Agra has a rich historical background, which is adequately evident from the various historical monuments in and around the city. Although Agra’s history is mainly associated with Mughal Empire, the place was established much before it and has linkages since Mahabharat period. The golden age of the city began with the Mughals and after their decline, the city came under the influence of Marathas, before falling into the hands of British Raj.
Under Mughals, city was known as Akbarabad and remained the capital of the Mughal Empire. Since it was one of the most important cities in India under the Mughals, it witnessed a lot of building activity. Shahjahan later shifted the capital to Delhi during his reign.
Akbarabad was renamed Agra under the Marathas who ruled the city for over 18 years. Agra had been the real capital of Sindhia’s North Indian Dominions. In 1803, it came under the British Raj.
The magical charm of TajMahal draws tourist to Agra as its every bit is as good as you have heard. The legacy of Mughal Empire has left a magnificent fort and a liberal sprinkling of fascinating tomb and mausoleums. The three UNESCO sites in Agra, TajMahal, The Agra Fort and FatehpurSikri is a must visit. Agra is included on the Golden Triangle tourist circuit.
Agra is also known for its Taj Mahotsav (Taj Festival). This cultural festival is held every year in the month of February. The Taj Mahotsav brings traditional Indian music and dance on a single platform for the tourist to relish.
Agra climate is a local steppe climate. It is hot in summer (April – July) and cold in winter (December – February).
In summer adequate precautions need to be taken, to avoid the intense heat, such as wearing light cotton clothing, wearing a hat or sunshade while going outdoors and drinking plenty of liquids. In winter, wearing warm or woolen clothing will protect you from the cold. May is the hottest month and the coldest is January. The wettest month is August.
Best time to visit Agra is from November to March as weather during this period is mostly pleasant.
Places of Interest: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb, Jami Masjid, Chini Ka Rauza, Rambagh, Jahangir Mahal, Chisti’s Tomb, Sikandra, Fatehpur Sikri, Palace of Jodha Bai, Panch Mahal, The Buland Darwaja, The House of Birbal, The Jamatkhana
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