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The Mughal city of Agra, abounds with architectural marvels. It was a capital of the Mughals in the 16th and 17th centuries. Mostly famous for the Taj Mahal, it is an important tourist destination for Indians and foreigners alike. The narrow lanes of Agra still carry the Mughal tradition.
Agra is also famous for it's shoe industry. All the major shoe companies have their bases here. Leather work like bags and shoes, carpets, durries, zari and embroidery are all available at major shopping complexes. Trinket boxes with inlay work on marble should also be checked out.
"Petha" is a speciality of Agra. Also try the tangy fried snacks. Mughal cuisines at all restaurants should definitely be tasted. Continental dishes are available at larger hotels.
The best time to visit Agra is between September and April even though it is alluring throughout the yea
How to reach
By Air - Agra’s Kheria Airport is located 8 km away from the heart of the city
By Rail - There are four railway stations in Agra - Agra Cantt, Raja-ki-Mandi, Agra Fort, and Idgah Agra Junction.
By Road - Agra is connected by road to Delhi, Lucknow and Kanpur
Places to see
This exquisite monument of white marble is an epitomisation of love. It was built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal in 1653. The beauty of this monument is bewitching under moonlight.
This original red sandstone fort was built by Akbar in 1565. Shah Jahan later on added the marble palaces inside.
A memorial built by Nur Jahan, queen of Jehangir, for her father in 1628 this monument in marble has some exquisite inlay work.
Built in 1639, this tomb of a Mughal official has it's exteriors lined with enameled tiles.
This oldest Mughal garden in India should be on a high list in the itinerary. It was laid out by Babur in 1528.
This mausoleum of Akbar combines both Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. It was built in 1613 and still caries the majestic flavour.
Akbar shifted his capital to this new city between 1570 and 1586. Today, this complex of palaces is a beautifully preserved ghost city.