A historical account of the city of Agra

A city with a heritage as rich as its rulers, a city that is synonymous with royalty is a story in itself. That, folks, is Agra for you. But one needs an eye to read between the cracks of walls and stones and dig for its stories.

Road to history

Agra is well connected and easily accessible from Delhi. You can travel from Delhi to Agra by car, which takes about 4 hours.

Agra anecdotes

The capital of Delhi and then the Mughal Empire, the city of Agra found its existence in 1504, when Sultan Sikander Lodhi established his reign on this town, on the banks of Yamuna. Eventually, in the Battle of Panipat, in 1526, Mughal emperor, Babur took over the state and ruled his kingdom from Agra. During his rule and under his patronage, Agra saw its golden years with grand architecture, and skillful artistry, which would become benchmarks for Indian art in the years to come. His first project was a public landscaped garden on the banks of Yamuna- or what we know as Aram Bagh.

Post Babur, such creative initiative skipped a generation, until Akbar took the onus of reinstating the prestige of the Mughal Empire in Agra, with his artistic vision and patronage. During his rule, Akbar laid the foundation of what is Agra Fort today. He also extended the influence beyond the city and built Fatehpur Sikri, with palatial monuments and grand constructions.

The empire capital was bejeweled with exquisite architecture, featuring fine stone carvings, marble works, and delicate ornamentation. The highlight of Agra’s history was when Shah Jahan gifted the city its most apprized and cherished monument – the Taj Mahal. With this marvel in marble, Agra became the most prized city, not only for the empire but for the entire country.  

The five generations of the Mughal Badshahs, marked the golden era of Agra’s history with contribution and benefaction from each of its ruler, adding to the rich heritage of the capital. Over the years, people from all over the world have come to experience the grandeur and magnificence of Agra’s remarkable past. Thus, making it one of the most visited historical city in the world.

Monumental monuments

Today, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri are recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.

Here’s a quick roundup of the most significant constructions of the Mughal Era, the traces of which still linger in the 21st century. Book taxi service in Agra and explore the city!

Taj Mahal

There are no words that can describe this monumental mausoleum of love. 22 years and 20000 workers contributed to this portrayal of pride and unparalleled artistry with Persian, Turkish and Indian influence. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal leaves its visitors spellbound every time.

Fatehpur Sikri

About 37Km from the city of Agra sits the historic, religious and legendary city of Fatehpur Sikri. It’s foundation dates back to 16th century when Akbar built this city in honor of the revered Saint Salim Chisthi. Legends are that Akbar sought the saint’s blessings in pursuit of heirs and in turn, was gifted with three sons. The city was built as a sign of gratitude of the benevolent emperor.

Agra Fort

Another edifice of grandeur, built under Emperor Akbar’s patronage, the Agra Fort stands tall since 1565 as a witness to 500 years of India’s modern history. Made with red sandstone and white marble, this big crimson structure overlooking the Yamuna River, is a sight you cannot miss, especially, in the golden hues of the twilight sky.

As far as history is concerned, Agra still holds its fort of pride, legacy, and heritage. Though its golden era is a matter of past, it has left traces in its air, which you can sense in every corner of this city. For a comfort, convenience, and safety, you can rent a chauffeur-driven car with Savaari Car Rentals and make your journey of 233 Km rather enjoyable.

Weekend getaways from Delhi

A quick vacation really helps a person reconnect with his surroundings; be it solo or with friends, vacations always leave you with great memories.

It can be difficult to schedule a long trip, especially considering the difficulties of taking leaves from the workplace. Fear not, however! Among some of the perks of living in Delhi is that the city is located in proximity to some of the best tourist spots in the nation, which can be visited over the course of a weekend.

Here, we take a look at some of the best places near Delhi to visit during the weekends. Rent a Car in Delhi and explore these beautiful cities.


Agra needs no introduction, as it houses one of the most beautiful structures that mankind has ever built- the Taj Mahal.

Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal took 20 years to construct and is universally known as the monument of love. It was built as a mausoleum for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The structure is built entirely out of white marble, and the emperor was buried next to his beloved wife following his death.

Other places of interest in Agra include the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Both of these were built by Shah Jahan’s grandfather Akbar, the former as an assertion of his power and the latter with the intention of turning it into his capital city.

Getting to Agra is not too difficult, with several Delhi to Agra cabs available throughout the day.


The best place for the mountain lovers. Shimla is located around 350 km from the capital city. You can get there easily by hailing one of the many Delhi to Shimla cabs available. It is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and a very popular holiday retreat during the summer months. Also touted as a honeymoon destination, Shimla is among the most beautiful places near Delhi.

The town is quaint yet modern in its own way, and served as the summer capital during the British Raj because of its cool climate. The views around the town are too spectacular for words, and the air is pristine and calm; it is the ideal place to rejuvenate oneself from the effects of living in a metro.


Slightly closer to Delhi than Shimla, Jaipur is located only around 300 km from the capital city. The ‘Pink City’ is the capital of Rajathan, and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India’s first planned city. Together with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur is a part of the tourist ‘Golden triangle’.

The city is home to many attractions, like the Jaipur Palace, Govind Devji temple, Vidhan Sabha, Birla Temple and several massive Rajput forts. The Jantar Mantar is another major monument in the city, and has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Getting to Jaipur is easy, with many Delhi to Jaipur cabs plying the route.

Each of these three places offers something distinctly different in terms of the sightseeing and travel experience. Among the best places to visit in India, they are sure to satisfy your wanderlust and add to your Delhi experience too.

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