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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

Agra, the land of the Taj Mahal, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is situated on the banks of River Yamuna in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is bounded by Mathura district in the north, Dhaulpur district in the south, Firozabad in the east and Bharatpur in the west.

History of Agra

Agra is mentioned in the epic Mahabharata. Even before that, the city was referred to as Arya Griha or ‘home of the Aryans’. Sikandar Lodhi of the Delhi Sultanate is believed to have founded modern day Agra in 1504. After his death, his son Ibrahim Lodhi continued to rule, until his defeat in the first battle of Panipat at the hands of the Mughal Emperor Babur in 1526.

People & Culture of Agra

Agra owes a large part of its heritage and culture to Mughal rulers like Babur, Akbar, Jahangir and Shahjahan among others. Each of these emperors added not only to the architectural brilliance of the city but also to its history and culture. While Babur introduced the Persian-styled gardens, Akbar built the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Shahjahan’s Taj Mahal, the eternal monument of love built in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, marks the pinnacle of Mughal architecture.


The Department of Tourism organises the Taj Mahotsav in February every year, which attracts national and international tourists to the Agra. The festival celebrates Mughal art and culture and is a profusion of musical and dance performances, a food festival and crafts mela. 


Things to do in Agra

Agra’s rich historical background is reflected through its numerous monuments. Apart from the Taj Mahal, the city is home to other UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort, and has carved a place for itself on the world tourism map. Other attractions of this historical city include Sikandra, Itmadud Daula, Soor Sarovar, Jama Masjid, Diwan-i-Am, Buland Darwaza, etc.

Travelling to Agra

Agra is well connected by air, rail and road. The nearest airport to reach Agra is Kheria Airport, located at a distance of 8 km from the city centre and is connected to various cities in the country including Delhi and Varanasi. 


The city has four major railway stations – Agra Cantt, Raja ki Mandi, Agra Fort and Idgah Agra Junction. Agra can also be reached by road from Lucknow (over 300 km), Kanpur (over 70 km) and Delhi (200 km). 


Tourist buses run by private operators as well as state run buses are available to reach Agra.


Travelling within Agra

Tourists can travel around the city of Agra using electric buses, Tongas, tempos, cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws. All major areas are covered through Electric buses in Agra, but these are usually crowded. Tourists can also use Tongas; horse drawn carriages, to explore the city.  Tonga charges are around Rs 5 to 15 per person. 


The city has a sub-tropical climate. The summer season, from April to September, can be hot with temperatures rising to 45° Celsius at times. The best time to visit Agra is from October to March.


Accommodation Options in Agra

Ranging from budget hotels to luxury hotels the accommodation options in Agra are plenty. Agra hotels offer accommodation options to suite all budgets.

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Anubhav Singh

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  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 2 Reviews
  •  49 readers

"It was good but rain spoiled the trip" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Everything was very good but heavy rains spoiled everything so couldn't go out due to rain. Taj Mahal was good and we enjoyed the food as well. Did some shopping from handicraft store.
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Namrata Rathi

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  • Lives in Indore
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"Excellent place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Agra is one of the nice experience for me as an historical place I visited so far, no doubt because TAJ MAHALAL, palaces. Nice destination & our journey to such a place become more comfortable & nice because of ITC mughal. I love the city as well becausese so many things are there for shopping.
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Praveen Dsouza

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  • Praveen Dsouza
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 7 Reviews
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"Must Visit Once in Lifetime" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
An excellent place with historical and one of the 7 wonders of the world. A Must visit at least once in lifetime. Taj Mahal and Agra fort are two main important places to visit along with few more like king palaces and queen's tombs. Avoid summers as there will be extreme heat and you will be wasting your holiday. Winter are the best between October to March.

Local food is Good. Careful with the food. You may not find places very clean and neat. Avoid street vendors.

You may do some good shopping and buy some traditional cloths and marble items. They home deliver too no matter from where you are. Bargain for good deal.

Careful with your belongings. Avoid unknown persons. Be Safe don't put yourself in any danger.
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Vidhi Khandelwal

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  • Vidhi Khandelwal
  • Lives in Jaipur
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  •  4 helpful votes
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"Amazing place" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Agra is a nice place to visit for history buffs and people interested in architecture. For those looking for some urban fun, I would suggest you deviate to somewhere else. The city is now way cleaner than it used to be and is quite welcoming now. Occasionally you might encounter some really rude people but its okay to ignore them. Agra has got good hotels and almost all the famous eating joints near the well located hotels. We had Costa Coffee, Pizza Hut, KFC and a lot of joints nearby.
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Nusrat Perween

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"Good experience & mainly use hoho bus to visit" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Experience is good. Monuments are good for visiting once. We visited Taj Mahal, Agra fort. One day is enough for these two destinations. Fatehpur sikri is 35 km so you need one day to visit. Better take hoho bus service from new Delhi which is one day bus tour for Agra with guide. This will save you from all fraud in Agra. Don't buy any thing specially mina bazar called UP hand loom. They are cheater. Take audio guide which tells better. Better don't listen to anyone. Government service are there to help you ex shuttle buses. Don't take any auto or tanga.
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Chandræ Kænt

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  • Chandræ Kænt
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"Very good city with beautiful places to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
After a long and hectic schedule of this racing life. We finally made it to have a trip to the city of Mughals. They have very good and clean city known for its cantonment area. We hired an autorickshaw with a minimal range. There's so beautiful places and parks. MG road, Mall road was the main attraction of all. Sanjay place, sadar bajar, rakabganj are very good for window shopping. The most amazing view was TAJMAHAL the seventh wonder of this universe. Of course Agra Fort, Fatehpur sikhri were one of the amazing creativity of the mankind. Really enjoyed a lot. Hopefully I will explore my short listed places before I die.
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Ganesh

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  • Ganesh
  • Lives in Delhi
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"A beautiful place with many sightseeing" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of world. It is beautiful place. Agra is famous for Taj Mahal, Buland darwaza, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra fort.

The travelling season to Agra is in winter but I travelled in summer due to holidays. I visited Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri & fort. Fatehpur Sikri is mainly the palace of Akbar badshah.
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Raman Deep

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"The city of glorious past" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Agra is a world famous City. Every Year Tourists from around the world come were here to visit this beautiful City. I belong to Uttar Pradesh, However that is was my first Visit to Agra.

Agra is especially known for Mughal dynasty. There are so many attractions related to Mughals to visit. Apart from this the best thing is that Agra is not an expensive city if you make budget wisely.

Whenever, A person visits Agra the first thing which comes in his Mind is the wonderful Tajmahal. We have been reading about it since our childhood.

We visited Agra in the month of June which is not actually a good time to visit Agra. It is because weather is quite hot this time.

But, during our visit we forgot about the weather and it is just because of the beauty of Monuments which are situated in Agra.

Tajmahal, Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri are the famous sites to visit. In addition to this Sikandra, Mariam Tomb and Chini ka Rauja can surprise you.

Stay at Agra is not a problem. You can easily find Hotels at reasonable price from Rs. 250 to Rs. 10000. It depends only your pocket.

Different kinds of foods are available here to taste but if i am going to talk about street foods so you can not miss "Samosa" and "Papad with Daal".

The only negative point which I noticed is that people consume so much Tobacco even ladies too.

Overall, Agra is a must visit place if you have deep interest in History of India
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Amit Jain

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  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Agra is beautiful place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was an enjoying trip to Agra. Agra is a good historical place with Taj Mahal, Agra fort and Church. There were so many places to visit. Agra is very popular among tourists. I stayed in Agra for 3 days, all 3 days were awesome. I went to Agra in March by train from my home town lucknow. Agra is a good place for natural beauty. I want to go to Agra again and again.
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Prasanna Mategaonkar

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"Visited Taj Mahal only, and trip was worth it" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
We reached this wonder of world in the afternoon around 12:30-1 PM. Since it was month of March, it was very hot. But once we saw the Taj Mahal, every problem just got disappeared.

Parking is very far from Taj Mahal, so if you are visiting here with kids, then you might have to take ride either by electric scooter or by Camel cart. Both options are good and they charge around 100 Rs (one way).

While going to Taj Mahal, rider guy will take you to Meena Bazaar, there you can see different kind of products, we bought saree made of banana leaves. I am not sure about authenticity and price.

Once you reach at parking be alert if some photographer comes to you, they will show you different size of photos and all, but be aware from their promises, we ended up by paying 800 Rs to the photographer. Though pictures taken were good, but not worth 800.

Once you reach at the entrance make sure you through all edibles outside, otherwise security people will throw it in dustbin.

Nothing more to tell, you have to visit there to get the feeling of watching Taj Mahal, cannot be explained.

Here are things you must carry:
1. Umbrella
2. Water bottle
3. Camera
4. Buy footwear cover for kids at least (10 Rs per pair).
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