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Agra

Famed with one of the Seven Wonders of the World - Taj Mahal, Agra is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Agra is a virtual fort of history and architecture located in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India.

Located at the banks of River Yamuna, Agra offers the tourists the richest of the manmade beauties including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Agra fort, Fatehpur Sikri and Taj Mahal. It is the haven of Mughal art, culture and architecture.

Agra was established as the Mughal capital in 1526 and is known for its chaotic and vibrant marketplace (chowk), endless auto rickshaw touts, plentiful souvenir vendors, historic temples and many grand, ancient monuments and tombs.

Apart from the Taj Mahal itself, Agra is blessed with an array of spectacular landmarks. The Itmad-Ud- Daulah's Tomb is often referred to as the 'Baby Taj Mahal', since it bears a striking resemblance to the Taj, only on a much smaller scale.

The Fatehpur Sikri, a city that was once the proud capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century, built by Emperor Akbar now stands deserted as a well preserved ghost town.

Famous throughout India is the red-sandstone Agra Fort, which is simply enormous and located on the banks of the winding Yamuna River, dating back to 1565.