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Rising on the banks of the river Yamuna, the city of Agra has been linked with the history of India, since ancient times. This beautiful city is a perfect example of India’s rich culture and heritage. It is mentioned in the epic tale Mahabharata as ‘Agrevana,’ literally translated as ‘border of the forest.’ Home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal, Agra is a globetrotter’s haven. You can say that the Mughals have left a permanent impression on this city which is evident in the various mausoleums and forts found here. Be mesmerized by the sprawling and majestic Agra Fort. Its many palaces, mosques, and mausoleums are a proud testimonial of Mughal architecture. The legends of the Mughal Emperor Akbar and his fabled courtiers are still kept alive at the ruins of Fatehpur Sikri, which is located on the outskirts of Agra. The chowks (marketplaces) and alleyways found in the city are usually the hub of many activities. Years ago, all the artisans and craftsmen who toiled to make the Taj Mahal a reality set up their houses nearby, creating the network of alleyways known as Taj Ganj.
Best Time To Visit Agra
Agra has dry summers, mild winter, and moderate monsoons. It also has the best time to visit Agra would be in the transition between summer and winter. Generally, the months between October and March are considered as the tourist season, with an average temperature of around 10 to 12 degrees Celsius. The heat of summer will have cooled off, and winter will be just around the corner, by mid-October. You can also visit Agra during the monsoon season, between August and October. The vision of a rain-drenched Taj Mahal is indeed a sight to behold.
How To Reach Agra
By Flight: Agra is well-connected with all the major cities in India like Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai and Cochin. The main airline company connecting these cities to Agra is Air India. There is no international airport in Agra, so tourists traveling to this city from abroad are advised to head to any of the major cities in India like Delhi or Mumbai and catch a flight to Agra from there. Airlines operating between Delhi/Mumbai and other cities like Dubai, London, Paris, New York, etc. include Jet Airways, Indigo, Emirates, Etihad Airways, British Airways, etc.
By Bus: There are many national highways connecting Agra to other parts of India. There is also an expressway that originates in the city. The Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) and Idgah Bus Stand are two major bus terminals here. A few of the major bus operators connecting the major cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur etc.
By Train: Agra is easily accessible from all the major cities in the country, by train. There are many railway stations in Agra like the Agra Cantonment Railway Station, Agra Fort Railway Station, Agra City Railway Station, Idgah Railway Station etc. Various trains operate between Agra and cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai etc.