Located in India, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, on the banks of the river Yamuna is the world-renowned city of Agra. Home to numerous popular attractions, Agra is one of the most well-known cities in the world. The legacy of the Mughal Empire and their love of exquisite architecture can be seen all over Agra. The bustling markets, the numerous mausoleums and tombs, and the magnificent fort found here are great examples of Agra’s rich history and the Mughal’s and the mark they made. Agra is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as to other attractions that will leave tourists speechless. Muslim visitors must be aware that they will be able to find Muslim-friendly facilities in Agra. There are plenty of mosques in Agra at which Muslims can offer their prayers. Also while in the city, tourists must try out the delicious biryani and kebabs available at almost all the Halal restaurants in Agra.
Agra is also known as being home to one of the most famous structures in the world; the Taj Mahal, and therefore when in Agra a visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal is a must! It was built by the Mughal emperor - Shah Jahan, as an ode to his love for his wife - Mumtaz Mahal. This white marble wonder which was built in 1632 took 22 years to build. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. As the Taj Mahal is located on the banks of River Yamuna, it is the ideal place to be during sunrise or sunset. Also while here, the Agra Museum is worthy of a visit. Located within the gardens of the Taj Mahal, this museum is home to original architectural plans of the world-renowned structure. Tourists will also get a chance to see special plates which break if they come into contact with food that is laced with poison, on display here.
A visit to Agra is also incomplete without a visit to one of the finest Mughal forts in India; the Agra Fort. This spectacular Fort was built in 1565 by Emperor Akbar and is now UNESCO listed. It is home to many ornate buildings, including the Pearl Mosque- or Moti Masjid, palaces, towers and courtyards and Diwan-i-Am; a hall of public audience. If here during the evening, tourists must stick around for the sound and light show that recreates the history of the Fort.
Also worthy of a visit is one of India's top historical destinations; Fatehpur Sikri, which is located about an hour away from Agra. Tourists will also enjoy visiting: Korai Village, the numerous markets in Agra, the Mehtab Bagh Botanical Gardens, the Jama Masjid which is also known as the Friday Mosque, and the Old City.
The nearest airport to Agra is Agra Airport, which is located about 8 kilometres from the center of the city. This airport however only has domestic flights. For international flights, tourists will have to use the services offered at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is located approximately 222 kilometers away, or the Jaipur International Airport; located about 245 kilometers away.
Muslim tourists will be able to find several Halal restaurants in Agra. Tourists will be able to find a number of restaurants serving Halal food in Agra, near the Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal. While in the city, a visit to some of the numerous bazaars and markets is also a must. Here, visitors will be able to find stalls and small restaurants serving authentic Indian cuisine. Muslim tourists will also find plenty of Halal restaurants and food carts near the mosques in the city.
There are numerous prominent mosques in Agra. The Jama Masjid in Fatehpur Sikri, The Moti Masjid, Nagina Masjid, Jawab Masjid and the Jama Masjid; located opposite the Agra Fort, are just a few masjids in Agra. While at either of the mosques, Muslim tourists can make inquiries regarding other prayer facilities in Agra.