Agra is a city located in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, approximately 200km from Delhi. It is best known as the home of the Taj Mahal, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site along with the Agra Fort in the city and Fatehpur Sikri nearby.
Agra's Taj Mahal is one of the most famous buildings in the world, the mausoleum of Shah Jahan's favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the world. Agra Fort (sometimes called the Red Fort), was commissioned by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565, and is another of Agra's World Heritage Sites. A stone tablet at the gate of the Fort states that it had been built before 1000 but was later renovated by Akbar.
Things to See & Do
* Taj Mahal
* Agra Fort
* Fatehpur Sikri
* Temples & Gardens – Swami Bagh, Ram Bagh and Mehtab Bagh
* Sikandra – tomb of Akbar
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Indian Rupee (INR)
Language – Hindi, English
Population – 176 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style or with a round pin below
Time – GMT plus five and a half hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 91
Port Location – Agra is accessible from the port of Mumbai, approximately 1000km away.
Travel Links – Agra is on the main train line between the Delhi-Mumbai (Bombay) and Delhi-Chennai routes, and many trains connect Agra with these cities every day. Some east-bound trains from Delhi also travel via Agra, so direct connections to points in Eastern India (including Kolkata) are also available. There are close to 20 trains to Delhi every day, and at least three or four to both Mumbai and Chennai.
A number of buses connect Agra with Delhi. It takes around 4-5 hours to reach Agra by bus.