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Tourism of India

The Golden Triangle

Agra

Where the world wonders at the magic monument of a monarch's love

Agra is the quintessential Mughal city. Not surprising, that, since it was the capital of their empire in the 16th and 17th centuries. Agra is, of course, known for the Taj Mahal. We invite you to discover Agra's other architectural marvels. And in the narrow lanes that still carry the flavour of their Mughal past, discover the dazzling creations of their craftsmen.

Climate

Summer (Mar. to Jun.): Warm
Monsoon (Jul. to Aug.): Warm
Winter (Nov. to Feb.): Cool and pleasant

Clothing

Summer - Cottons
Winter - Woollens

Where to Stay

Deluxe Hotels
Clark Shiraz
Taj View
Welcomgroup Mughal Sheraton

Standard Hotels
Agra Ashok
Amar
Grand
Mayur Tourist Complex
Mumtaz

Supplementary Accommodation
Shahanshah Inn
UPSTDC Taj Khema
UPSTDC Tourist Bungalow
Youth Hostel

What To See

Taj Mahal
An extravagant marble monument of love, built by Shahjahan in 1653 as a memorial to his queen Mumtaz Mahal.

Agra Fort
The original red sandstone fort was built by Akbar in 1565. Shahjahan added the marble palaces inside.

Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb
A marble memorial with exquisite inlay work built by Nur Jahan, queen of Jehangir, for her father, in 1628.

Chini-Ka-Rauzq
The tomb of a Mughal official, built in 1639, the exterior is covered with enamelled tiles.

Ram Bagh
Laid out in 1528 by Babur, it is the oldest Mughal garden in India.

Sikandra
Akbar's majestic mausoleum built in 1613 combines Muslim and Hindu architectural style.

Fatehpur Sikri
Between 1570 and 1586, Akbar shifted his capital to this new city which he built. This complex of palaces is like a beautifully - preserved ghost city.

Shopping

Well-crafted leather work like shoes and bags, carpets, durries, zari and embroidery, trinket boxes with inlay work on marble - at all major shopping complexes. Local handicrafts and trinkets are also available outside places of interest though the quality may not be as good as those available in shops.

Cuisine

Mughal specialities are available at all restaurants. Continental cuisine is available at larger hotels. Try the sweet 'petha' and the tangy fried snacks.