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.
The summer capital of the Scindia rulers of Gwalior, Shivpuri is a city in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Located on NH-3, Shivpuri is 98 km away from Guna and 113 km away from Gwalior. Shivpuri district is surrounded by hill tops covered with forests and vegetation which makes the landscape very pleasing. As per Census 2001, the total population of Shivpuri was 316859 where Males constituted 53% and Females 47%. The average literacy rate has been 66%. Shivpuri is well connected by road, rail and air.
Places to Stay
Shivpuri has a fair number of budget hotels such as Shiv Shakti Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 500), Sonchiraiya Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 800 onwards), and Mount Valley Mama Cottage (Tariff – Rs. 990).
The official language of Shivpuri is Hindi. Some of the alternative languages spoken here are Bundeli and Malwi.
Some of the major local festivals of Shivpuri include Holi in February-March, Bhagoria Haat in March, Navaratri in October, Dussehra in October, and Deepavali in November.
Places of Interest
Madhav National Park (13.2 km), Surwaya (21 km), Narwar (41 km), Karera Bird Sanctuary (45 km), Picchore (78 km), and Kadwaha (100 km) are some good tourist spots situated near Shivpuri.
How to Get There
Gwalior Airport (112 km) is the nearest airport to Shivpuri.
Shivpuri has a station of its own. However, the nearest major stations to Shivpuri are Jhansi (101 km) and Gwalior (115 km).
Regular bus services ply from Shivpuri to places such as Indore, Gwalior, Bhopal, Ujjain, and Jhansi. Gagan Tourist, Sanjay Travels, and Hans Travels India Pvt. Ltd. are a few good bus operators connecting to Shivpuri at affordable bus tariffs. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.