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The Magic of Agra Tourism

By Amitkumarana Subscribe to RSS | December 17th 2011 | Views:
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Introduction

The city of Agra is a historical city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state of India. It rose to prominence during the reign of the Lodi Dynasty and then the Mughal Empire. It served as the capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. It is also the home to three famous UNESCO world heritage sites, namely The Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and the Agra Fort, all three of which were built by the Mughal rulers. These three monuments are the main reason for the popularity of Agra tours and Agra tour packages.

History

The city has been mentioned in the ancient Hindu epic, the Mahabharata and so the history of the city can be dated back to thousands of years in the past. However, it was during the Mughal era that the city of Agra became a center of arts, religion and education. The first Mughal Emperor of India, Babar, built a garden on the banks of the river Yamuna, known as Aram Bagh and then his grandson, Akbar, built the new city of Fatehpur Sikri. These two places are integral to Agra Tourism and are frequently visited by tourists during their Agra tour. It was in Agra that Akbar founded his religion called Din e elahi, a religion that tried to unify all the different religions of the world.

After the decline of the Mughal Empire, the city gradually came under the rule of the British Empire. The British also gave a lot of importance to the city of Agra and it was a seat of governance during their rule.

Tourism

Every year, large number of tourists from around the world visit Agra and they are mainly attracted to the Mughal era buildings, forts and monuments present in the city. The main attraction of any Agra tour package is the Taj Mahal, the greatest monument of love ever and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was built by Emperor Shahjahan, in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz.

The other attractions include Agra Fort (also called Red Fort), which was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, and the city of Fatehpur Sikri, also built by Akbar. This city served as the capital of the Mughal Empire during Akbar’s reign and so it is visited by many tourists during Agra tours.

Akbar’s tomb in Sikandra, situated in Delhi - Agra highway, is another place which tourist visit during their Agra tours. This place is often visited during ‘Delhi Agra tour’ conducted by tourist agencies based in Delhi. Any Delhi Agra tour package will include this monument, apart from all the other Mughal monuments in and around the city of Agra.

Thus, Agra is a jewel in the crown of India and the tourism sector in the city is a huge source of revenue for the Indian Government. Agra tour will be a journey of a lifetime in which, you can encounter the grandeur of the mighty Mughal Empire, through the different buildings that they have left behind.

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