Agra was once the capital of the Mughal Empire and even today it seems to linger in the past. The Mughal experors with their passion for building ,endowed the city with some of the finest structures in the world. It is very easy to slip away here through the centuries into the grandeur and intrigues of the Mughal Court.Agra is an old city and it is said that its name was derived from Agrabana ,a forest that finds mention in the epic Mahabharat.Agra came into limelight during thre rule of Sikandar Lodhi who had made it the capital of his empire.Later in 1526 A.D. the Mughal emperor Babar took upon himself the task of rendering Agra, a unique character and beauty of its own.The visionary that he was and a great patron of the arts,Emperor forth some of the finest craftsmen,artists, statesmen,warriors and nobility ,this part of India had ever witnesses.The golden age of history,thus began to set in.It was during the time of the third emperor Akbar that Agra came into its own.He embarked on the construction of the massive Agra Fort in 1565.Though Akbar was diverted into building a new capital at Fatehpur Sikri not far away,Agra continued to retain its importance and Shah Jahan,Akbar’s grandson ornamented the city with a masterpiece of Mughal architecture the Taj Mahal and built several other beautiful buildings within the Agra Fort.Perhaps no other historical monuments has evoked as much awareness and admiration from tourists and travellers alike,as the magnificent Taj Mahal-fondly called by people as the ultimate requiem of love,froma great Mughal Emperor to his beloved.
Train: Indian Railways connects Agra station with all other cities of India. There are numerous trains which run on a regular basis to and from Agra.
Air: As of now Air India connects Agra to the rest of the world via Mumbai, Delhi 5 days a week. These flights are usually on time and observe full load factor. Agra still needs many more daily flights to Kolkata, Jaipur, Goa, Kochi, Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Varanasi and other tourist destinations within the country. Many airlines are showing interest to start services from Agra in near future.
Road: Agra is well connected by road to major cities in India. Excellent road network serves people to enjoy a comfortable journey to and from Agra. This mode of traveling is quite easy and comparatively cheap. Regular bus services from nearby cities connect Agra to the other cities. Deluxe Buses, AC coaches and Government buses are available for the convenience of the passengers.