Agra, the name brings to our mind superb monuments including the magnificent Taj which is one of the seven wonders of the world. It is situated along the banks of the River Yamuna and attracts thousands of tourists every day from all over the world. The Taj, one of the wonders of the world and a World Heritage Monument, is only one of the innumerable edifices the Mughals endowed this city with. Agra is an old city and it is said that its name was derived from Agrabana, a forest thats finds mention in the epic Mahabharta. The modern city of Agra came into existence in 1475. Agra, with its laid – back lifestyle and its immense wealth of architecture, handicrafts and jewellery, is amongst the most remarkable city of the world.
|AGRA FACTS AND FIGURES|
|Area||62 sq km|
|Altitude||169 metres above sea level|
|Temperature||Summer-21.0 C-45.0 C|
|Language||Urdu, English, Hindi|
|Rainfall||66 cm average yearly|
|Best Time to Visit||September to March|
|AGRA TOURIST ATTRACTIONS|
|Taj Mahal||Chini-ka-Rauza||Agra Fort||Itimad-Ud-Daulah|
|Dayal Bagh||Kesar Bhawan Palace||Ram Bagh|
|Fatehpur Sikri||Sikandra||The Tomb of Akbar||Mathura|
By Air – Agra is one of the hottest tourist destinations in India and all facilities have been provided for the easy access to this place. It has its own airport which connects Agra with all the major places in India. The Agra airport or the Kheria airport has all the major domestic airlines having their services to this place.
By Rail – Agra is a major railway station by having stoppage for almost all the trains to south India, Mumbai and many trains to Calcutta. Agra city is visited by the “Palace on Wheels”. The Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains have also their stoppage in Agra. Agra is connected by rail with all major cities of the country.
By Road – Agra, on cross-roads of National Highways 2, 3. and 11, is excellently connected to all parts of the country. So it is the premier tourist destination of India. The state transports have ordinary as well as deluxe bus services for this place of the Taj.
Agra is not only a famous tourist destination but is a shoppers paradise too. There are plenty of shopping areas and shopping malls where one can buy the specialities of the place. Agra is famous for its marble inlay work, leather goods, brassware, finely worked precious and semiprecious stone jewellery and ornate zardosi or zari embroidery. Much of this is available around the Taj complex. The main shopping areas are the Sadar Bazar, Kinari Bazar and Munaro Road.