Agra is a city in the N Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, around 200 km from the Indian capital city of Delhi. It is the home of the Taj Mahal (Crown Palace), one of the most famous architectural monuments in the world, and two other UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Agra Fort in the city and Fatehpur Sikri are nearby.
The city has little outisde of these 3 sites and is generally visited as part of long day trips from tourist base areas in India. Pollution, especially smog and litter, is rampant and travellers are pestered by swarms of touts and hawkers at every monument, mosque, temple or palace. Read the rest of this entry