Agra and the near by city of Fatehpur Sikri, are conveniently located close to NewDelhi.Besides the TajMahal are Agra Fort, Sikandra, Ram Bagh and Itmad-ud-Daulah.Tradition ascribes the foundation of the present city of Agra to Raja Badal Singh 1475 A.D.With arrival of the Mughals in 1526,led by Babar, Agra entered a completely new epoch which has contributed to making it a, much sought after destination in contemporary times.Agra reached it's zenith between 1556 and 1658, under the Mughal emperors Akbar,Jehangir and Shah Jahan.Akbar made it a great learning, Art, commerce and culture.Most of the famous monuments, including the Taj Mahal , belong to this period, when Agra was hive of building activity of exceptionally high standards.It's not surprising, then, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage. A walk down the narrow, bustling streets of the city will introduce the visitor the Mughlai food,the traditional craftsmen busy creating an endless variety of masterpieces , and much more.