Agra is synonymous with Taj Mahal. People from all corners of India and around the world come to witness this beautiful piece of creation dedicated to love. The construction started in 1632 and after fourteen years in the making, Taj was finally completed in 1648. Under the patronage of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and under the guidance of the chief craftsman Isha Khan, thousands of equally adept craftsmen worked day and night to create this one among the Seven Wonders of the World.
Built in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal, this dome shaped mausoleum is the only one of its kind to be built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife. Agra tourism covers other places of interests too. Some of them are: Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar's Tomb, Mariam's Tomb, Jama Masjid and Chini Ka Rauza. Agra Fort, just opposite of Taj Mahal was the place where Shah Jahan breathed his last. The windows offer the best view of the mausoleum.
With so many places to see in Agra; tourists all the year round crowd this already congested city. Since tourism in Agra mainly thrives on tourists; so there are hundreds of accommodation places in this city that cater to tourists irrespective of their budgets. You can choose between luxury; mid-range and budget hotels. If you want to stay in utmost luxury in this city; you have the option to choose among hotels like: Agra Ashok, Clark's Shiraz, Holiday Inn, Jaypee Palace, Sheraton Mughal, Taj View and Trident Hilton.
If you want a fine blend between comfort and budget; the several mid-range hotels would be ideal for you. Some of the mid-range hotels are: Hotel Regency; Hotel Amar and Hotel Deedar-e-Taj to name a few. If you are however on a low budget and you prefer just a moderate resting place instead of pampering luxury; head for budget hotels like: Hotel Pawan; Taj Khaema; Hotel Kant and Hotel Amar Yatri Niwas.
Tourism of Agra inevitably consists of knowing proper travel route to major tourist places and also the opening and closing timings of the important sightseeing venues. Some among the authentic tourist information providers are: Government of India Tourist Office, Tourist Information Counter and UPTDC.