The Gateway to India
When we talk about Agra, What is the first thing that comes up ? The immortality of Taj Mahal, The immense size of the Mighty Agra Fort, The zesty Cuisine or The lovely people right there to help you out, well it’s a long list. Agra, the tourism hub of India and also forming the Golden Triangle promises you a great holiday. It takes you back to the marvellous Mughlai Lifestyle and Charm.
One of the seven wonders of the world rests here. One of the Great Embellishments by the Mughals, The real sense of White Beauty “The Taj Mahal” can be seen here reciting the glorious and impeccable stories of the prosperous past of India. It was built by Shah Jahan in the rememberence of his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal. It took around 22 years and was completed with the help of 22,000 workers. Can you imagine ? A big chunk of people making a building, Well its worth it. Moving for about 38 KM from Taj Mahal A UNESCO World Heritage Site awaits you “The Great Fatehpur Sikri” a city founded by Mughal Emperor Akbar, which welcomes you with many sticking out monuments located inside the city, whether if you look upon The Mighty Buland Darwaza, The sacred Jama Masjid, The Ibadat Khana and The Naubat Khana, they all stand erect from hundreds and hundreds of years showcasing the aesthetical design of architecture of their time. It’s totally a “Akbarian City” which was built For the Akbar and By the Akbar. Apart from the grand and elegant monuments, Agra has a lot more to offer.
The pictorial and amusing view of this place in Agra has pulled many photographers and directors, Well I am talking about “The Dhobhi Ghat” in Agra whose locations were casted in “The Slumdog Millionaire” The Oscar winning movie. Do have a check in to this tickling place. Agra also leads to the top list for the foodie people who will just don’t want to leave the place before engulfing their apetite. Well, it is a real paradise for the food lovers , you will be promised the best natural taste. Agra’s cuisine has a huge influence of the Mughlai cuisine as it served home for them for a long time. Few of the exclusive Mughlai dishes which top the charts are The Tandoori Chicken, The Seekh Kabab , The deep fried Tandoori fish and delicious Nargisi Kofta with the lavishing cream and crushed nuts all over it. Hmm ! it makes one crazy. You can also check out the sweets here which are world famous The Petha and The Ghazak and one more thing don’t forget to visit the local “Dhabas” and “Street Chats” which will definitely make up your day.
About the Agra people, they are warm welcomes, amicable and helpful as well. They are true preservers of their culture, tradition and they are proud of their city. As a tourist you will be welcomed with joint hands and open arms with cheerful smiles. But you need to take care of certain dubious things like hiring a bonafide and licensed Guide, Bargaining is a common feature so do bargain and Be aware of the Tourist Assistance Desk for more details you can check out the official website of the Agra tourism. You can get direct and indirect flights for Agra from almost all cities in India. Railways and Roads network is reasonably good. So do visit Agra and feel the real essence of India.