From many centuries, Agra is the city of royalty and heritage of knight in shining among kings of Indian history. Let’s have a concise recitation for knowing about the prestigious land of manful sovereigns.
About Agra’s City & History
Agra City was founded by Sikandar Lodhi which is situated on the banks of river Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh. It has the population of about 1.7 million and one of the most populous cities of Uttar Pradesh. Agra has semiarid climate and features different seasons in a year i.e. winter, summer, monsoon, autumn. Tourists from all over the world visit Agra mostly among of all tourist destinations of India. Agra has credentials of Mughal era, monuments of Mughal.
The history of Agra is the very glorious city from the time of Mahabharata. It is the capital of many great sovereigns of Indian history, as from the kingdom of Babur to Aurangzeb; all Mughal generations have Agra as their capital. In several years of Mughal dynasty, Agra achieves its prestige and glory in the kingdom of Emperor Akbar. Agra is heritor of one of seven wonders of world, Taj Mahal.
Agra city is full of adorable and inestimable architecture and historical monuments which array the dignity of Mughal. Agra is famous for its markets and in sweets for ‘Petha’.
How Agra become an Incredible City?
Agra is famous all over the world for having the prominence of Mughal era. It is founded by Sultan Sikander Lodhi, king of Delhi sultanate in 1504. He was defeated by Persian king Babur in ‘The first battle of Panipat’ in 1526. After Lodhi, Babur ruled his kingdom from Agra. Akbar, the grandson of Babur bought the golden age and royalty of this city of Agra as he laid out numerous of monuments in Agra which depicts the prestige of Mughal Empire.
Babur raised the first garden on the bank of the river Yamuna ‘Aram Bagh’. Akbar laid the first stone of the great Red fort in Agra. At the time of Akbar’s kingdom, it was known as ‘Akbarabad’. A new city in outskirts of Agra was raised by Akbar named ‘Fatehpur Sikri ‘has palatial monuments of Mughal. The grandson of Akbar, Shah Jahan gave the most apprized and cherish monument, Taj Mahal, one of seven wonders of the world. Shah Jahan later shifted his capital to Delhi but son of Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb again shifted his capital to Akbarabad until he gets defeated by Marathas and Mughal dynasty got declined. Taj Mahal, Agra fort, and Fatehpur Sikri are UNESCO world heritage sites.
Tourist places in Agra
Agra is a tasteful, traditional and marketable city for tourists in India. There are about 180 tourist destinations in Agra along with good stead’s of markets, hotels, motels, and restaurants. Let’s have a sight on these good hamlets for tourists in Agra.
A view of Incredibility of Agra
Agra has so many historical places monuments and famous tourist places among of which some are going to be ascertained.
Agra tour can’t be completed without visiting the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal is well known for being a wonder of the world and most beautiful monument of India. It is a most precious heritage of Mughal dynasty with a symbol of love in memory of wife from a husband, the person he was Shah Jahan in loving memory of his loving wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years to build with a labor of 20000 workers and jewelers.
We can see the architectures style of Persia, Islamic, Turkish, Indian are involved in designing of Taj Mahal. In the center base of the dome, there are sarcophagi of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan. This is a masterpiece which is admired in all over the world.
Agra fort was built by The Great Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565.Actually, it was built before about 1000 years ago but Akbar renovated it in its sovereign. It is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. The Fort includes Pearl Mosque, Diwan-e-has, Diwan-e –aam, Khas mahal, Shish mahal. It was later converted into the palace at the age of Jahangir, son of Akbar. Its perimeter is an about 2.5 km and the beauty of red sandstone makes it incredible.
Fatehpur Sikri is a city on the outskirts of Agra was commissioned by Emperor Akbar in 1569. He took a keen interest in the innovation of this city. Akbar shifts his capital from Agra to Fatehpur Sikri from 1571 to 1585. He named this city on the Persian word ‘Fateh’ means victory by means of his courtiers and Navaratans. This royal city has private quarters, harems, courts, gardens, mosque and other buildings. It is a masterpiece collection of architecture and precious jewels, stone works.
Akbar’s tomb was solely built for Akbar and it was initiated by him in 1600. It is located at a distance of about 1km from Mariam-uj-jamani tomb, wife of Akbar. It covers an area of about 120 acres. It is made up of beautiful architectural of red sand stones with work of white marbles. This tomb has full tourist attraction and numerous of tourists flooded in the Tomb to take a look of royalty.
Jama Masjid is a holy mosque known all over India. It was built by Shah Jahan for his loving daughter Jahannara. It faces in front of Agra fort. It has 3 large domes and beautiful architecture of red sand stones and white marble. It took 6 years to build with a labor of 5000 workers.
It was built by Shah Jahan for the worship of his courtiers. The prayer chamber is well decorated with jewels and luxury of white marbles. Its artwork and beauty take it in special places of Agra. It is called pearl white for its dignity and glory.
Second Homes to Stay
Your worries should be less for accommodation in Agra as it has a wide range of Hotels, Motels to stay. Booking of hotels, motels and inns can be easily done by the internet. Tourists have a wide choice of hotels from 5-star deluxe hotels to inns and guest houses in reasonable cost. Welcoming of tourists in the hotels held with a lot of entertainment in the form of dance, magic shows, and mock marriages which shows tradition of India, dinner depends on upon various themes, lot of fireworks and camel rides. Hotels organize such type of programs to attract tourists.
Stead’s to get Foodie
Agra has a wide range of hotels, restaurants which taste you different cuisines and specialty of various places. Hotels arrange theme dinners for tourists which were serving over centuries and loved by generations until now. Agra is world famous in India for its sweet dish ‘Petha’.
Shopping in Agra
Agra is famous for its architecture and handicrafts. From centuries it is well known for its crafts and marble works with sandstone. A wide variety of leatherwear, brassware and carpets are available in Agra. The specialty of Agra serves precious jewels and embroidery works on clothes. Zari sarees of Agra are very famous among Tourists.
Festivals and Fairs
Agra is full of traditions, large number of fairs and festivals being celebrated in Agra very delightfully. In Agra among of many festivals, the most famous festival is Holi. It is the festival which celebrates in different types in various places as Holi at Barsana, Baldeo, Falen. The fairs which have organized in different months of year at special occasions as Kailash fair( in honor of Lord Shiva), Sheetla fair, Bateshwar fair( in month of oct/ Nov), Urs ( in month of Ramjan), Taj Mahotsav ( festival of art, craft and culture), Ram Barat( marriage procession of Lord Ram), Janamashtmi ( celebrating birth of Shri Krishna) and many more.
Agra is a well-known city of India so there are many trails available to reach Agra. Agra airport for the tourists wants to go by air is at 8km distance from the centre of Agra. Trains from main cities of India like Delhi, Kanpur, Mumbai, Chennai, Gujarat, Jaipur etc. is a comfortable trail to reach Agra by Shatabdi express, Rajdhani express, Taj express and so many trains. Bus facilities from mostly all cities of India are very frequent to reach Agra. From nearby cities, Agra can be reached by road easily from highways. Public transport facility is very convenient in Agra.
A trip to Agra makes you feel proud of tradition and culture of India. It makes you necessitate stunning on the Indian heritage which is delegation for us from our historians. It is a sign of royalty and prestige of India, earlier known as ‘GOLDEN BIRD’.
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Hi, I am Deepak Patel, An Indian travel blogger writing at Travel n’ Thrill. Like the name of my blog, I always seek for some thrilling travel experienced, especially in undiscovered places of India. My objective is to show you all the real ancient India which possess lots of historical wealth that we should know about. Whatever, I achieved through my travels, I share with my readers to let them have a better knowledge about the real, untouched natural and historical beauty of the my land India.