On my first visit to Uttar Pradesh last March, I explored its capital Lucknow and delved into its handicrafts that date back to the Awadhi empire of the 18th century and still drive its economy. It was no surprise that Agra bears a striking resemblance to Lucknow in many ways. For one: the feel. Driving into the city from the Agra Cantonment railway station, denizens were spotted enjoying local delicacies that intrigue culinary enthusiasts from the world over. Agra, like Lucknow, prides itself with ancient monuments that were architectured by the royalty of its time. I kept searching for signboards that led me to the Taj Mahal, as a visit to this World Heritage Site had been on my bucket-list since I can remember. They surely weren’t difficult to spot.