Name Some historians believe it to be the Agravana of the Mahabharata, while medieval texts also mention the name Argalapura
Age It was a Lodi stronghold before the Mughals got here in the early 16th century. But archaeological evidence suggests a history that goes back three millennia
State Uttar Pradesh
Location In the fertile Ganga -Yamuna plains in western UP, 56 km from Mathura
Distance 203 km SE of Delhi, 365 km NW of Lucknow
Route from Lucknow NH25 to Kanpur via Unnao; NH2 to Agra via Etawah, Shikohabad and Firozabad; from Delhi NH2 to Agra via Palwal, Hodal, Kosi Kalan, Mathura and Farah
When to go
Agra tries your patience all year round, so it’s best to visit in the cold season (November to March) when frayed nerves are soothed both by the beauty of the Taj and winter’s gentle sunlight
UP Government Tourist Office
64, Taj Road, Agra.
UP Tourism, Chandralok Building
36, Janpath, New Delhi
Tel: 011-23322251, 23711296
STD code 0562
Air Agra’s Kheria Airport is connected to Delhi, Khajuraho and Varanasi by three flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by Alliance Air.
Rail Agra is served by four stations — Agra Cantt, Agra Fort, Idgah Agra Junction and Raja-ki-Mandi. The city is among India’s most-visited destinations and scores of trains connect Agra to the capital, there are four daily connections with Mumbai and a superfast Toofan Express to Kolkata.
Road Agra is connected to the later Mughal capital Delhi and to the first colonial capital Calcutta by NH2. From state capital Lucknow, drive to Kanpur (77 km), then turn right to Agra on NH2.