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Taj Mahal, AgraWhen anyone pronounces the name 'India', the first image that comes in the mind of global tourist is the great Taj Mahal. The great historical city of Agra is the beloved abode of this outstanding monument. This former capital of the Mughal Empire has derived its name from Agrabana, a forest that finds mention in the Hindu mythology. Situated on the west bank of River Yamuna, Agra is included in the elite tourist attractions of the country.

A part of the great Northern Indian plains Agra has a tropical climate and sometimes the temperature here touch a high of 45 degree Celsius. Winters are cold. This heritage city is just more then Taj Mahal. The architectural brilliance of the city is reflected in the glorious monuments of Mughal India. With ultimate monuments, historical importance, vintage beauty- no doubt why Agra always ensures its top slot in the wish-list of any tourist.

General Info
¤ Location - U P, South East of Delhi
¤ Main Language - Hindi
¤ Time - + 5:30
¤ Currency - Indian Rupee
¤ Climate - Sub-Tropical

Climate/ Best Time
As this city lies amidst Gangetic plains, it experiences the sub-tropical climate. It means hot and humid summers and cool winters. It rains here in Monsoon season during June to September. Temperature fluctuates between 21.9 ºC to 45 ºC in summer and between 4.2 ºC and 31.7 ºC in winter. Best time to visit this city is during November to March.

Places to Visit
» The Taj Mahal
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, this architectural masterpiece of white marble is the foremost attraction of India. Whole of the building is inlaid with mosaic studded with precious stones. The Taj is regarded as the best possible expression in stone of love on this Earth.

» Agra Fort
Agra FortCentral hub of Mughal empire rested in this mighty fort. This grand edifice houses numerous beautiful buildings including Diwan-e-Am, Moti Masjid, Khaas Mahal, Diwan-e-Khaas and Sheesh Mahal.

» Akbar's Mausoleum
Deep-red sandstone and marbled mausoleum of Mughal emperor Akbar was the modified version of his own vision. The Buland Darwaza or the Gateway of Magnificence sometimes dominates this building itself.

» Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb
This tomb built by Empress Noor Jahan in the memory of her father dates back to 17th century. Pietra Dura or the inlay work on marble was used for the first time here. The yellow hued marble is highlighted with black and white inlay.

Getting There
There are three railway junctions - Agra Cantt, Raja Ki Mandi and Agra Fort. Regular long route super fast trains commute to these junctions regularly. You also can access this historic city by road.
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