom - luxury hotels, shopping malls & plazas, wide avenues & thrilling venues for recreation, sports, business, pleasure, schooling & the arts.

Agra Facts

• Area 120.57 sq km

• Altitude 169 m above sea level

• Population 1,746,467

• Languages Hindi and Urdu

• Best time to visit Winters

• STD Code 0562

Tourist Attractions in Agra

Agra had been the capital of the Mughal Empire, exhibits plenty of marvels of the Mughal architecture in and around the city. Apart from the majestic Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort (also called the Red Fort) also makes an fascinating sight. Besides the historical monuments, can also explore Agra’s rich heritage of handicrafts in its markets.

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