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.
Jhansi is one of the most historical places in Uttar Pradesh with two million inhabitants. The city is located between rivers Pahuj and Betwa and is traditionally referred to as Gateway of Bundelkhand. The North-South corridor connecting Kashmir to Kanyakumari along three national highways (NH-3, NH-25 and NH-76) passes through the city.
Places to Stay
The place has luxury, mid-price and economy business and family focused hotels. Some of the budget hotels include Central Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 200), City Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 300) and Ashish Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 350).
The official languages of Jhansi are Hindi, English and Bundeli.
Jhansi Mahotsav is a week-long festival displaying arts, crafts and Jhansi city based products and programmes (folk songs, dances and ghazals). It is primarily held in February every year. Global Gurukul Jhansi is another prestigious event held on the theme of education in the city.
Places of Interest
Jhansi Fort built by Raja Bir Singh Deo in 1613 is the core tourist attraction followed by Rani Mahal, Maharaja Gangadhar Rao ki Chathri, Barua Sagar, St. Jude's Shrine and Ganesh Mandir.
How to Get There
Gwalior Airport is the closest airport. Gwalior Airport is located 97 km away from Jhansi. There are daily domestic flights to Gwalior from Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Cochin and Goa.
Jhansi is an important junction for the Mumbai-Delhi train route. There are daily trains from Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune and Chennai (Jhelum Express, Pushpak Express, GT Express, Karnataka Express and Tamil Nadu Express).
Jhansi is well-connected with Indore (three daily buses), Jamnagar (two daily buses), Dewas (two daily buses), Kanpur (one daily bus), Kota and Rajkot (both one daily bus). Prominent private bus operators are Hans Travels, Rai Bus Service, Shatabdi Travels and Vardhman Travels. While booking your tickets online look out for those bus booking sites that offer the cheapest bus tickets.