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Agra

Agra has a rich historical background, which is amply evident from the numerous historical monuments in and around the city. The earliest reference for Agra comes from the epical age, when Mahabharata refer Agra as Agravana. In the sources prior to this, Agra has been referred as Arya Griha or the abode of the Aryans.  Though the heritage of Agra city is linked with the Mughal dynasty, numerous other rulers also contributed to the rich past of this city. Agra came to its own when Shahjahan ascended to the throne of Mughal Empire. He marked the zenith of Mughal architecture, when he built the Taj in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.

 

 

Modern Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodhi (Lodhi dynasty; Delhi Sultanate) in the 16th century. Ptolemy, the famous second century A.D. geographer, marked it on his map of the world as Agra. The Agra district is in western U.P. and situated on the bank of Yamuna River.

 

Tourism in Agra showcases the great Mughal heritage well preserved in its famous monuments, architecture and culture. Agra is not synonymous with just the Taj Mahal. A visit to the city is like being transported back in time. Situated on the banks of the Yamuna, its narrow crowded streets and boulevards are medieval in structure, while its bazaars are splashed with colour and gaiety - which is the hallmark of the city. All sorts of stuff, especially leather goods, local handicrafts and imitation inlay work on marble (including miniaturized Taj Mahals) jostle for shelf space in the shops. Its pethas (pumpkin sweet), dalmoth (fried peas) and sumptuous Mughlai food are worth a try. Best season for tourist is from October to March.