Weekend getaways from Delhi- Agra
Agra provides a sneak preview of the architectural richness of India since it is home to Taj Mahal, one of the 7 wonders of the world. Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri are the other historic relics here which should be on your wish list when you are in Agra.
The aesthetic richness of Mughal architecture can be best explored in Agra, a weekend destination from Delhi which is located at a distance of 459 Km from the National Capital.
Taj Mahal is undoubtedly the best relic of bygone era in Agra which you should visit. Regarded as the finest symbol of love, Taj Mahal was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his queen Mumtaz. Taj Mahal is spread in an area of 60 bighas and has been constructed from white marble which came from Makrana in Rajasthan.
Agra Fort also known as Lal quila located at a distance of 2.5 km from Taj Mahal is another important relic in Agra. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Agra Fort has been build with red sandstone which lends it a unique appeal.
Akbar’s tomb, Jama Masjid and fatehpur Sikri monuments are the other places which you can visit when you are in Agra.
Agra is easily accessible through road, rail and air from Delhi. Commuting within Agra is not an issue and you can take tongas, electric bus or tempo as per your preference. Agra is equally famous for its range of cuisine as it is for its monuments. The Petha of Agra is already world famous and you can relish it across the city with the best being available at Panchi Petha shop.
Chat is another delicacy of Agra which should be on your wish list, whenever you happen to be here. Aloo Tikki, Papri Chat, Pani Puri, Samosa and Kachori are the other popular dishes which you must relish in Agra.
Winters are the best time to plan a visit to Agra as it can get extremely hot during the summer months. Summers can get extremely warm in Agra and monsoons can always leave you drenched.
If you happen to visit Agra during February, Taj Mahotsav is a must visit. The event is a showcase gallery of the cultural richness of this ancient land.