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Agra Travel Guide

Agra Local History

The city was founded in 1566 by the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. Today the city is still seen as the capital of the Mughals.

It is part of the "Golden Traingle" of Indian tourism, especially because of the Taj Mahal that is situated here.

Agra Attractions

Top Attractions

Taj Mahal - this magnificent structure does not need much introduction. It is truly the high point of all Mughal architecture, and many believe that no words can ever do this marvellous building justice as it stands in all its beauty alongside the River Yumna.
Note that the Taj Mahal is closed to visitors on Mondays.

Agra Fort - Established by the founder of Agra, Akbar, this fort is situated on on of River Yumna's bends. It was a Moghul stronghold for generations that has left its beautiful architecture on display for our current generation.

Akbar's Mausoleum - The last resting place of Akbar is built in the splendour of Moghul style. The structure was designed by Akbar himself before his death.

On The Rocks Situated in the Jaypee Hotels, it is a well stocked bar with a wide variety of exotic cocktails and drinks. Timing:- 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
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Fatehpur Sikri The royal city at Fatehpur Sikri, situated 26 miles west of Agra, was built at the orders of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. While Akbar himself was illiterate, he took a keen interest in literature, architecture, and the arts. He is also reputed to be a very tolerant ruler, and the buildings at Fatehpur Sikri blended both Islamic and Hindu elements in their architectural style. One of the buildings even reflects the new sycretistic faith founded by Akbar, Din-e-ilahi, which though very short-lived remains a matter of controversy. Fatehpur Sikri is now a World Heritage site. The Panch Mahal , or Palace of Five Storeys, and the Buland Darwaza, a massive gate which provides entrance to the complex, number among the finest specimens of Mughal architecture, and it is even arguable that Fatehpur Sikri is the greatest accomplishment of Mughal architecture, surpassed only in reputation but not in its beauty and the awe it inspires by the Taj Mahal. The cultural politics of the site remains to be written: perhaps the mammoth chess board, where human figures were used as chess pieces and moved at the emperor's will, provides a cue.
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Munshi Ganeshi Lal and Sons All types of quality handicrafts from all parts of India are available in the shop, they have a good collection of paintings, sandalwood carvings, brass, clothes etc. Fatehabad Road Agra - 282 001 Tel:+(91)-(562)- 233 0168
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M/s U. P. Handicraft Palaces, Near Ganga Ratan Hotel, Fatehabad Road, Agra, Tel. 2330329 M/s U. P. Handicraft Palaces, Near Ganga Ratan Hotel, Fatehabad Road, Agra, Tel. 2330329 Agra is also known for its fabulous handicrafts, made of marble and softstone inlay work. The Mughals were great patrons of arts and crafts. Empress Nur Jahan took personal interest and was an accomplished artist herself in zari embroidery work. Agra's major handicraft products besides inlay work are: leatherware, brassware, carpets, jewellery and embroidery work.
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Agra Shopping

Be on the look-out for good deals on leather goods, carpets and marble. Some bargaining may land a good deal.

Agra Restaurants and Bars

Mughlai cooking is famous for creamy curd-based sauces (like tandoori), spicy breads, kebabs and glorious rice dishes.

Agra Restaurants

Petals - Gopi Chand Shivare Road, Sadar Bazaar. The air-conditioned interior will definitely give you a welcome break from the heat as you eat your heart away on their tikka chicken and kebabs. Ching Wah - Gopi Chand Shivare Road, Sadar Bazaar. Chinese food served in a popular Chinese Garden restaurant with thatched huts. Lakshmi Villas - Sadar Bazaar. South Indian cuisine in a traditional café setting. Their prices are also fairly reasonable.

Agra Bars & Clubs

The area around the Taj Mahal has a few bars where you can enjoy a late night drink.

Useful Agra Links

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