AGRA

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The city of Agra is situated on the banks of river Yamuna in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It was referred as the Agrevana (forest border) in Mahabharata and later as the land of the mughals. The history talks about the establishment of the city by Sikandar Lodi in 1504. Known to be the second administrative headquarter after Delhi in the Mughal period, it holds the beauty and magnificence of the Mughal Empire. With a population of approximately 1,686,976, Agra is one of the most populated cities in Uttar Pradesh. It stands as a popular tourist destination attracting tourist from all over the world majorly for the mughal-era architecture’ The important tourist attraction include the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and the Agra Fort which are also UNESCO world heritage sites. The charm of the city has been attracting empire since ages and still retains the essence of various realms and has been an important city from the social, economical and political aspect of a country.

Agra could not possibly skip the check list of the Indian filmmakers. From iconic movies from Mughal-e-Azam (1960)which captures the spirit and soul of the royal character to new and easy films like Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011), Agra has the proved to be fitting for movies of different genre. Not only Bollywood but Hollywood has expressed its affection for the impressive city in movies such as Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Million Dollar Army (2014), the namesake (2006), The Delhi Way (1964).

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Taj Mahal

This white marbled building needs no explanation or introduction. Ranked number one among the wonders of the world in the year 2001, Taj Mahal is not an ordinary Mahal (palace) but is a paragon of love. Built by the mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1631 for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, Taj Mahal depicts the immortal love story of an emperor and the Persian princess. The splendid Mahal holds in it many stories of people related in construction and design. It stands as an excellent example of the Mughal art which manifests the hard work of thousands of artisans and craftsmen. With the Yamuna River flowing beside the marvellous edifice, the sight of Taj on a full moon is unmatched. Taj is the most loved tourist attraction in India. The beauty of Taj is such that filmmakers couldn’t possibly resist the magnificence of the Mahal. Movies like Jhoom Barabar Jhoom(2007), , Bunty Aur Babli(2005), Mere Brother Ki Dulhan(2011), Yamla Pagla Deewana(2011), and Youngistaan (2014) were shot at this site. The most recent  movie to have covered this iconic heritage palace is Tevar (2015) set to release on 9th Jan’15. The movie also covers various parts of Agra starting from the song sequence on Jamuna Bridge to Tajganj Parking, Gulab House, Mehtab Bagh and St John’s College.

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Fatehpur Sikri

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Founded by the Mughal ruler Akbar in 1569, the city served as the Mughal capital from 1571 to 1585. Therefore a lot of Mughal and Persian influence can be seen in the city architecture as well as the food. Fatehpur Sikri is a perfect example of the architectural establishments of that era. The site plan of the area includes various gates such as the Delhi gate, the Lal Gate, Gwalior Gate and the Chor gate and other magnificent structures such as the Buland darwaza, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Jama Masjid, Ibadat khana, Diwan-e-aam, Diwan-e-khas, Panch Mahal and Birbal’s house. Fatehpur Sikri is one the most beautiful city with an archaeological importance and therefore attracts a lot of tourist. The city has also been attracting filmmakers of different genres. Movies such as Pardes(1997), Yamla Pagla Deewana(2011) and the iconic movie Mughal-e-Azam(1960) were shot at the location.

Agra Fort

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Located on the banks of the river Yamuna, Agra fort is another example of the opulent architecture. It has been announced as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The total area covered by the Fort is approximately 94 acre with a boundary of about seventy feet high. The walls of the fort is been brilliantly carved depicting the perfect blend of art and architecture. Initially enthroned by Sikander Lodi, it was later occupied by Humayun in 1530. Shah Jahan, in his later years, was also captured by his son Aurangzeb in the fort. The Taj Mahal lies in the vicinity of the fort and it is believed that Shah Jahan used to admire Taj from the window of the fort. Jodha Akbar(2008) is one of the movies which is remembered when Agra Fort is mentioned ever. Must see

Ram Bagh

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Originally named as the Aram Bagh, it is said to be constructed by the mughal emperor Babur. The Persian garden is situated approximately 5 kms from the Taj Mahal. It was considered to be a perfect resemblance to the paradise with rivers flowing through it. One could witness tank structures, flower beds and fine pavements.

Jama Masjid

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Located opposite to the Agra Fort, Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosque in India. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1648, it is a simple mosque built of red sand stones and white marble. The ceiling of the mosque is painted in blue. One can easily notice the admirable carvings on the wall and the beautiful paintings in the mosque.

Guru ka Tal

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Dedicated to the Ninth Guru Guru Tegh Bahadur, Guru Ka Tal is a Sikh pilgrimage of historical importance where the Guru was custody by Aurangzeb. Dating back to the seventeenth century, the Tal had twelve towers out of which only eight stand today. It is particularly known for its serene importance and not to mention its historical significance.

Chini ka Rauza

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Containing the tomb of Allama Afzal Khan Mullah, the minister of mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the monument is situated on the eastern banks of the river Yamuna. It is well known for the impressive carvings on the ceiling of the rounded dome and is one of the finest work of glazed tile work.

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Marble Handicraft Museum

If you are interested in paying a visit to the marble artisans, this place is where you could find them. Marble work is one of the major attractions of the city. You could witness the insight of the fine work done by the artists.

Shopping in Agra

Famous for marble handicrafts, Agar is the ideal destination to buy the best of marble work. The brassware and carpets in Agra is also renowned and therefore one could choose to buy the rare collectibles in the city.

Eating in Agra

The city is well known for its mughal influences in food and the local cuisines of Agra include mughal curies, roasted meat with whole spices and dried fruits. A real foodie could resist anything but the delicious mughlai dishes in the city.

Agra Walks

What could be more apt than to discover a small historical city on foot? Agra Walks provides an opportunity to go through the city and the spectacular structures in the city and to discover the city differently.

Reaching there By Air

Kheria airport, the closest airport, is about 8km from the centre of the city. There are taxis available but it is suggested that you take flights to Delhi and then continue your journey on rail or road.

By Road

Agra is connected through various national highways such as 2, 3 and 11 and the well known and most recent being the Yamuna Expressway.  Buses are frequently available to Agra. You could also opt for taxis or you could enjoy your drive to the mughal land.

By train

The Agra station is well connected to major cities of the country such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bhopal. There is no dearth of rails and it is pretty easy to catch on the suitable train as per convenience.

Staying options

Due to the flood of tourists flowing in the city every year, you can find hotels of every range suitable for you. There are many appealing hotels in Agra such as the ITC Mughal, Oberoi Amarvilas and The Retreat. Home Stay is an another option to put up in Agra. There are many good options to choose from such as N.Homestay, Aman Homestay, and Friends Paying Guest House etc.

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