Siituated on the banks of the river Yamuna of , Agra is the most popular destination in India. This city which was built during 1475 had existed during Mahabharat period and Mahirshi Angira in 1000 BC. Interstingly the city came into prominence only during the Mughal period. Agra always attracts large number of tourists for the beauty of the Mughal architecture most notably is one of the Seven Wonders of the World - Taj Mahal. This place is stunning to view at night for the multi-colored lighting.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Agra. Some of them are Hotel Raj Bed & Breakfast (Tariff – Rs.800), Grand Hotel Agra (Tariff – Rs.1,500), Bhoomi Residency (Tariff – Rs.1800) and Dolphin Inn (Tariff –1600).
The official language of Agra is Hindi. The other language known is Urdu.
The Important Festivals of Agra is Adoor Gajamel (February).
Places to Visit
There are several places of tourist attraction in Agra. Some of the places include Tāj Mahal (12kms from Adilabad) , Agra Fort (5.2 kms from Agra) Fatehpūr Sikrī, (30 kms from Agra) I'timād-Ud-Daulah ( 9 kms from Agra) Akbar's Tomb, Sikandra (12 kms from Agra) and Mankameshwar Temple(12 kms from Agra).
How to Get There
The Agra airport is located 12.5 away from the heart of the city.
There are regular express trains to New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Pune, Bhopal, Indore, Kochi, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Jaipur, Lucknow, Thiruvananthapuram etc.
There are regular buses connecting to major cities in North India. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Hans Travels, Royal Travels and Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation(RSRTC). When you buy your tickets online look out for bus ticket booking offers.
Hapur is a small city in the Ghaziabad district (47 km) of Uttar Pradesh and belongs to the Meerut division. It was earlier known as 'Haripur'. It has gained recognition attributed to Food Grain Mandi. Pilkhuw, Modinagar, and Muradnagar are the nearby cities to Hapur.
Places to Stay
The hotel options in Hapur are: Mukut Mahal Hotel RK (Tariff- Rs. 501), Hotel Samrat Heavens (Tariff – Rs. 1001).
The languages spoken in Hapur are Hindi and Urdu.
Some of the prominent festivals celebrated here are Naga Panchami, Janmashtami, Ramnavmi, Dasahra, and Dipavali.
Places of Interest
Hapur has been a religious centre since ancient times with various mosques, gurudwaras, churches and forts. Few attractions here are Chandi Mandir, Sable Shiv Mandir (8 km), Seventh-day Adventist church, Asoura fort, and Kuchesar Mud fort.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Indira Gandhi International Airport (81 km).
Babugarh and Hapur railway station are the nearby railway stations to Hapur. However Meerut City railway station (34 km) is the closest major railway station.
The city has the interstate bus services with fast and reliable connectivity to Delhi, Agra and Lucknow. Multiple bus types are available such as Volvo, AC, Non AC, and AC available. Delhi State Transport and Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation have frequent buses to Hapur at every 50 minutes (Non AC semi sleeper only). Israr Bus Service is the leading private bus service operator for Hapur from New Delhi. Several bus booking portals offer bus ticket booking coupon on their sites. Look out for discount codes when you book your tickets.