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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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Mukesh Sagar

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  • Mukesh Sagar
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 79 Reviews
  •  65 helpful votes
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"Agra - The place of Taj Mahal" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Agra is connected through road, rails and airport. The most convenient mode of travel could be roadways from Delhi. And the cheapest would be Train. In my opinion you reach New Delhi by flight and take a taxi to Agra. Take the Yamuna expressway, which is straight 8 lane highway. Ideal time to cover main attractions in Agra could be 2 nights 3 days. And if you have more time you can cover all the attractions.

The Key Attraction comprises of:
1) Taj Mahal
2) Agra Fort
3) Fatehpur Sikri
4) Shero's Cafe

Agra became famous due to the Taj Mahal - The Monument of Love. There are other attractions at Agra like the Agra Fort. Recently a restaurant opened here in Agra name Sheroes Cafe which is another hot attraction popular amongst tourist.

There is another must visit place near Agra is Fatehpur Siri, where Tomb of Salim chisti is there, Salim chisti was the one who gave his blessing to Akbar as Akbar had no kids till he visited Salim Chisti at Fatehpur Sikri.

The hotel of preference should be Howard Plaza The Fern, as it is very close to Taj Mahal, and it is available at competitive price.
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Deepika vinika

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  • Deepika vinika
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 photos
  • 42 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  8845 readers

"Taj Mahala owns our heart !!" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Visit Taj early morning .. It has a beautiful scenery around .. Backside of the Taj is also awesome, it has a small garden. Other places like Fatehpur Sikri, Agra fort are also worth visiting because these are world Heritage sites. Some of the famous Bollywood songs have been shot there.
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Umang Kardani

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  • Umang Kardani
  • Lives in Gandhinagar
  • 17 photos
  • 27 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  549 readers

"TAJ name is enough" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Agra is in wishlist of many world travellers and it's should be there also
But I would like to point out bad things first that are:
1) taxi drivers were really fighting with each other for getting passengers as we step out of station.
2) as you are tourist they will ask you to buy Petha and take home but actually that packet will spoil your whole luggage while you reach home.
3) to high travelling cost in city.
4) they think like you are here only for wasting your money and they will take you to that particular shop which will sell you some very crap good in very high price.
Good points are
Just two places:
1) Agra fort.
2) Taj.
That's enough everyone knows about both place but various movies and pics.
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Rajeejv juneja

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  • Rajeejv juneja
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"Taj Mahala" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was an amazing trip and the 1st glimpse of Taj Mahala was awesome. Me and my family were totally overwhelmed to see that beautiful view. Although it was sad to see that the beauty of Taj Mahala is getting faded day by day due to pollution. Government should take some early possible steps to save the beauty of Taj Mahala.
Rest everything was clean and tidy,
Well maintained fountains and greenery.
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Animesh ganguly

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  • Animesh ganguly
  • 4 Reviews
  •  227 readers

"Wah Taj" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Traveled by road to Agra from Delhi. Excellent road and a enjoyable journey. Plan a visit to the Taj in winters as the summer months are extremely warm and to walk around the Taj on white marble may be difficult. Even if you have read a hundred books on this monument make sure to hire a good guide who can brief you well. Observe the monument from different distances to actually appreciate its construction.
The locals can cheat you and hence be careful of dealing with shopkeepers and beggars. Have a great trip and you will enjoy every moment of the time spent at Taj.
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Sumit Gupta

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  • Sumit Gupta
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  • 11 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  199 readers

"Weekend near Delhi" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Took the Yamuna expressway and enjoyed the drive from start to finish. Slightly confusing exits towards the end of the expressway. The Taj Mahala never stops amazing you, even on the fifth visit, great hotels and great food completes your vacation in your fixed budget with ease. The parking facility around the Taj is still shameful, pitiful and scary. The most visited place in the country is still unable to provide adequate parking to the visitors vehicles! What a shame. Thousands of petha shops have ruined the beauty of the city of Taj. Ques and Ques in the Taj on weekends ... One should plan visiting either on weekdays or early in the day. Carry water as the monument of Love will not even provide you clean water on dry days. Sadar market a good experience for an hour or so for shopping of shoes / leather products and for wonderful street food.
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Harinder singh

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  • Harinder singh
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  305 readers

"Jamaal" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
After 10 year. Agara is fully changed near Jamaal and Agra fort. Specially arrangements of van for pick and drop from ticket office and from Jamaal. Its free for other country NRI people's. Neat and clean at entrance gate of Jamaal and Agra fort
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 230 Reviews
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"Must visit destination which is surrounded by superb monuments"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I had been to Agra by train in the month of December 2016. Agra is a must-visit destination in the tourism circuit of Uttar Pradesh. The must-visit destinations around Agra are the Majestic Taj Mahal, the iconic Agra Fort and the most popular Fatehpur Sikri. Taj Mahal was a tomb built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz. This is a glorious and fine example of brilliant Maugham Architecture. This has been declared a world heritage site in the year 1983 Agra Fort is a 16th century monument and is the precise place where Aurangzeb held his father Shah Jahan as a prisoner. This fort has many palaces, audience halls and 2 mosques. The Agra fort is located very near to the Taj Mahal. The Fatehpur Sikri has a perfect mixture of Indian, Islamic and persian Architecture. It was built by King Akbar in 1570 as a glowing tribute to Sufi saints. This was fully built using red sandstone, For a long period of 10 years, Fatehpur Sikri remained the capital of the mighty Maugham Empire. The City has a 3- kilometer long wall on three sides and has been declared as a World Heritage Site in 1986.
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7rishabh

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"The glory of mughals"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I visited this place last spring and it was awesome. Went there with group the places to visit are 1- taj mahal, 2- Agra fort 3- fatehpur sikri and humayu's tomb the best thing you can do is to visit this place along with Mathura and Vrindavan. You can find cheap hotels easily the city is not costly but it's very unhygienic city .. Please drink mineral water only. Can be easily seen in 3-4 days. Budget less than 4k.
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"Enjoyed the most"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Overall a memorable tour in Agra. Renovation work on Taj Mahala Minarets and surrounding. No entry restrictions except carrying backpack or bags inside. Agra Fort is maintained very well, Mehtab Bagh is also OK nothing much entertaining just the other side of Taj Mahala and Baby Taj is also good. Only thing you need to worry about is the tour guides they just eat your head. I met a very honest and trustworthy person to drive me throughout Agra and Fatehpur Sikri. If any time you visit Agra please meet Manveer Singh on to take you around Agra and Fatehpur Sikri.
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