Ancient city and former kingdom capital, Agra is situated in Uttar Pradesh, India. It was first mentioned in Mahabharata as the Agraban forest but was founded as a city in the 15th century. Placed on the banks of Yamuna river, Agra is a much-encompassing destination, which is why it is the main stop of many India tours.Home of the Taj Mahal -
Unanimously appreciated as an architectural wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal comes with a story that is as impressive as its appearance. Besides its obvious touristic appeal, the Taj Mahal is also a magnet for romantic couples. It is widely seen as a timeless symbol of love. There is more to Agra than this prime attraction, though. The city is the better rival of Delhi, due to its astounding heritage. Monuments built in the times of the Mughal kings dot the city and fascinate its visitors. One such monument is the sandstone and marble Akbar's Mausoleum that attracts thousands of tourists, but we can also count the royal forts with their many palaces and the gardens here. The Agra Fort alone is worth a whole day's exploration.Eventful Agra -
Art, culture and commerce have long been the main development directions of Agra, as set by its mighty rulers. The city markets have endless supplies for the eager tourists – see the artifact collections and crafts at Munro Road, Sadar or Kinari Bazar. Colorful and magical festivals are crowding Agra's event calendar. In early February one may witness the Magh Mela, a religious fair next to Ganges river, attracting pilgrims from all over the country. To see elephants, camels and costumed people on parade, attend Taj Mahotsav, a carnival that lasts for 10 days, also in February. In mid-March, Holi gathers immense crowd that engage in color powder fighting. There's more to see in late November during Lucknow Mahiotsava: traditional dancing, acting, singing, sitar recitals and racing. The Taj Mahotsav celebrations happen between the 18th and 27th of February. In contrast with the exuberant tourism and the holiday vibes, Agra also hosts a series of important conferences and has top-class facilities for such events.Your Visit -
October to March represents the best time of the year to visit Agra. The temperatures are milder then. This touristic place has two important railway stations that connect the city to the rest of the country, plus the domestic Agra and Kheria airports, both situated very close to the city center. Agra is 220km away from Delhi's International Airport. Agra accommodates a splendid diversity of tourists, from the posh to the casual and adventurous backpackers. Travel packages can be tailored to meet anyone's requirements in terms of budget, comfort and level of activity. Overall, your trip depends on what kind of spender you are. It is possible to buy a most comfortable package and get pampered in luxury, or you can be frugal and go for an economical plan. There are hotels to match either option. Regardless of your choice, Agra offers so much of its exhilarating beauty for free, enchanting the eyes of all its visitors.Climate of Agra -
It is very hot in summer (April - July) and cold in winter (December - January). The average temperature can vary from 25°C to 46°C during the summer and 22°C to 5°C during the winter. The weather is humid during the monsoon season.How to Reach Agra? By Air -
Kheria Airport is 6 km from Agra. From the International Airport at Delhi, Agra is 220km. By Rail - Connection to important cities from Agra Cantt, Agra fort station, Raja-Ki Mandi and Tundla. Important trains for Agra are: 2001/2002 Shatabdi Exp (Delhi )Bhopal);2179/2180 Taj Exp(H. Nizamuddin-Agra/Gwalior); 2615/2616 G.I. Exp (Delhi-Madras); 4677/4678 Jhelum Exp (Jammu tawi-Pune); 847771/ 8478 Kalinga Utkal Exp.
By Road - Agra is well connected to all other parts of the country by good motorable roads.