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The Taj Mahal ( often ;, from Persian/, ultimately from Arabic, "crown of palaces", ; also "the Taj"...
Agra is a city, which is around 200 km away from India’s capital Delhi. There are plenty of gardens, temples and tombs around Agra but the most iconic landmark of all would be the Taj Mahal. The city can be reached by plane, train, lines, bus and taxicabs. Most tourist travel along the Golden Triangle for which, Agra is included with Delhi and Jaipur completing the trio.
Agra has three world heritage sites named by UNESCO – the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and the Fatehpur Sikri.
All three world-renowned landmarks were built during the Moghul Empire. The Fatehpur Sikri shows the architecture during the Moghul era. The mosque was lavishly designed with Hindu and Persian influences. The mosque was built by Emperor Akbar in honor of the saint Shaikh Salim Chishti after the latter blessed him with three sons.
The Agra Fort, also known as the Red Fort of Agra, is a fortress built by Emperor Akbar during his reign. The fortress is made of red sandstone with several elegant infrastructures inside. It houses the Jahangir Palace, Khas Mahal, two mosques and several audience halls like the Diwan-e-amm and the Diwan-e-khas.
The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his precious wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The landmark is considered as the finest architecture in the whole of India. However, it was believed that its construction brought a strain in Agra’s resources. The mausoleum took 20 years to build and during this time, the people of Agra experienced a slight shortage of food and water.
Agra’s special delicacies include petha. Petha is made of wintermelon made into candy. The delicacy looks translucent, yellowish and soft when chewed. It is usually cut into small cubes or cylinders.
Another delicacy is the dalmoth. It is made of assorted nuts and lentils fried until crispy and seasoned with spices. The delicacy is packaged as a dry snack and is usually paired with iced, cold beer.
Chaat refers to a variety of savory street foods such as the bhalla, samosa, kachori and gol gappas. Bhalla, in particular, is made of chickpea and potato patty with a sweet and spicy brown sauce and topped with grated ginger.
Bedai, another type of street food, is commonly eaten at breakfast. Bedai refers to a set of puffy bread accompanied by a spicy green sauce known as sabzi. The sauce contains chunks of potato. Sabzi, in turn, is drizzled with a few teaspoons of curd.
Taj Mahotsav is celebrated in February mainly to attract tourist. The 10-day celebration comprised of cultural, arts and crafts exhibits coupled with festive music and dance performances. Food festivals showcase traditional Indian delicacies. A festive procession of adorned camels and decorated elephants ends the celebration.
Ram Barat is another celebration held annually in Agra. It depicts the royal wedding of the four sons of King Dashrath. Lord Rama occupies a chariot adorned with silver leaves. The other brothers – Bharat, Lakshamana and Shatrughana ride an adorned elephant. Actors are dressed in beautiful costumes and intricate headdresses. Young boys usually take on the roles of the brides.