Agra, is home to one of the modern day Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. It is located in the Northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh
around 200 km south east of New Delhi. Agra is steeped in rich history. During its heydays it was the capital of the Mughal Empire between
1952 and 1658. Through the centuries it changed hands many times and was ruled by both the Hindu and Muslim kings. The Mughals were great
builders and the various monuments built in and around Agra are testimony to their architectural prowess. Agra has a mention even in the
Situated on the banks of River Jamuna, the Taj Mahal along with the Agra Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri are recognised as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Agra is one of the destinations of the tourist 'golden triangle' of Agra-Delhi- Jaipur and is a must see for international tourists visiting India.
There are many mausoleums in Agra, each one unique and exquisitely decorated. Some of them are:
The Mughals were also very extravagant in cultivating gardens around the town. Some of the more popular ones are Swami Bagh, located 10 km north of Agra, Ram Bagh, one of the first Mughal gardens and Mehtab Bagh, located on the bank of River Yamuna across from the Taj Mahal. The view of the Taj Mahal from this location is fascinating and every bit unique.
A 10 day cultural festival is organized in February every year at the Shilpgram, near the Taj Mahal. Try to schedule your trip during this time to be part of this celebration or arts and crafts.
At Agra, there is accommodation to cater to every tourist. From the more conservative lodges to the luxurious 5 star hotels, the only restriction is your budget. Many hotels in Agra are of international standard and there are many different places to stay, as tourism in Agra has always been on a high. Hence it is advised to book your rooms in advance especially if you are travelling during the holiday season. BookCab (www.bookcab.in ) has special packages for your trip to Agra from any of the major cities, and what's more you can book online at your convenience. The associates at BookCab can help schedule your trip and arrange for your lodging as well.
Shopping in Agra is a real treat. There are so many different types of local art to choose from, whether it is a souvenir or a personal
gift, you can never run out of choices. The streets close to all the major attractions like Taj Mahal and the Red Fort can be a cacophony
of activity during the peak tourist season. Different handicraft products such as inlay work on marble, leather products, brassware,
carpets, jewellery, zari and embroidery work are sold at these bazaars. Some of these stunning pieces of crafts are very reasonably
priced too. Be wary of touts and hawkers though, as they can sometimes be very insistent and misleading.
You just can't miss the local food when you visit Agra. Chaat, a spicy concoction of munchies, chutneys and vegetables, is a must have. Agra is also famous for 'Dalmoth' and 'Petha', the former made out of flour and the latter a sweet made out of pumpkin cooked in sugar syrup. A typical Agra meal consists of spicy Berahi and sweet Jalebies . There are a huge number of eateries to choose from. Bon Appetite! There are lots of places to relax and visit while in Agra. Make sure you make your bookings in advance. BookCab can assist you with your travel and stay. We are partnered with a host of reliable vendors to ensure the best service for you. Give us a call today ((092) 4100 4100) or reserve your cab online.
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