Various gigantic but beautiful monuments speak about glorious past of Agra. Situated on the banks of holy river Yamuna, Agra is almost synonymous with Taj Mahal. History of Agra dates back to hundreds of years. Being on bank of River Yamuna, makes it quite strategic. It has been ruled by Rajput, Jat and Mughal rulers for centuries. Agra remained capital of Mughal Empire till Aurangzeb shifted capital to Delhi (Shahjahanabad). Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodhi, the Sultan (the King) of Delhi Sultanate (the kingdom). Later Mughal ruler Akbar took special interest in this city and made it his capital. Here he built the Red Fort of Agra and the town of Fatehpur Sikri, located forty kilometer from Agra. Other Mughal rulers also built many architectural structures, but the most important of them, Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan. This beautiful white marble tomb was built by him in memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal. It is because of the Taj Mahal, Agra is one of the most favorite tourist destinations in India & the world.
The activities available during your Agra tour and travel are Kalakriti show, Tonga (horse-drawn carriage) ride & a walk through the alleys of Agra. A trip to Agra offers opportunity to see artisans at work and purchase handicraft products at good bargain. Agra is surrounded by several historical & cultural destinations like Mathura, Bharatpur, Dholpur, Gwalior etc. For the sake of convenience, due to proximity, brief excursion by the tourists can be made into Rajasthan, via Mathura and Vrindavan, to explore Deeg and Bharatpur, with its Keoladeo National Park, an ornithologist's paradise. Before leaving Agra, many travelers may wish to make an excursion southward to Gwalior, which possesses the finest of all Indian forts, and a series of enormous Jain rock carvings.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Agra Tour Packages
A traveler can reach Agra by car, train and flight. Agra is connected with all major cities of India by several National Highways, Yamuna Express Way, Agra –Lucknow Express Way etc. Several trains like Gatimaan Express, Shatabdi Express, Rajdhani Express etc. There is an airport in Agra called Kheria Airport, rechristened as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Airport. Flights from Bangaluru, Delhi, Varanasi, Lucknow, Mumbai etc connect Agra.
Some of the famous restaurants & eating joints in Agra are Dasaprakash, Tea’se Me, Peshawri, Bamboo Café, Esphahan, Good Vibes Café, Jahanpanah, Pinch of Spice, Sky Grill, Bon Barbecue, Joney’s Place, Laxmi Vilas & Bob Marley Café & Restaurant.