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UPTOURS, Taj Khema, Near Taj Mahal Eastern Gate, Agra. Tel : (0562)2150120, 2151720

Ashok Travels and Tour, Hotel Agra Ashok, The Mall, Tel : (0562)2361223-32

Jahangir Travels, M.G. Road, Tel : (0562)2363783.

Pleasure Tours, 506, Mall Road, Tel : (0562)2364103, 2363173.

Sita World Travels, Sadar Bazar, Tel : (0562)2361429, 2363922.

Taj Travels, 46, Kaushalaya Sadan, Fatehabad Road, Tel : (0562)2360128, 2360363

Touraids (I) Travel Services, Sadar Bazar, Tel : (0562)2363138, 2363957.

Travel Corporation (I) Ltd., Hotel Clarks Shiraz, Taj Road, Tel : (0562)2361121-23, 2360262.

Travel House, Welcomgroup, Mughal Sheraton, Fatehabad, Road, Tel : (0562)2361701.

Travel Bureau, Near Hotel Taj View, Fatehabad Road, Tel : (0562)2360118, 2360719. Fax : 2330230

Royal India Travels, Mall Road, Tel : (0562)2366409.

Overseas Tours & Travels, Fatehabad Road, Opp. Atihiti Hotel Tel : (0562)2364072

Collegue Tours, opp. Taj View Ph:(0562)2331362/3

Royal Indian Travels, Mall Road Ph: (0562)2366409

Rainbow Travels, Hotel Mansingh Palace, Ph: (0562)2331771/5

Tourist Information

UP. Govt. Tourist office, 64, Taj Road, Agra Tel : (0562)2226431

Government of India Tourist Office, 191, The Mall, Tel : (0562)2363959, 2363377

Government of India Tourist Information Counter, Kheria Airport

U.P. Government Tourist Reception Counter, Agra Cantt, Railway Station, Tel : (0562)2364439

Where to Stay

UPSTDC Taj Khema, Eastern Gate Taj Mahal, Tel : (0562)2330140.

Highway Inn, Vibhav Nagar, Shamshabad Road, Tel : (0562)2360458.

Hotel Akbar Inn, 21 Mall Road, Tel : (0562)2363242

Lauries, Partap Pura, Tel : (0562)2361019

Mayur Tourists Complex, Fatehabad Road, Tel : (0562)2360302, 2360310

Where to Stay

Youth Hostel, Sanjay Place, M.G. Road, Tel : (0562)2365812.

District Board Guest House, Baluganj, Agra. Tel : (0562)2363065

PWD Inspection Bungalow, M.G. Road, Agra Cantt.

Railway Retiring Rooms, Agra Cantt. Railway Station, Tel : 131

Railway Retiring Rooms, Agra Fort Railway Station, Tel : (0562)2364163.

Archaeological Survey Rest House, Fatehpur Sikri Campus.

Where to Buy

Gangotri, U.P. Govt. Handicrafts Emporium, Taj Mahal Complex Tel : 2360172

U.P. Handloom, Sanjay Place, Hari Parbat, M.G. Road,

Kairali - arts and crafts of Kerala, Taj Mahal Complex, Tel : 2360893

Rajasthali - Rajasthan Handicrafts. Taj Mahal Complex, Tel : 2360017.

Black Patridge - Haryana Handicraft Emporium. Taj Mahal Complex, Tel : 2360992.

Kashmir Government Arts Emporium - Taj Mahal Complex

UPICA, Sanjay Place, Hari Parbat, M.G. Road,

Gandhi Ashram Khadi Bhavan, Raja-ki-Mandi, Tel : 273281.

U.P. Handicraft Palace, Fatehabad Road, Tel : 264840, 268214.



Agra

Agra is a city in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh , some 200 km from the Indian capital city of New Delhi . Agra is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. There are three UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort in the city and Fatehpur Sikri nearby.

The city has little else to recommend it. Pollution is rampant (both industrial, in the form of smog, and human, in the form of raw sewage and trash). There is no doubt that tourism is the major industry of the city. Tourists have to live with the touts and hawkers who swarm like bees around them at every monument, mosque, temple or palace. That said, the sites are some of the wonders of the world and no trip to India is complete without at least one visit to the Taj.

History


Agra, Once the capital of the mughals has a rich historical background, which is amply evident from the numerous historical monuments in and around the city. Agra has as many as Three World Heritage Sites namely Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri. The earliest reference for Agra comes from the epical age, when Mahabharata refer Agra as Agravana. In the sources prior to this, Agra has been referred as Arya Griha or the abode of the Aryans. The first person who referred Agra by its modern name was Ptolemy. Though the heritage of Agra city is linked with the Mughal dynasty, numerous other rulers also contributed to the rich past of this city. Modern Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodhi (Lodhi dynasty; Delhi Sultanate) in the 16th century. Babar (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 and Fatehpur Sikri near Agra. Fatehpur Sikri remained his capital for around fifteen years after which the city was left isolated in mysterious circumstances. Jahangir beautified Agra with palaces and gardens despite spending most of his time in Kashmir with which he was passionately attached. Agra came to its own when Shahjahan ascended to the throne of Mughal Empire. He marked the zenith of Mughal architecture, when he built the Taj in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. In his later years, Shahjahan shifted his capital to the new city of Shahjahanabad in Delhi and ruled from there. Shahjahan was dethroned in 1658 by his son, Aurangzeb who imprisoned him in the Agra Fort. Aurangzeb shifted the capital back to Agra till his death. After the death of Aurangzeb, Mughal Empire could not touch its peak and many regional kingdoms emerged. The post-Mughal era of Agra saw the rule of the Jats, Marathas and finally the British taking over the city

Climate


From April to mid-June, temperatures are scorchingly hot, and the monsoon rains deluge the city in July and August. In winter, especially December and January, temperatures can dip to near-zero and quite often the city is blanketed in thick fog. The best time to visit the city is from Mid January to April and from September to Mid December.

How to go

Air :-Agra is well-connected to cities like Delhi, Khajuraho, Varanasi etc. Kheria airport is 6 km from Agra town.

Indian Airlines, Hotel Clarks Shiraz, 54, Taj Road, Tel : (0562) 2226801, 2226821.

Jet Airlnes, Hotel Clarks Shiraz, 54 Taj Road, Tel : (0562) 2226259, 2226527

Train :- Agra Cantt is the main railway station and lies southwest of the Taj and Agra Fort. The station is very close to both Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. There are frequent trains to Delhi as well as other parts of the country. There's a prepaid taxi stand right outside that charges a flat Rs.120 to any hotel in the city.

Agra Fort railway station is right next to the Agra Fort, but is infrequently serviced by the interstate express trains. But you will find trains to eastern part of the country (Kanpur, Kolkatta, Gorakhpur etc) from here.

There is another station by the name of Raja Ki Mandi which is in the heart of the City.

Many trains go from Delhi to Agra, with a journey time of nearly 3 hours. The best of them is the Bhopal Shatabdi, the fastest train in India, which leaves New Delhi at 6:15 AM and can bring you back at 10:40 PM. The journey to Jaipur takes around 4 hour by train no. 2988 which leaves Agra Fort Railway Station at 6:25 PM and reaches Jaipur at around 10:20 PM.

There is also a special luxurious tourist train - 'Palace on Wheels' from New Delhi which covers Jaipur , parts of Rajasthan and Agra .

Enquiries, Tel : 131. Reservation Tel : (0562)22364244, 22364611. Agra Fort Railway Station, Enquiries, Tel : 132. Reservation, Tel : (0562)2364131. Raja-ki-Mandi Railway Station, Enquiries, Tel : 133 Reservation Tel : 2354477. Tundla Railway Station (26 km), Enquiries, Tel : 955612-229631.

Car :- From Delhi : It's only 200 km from Delhi, but perennially congested National Highway 2 can turn what should be a 2.5-hour jaunt into an 8-hour nightmare. Take the train instead.

From Jaipur : A distance of around 255 Km can be covered in around 4 hours on National highway 11.

From Gwalior :A distance of around 120 KM, takes around 2 hours on the National highway 3 (Agra- Mumbai Highway)

From Lucknow / Kanpur :From Lucknow take National Highway 25 to Kanpur a distance of around 90 KM. From Kanpur take NH2 to Agra a distance of 286 KM, a journey of around 5 hours from Kanpur and Around 6.5 Hours from Lucknow

Things to See
Around Agra


Akbar's Tomb :-, Sikandra ( 10 km north of Agra on the Agra Delhi highway ). The tomb of Akbar lies here in the centre of the large garden. Akbar started its construction himself but it was completed by his son, Jehangir who significantly modified the original plans which accounts for the somewhat cluttered architectural lines of the tomb. Four red sandstone's gates lead to the tomb complex: one is Muslim, one Hindu, one christian and one is Akbar's patent mixture. Akbar's mausoleum is open from sunrise to sunset.

Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb :-. Empress Nur Jehan built Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb, sometimes called the Baby Taj, for her father, Ghias-ud-Din Beg, the Chief Minister of Emperor Jahangir. Small in comparison to many other Mughal-era tombs, it is sometimes described as a jewel box. Its garden layout and use of white marble, pietra dura, inlay designs and latticework presage many elements of the Taj Mahal.

Mariam's Tomb :-, west from Akbar's Tomb on Agra-Delhi highway. Constructed by Jahangir in the memory of his mother Mariam Zammani a title bestowed upon her,. The grave is made of white marble. Though this building is in a ruined condition, yet it has in its vicinity, a Christian Mission School and a church. It is also said; Akbar himself made that it in the memory of his Christian wife.

Jama Masjid :-. A large mosque attributed to Princess Jahanara Begum, built in 1648 during the reign of the father Shah Jahan. Notable for its unusual dome and absence of minarets.

Chini Ka Rauza :-. A memorial dedicated to the Prime Minister of Shah Jahan, Allama Afzel Khal Mullah Shukrullah of Shiraz, notable for its dome of blue glazed tiles.

Soami Bagh :-, 10 km north of Agra. The white marble samadhi of the Radah Soami religion is currently under construction. It was started in 1904 and is nor expected to be completed until sometime next century. You can see pietra dura inlaid marblework actulally being worked on. Soami Bagh is 2km north of Agra and can be reached by bus or cycle.

Ram Bagh :-. The first Mughal gardens, built by the first Mughal Emperor Babar, 500 m North of the Chini Ka Rauza.

Mehtab Bagh :-, directly across the Yamuna River from the Taj Mahal. These botanical gardens give you an opportunity to view the Taj at a remove from the crowds of tourists. The trip takes about 30 minutes from the center of town by autorickshaw and will cost about Rs 200. Entrance to the park is Rs 100 for foreigners. Alternatively, walk past the entrance and straight to the sandy banks of the river: the view of the Taj is every bit as lovely (perhaps more so, since the barbed wire fence surrounding the gardens will be behind you), although you may have to deal with aggressive touts.

Fatehpur Sikri :- A ghost city about 40km west of Agra. Private taxi cars can be hired on the street or your hotel will be happy to arrange a trip. Note that the trip will be much more affordable with a group of 3-5 per car.

It was built by the Mughal Emperor Akhbar between 1571 and 1575 as the capital city of the Empire but was abandoned. It is well worth the trip to see the restored city with its huge entrance gate,numerous palaces, mosque and mausoleum. There are "public" and "private" sections of the city.

An important thing to keep in mind is that numerous "guides" will accost you as you enter the complex, trying to convince you to make use of their services. As guides, they are mediocre, and at the end of the "tour" they will try to steer you to their "shop" to buy trinkets at inflated prices. Use them if you wish, but make sure you are ready for the hard sell at the end.

Bharatpur :- Bharatpur is about 60 KM from Agra and houses the Famous bird sanctuary in which you can see thousands of rare birds including the Sibarian Crane . There is the Lohagarh Fort, which remained invincible despite several attacks by the British. Just 32 kms from Bharatpur, is the Deeg Palace. This strong and massive fort was the summer resort of the rulers of Bharatpur and has many palaces and gardens.


Where to Eat


Oswal Taj Khema Restaurant, Eastern Gate Taj Mahal, Ph : (0562)2330140, 2230001

Dasa Prakash (South Indian Restaurant) (A/C), Balu Ganj, Ph : 2363368

Sonam Restaurant and Bar (A/C), 51-Taj Road, Ph : (0562)2638633

Priya Restaurant (A/C), Fatehabad Road, Ph : (0562)2360749

Petals Restaurant, Sadar Bazar, Ph : (0562)2264615

Only Restaurant, Taj Road; Yash Hotel & bar, Nai Ki Mandi.

President Hotel & Bar, M.G. Road;

Eats Restaurant, Sadar Bazar.

Capri Restaurant (A/C, hari Parvat

Kwality Restaurant, Sadar Bazar - (0562)2363848, 2363524

Fairs and Festivals

Kailash Fair (Aug. / Sep.) Held at Kailash, 12 km. It is major fair celebrated in honour of Lord Shiva who is believed to have appeared here in the form of a stone lingam.

Sheetla Fair (July/Aug.) it is held near Delhi Gate.

Bateshwar Fair This month-long festival is held annually during the month of November at Bateshwar, situated at a distance of 65 km from Agra.

Urs (Fatehpur Sikri) This fair is organised at Sheikh Salim Chishti's Dargah, during the month of Ramzan.

Taj Mahotsav A festival of art, craft, culture and celebrations. Organised by U.P. Tourism, it is held every year between 18th -27th February.


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Where to Stay

Hotel Jaypee Palace, Fatehabad Road, Tel : 2330800-20

Welcome group Mughal Sheraton, Fatehabad Road, Taj Gaj, Tel : (0562)2337018

Clark Shiraz, 54, Taj Road, Tel : (0562)2226121-32

Agra Ashok, 6-B, Mall Road, Tel : (0562)2361223-4-5

Taj View, Fatehabad Road, Tel : (0562)2232400-18

Mumtaz, 181/2, Fatehabad Road, Tel : (0562)2361771-75

Amar, Fatehabad Road, Tel : (0562)2331885-39

Grand, 137, Station Road, Agra Cantt. Tel : (0562)2364014, 2364320

Novotel, Fatehabad Road, Tel : (0562)2368282

Agra Deluxe, Fatehabad Road, Tel : (0562)2360110.

UPSTDC Tourist Bungalow, Station Road, Raja-ki-Mandi, Tel : (0562)2150120, 2151720

Taj Khema, Eastern Gate Taj Mahal, Tel : (0562)2230001

UPSTDC Gulistan Tourist Bungalow, Fatehpur Sikri, Tel : 05613-282490

Hotel Man Singh Palace, fatehabad Road Ph: (0562)2331771-5

Hotel Trident, Fatehbad Road Ph : (0562)2331818,2331800

Hotel Haward Park Plaza, Fatehabad Road, Ph : (0562)2331870-78

Hotel Kant, Fatehabad Road, Ph: (0562)2331332

Budget Accommodation

Hotel Atithi Fatehabad Road, Ph: (0562)2330879, 2230040

Jaiwal, Taj Road, Sadar Bazar, Tel : (0562)2363152

Neel Kanth, Fatehabad Road, Tel : (0562)2362039

Kim, Fatehabad Road, Tel : (0562)2369412

Vandana, Fatehahad Road, Tel : (0562)2261232

Chakra view, Vibhav Nagar, Tel : (0562)2365609

Badshah, Fatehahad Road, Tel : (0562)2269738

Basera, Ajmer Road, Tel : (0562)2363641

Safare, Shamshabad Road, Tel : (0562)2360013

Rose, 21 Old Idgah Colony, Tel : (0562)2369786

Sunrise, Shamshabad Road, Tel : (0562)2360315

Imperial, M.G. Road, Tel : (0562)2361500

Sapna, M.G. Road, Tel : (0562)2151520

Amar Palace, Rajpur Chungi, Tel : (0562)2267705

President Hotel, M.G. Road, Tel : (0562)2364266

Shilaza Hotel, Delhi Gate, Tel : (0562)2360070

Amba Inn, Delhi Gate

Swami Sofitel, Delhi Gate, Tel : (0562)2351444

Sheetal Tourist Home, Idgah, Tel : (0562)2369420

Panch Ratan, Sanjay Place, Tel : (0562)2350442

Anjuman, by Pass Road, Tel : (0562)2381233

Park View, Fatehabad Road, Tel : (0562)2360079

Vaishali, by Pass Road, Tel : (0562)2351490

J.K. Hotel, by Pass Road, Tel : (0562)2352379

Tourist Rest House, BaluGanj, Tel : (0562)23514903, 2363961

Hotel Dharmalok, Raja ki Mandi, Ph : (0562)2261377

Hotel Sahil, Baluganj, Ph : (0562)2261794

Hotel Diamond, Sarai Khoja

Hotel Akbar, 196, Field Marshal Cariappa Road, Tel : (0562)2363312.

 
 
 

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