Agra is a city on the banks of the Yamuna river in Uttar Pradesh.
The city is known for famous Heritage Sites like The Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort. The city is also famous for its Mughlai cuisine.
Agra has developed itself into an industrial town, which manufactures footwear, leather and many more things.
The city is also home to one of the oldest college known as St. John's College, which was established in 1850
It was during the Mughal Period when Agra gained some of the incredible monuments like the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Buland Darwaza, Akbar Tomb and many more. The heritage places of the city are the most significant sites of India. Some of the famous attractions are mentioned below:
- Taj Mahal (One of the seven wonders of the world, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his queen Mumtaz).
- Agra Fort (Also known as Lal Qila or Red Fort, made with red sandstones).
- Akbar's Tomb (A mausoleum which houses the mortal remains of the great emperor Akbar).
- Jama Masjid, Agra (One of the largest mosques in India built with red sandstones).
- Itimad-ud-daulah's Tomb (It was constructed using yellow marble, with black and white marble inlay).
When you think of Agra, the very first thing that comes to your mind is The Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders in the world. The city is mostly famous for its cultural and diverse ethnicity, situated on the banks of the river Yamuna. Check out these below listed things that will redefine your view of the city:
- Mohabbat-the-Taj (A musical drama that portrays the love between Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal and provides a theatrical experience).
- Watch the light and sound show at the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.
- Sheroes Hangout (A unique cafe run by the acid-attack survivors).
- Thor the Party World (The club has karaoke nights, Halloween nights and other themed parties).
- Resto-lounge, Maikhana (Famous for lavish cocktails, mocktails, sparkling wines, whiskeys and other types of liquor).
Agra is known for a varieties of unique crafts which are nowhere to be seen these days. One of the most commonly purchased collectible things include a replica of the Taj Mahal. The city is also famous for embroidery and textiles. Some of the shopping complexes and malls are:
- Sadar Bazaar (Famous for handicrafts, sweets, garments, leather bags etc.).
- Subhash Bazaar (Famous for Silk products and silk saris).
- Kinari Bazaar (Known for Handicrafts, along with marble, glassware, rugs, leather and textiles).
- TDI Mall (Famous for its wide range of products and clothes).
- Church Road Mall.
- Shoe Market (Located in the area called Hing Ki Mandi, famous for footwear).
- Shahganj Bazaar (Famous for furniture, clothes, ladies bags, shoes etc.).
Agra is not only famous for the mesmerizing Taj Mahal but its food too. It is one of the best food serving spots in India. The city is very populated, yet it encounters foodies coming from all over the country. Below listed is the best street food in Agra:
- Petha (Prepared from white pumpkin or ash gourd and mixed with nuts).
- Paratha (Made from wheat with stuffing varying from grated potatoes, grated cauliflower to onions etc.).
- Mughlai (Consists of meat flavoured dried nuts.
- Bhalla (Made with fried and mashed potatoes mixed with Indian spices, chickpea curry).
- Dalmoth (A mixture of nuts, spices and fried lentils).
GARDENS AND PARKS
Agra, attracts thousands of visitors throughout the year from far and wide.
With a number of heritage places to see, the city also has some famous parks and gardens that includes:
- Mehtab Bagh (Famous for walkways, spacious pavilions, alluring fountains, and a number of variety of plants and trees).
- Ram Bagh (The oldest Mughal garden made in 1528 is now a part of the Rambagh Palace Hotel).
- Paliwal Park (Known for a small lake, and has a variety of plants).
- Shah Jahan Park (One of the most attractive garden of the Mughal Era known for lush greenery).
- Taj Nature Walk (Famous for a variety of flora and fauna).
Agra has a number of museums. The great Museums in the city speak about the powerful Mughal dynasty and their contributions. The museums will take you to the city's rich culture its history. Some of them are:
- The Taj Mahal Museum (The museum is an extended part of the Taj Mahal Complex that houses the records and plans of construction of the great mausoleum).
- The Spiritual museum (The museum is still in its early stage of development that houses many shapes, colors and forms that establishes various physical phenomena).
Agra is full of religious places with temples, mosques, gurudwaras that attract pilgrims and religion enthusiasts throughout the year. If you're planning to visit Agra, below are some of the religious sites which are worth paying a visit:
- Moti Masjid (Constructed with pure white marble.
- Guru Ka Taal (A Gurudwara Known for its beautiful architecture).
- Bageshwarnath Temple (Located in close proximity to St. John’s College).
- Jama Masjid (Built by Shah Jahan for his daughter Jahanara Begum back in 1648).
Agra never fails to impress its visitors and offers the best, be it food, hospitality, rich culture, the city has it all. Agra hosts a number of fair and festivals every year, that attracts tourists from across the world. Some of the festivals and fairs are:
- Taj Mahotsav (It is a 10-day long festival which was started in the year 1992, Elephants and camels are beautifully decorated. Some of the shopping attractions like Chikankari from Lucknow, handmade carpets from Badohi, and many others can also be seen here).
- Ram Barat (The festival celebrates the marriage of Lord Rama, organized before Dussehra).
- Kailash Fair and Festival (The occasion that takes place at Kailash Temple and is organised to pay homage to Lord Shiva).
Agra is home to one of the most famous sights in the world. Below listed are some pretty luxurious and comfortable hotels, some of which overlook the Taj.
- The Trident Agra (From INR 3000 Onwards).
- Taj Hotel & Convention Centre Agra (From INR 4500 Onwards).
- DoubleTree by Hilton Agra (From INR 3000 Onwards).
- Tajview, Agra (From INR 3500 Onwards).
- Crystal Sarovar Premiere (From INR 1500 Onwards).
Agra's culture can easily be seen in the architecture of buildings but it can be best felt in the cuisine of the city. Agra offers an abundance of choice when it comes to food. Some of the best restaurants are listed below:
- Dasaprakash (Famous for South Indian cuisine).
- Shankar Ji (A perfect blend of traditional ‘dhaba’ and modern restaurants).
- Pinch of Spice (Known for murgboti masala).
- Jahanpanah (Famous for The galawati kababs and lucknawi biryanis).
- Sky Grill (Known for kebabs, tikkas, and sizzlers).
- Police - 112
- Fire - 101
- Ambulance - 108 / 102
- Women helpline - 1090
- Child Helpline – 1098
Hindi and Urdu are the most spoken language in Agra but English is spoken as well.
- Welcome - svagat
- How are you? - Aap kaise hai?
- What's your name? - Aapka naam kya hai?
- I don't know - Mujhe nahi pata
- I don't understand - Mein samjha nahi
- Thank you - Dhanyavad
- Hello - asalam u alaikum
- How are you? - Aap kaise hai?
- Goodbye - khuda hafiz
- How old are you? – aap ki umr kya hai?
- Congratulations – mubarak ho
- What is this? – yeh kya hai?