India is a wonderful place to find rest and relaxation. A wonderful place in this country is Agra. The city is located in the west of the state of Uttar Pradesh and is around 220 kilometers south-east of the Indian capital. The city is situated on a fertile alluvial plain on the Yamuna River. Tourists can relax very well in this place. This also has to do with the local climate, although it can sometimes get very hot there. In the months of May, June and July it can be up to 40 °C daily, with night-time temperatures being just under 10 °C lower, at 30 °C. The temperatures are more pleasant for relaxation during the monsoon season from mid-July to early October. Then it generally cools down by 10 °C. This means that in the “Indian winter” in this region, the daytime temperatures are only around 20 to 25 °C and at night the temperatures can drop to as little as 3 °C when there is little cloud. The effects of the climate crisis and the shortage of drinking water on the Indian subcontinent are particularly noticeable in this city. The groundwater reserves in the region are almost exhausted.
No rush in the city
Nevertheless, tourism is booming in and around this city. Vacationers will find a piece of India here, where they can find pure relaxation and recreation. Because in the city it is not as hectic as in other Indian cities. The traffic volume is also high here. But the people in this city simply understand that they can accept the hustle and bustle that they may have in everyday life. And that also applies to the holidaymakers who come here and are looking for a break from their stressful everyday life.
Agra has a lot to offer tourists. Above all, there are the numerous sights that can be found in and around the city. In the city stands, for example, the Red Fort and the Palace of Shah Jahan and the Pearl Mosque (also called Moti Masjid), the Friday Mosque (Jama Masjid). And then of course there is the Taj Mahal, which is why the city is known all over the world and the site where the traditional game of Pachisi is played with live figures. Just walking in front of the Taj Mahal and looking at it from the outside is a fascinating moment. However, vacationers also keep coming back to the city’s three major Catholic churches. St. Mary’s Church, completed in 1923, is one of them. And also just beyond the walls of the city, tourists will find a lot of things worth seeing and can relax and unwind by visiting it. This includes about 10 kilometers northwest of the city in the village of Sikandra ds Akbar’s mausoleum, which is surrounded by a large garden where deer, monkeys and peacocks live. Those interested can also visit the ancient capital of Akbar the Great, Fatehpur Sikri, which was long ago abandoned due to the lack of water in the region. The palaces and the mosque there tell living history. Agra proves that a holiday in India does not necessarily mean going to the beach to relax and unwind, but you can also enjoy nature.