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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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Balasubramanya k s

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  • Balasubramanya k s
  • 2 Reviews
  •  12 readers

"Beware of photographers, guide & your items" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Today
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
  • 2 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  456 readers

"A must visit place" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 days 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
  • 155 photos
  • 11 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  23710 readers

"Lovers site" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week 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
  •  14238 readers

"A nice city" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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
  • 2 Reviews
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"A peaceful city" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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
  • 2 Reviews
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"Agra was truly memorable" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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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Nishith Dev

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  • Nishith Dev
  • Lives in Noida
  • 2 Reviews
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"A place every Indian wants to visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
This is one of the place where everyone Indian wants to visit atleast once for the lifetime and I am one of them. There are few awesome place to have food as well where you can enjoy good food that without wasting money. Culturally is becoming a cosmopolitan and I hope with next one decade it will be.
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Naveen singh

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  • Naveen singh
  • Lives in New Delhi
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  • 13 Reviews
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"Enjoyed the trip most" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
We were 4 friends went Agra by our own car, amazing trip with lovely view of Heritage Site Taj Mahal and many other sites there around. It's not mandatory anyone can visit there in any month as it's hardly 3 hours journey from Delhi via expressway. It's good to commute with own vehicle as it's easier to roam local places in Agra. As we bought few things also like most famous Panchi Petha. I have pictures, all I can say make a plan in weekends and head towards Agra which have nice heritage monuments with amazing beauty of TAJ MAHAL.
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Vijay Phirke

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  • Vijay Phirke
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  • Lives in Thane
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"Agra the city of Taj Mahal and many more" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We arrived at Agra at about 3. 00 pm on 26/09/2015. Hotel Siddhartha has given a complimentary pickup from Station to hotel. After fresh-up we visited Taj Mahal just on 2 minutes walk from hotel. In the queue on west gate one guide was asking for Rs 1000/- after bargaining came down to Rs 300/- for arranging a quick entry. He took us to east gate and gave a direct entry. We were in Taj premises up to 8. 00 pm on full moon night. Agra is a city of historical monuments built with architectural skill. On next day on 27/9/2015 we hired a taxi from Manish Verma for Rs 1600/- to see the places Fatehpur Sikri, Buland Darwaza, Diwan-I-Khas, Jodhabai Palace, Mariam-uz-Zamani Palace, Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti, Jama Masjid, Panch Mahal, Itmad-Ud-Daulah, Mehtab Bagh, Dayal Bagh, Sheesh Mahal, Guru ka Tal, Anguri Bagh, Chini Ka Rauza Mausoleum, Agra Fort etc. In Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri Guide is not necessary if you have ample time.
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Sahana Sullia

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  • Sahana Sullia
  • 19 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Great for romantic trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This Indian city is great to visit if you are romantic at heart for Taj Mahal it possess in its soil. Equally great place for art and heritage lovers, good and budget friendly hotels, but not so friendly locals, good food, shopping places. Plan for more days to cover entire destinations.
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