The history of Agra is closely intertwined with the Mughals. But the city itself was established well before the Mughals ever came to India. Agra has been mentioned as ‘Agraban’ in Vyasa’s Sanskrit epic, Mahabharata. It is believed that Agra City was built by Badal Singh, in the year 1475. Sultan Sikandar Lodi made it his capital, during his reign of Delhi Sultanate. Ever since, the city, then known as Akbarabad, has been the ruling capital of many kings, especially the Mughal Emperors. It was they who transformed this city, adorning it with beautiful monuments and colourful gardens. The foundations for the modern city of Agra as we see it today, was laid by the Emperor Akbar. He had made the city a centre for art, culture, commerce and learning. Agra is the birthplace of the religion, Din-i-Ilahi, Akbar’s brainchild. The influence of the Mughals can still be seen today, in Agra’s cuisine and art forms.
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The International Day for Monuments and Sites is on April 18, 2019. We take a peek into Agra’s unique heritage to mark this day.
We bet you didn’t know so many things about Agra and its rich heritage!
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