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Agra

On the alluvial plains between the rivers Ganga and Yamuna, lies Agra, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Agra’s strategic location ensured that it was a commercial and religious centre for centuries, only cemented further when the mighty Mughals established their capital here and made it their home. The city served as the stage for their political, social, cultural, and religious conquests – but what endures today is their love of nature, elegance, refinement, and passion for the arts. Agra’s beautiful forts, gardens, mausoleums, and monuments stand testament to the majesty of the Mughal legacy. One of the three prestigious points of India’s Golden Triangle in the north, Agra is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World and three UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

Taj Mahal remains the focus of travellers to Agra. You can get answers to most of your questions from the official Government website.

But, with its heat and dust, chaos and crowds Agra is by no means easy to negotiate; a reason why most trips from Delhi are day trips. However, if you do stay longer, your patience will be rewarded with plenty to see and do for those who are keen to explore beyond its iconic sights. A walk through the local bazaars might yield interesting souvenirs. Agra is famous for handicrafts. The delicate pietra dura or marble inlay work is still practised by a few craftspeople here. Carpet-weaving, zardozi (gold wire embroidery) work, and handmade leather works are other specialties.

 

Holxo Tours in Agra

 

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