HISTORY OF AGRA
When the Mughal rule started in India in the 16th century, Agra had been the capital city but in 1634 A.D, it lost its political value, when the capital was shifted to Delhi. Nevertheless, its architectural richness and excellent inlay work on soapstone and marble has helped, to safeguard its place on the International Map.
The great Mughal emperors including Akbar, Shah Jahan, and Jehangir contributed a good deal in increasing, the climax value of the city. During Akbar’s reign, Agra became the most important centre of culture, science, art, and commerce. Henceforth, the city continued to attract artists and intellectuals, which contributed towards popularizing its prosperous cultural potential.
Located in the middle of Uttar Pradesh, Agra is easily accessible from every part of India. Not only does the city of Agra has an airport that is well connected through air to all the main cities, by flight services but it also has two railway junctions, that help the city to link with the Western, Southern, and Eastern parts of the country. This is not all, as the city Agra has well-developed system of roadways through which, it connects with all the major cities in India including Delhi, Gwalior, and Jaipur.
The asset of Agra is the architectural wonder called the Taj Mahal. The city also has forts, gardens, and palaces such as the Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar’s Tomb in Sikandara, Itmad-Ud-Daulah'stomb, Mariam’s Tomb, Chini-Ka-Roza, Ram Bagh, and Mehtab Bagh. Each one of them is a soundless witness and proof of a golden age, gone by and their architectural genius. The architectural marvels attract tourists from all over the world to Agra and for this reason; the city is one of the hottest tourist destinations of the country. The city offers, all the infrastructural amenities desired by the tourists, which ensures their stay in Agra is one that is filled with pleasure. Agra also has many luxurious, standard and budget hotels. While touring the city, tourists can also make excursions to places such as Gwalior, Mathura, Chambal Safari Lodge, and Vrindavan.