"the Koh-i-Noor of India" Agra by josephescu

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Did you know that?

- the town finds mention in the epic Mahabharata when it was called Agrabana Paradise.

- Ptolemy, the famous second century A.D. geographer, marked the town on his map of the world as Agra.

- The beauty of its monuments is due to the vanity of the Mughal emperors, who wanted their capital to outdo other marvels of their time, such as Samarkand, Fergana, Herat or the gardens of Kabul

- the founder of the Mughal empire was offered the Koh-i-Noor diamond at the gates of Agra

- The Agra Fort plays a key role in the Sherlock Holmes mystery, The Sign of the Four, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

- before mass tourism, the British Raj made Agra famous for its chemical and heavy industry

  • Last visit to Agra: Dec 2006
  • Intro Updated Apr 15, 2007
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  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2009 at 6:58 AM

    Excellent Agra travel page with superb photographs. Taj Mahal certainly looks amazing from your photographs, and so is the Agra Red Fort. Thanks for sharing. ~ho & pang

  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2007 at 4:43 PM

    Nice pages Joseph!We will be off to India on 25th sept.Hows your lanka Plans by boat ??Hope you received my e mail.rgdsKashi

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2007 at 6:54 AM

    Despite haveing seen it several times, the Taj still takes my breath away (sorry for this cheesy line). I didn't know you had an eye for Mumtaz Mahals :-) Greetings from the desert.

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