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.
Shikohabad is located in the Firozabad District of Uttar Pradesh. With River Sirsa flowing through the city, Shikohabad was previously known as Mohammad Mah. In fact, the city was ruled under the estate of Labhowa from 1794 till 1880. The present name, Shikohabad, is after Dara Shikoh, the eldest brother of Emperor Aurangzeb. Shikohabad is popular among tourists for being a temple town.
Places to Stay
Hotel Green Park is a good hotel in Shikohabad. There are accommodation facilities available at nearby Firozabad too.
Hindi is the local language in Shikohabad. English is also spoken here.
Festivals such as Holi (in March) and Diwali (in November) are celebrated with great fervour by the local people.
Places of Interest
Kali Devi Temple (in Shikohabad), Jama Masjid (in Shikohabad), Balaji Temple (in Shikohabad), Shitala Maa Temple (in Shikohabad), Bateshwar (22 km away from Shikohabad) are some places of interest that one can visit.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Shikohabad is 65 km away at Agra.
Shikohabad has a railway station with trains connecting to cities such as Delhi, Agra, Jammu, Allahabad and Chandigarh.
Shikohabad has a bus stand with buses connecting to nearby cities such as Jaipur, Delhi, Ajmer and Itawa. Bus operators connect Shikohabad with various towns and cities. By booking bus tickets online you will save yourself a lot of headache.