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Overview

Agra, the land of the Mughals, holds a special place in the hearts of seasoned travelers and first-time visitors alike. Nestled on the fertile banks of River Yamuna, this city drew the attention of the mighty Mughals, who made it their capital and left a legacy of stunning architecture that millions throng to see till today. The many monuments and ruins and the bustling everyday life of Agra, gives visitors a vivid glimpse in to the grandeur and history of the Mughal dynasty. Though best known for the Taj Mahal, Agra is home to many other stunning structures like the majestic Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri and Sikandra, many of which are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


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Getting Around

Auto rickshaws and cycle rickshaws are easily available from almost all parts of the city. Horse carts or tongas are also available. It is advisable to take the pre-paid auto rickshaws or negotiate and agree the fares with the drivers in advance. Air-conditioned cars can also be hired from travel agencies for full- or half-day sightseeing.


Tourist Traps in the City

Agra is swarming with touts and self-made guides offering tours of Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and other major tourist attractions. First time visitors to the city should handle all unsolicited requests from guides, hotels booking agents, shopkeepers, or taxi drivers with a firm no. Be especially wary of ‘art experts’ who offer to show you local artisans at work. While such a demonstration would be interesting, most are followed by aggressive requests for sale. Again, a firm ‘no’ will work.


Local Custom

While at Agra, tourists are expected to respect the local customs that include dress restrictions. While visiting Taj Mahal and other religious shrines, visitors are expected to wear clothing that covers their upper arms and legs – this is especially applicable for women. Footwear is to be taken off outside before entering places of worship.


Shopping

As the city of the Taj Mahal, Agra is filled with memorabilia and souvenirs that try to replicate the marble and inlay work of this monument. One can easily get their own Taj Mahal and choose from a wide range of finely crafted jewelry, carpets, and leather goods as well.


Communications

While in Agra, keep in touch with the outside world through cell phones, Internet access, or the wired phone services.


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