20 Interesting Facts About Agra

Interesting Facts About Agra

Facts About Agra

  1. Agra is a city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India.
  2. The earliest reference for Agra comes from the epical age when Mahabharata refer to Agra as Agravana. In the sources prior to this, Agra has been referred to as Arya Griha or the abode of the Aryans.
  3. Agra’s Taj Mahal is one of the most famous buildings in the world.
  4. A small village in Agra was the battlefield of the famous Battle of Khanwa, where the Rajput forces were defeated by Babur.
  5. St. John’s College, Agra, is a college established in 1850, now part of the Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar University, earlier known as Agra University. It is amongst the oldest and one of the most beautiful Christian colleges in India.
  6. Agra is the birthplace of Surdas, a famous Hindu devotional saint.
  7. Agra is the fourth-most populous city in Uttar Pradesh and 24th in India.
  8. The Wildlife SOS Agra is the largest Sloth Bear Rescue Facility in the world.
  9. Agra University was established on 1 July 1927 and catered to colleges spread across the United Provinces, the Rajputana, the Central Provinces and almost to entire northern India.
  10. Agra is famous for being the capital of the Mughal emperors from 1526 to 1658.
  11. Agra is on the Indo-Gangetic plain and has a continental climate, with long, hot summers from April to September. During summers dry winds blow in this region.
  12. Agra is home to the world’s largest sloth bear rescue facility, the Agra Bear Rescue Facility.
  13. Agra is one of the two cities in India which house three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  14. Agra is twinned with Chengdu, Sichuan, China; Petra, Jordan & Tempe, Arizona.
  15. Agra is home to the Dainik Jagran newspaper, the most read Hindi newspaper in India.
  16. The Estimated Population of Agra is 2 Million, as of 2020.
  17. Agra is the largest shoes manufacturing hub in India and second-largest exporter of shoes in the world after China.
  18. Tourism has a significant role in the economy of Agra, with upwards of 9.5 million tourists visiting Agra and surrounding monuments in 2019.
  19. Agra Fort has two gates- Delhi Gate and Lahore Gate which is also called as Amar Singh Gate after the name of Amar Singh Rathore.
  20. Akbar was completed in 1573, over 1.4 Million builders worked on the building for eight years. 
Facts About Agra
Interesting Facts About Agra