Agra was mentioned in the Mahabharata as Agraban, a part of Lord Krishna's kingdom. But after the 16th century it became an important political and cultural capital under the Mughals. Their influence is vividly seen in Agra's many grand monuments, its local cuisine, art and music.
The world-renowned Taj Mahal is Agra's most famous symbol. But there are many other fascinating monuments in Agra like the Agra Fort, the Itmad-ud-dualah, Fathehpur sikri. Both the Agra Fort and the Fort of Fatehpur Sikri are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Some lesser known treasures of Agra are Chini-Ka-Rauza and the dome-shaped Jama Masjid. Some of Agra's most beautiful gardens are the Persian styled Ram Bagh, Dayal Bagh (Soami Bagh).
Agra's a major tourist destination therefore flavours from the world over are conveniently available. But to enjoy the regional favourites one must dig into Mughlai dishes, served fresh off a hot tandoor.
Hindi is the first language of people in Agra. But due to its high profile status as a tourist attraction, many people are fluent in English. This is particularly true of people related to the hospitality and tourism industries. Read more
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Much like the rest of North India, Agra too is also scorching in summers. So, a visit between the months of March and June should be avoided. The Taj is opened to public for night viewing five times in a month. These dates coincide with full moon nights and the schedule can be seen in advance at http://www.tajmahaltourism.com. Some of the most important fairs and festivals celebrated in Agra are the Taj Mahotsav and the Kailash Fair. While the latter is celebrated in August or September the former is a 10 day cultural festival organised in February.