Agra Travel Guide

Agra is an old city and it is said that its name was derived from Agrabana, a forest that finds mention in the epic Mahabharata.  Agra was once the capital of the Mughal Empire and even today it seems to linger in the past. Agra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World-the Taj Mahal. While its significance as a political centre ended with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jahan, its architectural wealth has secured its place on the international map.
 
A pleasant town Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soastone by craftsmen who are descendant of those who worked under the Mughals. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. It was during the time of the third emperor Akbar that Agra came into its own. He embarked on the construction of the massive Agra Fort in 1565. Though, Akbar was diverted into building a new capital at Fatehpur sikri not far away.
 
Agra came into prominence when Sikandar Lodi made it his capital city in 1501. The Lodi rule was to end very soon and Agra passed into the possession of the Mughals. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid remainder of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
 
Places To See
- Taj Mahal Agra Fort 
- Itmad - ud daula 
- Chini Ka Roza 
- Sikandara 
- Fatehpur Sikri

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