India is a place filled with many beautiful cities and monuments, but when we think about the most beautiful one, what comes to our mind? Yes, definitely it is Agra. Taj Mahal enlightens its beauty. Agra is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is counted amongst the most populous cities.
Agra is a major tourist destination because of its many splendid building and monuments of the Mughal era, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra fort and Fatehpur Sikri all three of which are UNESCO world heritage sites. You would be shocked to know that in the early times this city of
Agra was mentioned in the Mahabharata by the name of Agrevana . This story ascribes the founding of the city to Raja Badal Singh, a king , whose fort, Badalgarh, stood on or near the site of the present fort. Agra is a place one should definitely visit once in a lifetime. It has many beautiful places with even more beautiful stories hidden behind. Especially, the Taj Mahal. It gives the essence of love in the heart of the people.
Transportation is obviously a big concern. People look for proper travelling facilities so that they don’t have to slog or waste their time. Agra is very much developed and comforting when it comes to transportation. Air India connects Agra to the rest of the world via Mumbai and Delhi 5 days a week. A new international airport is proposed for Agra in a bid to give required fillip to tourism in Uttar Pradesh.
Taj International Airport project at Agra would be implemented in right earnest with the state government according top priority to this project as Taj Mahal is one of the most visited tourist spots in the world.
Trains also nowadays give us an experience of luxurious travelling. They connect other places to Agra very conviniently. Idgah bus stand, Taj Depot, Ford Depot and Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) are the major bus stands in Agra Bus Stand , connecting Agra to most of the bigger cities in North India.
Well, what is the fun of visiting a place if it has no good food. But, wait Agra is just too good with its cuisine. Along with Taj Mahal, it is also famous for its food. the Muslim empire left indelible imprints on Agra’s cuisine as well. Creamy, boldly flavored curries, lots of ground and whole spices, dried fruits and nuts, roasted meats, all this is the trademark of Agra.
The food of Agra is fit for a king. Agra is also world famous for the Petha, a type of sweet. Bedhai and kachori is the typical breakfast served in Agra. One of them is spicy and one of them is sweet. Dalmoth is a traditional namkeen, or savory dry snack, in Agra. Even the paratha of Agra are very famous. Agra offers a huge variety of parathas. Here where we have discussed about food, lets talk about the art of Agra.
Agra is a cultural place, with a lot of art and tradition. Agra has the richest culture because of its history. It is famous for its arts and events like, kalakriti and Taj mohatsav. Agra enlightens the fame of India by such creative and artistic tradition. Reminisence of the mughal influence yjr art, tradition and culture of Agra.
Best time to visit Agra is in autumn and winter as by that time the heat has decreased and the weather is pleasant and perfect for sightseeing. August marks the beginning of monsoon in Agra and is a great time to witness the Taj Mahal in its rain-washed splendor.
Splash through the local bazaars in a cycle rickshaw and enjoy a cup of tea at a local tea stall. Carry an umbrella or a raincoat and don’t let the rain dampen your spirit of travel.
If you’re visiting Agra in December and January, carry woolen clothing as temperatures can drop to as low as 2 degrees Celsius. April is the beginning of summer and even though the temperatures rise, the timing is perfect as the crowds begin to thin and good deals are available on hotels.
India has a variety of cultures, every part of India has a different lifestyle and a different culture. And when we talk about Agra, its lifestyle is amazing and different from other cities. It is a place with the essence of beauty and elegance. The rich culture presents the facilities of modern comfort and pleasure.
The nightlife of Agra is quite restricted as compared to Mumbai. But still there are a lot of avenues that fill in the voids. People go for night walks around the Taj mahal as it probably gives pleasure to ones heart. Agra is bursting with energy- the people, their tradition, culture and clothes and specially the cuisine of the city reflects the spirit of this city of the seventh wonder of the world. The travel experience remains incomplete if you don’t taste the awesome cuisine of the city.
Though the city of Agra was ruled by Muslims, it has the maximum population of Hindus. Agra is a beautiful amalgamation of cultures, the result of Rajput, Muslim and British rule in the region. Indian culture is well-known all over the globe for its diversity and the cultural heritage of Agra is one of the richest in the country due to its fascinating history.
The city has been the nourishing ground for art, architecture, music, poetry, literature and crafts having been nourished by its rulers, especially the Mughals, for centuries. We find reminiscence of the Mughal influence in the traditions, customs, food and lifestyle along with the monuments of yesteryear that attract thousands of tourists every year to the city. And it is also due to this influx of tourists every year that Agra today has developed a unique culture.