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.
Dausa is a city in Rajasthan. It is also known as Dev Nagari. The city is well-known for its rich cultural tradition of Hela-Khayal Dangal, a musical style which is unique in the city and the district of Dausa. It is also a popular tourist destination in the state.
Places to Stay
Some good budget options in Dausa are Ravat Palace (Tariff – Rs. 800), Avadh Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) and Umaid Lake Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1800).
Hindi is the official language spoken in Dausa.
Basant Panchmi Mela is organised in February annually where along with worship of prominent deities there is also a large market for essentials and a number of rural entertainment options. Dolchi Holi is celebrated in the month of March with local rituals.
Places of Interest
Abhaneri, with its many medieval monuments like Harshat Mata Temple and Chand Baori (Step Wall), Bhandarej for its sculptures, terracotta utensils and lattice work from ancient times, and Sikandra, famous all over the world for its sandstone carvings, are must visits. There are places of great natural beauty in the city like Khawaraoji Fort which is surrounded by hills and Jhajhirampura, famous for temples of Shiv, Hanuman and other deities.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Dausa is located in the state capital of Jaipur, 55 kms away.
Dausa is easy to reach on the rail network, since it is on the Agra-Jaipur and Delhi-Jaipur route. Dausa railway station (about 17 kms from city centre) and Bandikui Junction (52 kms from Dausa city centre) are the important stations here.
Delhi Transport Corporation and private operators like Shrinath Travel Agency and Raj Travels are popular choices. Get a cheap bus ticket by logging on to several bus booking portals.