2nd Conference of Transportation Research Group of India (CTRG)
                                 12-15 December, 2013
                                                 Agra, India

About Agra
(Excerpted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agra)

(Excerpted image from :http://indiatraveltours.com/blog/?p=16 )
Agra the former capital of Hindustan, is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is 363 kilometres (226 mi) west of the state capital, Lucknow, and 200 kilometres (124 mi) south of the national capital New Delhi.
The uniqueness and importance of Agra are essentially the two factors that make this stunning city stand out, incomparable to the rest of the world. Agra is home to the famous Taj Mahal, one of the top tourist destinations and buildings in the entire world. Its immense amount of history doesn’t stop there, though! Agra also contains two other UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. The grounds of the Taj Mahal and Agra in general are completely jaw dropping and awe-inspiring. There is nothing like this city in the rest of the world, and it has been known to change lives. The unique aspects are profound, such as the great stories behind the beautiful buildings existing today. The history of the Taj Mahal is unlike any other landmark and therefore has attracted so much attention over the years. People visit for the story behind the building; the feel of great love and beauty that comes from the initial thought that was put into it. The Taj Mahal has made a name for India with its perspective that is valued so much – to not only travelers but also the people of India that hold it in such high regards. A large amount of the resident people had a helping hand in the project, which required a total of around twenty thousand workers, and taking a little over twenty years to complete. The Taj Mahal represents immense beauty and is highly considered one of the most treasured wonders of the world. This grandeur building was created in memory of Queen Mumtaz Mahal, wife of Emporor Shah Jahan. After she passed away, he dedicated this huge project to her in hopes of keeping her memory alive. People have carried on his wishes, and the Taj Mahal and its significant story will continue to live on in Agra, India, for hundreds of thousands of years. Join the great movement of this historic town by visiting Agra today!

Agra is on the central train line between Delhi (Station Code: NDLS) and Mumbai (Bombay) (Station Code: CSTM) and between Delhi and Chennai (Station Code: MAS) and many trains like Bhopal Shatabdi, Bhopal Express, Malwa Express, Gondwana Express, Jabalpur - Jammutawi Express, Shreedham Express, Garib Rath, Tamil Nadu Express, Chennai Rajdhni etc. connect Agra with all major Indian cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Pune, Bhopal, Indore, Kochi, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Jaipur, Lucknow, Thiruvananthapuram etc. every day. Some east-bound trains from Delhi also travel via Agra, so direct connections to points in Eastern India (including Kolkata) (Calcutta) are also available. There are close to 20 trains to New Delhi and Gwalior Junction every day, and at least three or four to Bhopal, Indore, Nagpur, Mumbai and Chennai.

Idgah Bus Stand, Taj Depot, Ford depot and Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) are the major Bus Stands in Agra, connecting it to most of the bigger cities in North India. It is major junction of highways with 3 National Highways and 1 Expressway originating from Agra. Another national highway passes through city making total highway outlet to 6.

  • From Delhi: NH2, a modern divided highway, connects the 200 km (124 mi) distance from Delhi to Agra. The drive is about 4 hours. The primary access to the highway is along Mathura Road in Delhi but, if coming from South Delhi or Delhi Airport, it is easier to take Aurobindo Marg (Mehrauli Road) and then work up to NH2 via Tughlakabad.
  • From Delhi / Noida: Yamuna Expressway, a modern access controlled highway connects the 200 km (124 mi) distance from Delhi to Agra. The drive is about 2 hours. This highway has junction to Aligarh and Mathura via State Highways.
  • From Aligarh: National Highway 91, a highway connects the 100 km (62 mi) distance from Aligarh to Agra. The drive is about 3 hours.
  • From Jaipur: National Highway 11, a four lane divided highway, connects Agra with Jaipur via the bird sanctuary town of Bharatpur. The distance of around 255 km (158 mi) can be covered in around 3–4 hours.
  • From Gwalior a distance of around 120 km (75 mi), takes around 1.5 hours on National highway 3, also known as the Agra – Mumbai Highway.
  • From Lucknow / Kanpur NH2, the divided modern highway, continues on to Kanpur (285 km, 5 hours) and from there to points East ending in Kolkata. From Kanpur, NH25 heads for the city of Lucknow (90 km, 2 hours).
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