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Agra,The City of Taj Mahal 

Introduction 
Agra is one of the most famous city which is situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is the city of Taj Mahal, which makes it the most popular city of India. This beautiful city is located on the banks of River Yamuna. Agra boasts of housing three UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri and Taj Mahal. The city of Agra houses many ancient temples, mosques, forts, mausoleums, tombs and historical monuments. The city has its unique style of traditional paintings, folk dances, folk music and embroideries. The city is famous for the world distinguished Taj Mahal and other architectural masterpieces. Agra tour will make you shop for precious and semi precious stones, marble products, brassware, and leather items. Agra has been the capital of some of the ruling dynasties like Lodhi and the Mughals in the past. Taj Mahal, an epitome of mughal art and one of the most popular tourist places in Agra, makes the Agra tourism one of the biggest engine of tourism industry.

History 
Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodhi in the 16th century. Babur who was the founder of the Mughal dynasty also stayed for sometime in Agra and introduced the concept of square Persian-styled gardens here. Emperor Akbar built the Agra fort; Jahangir beautified it with palaces and gardens. Shahjahan marked the zenith of Mughal architecture, when he built the Taj. The post-Mughal era's history of Agra saw the rule of the Jats, Marathas and finally the British taking over the city.

Tourism 
Agra is a most wonderful tourist destination in the state of Uttar Pradesh. There are many forts, temples, gardens, museums and chruches in Agra. It is well connected with the major cities of the country through air, rail and road. There are many places to visit in Agra are TAj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Buland Darwaja and many more. Taj Mahal, the undying symbol of love, makes Agra an unrivaled tourist destination. This marvel is at the zenith of Mughal architectural splendor. Agra tourist attractions are the reason why the domestic and international travelers throng this city throughout the year.

Places to visit 

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal is a major tourist attraction in Agra. It is a most beautiful monument epitomizing love of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz. It is made up of white marbles. Its astonishing architectural beauty is beyond any description and is located by the river of Yamuna. Taj Mahal is regarded as one of the eight wonders of the world.

Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb
Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb is one of the most famous monument in Agra. It is a tomb built with white marble in the typical Islamic style architecture. It was built by the Mughal Empress Noor Jahan in the memory of her father Itmad-ud-Daulah.

Panch Mahal
Panch Mahal is one of the most beautiful palace which is situated in Fatehpur Sikri. This five storey palace was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar for relaxation purpose. The was constructed in such a manner that it gave respite from the intense summer heat.

Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid is a beautiful mosque that is located in Fatehpur Sikri. It is quite large in area and was built in the year 1648 CE by Shahjahan's daughter Jehanara Begum. Thousands of tourists from all over the world come here to visit this place.

Mehtab Bagh
Mehtab Bagh is one of the most beautiful gardens which is located on the banks of river Yamuna opposite to the Taj Mahal in Agra.

Area 4,027 kmĀ²
Population 1746467
Language Hindi and English
Pin Code 282001

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