17 January, 2021

Agra Diary

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Agra Diary
Agra Beyond The Taj

The whirligig around US President Donald Trump’s high-octane visit to Agra was tangible as I landed in the city last week. Botoxed and beautified, the ancient metropolis, founded by Sikander Lodhi in the 16th century as ‘Akbarabad’, glowed like a bride. Locals joked that while the presidential jaunt to the marvel in marble may or may not bolster India-US ties, it had certainly uplifted the city’s creaky civic infrastructure.

The focus of my own visit to Agra though was not to gawk at the Taj—been there, done that. But to attend a conclave of Indian travel writers and bloggers. A wonderfully curated itinerary by the Tourism Guild of Agra, INTACH and UP Tourism was in place for us to experience ‘Agra, Beyond the Taj’. We explored the syncretic culture of a truly fascinating and multilayered city where history whispers from every gali/mohalla. We visited a trove of lesser known but nevertheless...



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