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Panoramic View of TajMahal

Agra the former capital of Hindustan , is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India, 363 kilometres (226 mi) west of state capital, Lucknow and 200 kilometres (124 mi) south of the national capital New Delhi. With a population of 1,686,976 (2010 est.), it is one of the most populous cities in Uttar Pradesh and the 19th most populous in India.[1] Because 80 percent of the city’s sewage flows into Yamuna River, it is 20th most polluted city in India. Agra can also refer to the administrative district that has its headquarters in Agra city.


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Basel

A panoramic view of Basel, looking North from the Münster tower over Kleinbasel (smaller Basel). The blue tower in the centre, the Messeturm, was Switzerland’s tallest building 2003-10; the bridge on the extreme right is the Wettsteinbrücke, Basel’s second oldest bridge but recently replaced by a new structure. The first bridge on the left is the Mittlere Brücke (Middle or Central Bridge), the oldest bridge in Basel.


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Qutb Minar

Qutub Minar (English: The Qutub Tower; Urdu: قطب مینار) also Qutub Minar, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi, India.[1] The Qutub Minar was constructed with red sandstone and marble, and is the tallest minaret in India,[2] with a height of 72.5 meters (237.8 ft), contains 379 stairs to reach the top,[citation needed] and the diameter of base is 14.3 meters whereas the last store is of 2.7 meters. The Construction was commenced by qutub-ud-din Aibak in 1192 and completed by Iltutmish. [3][4] It is surrounded by several other ancient and medieval structures and ruins, collectively known as Qutub complex.[2][5] Tradition assigns the erection of the Pillar to Anang Pal, whose name it bears, with the date 1052 C.E.[6] Qutab Minar is the nearest station on the Delhi Metro. A picture of the minaret also features on the Travel Cards issued by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.


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Red Fort

The Red Fort (usually transcribed into English as Lal Qil’ah or Lal Qila) is a 17th century fort complex constructed by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan[1] in the walled city of Old Delhi (in present day Delhi, India) that served as the residence of the Mughal Emperors. The fort was the palace for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s new capital, Shahjahanabad, the seventh city in the Delhi site. He moved his capital here from Agra in a move designed to bring prestige to his reign, and to provide ample opportunity to apply his ambitious building schemes and interests. It served as the capital of the Mughals until 1857, when Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was exiled by the British Indian government.


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