Fatehpur Sikri - The royal city at Fatehpur
Sikri, situated 26 miles west of Agra, was built
at the orders of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. The
buildings at Fatehpur Sikri are a blend of both
Islamic and Hindu elements in their architectural
style and one of the buildings even reflects
the new faith founded by Akbar, Din-e-Ilahi.
Fatehpur Sikri is now a World Heritage site.
The Panch Mahal or Palace of Five Storeys, and
the Buland Darwaza, a massive gate which provides
entrance to the complex, feature among the finest
specimens of Mughal architecture. It is of little
doubt then that Fatehpur Sikri is the greatest
accomplishment of Mughal architecture
Bird Sanctuary - One of the finest bird
parks in the world, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
(Keoladeo Ghana Natiuonal Park) is a reserve
that offers protection to faunal species as
well. Sheltering indigenous and migratory water
birds and waterside birds, this sanctuary is
also inhabited by species as Sambar, Chital,
Nilgai and Boar. More than 300 species of birds
are found in this small wildlife park of 29-sq-kms
of which 11-sq-kms are marshes and the rest
scrubland and grassland.
Agra is one of the most important centres for handicrafts,
marble and softstone engraved work. The Mughals were
great patrons of arts and crafts. Empress Nur Jahan
took personal interest and was an accomplished artist
herself in zari embroidery work. Agra’s major
handicraft products besides inlay work are: leatherware,
brassware, carpets, jewellery and embroidery work.
Agra is also well known for its sweets, petha
and salty snack Dalmoth
The main shopping areas of the city are Sadar Bazar,
Kinari Bazar, Munro Road, Raja-Ki-Mandi, Sanjay Place
and Near Taj Mahal Complex. We personally recommend
shopping at the Government Emporia or the souvenir
shops approved by U.P. Tourism.
Getting There & Away
||Agra is perfectly connected to Delhi/Agra/Khajuraho/Varanasi.
Regular flights connect Agra to Delhi, Khajuraho
on the Delhi-Mumbai broad - gauge railway line.
Express trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta,
and Chennai halt at Agra.
connected to other cities of Uttar Pradesh as
well as Delhi and Rajasthan by excellent and
regular bus services.
Around in Agra
For local transport, taxis and auto-rickshaws are
your best options. Cycle rickshaws are also available