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Agra and Environs, India

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Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

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Agra Fort

Agra Fort

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Taj Mahotsav

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The fastest way to drive to Agra from Delhi is via the Yamuna Expressway, or you can take the other, more historic route, which follows the Grand Trunk Road—a royal route established by India's Mughal emperors in the 16th and 17th centuries, when their capital alternated between Delhi, Agra, and Lahore (now in Pakistan). If you get an early start, you can see Agra's sights in one very tiring day: start at Akbar's Tomb, 10 km (6 miles) north of Agra, then move on to Etmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb, the Taj Mahal, and Agra Fort.A short drive farther, toward Jaipur, is Akbar's deserted dream city at Fatehpur Sikri. Many visitors find this atmospheric place as rewarding as the Taj Mahal.

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A Memorial to Love
A Memorial to Love

The world-famous, white marble Taj Mahal, built by the Shah Jahan to entomb the most beloved of his three wives, changes color with the light, from morning to night.

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Akbar’s Tomb
Akbar’s Tomb

You can see the enormous gateway, topped with bright tile work, from the train from Delhi. Look to the left 15 minutes before reaching Agra.

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Agra Fort
Agra Fort

A succession of Mughal emperors lived in this complex — a fortified palace containing royal apartments, mosques, assembly halls and a dungeon. 

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Likely Inspiration for the Taj Mahal
Likely Inspiration for the Taj Mahal

Itmud-ud-Daulah’s tomb, one of Agra’s loveliest, was supposedly built by workers from Persia and marks the first use of Persian-style marble inlay in India.

 

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Festivals to Celebrate Arts, Crafts and Dance
Festivals to Celebrate Arts, Crafts and Dance

Agra’s Taj Mahotsav, which runs 10 days in February, is an arts festival, and the spectacular Khajuraho Festival of Dance is in late February and March.

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