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Agra Info

  • State: Uttar Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • Altitude: 171 m
  • Pincode: 282001
  • District: Agra
  • Language: Hindi
  • STD code: 0562
  • Weather: Summer 25 to 46°C, Winter 1 to 23°C

History of Agra

Situated on the banks of the River Yamuna, the city of Agra has had a long tryst with a history that dates back to the Mahabharata. It is during the Mughal rule that Agra assumed importance and Sikander Lodhi is known as its founder. It is here that Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in memoriam of his queen Mumtaz Mahal. Under British rule, the region was known as Presidency of Agra and was the seat of the government. It is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which are the chief Agra sightseeing attractions.

People and Culture of Agra      

Known for its cultural diversity, Hindus, Muslims, and Christians are all found in this city. Agra is the birthplace of two religions—Din Illahi, which gained popularity during Akbar’s reign, and the Radhaswami Faith. Though Hindi is the primary language, Urdu, Brijbhasa, and English are also widely used. The annual ‘Taj Mahotsav’ is a 10-day event that showcases the folk arts, music, and crafts of the region to locals and those sightseeing in Agra.

Things To Do in Agra

The Taj Mahal, without a doubt, tops the list of places to see in Agra. Built in the mid-17th century, this monument is considered a fine example of Mughal architecture. Besides the Taj, the Agra Red Fort, built by Emperor Akbar, also figures on the list of UNESCO Heritage Site. Akbar’s tomb in Sikandra, Itimad-Ud-Daulah’s tomb, Mankameshwar Temple, Gurudwara Guru Ka Taal, Jama Masjid, and Ram Bagh are some other places to visit in Agra.

The third of Agra attractions on the Heritage list is Fatehpur Sikri, which is about 35 km from the city. The Bulund Darwaza is the most prominent of the various historical buildings found here. Among other things to do in Agra, you can go on the Mughal Heritage Walk, which is a 1 km loop.

Food and Shopping in Agra

There can be no better place to taste some authentic Mughlai dishes than in the restaurants and eateries across Agra. Do not forget to sample the Kadhai Paneer, Butter Chicken, Naans, Bedai, Bhallas, Pasanday, Korma, and Tandoori Chicken. A trip to Agra is incomplete if you have not satiated your sweet cravings with some Pethas and Jalebis.

Visitors on an Agra tour love to take home souvenirs in the form of locally manufactured leather products, handicrafts, and stone goods. The Sadar Bazaar area is a great place to shop for trinkets and leather shoes and figures on the list of Agra places to visit.

Accommodation in Agra

There is no need to worry if you are wondering how to reach Agra. The airport at Agra has regular flights to and from cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, and Varanasi. The city is well-connected by rail to various parts of the country and there are many stations such as Agra Cantonment, Agra Fort, and Agra City to name a few. Three national highways connect Agra to the rest of India along with many state highways. Agra getaways are popular with people living in the Golden Triangle area comprising of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra. There are plenty of hotels and resorts in Agra to cater to the needs of different types of travellers. They are all centrally located and well-connected to the various Agra tourist places.


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Harsha mehta

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  • Harsha mehta
  • 2 Reviews
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"Good place for one time visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It had been a good visit. One day is sufficient to go for sightseeing. People are courteous and helpful. Would further suggest to visit in little winters time. Summers are too hot and dry. Places like Taj Mahal, Mughal gardens and Agra Fort are good attractions. Beautiful carvings on marble can be seen and collected. Sweets, particular Peetha is very famous.
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Satish Sharma

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  • Satish Sharma
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  10239 readers

"Great tourism place with poor facilities" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Agra, the capital city of great Mughals, is a great tourist destination. However, despite earning lakhs as revenue per day, the ASI is a total failure to provide basic facilities to the tourists. In this hot summer, even the sheds have not been provided on ticket windows and visitors are standing in long queues to face the hot sun. There is poor maintenance and no cleanliness at all. The maintenance at Fatehpur Sikri is a shame on India's tourism industry. There is filth and dirty water everywhere and even the pond around the singing stage of Tansen is stinking. Poor show Agra.
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Reddy .

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  • Reddy .
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 6 Reviews
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"Very good place to visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Good place to visit. Located near to bus station and Agra railway station. Very beautiful architecture and well constructed by Mughals (Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife). Agra jail is near to Taj Mahal. Agra Fort is closely located to Taj Mahal.
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Rohit Nagpal

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  • Rohit Nagpal
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 2 Reviews
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"Perfect place to visit for an Historical Monuments lover" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Travellers who are history lovers or those who wants to visit at-least one of the seven wonders of the world must choose this city as it contains beautiful historical sites and an perfect display of architect of past era

Places to visit include Taj Mahal, Lal Quila, Akbar Samadhi, Sadar Bazar, Fatehpur sikri to say least amongst many others

For food lovers, if you are an Non Vegetarian, you would love the cuisines either on roadside or in 5 star hotels

I stayed in Radisson where I spend most of the time in there beautiful swimming pool on 2nd floor and rest on tasting various foods of the city, love to be there back soon

Travellers must carry an umbrella as it's really hot over there most of the time, go by jaypee express highway if you are going by road from Delhi, Stay in good hotel, must visit MMT website for getting some extremely good offers of stay or travel or holidays.

Thank you MMT for providing me an real comfortable stay at Radisson at such an reasonable price.
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Balasubramanya k s

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  • Balasubramanya k s
  • 2 Reviews
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"Beware of photographers, guide & your items"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We (Myself, wife & 3 year kid) went to Taj on 23rd April 2016.

We were at car parking area of Taj by 9:15 AM.

Be aware of :

1. Photographers - their charges starts from RS 25 to 50 per photo.
2. Personal guide - Their charge starts from 300 - 600.

If you want, you can take their service, but before you take bargain properly & confirm them with their prices once again. We didn't take guide. But, we took Photographer with us. Beware, these photographers take several photos with several angles. Finally, they won't agree to delete many photos & you will be forced to give them huge amount (for eg 30 photos x 40 rupees = Rs 1200).

My advice is, carry a personal camera with you & take as many photos you want.

There are 3 modes of travel from parking lot to Taj Main gate.

1. Motorised cart - Rs 30 for each individual - They don't charge for kids
2. Camel Cart - Rs 50 max for each individual - They don't charge for kids - you can bargain
3. Horse cart - Same as Camel cart.

We took camel cart to Taj - he charged Rs 100.

On the route to Taj, the camel cart driver took us to "Meena Bazaar" - Govt operated handloom.

They, they marketed, their products - (I really don't know how true it is)

1. Sarees made of Bamboo, Banana, one more thing - I forgot actually.
2. Bedspreads - they say, it acts as a mosquito, bed bug, Repellent.
3. Some special bedsheets - makes you cool in summer & warm in winter.
4. Camel & Rabbit leather shoes.

They say, all the products available there are made by prison inmates.

So, they are no taxes added to it.

Also, they say, they will parcel the items if you want, without any delivery charges. Also, they say, if you don't like it, u can return it back & only 1% of the amount will be deducted. Also, once the items are torn, you can return them & get 50% of the amount back.

Then, we left for Taj in the same Camel cart. Gave Rs 100 to him & headed towards Taj.

Be aware of pick-pocketers. Any big bags are not allowed inside, except a water bottle. Hence be prepared for as less item as possible to avoid standing stupid in front of those officials. Actually, if are firm, they will allow your bag with u.

Taj was exceptionally good. Structures are good. Nature surrounding is good.

That's it.

Have a happy & nice time.
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Aakash Chopra

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  • Aakash Chopra
  • Lives in Varanasi
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  29057 readers

"A must visit place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A nice place that everyone should visit. The Taj Mahal looks so beautiful that your heart will start leaping. Its beauty can not be described in words. I was so eagerly waiting to see Taj Mahal that the time I came to the hotel with my group, we all just 10 minutes later went for to see Taj Mahal. The food which I tasted in one of the restaurants was awesome. I was not able to click good photos because I didn't bought my DSLR with me but one of my friends had brought his camera so I took 3-4 pictures with it. An advice to all that rain is a daily visitor in Agra in the month of July, so take an umbrella and a raincoat with you. I had made the mistake of not bringing the camera which you should not do.
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Amit Chaudhary

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  • Amit Chaudhary
  • Lives in Pune
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  • 12 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
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"Lovers site"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Do I really need to give review about this destination. Go and watch this monument. Taj the nagari. India ki shaan.

Everybody is well aware of this monument. Just fabulous just awesome just bindass.

There is something more in agra Rather the mighty Taj. Its buland darwaza, Fatehpur sikri, Red fort and many more.

Avoid Agra in summer.
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Rajat

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  • Rajat
  • 3 Reviews
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"A nice city"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The city Agra known for the symbol of love that is Taj Mahal. I visited over there in my childhood and I wish I will go once again in my my life. I went to Agra but I did not visit Taj Mahal because of shortage of time. Except taj mahal agra's transportation is good. The only problem with Agra is that it is not a clean city.
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Chetan gole

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  • Chetan gole
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"A peaceful city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nice peaceful city. Hot in April. Visit in winter. Reminds me of rich heritage of India.

Taj is truly a world heritage. But requires more care. It can be maintained much better with daily whooping income from tourists.

Old architecture of Taj and red fort is unmatchable. Really wonder of knowledge and technology of those days. They were definitely much more advanced than modern technology put together.
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Sanjay Singhal

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  • Sanjay Singhal
  • Lives in Noida
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"Agra was truly memorable"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This holi, Decided to drive down to my relatives on holi and boy did I get back all my childhood memories as we formed groups to take on neighbourhood groups. Planned with pucca rangs in our pockets and ladies with wet towels because in UP women beat the shakes out of Men with towels and colours and like true predators they are just swamped.

So here we were from Delhi going to lanes and bylines of old town Agra. Seeing people of different world. A old culture still lives in a new paradigm was great to experience.

Agra and agrarians in all colours on them looked beautiful and reminded me of what it would have been during The Great Mughal - Akbar in 1560 to 1800 when they built the Taj and the magnificent Fatehpur Sikri Fort. A true testimony of those beautiful period

Agra was truly memorable. Thank you Holi
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