Agra is best
known as the city of the Taj Mahal, the world's most famous
monument of love. Once the imperial capital of the Mughals,
it is situated along the banks of the River Yamuna and
attracts thousands of tourists every day from all over the world.
The Taj, one of the wonders of the world and a World Heritage
Monument, is only one of the innumerable edifices the Mughals
endowed this city with. The Agra Fort, the Jama Masjid, the tomb of
Itmad-ud-Daula, Fathepur Sikri and Akbar's tomb at Sikandra are some
better-known examples. An important cantonment town under the British,
Agra also has some good examples of Indo-Saracenic architecture in
the cantonment area.
At the time of the Mughals, in the 16th and 17th centuries, Agra was
the capital of India, and its superb monuments date from that era.
Agra has a magnificent fort and the building which many people come
to India solely to see - The Taj Mahal. Situated on the banks
of the Yamuna River, Agra, with its crowded alleys and predatory
rickshaw riders, is much like any other north Indian city, once
you're away from its imposing Mughal monuments. It's possible to
take a day trip to Agra from Delhi (there's an excellent train
service making this eminently practicable); however, Agra is worth
more than a day's visit, particularly if you intend to visit, as you
certainly should, the deserted city of Fathehpur sikri.
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