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Agra contains one of the world's greatest architectural feats ensuring it is swamped by visitors from around the globe. The Taj Mahal, India's national tourist emblem, is truly a unique monument — a white marble mausoleum and extravagant memorial to love, seemingly as flawless today as when it was built in the 17th century. It appears to absorb the light, its stunning geometry and walls, inlaid with semi-precious stones, taking on different hues around sunset: from a rich gold to pinks reds and blues. A visit to Agra to admire the Taj and other local attractions should be done as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Industry (and therefore ...

Agra contains one of the world's greatest architectural feats ensuring it is swamped by visitors from around the globe. The Taj Mahal, India's national tourist emblem, is truly a unique monument — a white marble mausoleum and extravagant memorial to love, seemingly as flawless today as when it was built in the 17th century. It appears to absorb the light, its stunning geometry and walls, inlaid with semi-precious stones, taking on different hues around sunset: from a rich gold to pinks reds and blues. A visit to Agra to admire the Taj and other local attractions should be done as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Industry (and therefore pollution) runs riot in the hinterland with worrying side effects for the timeless buildings within the town and there is hassle aplenty from those trying desperately to part foreigners from their cash. Stay in a decent hotel - you'll need the respite after wandering around town for a few hours. Colossal Agra Fort is a good place to escape the maddening crowds. But hassles aside, the Taj is worth it.

Alan Murphy
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Alan Murphy is coauthor of Lonely Planet's Britain, Scotland, India and North India. He has been writing and updating travel guidebooks for the past 12 years.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Agra is a city on the banks of the Yamuna River in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. It achieved fame as a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
  • Language: Hindi, Urdu, English
  • Currency: Indian Rupee
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    October to March