The flower of the Mughal empire-in-ascendance, Agra, is also home to the immortal epitome of love, the Taj Mahal. Though Agra, located in Uttar Pradesh in northern India retained Mughal regal favour for just three generations, it was embellished with the best of the Mughal dynasty's architectural legacy. The over 300-years-old Taj Mahal, however, is its most compulsive feature and attracts the largest number of tourists from all over the world. Also within the city's ambit lies Fatehpur Sikri, virtually an expression of the philosophy and creed of the liberal Mughal emperor Akbar the Great. In keeping with its status of the most sought-after destination, Agra today boasts of world class hotels with excellent facilities and services. The city is also easily accessible from Delhi and other major cities of India.
Apart from sightseeing, Agra's markets are worth a visit. Tourists will find marble ware and various handcrafted artifacts, such as carpets, brassware and leather items, created by traditional craftsmen. A marble replica of the Taj Mahal is a popular souvenir.