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A Rendezvous With Agra
Ritco ToursAgra, the home to the Seventh Wonder of the World - the ethereal Mausoleum, Taj Mahal - is the most visited city in India. This celebrated insignia of love built by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan during the 17th century in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, beckons tourists to this city from across the globe. There is a lot more to this beatific city. Look beyond the boundaries of Taj and you will find immense number of architectural wonders, that compliments the majestic Taj well.

Things You Can Do in Agra
» Sightseeing : Agra city sight-seeing will take you back in time to a different world altogether. Flanking the river Yamuna, Agra stands singular with the most imposing structures of yesteryears.

» Shopping : Agra is famous for its leather goods industry. Handmade leather from Agra is exported the world over. You can also buy sandal and rose wood items from the handicraft craft emporiums and shops. The shops also displays brass decorative pieces and stone carved images. Agra is also famous for the Zari and embroidery work, stone inlay work and durries. The main shopping areas include Taj Mahal complex, Kinari Bazaar, Raja Mandi, Sadar Bazaar, the Gangotri at Taj Mahal Complex and the Up Handlooms, UPICA at the Sanjay place are two UP Government emporiums.

» Eating Out : The city has numerous restaurants which offer delectable international and Indian cuisines. Relish both veg and non-veg thali in any of the several luxury and budget category restaurants and eating joints available within the city. If you are fond of sweets, Agra is just the place for you. Snacks and sweets like Dalmoth(lentils) and Petha (crystallized marrow) await you at Kinari Bazaar, Sadar Bazaar and Johri Bazaar.

Sightseeing in Agra
» Taj Mahal : A visit to the Taj Mahal is sine qua non for any tourist coming to India. Bathed in a celestial white glow, this 17th Century Mausoleum leaves an ever-lasting impression in the mindscape of its beholder. Shah Jehan's memento for his beloved spouse took almost 22 years to be complete. The changing glow of the Taj at different hours of the day is simply hypnotizing.

» Agra Fort : An aerial view of Agra Fort from the east draws attention to a prominent white building called the Moti Masjid or the 'pearl mosque' which was later replicated at the Red Fort in Delhi by Shah Jehan's son Emperor Aurangzeb. This was where Shah Jehan was held in captivity till his decease.

» Sikandra - the Tomb of Akbar : Sikandra, the final resting place for emperor Akbar, is a Mausoleum designed with bold mosaic patterns and set within a spacious garden. Started by the emperor, the tomb was completed in 1613 by his son, Jahangir. Akbar, in his lifetime, is to be commended for giving India some of its handsomest monuments.

Ritco Tours» Fatehpur Sikri : Fatehpur Sikri is just 37 kms from Agra, a town predominantly built in red sandstone by the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. He had planned this city as his capital but crisis of water compelled him to abandon the city. Built during 1571 and 1585, Fatehpur Sikri is one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendour at its height. Known as the ghost city, this deserted city has retained many of the old structures, because of the efforts of the Archaeological department. Fatehpur Sikri is a fine blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture and a must-visit if you are here in Agra.

Excursions from Agra
Agra being the top priority of every tourist or visitor to India will keep you occupied through out your trip. To see its each and every monument and structure, you need good amount of time in hand. But, if you are here for a long trip then you can always move to the destinations close to the city. Some of the destinations like - Mathura - Vrindavan (Hindu pilgrimage centre), Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary will surely add extra punch to your completely historical city tour.

Most Ideal Time to Visit Agra
In Agra summer temperature fluctuates between 45°C - 21.9°C and winter temperature is between 31.7°C - 4.2°C. Best time to visit Agra is, therefore, from October to March when the climate is at its best.

Getting There
» By Air : Indian Airlines / Alliance Air flights connects Agra to Delhi, Khajuraho and Varanasi with thrice a week flight. 'Kheria Airport'. Agra airport is 6 km or a 20 min drive from the city centre, Sadar Bazaar or Kinari Bazaar (Agra). Auto-rickshaws and taxis are available at the airport to transfer you to the destination of your choice.

» By Rail : Agra is an important railway station of Central Indian Railway's broad gauge network. The Agra railway station is served by Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Chennai/ Bangalore/ Hyderabad and Delhi-Kolkata trunk lines. The city, therefore, is connected to all parts of the country. The two fastest connections from Delhi are the superfast Shatabdi Express (2 hours) and the Taj Express (2.5 hours). Both the trains return to Delhi in the evening, making even a day long excursion to Agra possible. The city is connected to Jaipur with direct services.

» By Road : Agra, on cross roads of National Highways 2, 3 and 11, is excellently connected to all parts of the country. Some important road distances from Agra are: Bharatpur-54 km., Delhi-204 km., Gwalior-119 km., Jaipur-232 km., Khajuraho-400 km., Lucknow-369 km., Mathura-450 km., Nainital-353 km., Varanasi-605 km. and Mussorie-417 km.

Express and air-conditioned bus services are available to and from Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow, Gwalior and Jhansi. Agra is only a 4 hour drive (200km) from Delhi, via Faridabad, Hodal / Palwal, and Mathura. Haryana Tourism's Dabchick complex at Hodal (92 km) and Country Inn, Kosi (99km) are good rest-stops along the highway (four lane, double carriageway).

Private Vehicles : You can contact us for this, as we are well established with an extensive number of cars and coaches for the tourists. Our collection of cars and coaches include all luxury, deluxe and economy categories, just pick the one which is most suitable for you.

Anchoring in Agra
Ritco ToursAgra, the proud hostage of world's most stunning architectural marvels, are hewn with bustling bazaars and throngs of tourists coming to visit the Taj. Almost evrything about this place seems to emanate an aura of grandeur resonating India's glorious past. As soon as you alight a swarm of taxi and cab drivers will gather around all enthusiastic to take you round the city. But for the best bets a tour with us is recommended. We have an entire fleet of vehicles to choose from, replete with personalized services to make your trip the best ever.

There are innumerable accommodation facilities ranging from luxury to budget hotels, which are perfect for both the domestic and international travellers. In additional to all these, there are several homestay accommodations, lodges, hostels, Yatri Niwas (tourist's home) to provide a complete comfort to both leisure and business travellers.

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