Tourists flock this northern city of India in the state of Uttar Pradesh drawn by the magical allure of Taj Mahal like bees drawn to flower
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While the white marble structure, the Taj Mahal, one of the World Wonders, a mausoleum built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal is the prime attraction, it is not the only one. The Mughal rule in the area where Agra served as the capital has left the place with a number of forts and mausoleums depicting the history of that age of India. The Agra fort is another famous tourist attraction. Add to it the proximity to the National capital Delhi, the different chowks (marketplaces), vicinity to Mathura, a Hindu holy place, backdrop of the holy Yamuna River and there’s no question about why Agra is a tourists haven.
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The main railway station of Agra is the Agra cantonment (cantt) railway station located in the south west part of the city and connects the major cities of Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai in India. Being one of the primary tourist places in India, Agra attracts over two million tourists per year with a good percentage of foreign tourists paying the place a visit. The station has six platforms and is amongst the top hundred booking stations in India making it a busy station too.
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Agra’s cuisine is also heavily influenced by the footprints that the Mughal rule left in the area. Mughlai food famous from as far as the sixteenth century is Agra’s authentic cuisine. Filled with creamy, boldly flavored curries, whole and ground spices in a unique way, use of nuts and dry fruits, roasted meats etc. make the cuisine rich enough to serve a king. Other than these, Agra is also famous for fast food or the chaats – the savory snacks Kachoris, samosas or gol gappas which serve as a treat to your taste buds. Chance to taste the local delicacies is made possible when you order food from train in Agra Cantt railway station.
Agra also provides an opportunity to visit Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar’s city, a UNESCO world heritage site along with Agra Fort and Taj Mahal.