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Agra - Taj Mahal

To the southeast of Delhi lies the relatively young city of Agra, best known for being home to one of the most famous monuments in the world - the magnificent Taj Mahal. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan the Taj was a memorial to his wife Mumtaz Mahal who died whilst giving birth to their fourteenth child. Construction of the Taj began in 1631 the same year that Mumtaz Mahal passed away and was finally completed 22 years later in 1653. Only the most exquisite marble was used with the total bill estimated at over RS 3 million which would be about the equivalent of US$U70 million in today’s money. The earliest reference to Agra can be found in the epic Mahabharata where it is referred to as the Agravana, however it was in the medieval period, that Agra rose to prominence as the capital of the Mughals when the city was beautified with gardens, waterfalls, bathhouses and canals. Today the bustling streets of Agra are home to a thriving carpet industry, leather workers and of course marble and sandstone sculptors, some of whom claim to be descendants of the craftsmen who helped build the great Taj Mahal.

Agra - Taj Mahal Hotels

$$$$$ The Oberoi Amarvilas Agra - Taj Mahal

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Located just 600 metres from the iconic Taj Mahal, and with every guestroom offering views of the magnificent monument, the luxurious Amarvilas is one of the world’s best hotels. Built in a style...

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$$$ The Wyndham Grand Agra - Taj Mahal

Built on 18 acres of land just a short drive from the Taj Mahal, the Wyndham Grand is a very welcome addition (June 2012) to Agra’s hotel scene. The property is spread out over beautiful gardens...

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$$$ The Radisson Agra - Taj Mahal

Set amidst 22 acres, and just 1km from the iconic Taj Mahal, The Radisson is a new (Sep 2011) and very welcome addition to Agra’s hotel scene. The 141 rooms and suites are equipped with high-speed...

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$$$ The Trident - Agra Agra - Taj Mahal

Situated just a few minutes’ drive from the Taj Mahal, the Trident is a low-rise modern hotel designed around a landscaped central courtyard with swimming pool, gardens and fountains. The Trident...

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$$$ The Gateway (Taj) Agra - Taj Mahal

Set amidst six acres of landscaped gardens, this tranquil retreat is ideally located just 3kms from the Taj Mahal with the majority of rooms offering uninterrupted views of this magnificent monument...

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