Maharaja Express Perhaps no other historical monument has evoked as much cognizance and veneration from tourists and peregrinators homogeneous, as the magnificent Taj Mahal - fondly called by people as the ultimate requiem of love, from a great Mughal Emperor to his beloved.
So inundating is the exquisite resplendency and presence of this marble mausoleum that centuries later today, even the very land where it has been located - Agra - has been immortalised as the City of the Taj. Yet, it doesn't take much for the roving ocular perceiver to discover that there's more to Agra than just the fabled Taj Mahal. The city is a virtual gateway to a world of revelation a freeze-frame from a resplendant era that's long since gone by. In the great epic 'Mahabharat' the region of Agra is described as 'Agraban' (an integral part of the Braj Bhumi or the land of Lord Krishna). The latter part of Indian history outlines the inchoations of Agra to 1475 A.D., when the reign of Raja Badal Singh.
However, Agra came into limelight during the rule of Afghan King Sikandar Lodhi - who had made it the capital of his imperium.Later in 1526 A.D., the Mughal Emperor Babar took upon himself the task for rendering Agra, a unique character and resplendency of its own. The visionary that he was and a great patron of the arts, Emperor Babar brought in a transmutation in the culture and life-style among the people of Agra, which then brought forth some of the finest craftsmen, artists, statesmen, warriors and nobility, this component of India had ever withnessed. The golden age of Agra's history, thus commenced to set in. The next few hundred years of Agra witnessed the elevate of the pomp and pageantry of three great Mughal monarchs - Emperor Akbar, Jehangir and ShahJahan - all of whom lavished on this fabled city, their love and riches abysmal to transform the land into one of the great centers of art, culture, learning and commerce.
Much of the city's impressive past lives in evidence even today, in the hunting presence inside the monuments, the majesty of the buildings, the exquisite arts and crafts and not to forget, the lure of an exceptional cuisine, cherished as priceless legacies of a nostalgic past. The older city of Agra has impressively retained much of its resplendent history captivating every visitor with fond recollections to take back home. Today, luxury and modern accomodation withal subsist adjacent to tradition - luxury hotels, shopping malls and plazas, wide avenues and a superb cull of venues for recreation, business, sports, congeniality, edification and the arts.
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