Agra, a city at the heart of Uttar Pradesh, India, boasts the Taj Mahal, a marble mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and one of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Agra. The monument took 22 years (1630–1652) to build with 20,000 workers.


Agra falls within the Braj cultural region, considered the land of Krishna, the Hindu god of compassion, tenderness and love. The Braj region is famous for its sweets and Chaat. Petha, a translucent soft candy made from winter melon, is believed to have originated in the kitchens of Emperor Shah Jahan.