Established in 1475 by Badal Singh, Agra finds reference in the Mahabharata as Agraban. During Akbar's period that Agra became the center of art, culture, commerce and learning.

This trend reached its height when Akbar's grandson Shah Jahan became the ruler. In the mid 16th century and earlier 17th century, Agra witnessed a frenzied building activity and it was during this time when the symbol of love- Taj Mahal was constructed.

The buildings made in this era followed contemporary Mughal Style. They reflected their inherent charm and high quality in the kind of building material was used in making them. The Mughal royalty reached its zenith during this year only. Major tourist attractions include :

Places To Visit

Sikandara
The mausoleum of Akbar is situated just four kms from Agra. Commemorated by Akbar, this structure has a perfect blending of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Jain motifs.

Fatehpur Sikri Built by Mughal Emperor Akabr, Fathepur Sikri is just 37 kms from Agra. Built during 1551 and 1585, the city was planned as Akbar's capital. Made predominantly of Red Sandstone, the city affords a wanton yet royal view to the visitor.

Mariyam Tomb
Dedicated to Mughal Emperor Akabr's wife, Mariyam, this tomb is made of red Sandstone. Made in 1611 on the Delhi-Agra highway, the carving on the tomb of Mariyam-us-Zamani are worth appreciating.

The city comes alive with.

Taj Mahotsava
One of the most awaited cultural festivals in India is the Taj Mahotsav. The festival is organized during February. This ten-day extravaganza is held in the Shilpgram close to the Taj. Taj Mahotsava brings the extensive arts, crafts and culture of India on display.

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