An integral part of India’s legacy and heritage (dharohar) are its cities, towns, and villages. History awaits at every corner of India, whether it is a lost legend, a well-preserved palace, or a village bazaar. Through our ‘Dharohar’ section we bring to you some of India’s treasured places.
This month we showcase Agra, a city on the banks of the Yamuna River in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Agra is known for the iconic Taj Mahal, and has a rich history, reflected in its numerous monuments dotted in and around the city. History, architecture, handicrafts together create the magic of Agra.
In the month of November, The Taj Balloon Festival is a unique event that revives the elegance & the spectacle of the Mughal era, while venturing into the realm of adventure & lifestyle tourism. The festival offers a novel experience to the tourists & locals to witness the Taj Mahal like never before. The flight over the Taj Mahal gives a chance to view the architectural marvel from a new vantage point. The combined view of the monument and its reflection in the surrounding waters from the sky is magnificent.
Agra is the home to one of the most visited tourist destinations of India. Being one of the seven wonders of the world, Taj Mahal resembles paradise on earth. The main attraction of the Taj Mahal is the architectural beauty, carvings, lattice works, sandstone inlay work, garden and the massive Taj Museum. Located very close to the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort is a heritage site. History unfolds in front of your eyes as you walk through the many structures inside the fort, like Diwan-i-Khas, Khaas Mahal, etc. Fatehpur Sikri, an ancient, abandoned city was designed to be the capital of Mughal. The town was built and established by Akbar and later abandoned. Another Mughal mausoleum on the bank of the river Yamuna is Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb. The architecture and interior are known to be inspired by that of Taj Mahal’s as it also has traces of white marble from Rajasthan amidst the red sandstone. Mehtab Bagh, a hidden gem, stands at the North of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort along the bank of river Yamuna. The garden is a char bagh that stands perfectly in symmetry with the view of the Taj Mahal. Wildlife SOS, a rescue and conservation organization, works on rescue operations and conservation of bears and has recently made the bear rescue facility open for visitors. A special trail, called Taj Nature Walk serves as a great place to enjoy amazing views of the Taj Mahal. It also has many watchtowers along the trail from where you can view the Taj Mahal from different angles. The traditional bazaars of Agra are a must visit for all the shopping lovers. Kinari Bazaar will dazzle you with a plethora of colorful shops, and you can shop for many items like embroidered fabrics, jewelry, carpets, and woven products.
The city of Agra is well-connected with other cities in India by a great network of flights, trains and buses. Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi is the nearest major airport to Agra. Agra Cantt and Agra Fort railway stations also serve the city. Traveling to Agra by roadways and state buses is another convenient mode of transportation.
The ‘Land of Taj Mahal’ and the ‘City of Pethas’, Agra is inarguably one of the most-visited travel destinations in India. Be it the historical sites that take tourists back to the rich Mughal history, bustling streets, vibrant shopping markets to buy some amazing stuff, and the amazing food to treat your taste buds with indelible tastes, Agra offers a memorable vacation in all senses.