The History of the city dates back to the Ancient time when it was popularly known as Agravana as prescribed in the epic Mahabharata. A Roman geographer was the one who referred to the present city name from Arya Griha to Agra.
The historical monuments and architecture say a lot about this wonderful city of Agra. Amazingly, not just the Mughal dynasty but the Lodhi dynasty has also contributed to the shaping of history and culture of Agra.
Firstly, Babur introduced the Persian style gardens in the city, Secondly, emperor Jahangir introduced massive palaces and gardens in the city which was influenced by North India. Thirdly, Akbar contributed to the making of the famous Agra Fort and was the one who founded the city of Fatehpur Sikri.
The city was the capital under the regime of Shah Jahan, who changed the capital to Shahjanabad post his wife’s death. Unfortunately, his throne was taken over by his son Aurangzeb who again shifted the capital to Agra City until his death.
Nonetheless, after the death of Aurangzeb, this city was captured by many from Marathas to Jat and ultimately by Britishers who molded the city in the 18th century.
Agra has been a secular city with almost all communities living together. Therefore one can see the multiple festivals being enjoyed and celebrated here with great enthusiasm. From Eid to Diwali this place has a traditional essence to it.
One of the most famous cultural events and festivals that is held in the month of February is the Taj Mahotsav. It is a 10-day event providing a platform for the numerous craftsmen to showcase their skills.
Not just the festivals but the beauty and variety of attires this place has to offer is just wow! From Kurtis to sarees to Sherwanis for men, Agra has numerous dress styles.
Not just this, one can always see the modern and the traditional together here, from wearing western Jeans and traditional Kurta, Agra makes up for everything you need.
Further, Agra is famous for its beautiful marble structure and designing. Also, not to forget the astonishing handicrafts, rugs, and carpets that will make you awestruck.
Furthermore, Hindi and English or Urdu are the most spoken languages in Agra. Moreover, mouth-watering Non-vegetarian food is just awesome. From Kabebs to Kormas each dish has an essence of Indian spices. Not to forget the Vegetarian food is as tasty as the former.
From chats to Bedhai to Paranthas, the delicious food would make you eat more than your usual diet. And guess what? the variety of sweet dishes would make you skip your workout routines. From Pethas to Jalebis, all create a melting sensation in your mouth like never before.