Category: Agra

Small Wonder Cities: Agra, Land of Palaces

The land of Palaces, Agra is not only the hub of palaces but also clutches their beautiful and intricate architecture. Apart from such monuments, the tombs are too adorned elaborately.
Agra is recognized as a perfect tourist spot not only for the Architecture students but also for the tourists. Moreover, the climatic conditions of this city sound suitable and inviting. Along with the ancient buildings, the houses of this place are found well detailed designed. Indeed, the interiors of the edifice reveal the illusory imagination that may ever be found with the architects. To decorate the city, every building seems to be adorned artistically from each and every angle. The food of Agra also utters much about the spicy and tasty cuisine of India.

Places to See in Agra
The Mughal dynasty’s heritage and their fascinating forts, tombs and mausoleums can be observed easily inside and all around the Agra city. Apart from these, you are going to see other places and monuments that hold much popularity for their significance and beauty in Agra.
Let’s check out some of the best places that you may discover in this city of palaces, Agra.
• Taj Mahal
While thinking of Agra, a renowned place that clicks the mind is Taj Mahal. Known as the monument of love, this building is made with white marble by Shah Jahan in the memory of his dearly loved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. A proof for the Mughal architecture brilliance, this monument is named as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. In the year 1983, this site was declared as the World Heritage Site.
• Fatehpur Sikri
A perfect blend of Islamic, Indian and Persian architecture, this spot of Agra was constructed using the red sandstones in the year 1570 by the Mughal emperor. For about 10 years, this city makes us remind the capital city of the Mughal Empire. There are gates and towers and the three sided walls of it are about 6 kilometers long. Some of the important buildings of the city that are quite significant are housed here namely, Jama Masjid, Panch Mahal, Birbal’s House and Buland Darwaza. This city along with the other vital constructions that include courts, Jamam Masjid and royal palaces were declared as World Heritage Site in 1986.
• Agra Fort
You are going to regret later on missing this amazing place, Agra Fort on your trip to Agra. It’s too another proof of the Mughals’ architecture brilliance and is the 16th century monument. This Red Fort is located near the gardens of the Taj Mahal. This Fort is comprised many other places like Khas Mahal, Jahangir Palace and so on. The two mosques and audience halls are also there in this Fort.

Must Try Foods
For the food lovers, the delicacies of Agra are going to offer you a feel of heaven. Here you are going to get an immense variety of the eateries taking from spicy to sweet. All the foods of Agra are found in their perfect form. Here we will know about some of the popular dishes and cuisines that you should try before leaving.
• Pasanday
A traditional dish, Pasanday is prepared from mutton that is marinated and cooked making a curry that includes cream, tomatoes, yoghurt, spices and distinctive spices. For about four to five hours the mutton is marinated in a clend of garlic and ginger paste, powdered chili and other spices. Then it is cooked with onions, almonds and tomato puree. At last, it is served with gravy or dry. Well, don’t forget to activate your taste buds by trying it.
• Korma
Originated in India, Korma is a Mughal dish that is actually a meat delicacy. The flavor of Korma and exotic aroma comes from a blend of cream, yoghurt and various spices. Usually, the beef and lamb are used for preparing this recipe. Occasionally chicken is too used in some of the areas. Korma is prepared with cottage cheese to make its vegetarian version.
• Nargisi Kofta
A vegetarian dish, Nargisi Kofta is made from the potatoes and minced paneer. These are mashed and properly blended and spices are added. This mixture is then transformed into small balls and dusted with the gram flour. After that, these are fried deeply in ghee or oil and are served with the chutney or sauce. It will definitely leave you finger-licking.
• Butter Chicken
The most cherished delicacy of Agra, Butter Chicken is a Delhi originated dish. It is one of the popular dishes that consist of the thick gravy of the aromatic spices and veggies. Usually tasted with tandoori roti and rumali roti this recipe tastes amazing.
• Tandoori Chicken
A delicious and crispy meat dish, Tandoori Chicken is made with marinated chicken that is mixed with tasty and rich spices and too roasted in an Indian oven named, tandoor. The non-vegetarian lovers are going to experience an outstanding feeling simply by trying this mouth-watering dish.
• Kachori 
A major breakfast dish of Agra is Kachori which is basically fried Indian flat bread well stuffed with the spicy filling of potato and moong dal. Normally, it is served with raita and potato curry. In some of the areas of Agra, it is served as the chaat. The other versions of this delicacy are Khasta Kachori and Raj Kachori.
• Petha
While talking about the sweet eateries, the top popular sweet of Agra that strikes is Petha. It is a delicious sweet dish that is made from the cubed pieces of the boiled ash gourd dipped in the rich syrup of sugar. Some of the variants of the same delicacy are angoori petha, pan flavored petha, coconut petha and so on.
• Dalmoth
Another popular dish of Agra, Dalmoth is counted as a in-demand tasty snack. It is prepared from yellow gram too known as moth beans. Some of the sev strips that are prepared with flour are too added that enhances the taste of the same.

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Places to visit in Agra

Whenever someone ever makes a tour, be it a tour for entertainment or pilgrimage, there is a hidden element of education in it. People learn a lot while they are traveling and it is travel, which is one of the major reasons of our development. Agra in Uttar Pradesh is the most popular destination for vacations. When you visit Agra with your family and friends, you are not supposed to miss these places mentioned below.

1. The Taj Mahal

taj mahal

The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble monument situated on the south bank of the Yamuna River, Agra, India. It was built in the memory of Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Mainly to house her tomb in 1632-43, as Shah Jahan loved her deeply and she was known to be extremely beautiful. It is believed that the workers and architects who were involved in building it, got their hands chopped by Emperor Shah Jahan. This was to ensure the fact that no other monument like Taj Mahal was built ever again.

2. Agra Fort

agra fort

Agra Fort was the main seat of stay for the Mughal Dynasty situated in Agra, India. It is affiliated with UNESCO World Heritage site, and it is also known as the twin sister of Taj Mahal (located 2.5km northwest from Agra Fort). You would love the architecture and work of Mughal artists.

3. Tomb of Akbar the Great

akbar tomb

It is situated at Sikandra, in the outskirts of Agra city, on the Mathura Highway (NH2), 8km away from the city center. About 1km away from Akbar’s Tomb, lies Mariam’s Tomb (Mariam-uz-Zamani), the wife of Akbar and other of Jahangir.

4. Jama Mosque

jama masjid

Jama Mosque also known as Jama Masjid was built in the 17th century and is a World Heritage Site of Fatehpur Sikri in Agra district, India. Emperor Shah Jahan built this mosque in 1648 and dedicated this to her loving daughter, Jahanara Begum.

5. Ram Bagh:

ram bagh

The Aram Bagh (also Ram Bagh) also known as the ‘Garden of Rest’, is the oldest Mughal Garden that can be found in India. It was built by the Emperor Babur in the 16thcentury and located 5km northeast to the Taj Mahal in Agra. Before being interred in Kabul, Babur was temporarily buried in the Aram Bagh. The garden has numerous water cascades and fountains. Ram Bagh demonstrates the profuse skill and talent of Nur Jahan (Jahangir’s wife) as a garden designer.

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A Guide for Foodies going to Agra

Agra, the city situated on the banks of river Yamuna in northern Uttar Pradesh, India. Apart from the splendid beauty of Mughal-era buildings such as Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri, Agra is also popular for its food items.

Here are some delicious and irresistible food items that one must have when visiting Agra:

PETHA (famous point- Baluganj area):

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Petha is a century old sweet dish made from an ash gourd (white pumpkin) which is cooked in sugar syrup, and it is also available in various flavors: plain (white), saffron with nuts, as well as in colorful shades of pineapple, mango, and coconut. Its texture is soft, chewy, sweet, and a bit syrupy from inside and is typically small and rectangular in shape.

DALMOTH (famous point- Panchhi Petha):

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Dalmoth is among the tradition spicy snacks in Agra. It is prepared with fried lentils, nuts, spices, and oils. It has a crispy and little greasy texture and it is a kind of snack one would prefer with a cold hoppy beer- if you were not in India.

CHAAT (famous point- Sadar Bazar):

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Akin to Dehli, chaats are very popular and always in demand in Agra – there are many varieties of chaats, namely papdi, samosa, allotikki and kachori chaats.Chaats are the street food which gives ultimate pleasure to your taste buds and stomach.

MUGHLAI FOOD (famous point- Pinch of Spice):

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Mughlai food is the dishes which were adopted from the Mughals (Turks and Persians) during the 16th century. Mughlai dishes available in Agra include Kachori Qeema, Mughlai Chicken, Qeema Matar, Meat Durbari, Mughlai Chicken Pulao, Murg Noorjahani, Murg Tandoor, Shahjehani Murg Masala and many other mouth-watering dishes. Mughlai dishes also include paneer items for vegetarian dietary requirements.

For everyone travelling to Agra by train, there is a great option to get food delivery at Agra railway station. Just use KhanaGadi android app and you will be able to order anything from Agra’s specialities and a lot more things from their menu.

There are several other dishes like spicy Berahi, sweet Jalebis, Bedhai and Kachoris which will be a treat to your tummy like never before. The above-mentioned food items are easily available in the majority of local shops and restaurants or you can just order them at the hotel which you are staying in. So foodies, no second thoughts while having food in Agra, it’s a pleasure of the lifetime.