Agra is famous for being home to one of the "seven great wonders of the world" - "The Taj Mahal" . This ancient, sleepy town is situated approximately 204 km south of Delhi in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, on the west bank of the Yamuna River Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodhi during the Lodhi dynasty in the 16th century. Considered to be one of the most prominent tourist destinations in India, this dreamy town boasts an incredibly rich history, which is made apparent by the numerous monuments, mausoleums, and forts scattered in and around the city.
Amarvilas / The Mughul
This glorious hotel lies only 600 metres from what is considered to be one of the world's most striking and beautiful structures in the world: The Taj Mahal. The Oberoi Amarvilas - Sanskrit for 'Eternal Haven' - is set amongst lush and tranquil Mughal-inspired pools and terraced gardens. It is the only hotel in Agra with a direct, continuous view of the Taj Mahal. Ancient, traditional Persian and Moorish influences unite with the very best in modern Indian interior design. This fusion is perfectly exhibited by way of the blue and gold domed entrance foyer - whose windows frame a magnificent panorama of the Taj Mahal. Sixty-four fountains, stone bridges and pillars greet guests as they cross the torch-lit forecourt of the entrance pavilion. Remarkably, all bedrooms and suites enjoy a nonstop breathtaking view of the celebrated Taj Mahal. A hotel, that truly reflects the exotic grandeur of the monuments surrounding it, with it's aim being to provide it's guests with the best, most lavish services available - in luxury and comfort.
Main Attractions: Taj Mahal
Agra's most prominent tourist attraction is without a doubt the majestic: Taj Mahal - a Mughal architectural masterpiece. This imposing, grand white mausoleum is situated on the banks of the River Yamuna. Completed in 1653 A.D., the grandiose Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the final resting place for his favourite Queen, Mumtaz Mahal. Finished in marble, it is perhaps India's most fascinating and splendid monument. This perfectly symmetrical monument took 22 years (1630-1652) to build, and is set amidst beautifully adorned gardens.
Agra Fort and other attractions
Agra Fort: a popular and charming tourist landmark is also home to this city. The fort complex houses: palaces, gardens and mosques within its large precincts. The Jama Masjid (Mosque) is another popular tourist spot; as is the Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb, both of which are near the fort. Lying on the outer reaches of Agra, are a number of other significant tourist hotspots. One can easily visit Akbar's Tomb, situated 4km from Agra. Forty km to the west lies the Fatehpur Sikri - the flawlessly preserved, but derelict city of red sandstone, built by Akbar. The ancient cities of Mathura and Vrindavan - lying to the northwest of Agra - are also worthy of visit; both are important pilgrimage epicenters and are well known for their illustrious temples and shrines.