From the city of Taj to the city of spirituality, Uttar Pradesh hosts innumerable places which always leave its visitors awe-struck. Lucknow and Agra are amongst the few places in the state which define its rich culture and portray its history.
Lucknow is well known for its warm hospitality and ancient monuments. Also known as the city of Nawabs, this beautiful capital city is certainly a man-made wonder considering the number of buildings which have been standing strong for centuries.
If you are looking to explore the surroundings of Lucknow, then what can be a better option than Agra? A perfect weekend getaway, Agra is the ultimate destination for every traveller across the world. So, how about planning a trip from Lucknow to Agra this season?
Best Time To Visit Agra
As Agra experiences an extreme type of climate, it is advisable to avoid visiting Agra during the summer season as the temperature during this period remains above average level. If you desire to explore the history of the city and its beautiful buildings, then the best time to visit Agra is from November until the end of April.
How To Reach Agra From Lucknow
By Air: You can catch a direct flight to Agra airport. However, as of now, only Air India is providing flight services at Agra airport. You can take a flight to Gwalior Airport, which is located at a distance of around 120 km from Agra.
By Rail: Agra is well connected to Lucknow and nearby cities by rail. You can catch a train directly from Lucknow railway station to Agra Cantt. It will take you an approximate time of 6 hr to reach the destination.
By Road: Located at a distance of around 330 km from Lucknow, Agra can be approached easily by road.
While on your way to Agra, you can take a break at Kannauj, which is one of the oldest-living places in India and is located at a distance of around 125 km from Lucknow.
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Kannauj is an ancient city which has been in existence for more than thousand years. It has been ruled by several rules from the Bhoja dynasty and the Harsha Empire. Even though Kannauj has been mentioned several times in the epic Mahabharata and Ramayana under the name of Kanyakubja, it is believed that this ancient town has been living since the last 3000 years.
Today, Kannauj is a major district in Uttar Pradesh and is immensely popular for the production of perfumes and rose water. So, how about taking a break at this beautiful place?
Final Destination – Agra
Also known as the city of Taj, Agra is located on the banks of Yamuna river and is one of the most visited places in the world. It is part of the Golden Triangle circuit of Indian tourism. Home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Agra houses several marvellous architectures which are visited by tourists from all over the world.
Even the history of Agra dates back to the time of the epic Mahabharata, it is believed that it was founded by Sikandar Lodi, the ruler of Delhi Sultanate, in the year 1504. Once you have stepped on the lands of Agra, following are the major places which should not be missed by anyone, even by chance. Read on the know more about these places.
No traveller in the world can afford to miss the magnificence of Taj Mahal, considering the fact that it is one of the seven man-made wonders of the world. It was built in the 17th century by Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor, in the loving memory of his wife, Mumtaj Mahal.
It is a mausoleum made out of ivory-white marbles and is certainly an architectural masterpiece. Adorned with pillars, carvings, drawings and several inscriptions, it is one of the finest works of artistry in the world. So, how about taking a stroll in the gardens of Taj Mahal and capturing its captivating beauty?
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Agra Fort is one of the largest and most visited forts in India. It was the official residence of the Mughal emperors. It has also gone through several renovations during the times of the Mughal dynasty. The present structure of Agra Fort is the combined work of all the Mughal kings, from Babur to Aurangzeb.
Spread over an area of 94 acres, Agra Fort is surrounded by a massive moat and is home to several palaces and gardens. Wouldn't you love to witness such an ancient marvel?
Also referred to as the Baby Taj due to its resemblance to the Taj Mahal, it was built in the 17th century and is another marvellous piece from the Mughal dynasty. It was built by Nur Jahan, wife of Mughal Emperor Jahangir, in the loving memory of her father. This beautiful tomb is a must-visit if you are looking forward to going back in time and exploring the history of the nation.
Fatehpur Sikri is a must-visit place if you are planning a trip to Agra. Without visiting its marvellous buildings and splendid monuments, your trip to Agra will always be incomplete. Fatehpur Sikri was founded by Mughal Emperor Akbar as the capital of his kingdom.
Hence, it hosts several palaces, mosques, tombs, gates and ponds within its boundaries which are man-made wonders in their own ways. So, how about visiting these historical wonders this season from Lucknow?
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Another monumental building, Akbar's Tomb houses the remains of Mughal Emperor Akbar, who is considered by many as one of the greatest rulers India ever had. Hence, it is visited by innumerable tourists, travellers and historians from all over the world. It certainly depicts the splendour of Mughal architecture through its surreal setting amidst gardens and the use of marble and sandstone.