Taj Mahal is located in the city of Agra, one
of the most powerful cities in the medieval
world. Agra is a part of the state of Uttar
Pradesh, in the northern region of India. It
is a part of the great northern plains and is
situated on the west bank of River Yamuna. Agra
is 204 km south of Delhi.
Agra is mentioned in the ancient epic Mahabharata
as Agraban, the sister city of the more prominent
Mathura. Agra was established in 1475 by Badal
Singh and came into its own when Sikander Lodhi
of the Lodhi dynasty chose it for his capital
because of its proximity to the Yamuna. Babur
defeated the Lodhis to capture not only Agra but
also to lay the foundation of the Mughal empire.
In the mid-16th and earlier 17th centuries,
Agra witnessed a frenzied building activity
and it was during this time that the symbol
of love, the Taj Mahal, was built. The buildings
made during this era were purely in the contemporary
Mughal style and of very high quality. Besides
the monuments, Agra is worth a visit for the
masterpieces of craftsmen recreating the glory
of the Mughal period and for the Mughlai cuisine,
the aroma of which fills the narrow lanes of
Climate of Agra
The climate of Agra is extreme and tropical.
Summers in Agra are extremely hot and the maximum
temperature can be as high as 45 degree Celsius,
while winters are cold and foggy. Heavy rains
and high humidity mark the monsoon season.
Agra travel & Taj Mahal travel is feasible
throughout the year, but one must avoid the
extreme hot summers (April-June) and rainy season
(July-Sept). The most suitable time to tour
Agra is in winters.
Other Places of Interest In Agra