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Agra is also a popular destination amongst shoppers. The Mughal antecedents of this region reflect itself in some of the finest handicrafts that are available here. The most important being marble items inlaid with colored stones, similar to the pietra dura work on Taj Mahal. This apart, Agra is also famous for other variety of handicrafts including leather goods, jewellery, dhurrie (rug) weaving, brassware, carpets and embroidery work.

Agra is also home to one of the finest exhibits of village crafts in the form of Shilpgram- a crafts village and open-air emporium with a wide range of crafts from all over the country. On offer at Agra are also a variety of cuisines to travelers from far and wide. Besides the Mughlai cuisine, which saw its birth in this region, the city offers a varied fare in its eating out option. The Taj Ganj area has a number of makeshift eateries catering to budget travelers.Though not recommended to those particular about hygiene, these produce some excellent Multicuisine menus. Also famous at Agra are some of its local sweets like petha and gazak, and saltish snack called dalmoth.

The charms of Taj Mahal, and the bustling nature of the city of Agra, therefore blend together to make it an ideal destination for tourists from all over the globe. Yet this position of primacy that it enjoys on the tourism map of the world would not have been possible if the place was bereft of easy accessibility. As a result of the efforts of those concerned, Agra is today, well connected by road, rail and air with all-important cities in India. Being on the regular tourist route, which runs from Delhi-Agra-Khajuraho-Varanasi, Agra is connected by regular flights to these places. The local airport is known as the Kheria Airport and is located at a distance of six kilometers from the city centre. Agra is also linked to Delhi by one of the finest highways in India. A normal bus journey takes about five hours. Tajhub.com has a large fleet of A/c and Non A/c coaches that makes a visit to Agra and the entire tourist circuit quite enjoyable. Tajhub.com also has a fleet of chauffeur-driven A/c and Non A/c cars that cater to the needs of individual travelers.

The wide range of travel options in this region can also be used to travel to some wonderful locations around Agra. These can be visited on a daylong trip and are certainly a great attraction amongst tourists coming to Agra. Some of them are: Akbar's Tomb at Sikandra or Sikandara (10 km), Fatehpur Sikri (40 km), Bharatpur (55 km), Gwalior, and the holy cities of Vrindavan and Mathura located on the banks of river Yamuna.

Agra therefore holds its place in the annals of history as the heart of social, political, economic, and artistic life of India. The present day city of Agra has lived up to this image and a visit to this part of the world will ensure, among other things, the memories of the Taj Mahal, which shall remain with you long.

One of India's most famous cities, Agra is home to the breathtaking white-marble Taj Mahal, a truly magnificent Mughal riverside mausoleum and World Heritage Site. Agra lies in the state of Uttar Pradesh, in North India, and this region is home to no less than three designated World Heritage Sites, also including the neighbouring ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri and the red-sandstone Agra Fort.

As well as being a major Indian tourist destination, Agra is also a spreading industrial city and stands just over 200 km / 124 miles to the south of Delhi, being within easy reach by train.

Agra was established as the Mughal capital in 1526 and is known for its chaotic and vibrant marketplace (chowk), endless auto rickshaw touts, plentiful souvenir vendors, historic temples and many grand, ancient monuments and tombs.

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