Agra is famous as being home to one of the "seven wonders of the world - The Taj Mahal". Taj mahal is also known as the symbol of love. Agra is one of the famous tourist destinations in India. Agra was established in 1475 by Badal Singh and is situated on the banks of the River Yamuna. It is well known for its Indo-Saracenic architecture and examples are laid live here like Jahangri Mahal, Moti Masjid, also known as the Pearl Mosque etc. is a railroad junction and a commercial and industrial center for the surrounding agricultural area. Some of the items for which Agra is famous include handicrafts items like marble tabletops, soft stone lay work, semi precious stones, jewellery items and hand made leather items.
|Area||82 sq. km.|
|Temprature||Summer- Max.45, Min.21.9
Winter- Max.31.7, Min.4.2
|Languages Spoken||Hindi, Urdu, English.|
|Best Time to visit||October to March.|
|Altitude||169 Metres above sea level.|
Agra lies on the Delhi to Mumbai broad - gauge railway line. Express trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, and Chennai halt at Agra.
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Agra is connected to Delhi, Rajasthan and other cities of Uttar Pradesh by an excellent bus service.
Agra is on the popular regular tourist route Delhi/Agra/Khajuraho/Varanasi and return. Flights connect Agra to Delhi, Khajuraho and Varanasi.
Agra is a shoppers paradise. There are plenty of shopping areas and malls where one can buy the specialities of the place. It is famous for the Taj Mahal made out of Marble, the markets are bound to have replica of the Taj in marble being sold as decorative gift item. It is also famous for the leather items. Particularly the Agra jail inmates make these items which are sold to give them a decent earning. The local artisans are also good at making leather chappals(sandals), purses, bags, decorative items and many more such leather product which instantaneously attracts your attention. In the handicraft craft emporiums and shops there are sandal and rose wood items even though there are no rose or sandal wood forest nearby. The shops also have brass decorative pieces and stone carved images. It is also famous for carpet weaving and floor coverings, the Zardosi and embroidery work, Stone inlay work and durries.
National Chambal Wildlife Sanctary : The National Chambal Sanctuary is famous for the rare gangetic dolphin. The sanctuary was founded in 1979 and is part of a large area co-administered by Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Apart from the gangetic dolphin, the other inhabitants of the sanctuary include magar (crocodile) and gharial (alligator), chinkara, sambar, nilgai, wolf and wild boar.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary : Lying between the cities of Agra and Jaipur, Bharatpur or Keoladeo Ghana National Park makes a great weekend getaway from Agra. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary was declared as a national park in March 1982 and was accepted as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. One of the finest bird parks in the world, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Keoladeo Ghana Natiuonal Park) is a reserve that offers protection to faunal species as well. Nesting indigenous water- birds as well as migratory water birds and waterside birds, this sanctuary is also inhabited by Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar.