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In India, Agra is one of the captivating cities that become most popular spot across the world by having Taj Mahal. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World which is renowned historical monument globally from its beautiful architectural grandeur ventures and the beauty of marbles. It is situated at the banks of River Yamuna.

Agra is a magical city which is built in 1475 in the epic Mahabharatha as Agraban and well-known as the capital of many eras encompassing Lodhi and Mughals. Today, this city has a potential to become foremost tourist spot all over India. Agra is a multi colored illumination that has been equipped with all kinds of infrastructure facilities for tourists. It has a wide range of resorts and hotels for a vacation or picnic enjoyment. Among wonderful taj mahal, this city has other three UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Agra forts, Fatehpur Sikri and Taj Mahal. It is the haven of Mughal art, culture and architecture.

History
It has two phases which has been started from the ancient time- in the great epic the Mahabharata and the modern period reference is by Ptolemy. The present Agra city was established by the King of the Lodhi Dynasty, Sikander Lodhi in 16th century.

Agra is spotted with present massive and imposing structural monuments during the Mughal Rule from 1526 AD to 1658. As far as Mughal Kingdom concerned, Agra flourished with many activities and was liberally bestowed with many contemporary facilities and Royal architecture.

Meanwhile Mughal period, there were plenty of extolling gardens, many architectural marvel palaces and artificial lakes. The Rajput rulers have built the Agra fort which were restructured and renovated by Mughal emperors Akbar and Shah Jahan. The constructions of all the historical monuments during the Mughal period were the perfect blend of Islamic and Hindu architectural styles.

During the period of Shah Jahan, the city reached greatest height and later he himself was responsible for the decline of the Agra city. Even after independence, Agra has continued in the second level of cities, even with the World Wonder Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri are recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Culture
Agra is a cultural hub of culture and arts. The great Agra city has many ancient temples, mosques, forts, several mausoleums, tombs and historical monuments which reflect only impressive but are also the mirrors of the cultural and artistic talents of the Indian populace during the grandeur past.

In addition to the well maintained majesty monuments, Agra is world famous for many art performances such as wonderful traditional paintings, folk dances, folk music, embroideries, unparallel cloth designing and stitching are the reminiscences of the past glory.

Balkeshwar Temple in Agra is situated on the banks of River Yamuna, Kailash Temple placed at Sikandra, Mankameshwar Temple at Rawatpara, Prithvinath Temple situated at Rajpur Chungi and Mahakali Temple located at Sikandra are some of the important temples in Agra. These temples are the mirrors which reflect religious and cultural activities.



Travel within city
Touring in Agra is very simple through a multitude of ways, including electric buses, Tongas, tempos, cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws. The reason behind it is its popularity is taj mahal and some other ancient monuments and temples which make it most popular destination in the world.

Cycle Rickshaw
Cycles rickshaws are one of the simple ways of traveling that are available a plenty in the town of Agra. Traveling through a cycle rickshaw can be quite cheap mode with charges hovering around Rs 5 to 10.

Tonga
Traveling through tangas can be a time consuming, still it is a faster than a cycle rickshaw ride. The charges of tangras are around Rs 5 to 15. It is quite an easy way to ride and travel around the city.

Bus
There are so many electric buses in Agra covering all the major areas in the town. Therefore, getting buses is quite a very good option which has very low charges ranging from Rs 3 to 6.

Tempo
Tempos are another way of traveling which also has low charges starts from Rs 5 to 10. This is also a perfect option for the night time.

Apart from all, hire a taxi can be a best way to travel entire day and driving around the little narrow alleys rich in Mughal architecture.

Nightlife
The beautiful Agra has come up with number of facilities that are night life visibility in Agra significantly. The majestic monument looks marvelous with all kinds of multi colored illuminations, the grandeur reflection in the serene Yamuna water. Watching it for five days during moonlight would be the best days of your life. At the same time, the street vendors selling art crafts and fast food are really enjoyable.

The outskirts of Taj Mahal complex house have various movie theaters, pubs, cafeterias, Internet cafes and bar parlors which mostly open up to midnight 12’o clock. Agra Fort is another splendor of India which appears gorgeous by viewing the splendid light and sound show portraying the rich stories and glorious past of Agra.

Shopping
The market of Agra is very famous in the world for impressive monuments, mostly renowned for traditional arts, paintings and handicrafts. Enthusiast travelers around the world visit here and enjoy the shopping in Agra very much. One can get all kinds of metal wares and fine carfts from the street stalls to super malls in Agra. Agra is a beloved spot for Mughulai cuisines as well. Munro Road, KInari Bazar and Sadar Bazar are the main shopping centres in Agra. These main markets are located in and around the Taj Mahal having marvelous collections of marbles, leather items, brassware items and textile items.

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