is a city in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, some 200 km
from the Indian capital city of Delhi.
Agra has the Taj Mahal, one of the most famous buildings and tourist
destinations in the world, and two other UNESCO World Heritage
sites, the Agra Fort in the city and Fatehpur Sikri nearby.
The city has little else though. Pollution, especially smog and
litter, is rampant and travellers are pestered by swarms of touts
and hawkers at every monument, mosque, temple or palace. That said,
the sites are some of the wonders of the world and no trip to India
is complete without at least one visit to the Taj.
Agra, located on the
banks of river Yamuna, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, has
continental climate, with long, hot summers from March to September
when temperatures can reach as high as 48.5 °C (119.3 °F). During
summers dry and hot winds blow in this region. The monsoon months
from July to September see about 69 cm (27 in) of rainfall annually.
Winters last from November to February, with day time temperatures
comfortably warm, but temperatures below freezing not uncommon
during night. Agra is also prone to dense fog during winter months
of December and January.
A major tourist destination, Agra is best visited in the months of
October, November, February and March, when the average temperatures
are between 16 and 25 °C (61 and 77 °F). The monsoon season carries
risk of flooding, and the months of April to June should be avoided
for the extreme heat. The months of December and January are not
suitable for tourism due to dense fog and low visibility.