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.
A prominent historical relevance based city in Uttar Pradesh, Orai is located between Jhansi and Kanpur. The city has a population of 0.19 million (March 2011). The city produces a regional specialty sweet named as “kaalajamun”, hosting commercial value and is a manufacturing facility of Hindustan Unilever. Orai has a number of medical, technical and higher secondary educational institutions.
Places to Stay
Hotel Jaiswal Tower (Tariff – Rs. 550) is a three star luxury hotel located 1.5 km away from Orai Railway Station (Tariff – Rs. 600-1000). Some of the other budget hotels in range of Rs. 450-2000 are Hotel Amber (Ghanta Ghar), Hotel Janki and Hotel Shanti Palace. Rahi Tourist Bungalow (Tariff – Rs. 1700) is an accommodation facility located at Nawabganj.
The languages spoken in Orai are Hindi, Urdu, English, Marwari and Punjabi.
Sankranthi, Ayudha Puja, Ram Leela, Matki Leela, Janmashtami, Ganga Festival and Maha Shivratri are some prominent festivals celebrated in Orai.
Places of Interest
One must visit Thadeshwari Temple, Radha Krishna Mandir, Hathi Mandir and Bhaghwan Shri Taleshwarji Maharaj. Fort Jagmanpur is located 65 km away from Orai.
How to Get There
The nearest airports are located at Kanpur and Lucknow, 109 km and 194 km away respectively. There are daily flights from Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Cochin, Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad to the Kanpur Chakeri Airport.
There are forty one trains passing through Orai Railway Station with average stop duration of 2-3 minutes. The railway station is well-connected with Mumbai, Valsad, Gorakhpur, Bhopal, Lucknow and Gwalior.
The city is well-connected with Kanpur, Jaipur, Shajapur, Ahmedabad and Dewas with daily private buses operated by Shivam Tours, Hans Travels and Shrinath Travels. UPSRTC (Uttar Pradesh State Road Transportation) operates two Volvo buses a day from Lucknow to Orai. You can book your tickets online through Ticketgoose.com, a good bus booking site.