An Indian holiday is a very surprising treat, for all those who have a penchant for traveling. From mountains to deserts, from coasts to metropolitans, from history to heritage, name it and the country has it all.
In this long chain of authentic places, one name, Agra, is sufficient to evoke a grand history and lavish lifestyle of the kings, which can recreate that magical charm through its architectural delights. Agra, the city in Uttar Pradesh, has played a major role in the historical role of India, be it by being the capital of the Mughal kings or by sheltering the revolutionaries during struggle for freedom, a lot has happened in this arty city, which still has a very earthy and traditional aura.
Forts of Agra
One of the most important features of the city, is its beautiful and popular heritage buildings, the best example of which would be the world famous, Taj Mahal. This white marble building is a very exquisite building which is also the mausoleum of the Mughal king Shah Jahan's wife. Some other major buildings are Agra Fort, Akbar's Tomb at Sikandara district, Jama Masjid and Fatehpur Sikri, the historical capital city of Akbar.
Gardens in Agra
There are many tourist gardens in the city, with scenic beauty and quite atmosphere, where you can have a peaceful time, while also appreciate the Mughal art pieces installed at every other step, and fountains and other beauties. A perfect picnic spot, these gardens give you a nice pause on your Agra trip. Some notable places are Swami Bagh, Ram Bagh and Mehtabh Bagh, which also give you views of Yamuna river and Taj on its banks.
Temples of Agra
Agra is also a place to see some amazing religious places, dedicated to the Hindu gods, while the city also has its fair share of mosques and churches. The Balkeshwar Temple, Kailash Temple, dedicated to Shiva, while Rawli Maharaj Temple, one of the oldest in the entire city. You must also visit the popular Jama Masjid, Gurudwara Guru Ka Taal and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. These buildings maintain the historical charm of the city, with their beauty and their importance.
On your Agra trip, the best thing to do would be to play the role of a historian and explore all the historical splendors. You can simply make an itinerary of your own, covering all these places and see the Mughal art at its best. You can also enjoy shopping at the traditional markets, and shop for the delicious and most famous petha, a sweet delicacy. Explore the magic of a very traditional society, where people are still innocent and extremely polite and remind you of an old age. One exciting thing which you can be a part of, is the grand Taj Mahotsav, a 10 day long festival in February. Treating you with the amazing art, craft and cultural surprises, it starts on the 18th and concludes on 27th of February.
Just like the place is filled with traditional beauties and people, the eateries also will provide you a very traditional Indian taste. You can explore the restaurants ad markets, for their best snacks. The spicy chaat, and the sweet petha are the two specialities of this place , which you will find in every market area. A list of spicy snacky items goes like this, bhallas, panipuri, samosa, kachori, aloo tikki, paneer tikka. You can try amazing north Indian food here with finger licking delicacies. Try the food at Treat Restaurant, Silk Route Restaurant.
Grab the souvenirs for Agra:
The city's shopping is as popular as the famous attractions. From the branded stores, shopping malls to local markets, all are flooded with exquisite art and craft. You can buy from here, some amazing stone products in the form of jewelry or show pieces, also buy leather products from here for its fine quality. The handicrafts, the wood work, and the antique Indian jewelery, all make for exquisite shopping in Agra. Do not forget to buy the miniature Taj Mahal figurines and delicious petha boxes, on your Agra trip.
All these things would make your trip an extremely memorable experience, while the beauty of the place will capture your mind and heart for a long time.