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Agra Tourism

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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Anshul Kathet
  • Anshul Kathet
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 1 Review

"A religious trip" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
The best place to see Hinduism hand in hand with Islam. Love the place and the temple. A must watch for travellers keen to exploring ancient history :) And with the time of the sunset it grows so pleasant there you can really feel Bhakti inside you clearing your mind and soul.
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Rajeev Roy
  • Rajeev Roy
  • Lives in Noida
  • 3 Reviews

"Visit only to see Agra Kila and Tajmahal" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Once in a lifetime one should surely travel to Agra to see Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal is still counted as seven wonder of the world for the beauty of the Taj. Agra kila would remind the old mughal ages. The Kila has big assembly area and it is said that Mughals used to hold their public meeting there. However Yamuna river has very bad condition in agra,govt should take some step to clean Yamuna.
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Jay Maniyar
  • Jay Maniyar
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"It was a truly epic experience for a history lover like me" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I went to Agra before the end of 2014. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Here are my ratings of the sights I saw and the experience I had:

1) Agra Fort. Kickstarted the trip with Agra's marvellous Mughal fort. It was a truly epic experience for a history lover like me. It is pretty grand, one has to go up and down quite a few stairs in various sections of the fort. The view of the Taj from the fort is also awesome. Only un-enjoyable part was the pestering hawkers selling fake Taj Mahal showpieces that they claim were made of marble. Don't buy!

2) Taj Mahal
Absolutely amazing. Mind-blowing monument this is, and probably the 'best wonder' of all the seven wonders of the world. Too many tourists, however, as I went on a Saturday. Clicked pics, went in and around the Taj, behind the Taj (Yamuna) and the site of the black Taj Mahal that was never built. Parking for the Taj is a bit distant and you have to take an e-bus to get to the Taj. MUST-SEE, for any Indian at least.

3) Krishna janmabhoomi/Vrindavan/Mathura
Came out of Agra and went to Krishna janmabhoomi mandir. Apart from the rude security check, this is a must visit too. A pretty sacred place for Hindus. I found the exteriors pretty dirty but otherwise the temple itself was worth praying at. Vrindavan is a series of temples. Quite a walk.
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Hafisu usman
  • Hafisu usman
  • 2 Reviews

"The destination is perfect for mind cooling holidays."

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Agra is indeed a very nice place to visit, because of its heritage sites and monuments. The Climatic condition is also good there. I enjoyed everything there especially our visit to Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, the monuments are wonderful! The Sha Jahan Garden is also another wonderful place to visited, we really enjoyed the visit.
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Amisha Sikri
  • Amisha Sikri
  • Lives in New Delhi
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  • 5 Reviews

"A good historical place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Agra is a place where you can witness the work of the architects who worked under the Mughals. It is a good historical place. One who are curious to know about the medieval period can visit Agra. No need to tell anyone but it is the home of the most beautiful monument "Taj Mahal". Also you can visit Agra fort which was built by Babur and all his successors lived. From the Agra fort you can see Taj Mahal very clearly. The place is worth going.
Also you can go to Fatehpur Sikri and view the Asia's longest and largest gate " the Buland Darwaza", built by Akbar, the great. Also you can go to Jodha's palace and the famous Sheikh Salim Chishti Dargah. This place is meant for all those who are interested in the history of our country. But one problem is that the place is not clean.
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Vishakha Saboo
  • Vishakha Saboo
  • Lives in Surat
  • 7 Reviews

"Perfect place to relive the culture heritage of the Mughal Empire"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Agra is famous for the wonder of the world Taj Mahal. Also, there are many more beautiful monuments and gardens from the ancient Mughal era. The right time to visit agra is the winter season. Apart from the taj, Agra is famous for its chaats. Do not miss the Taj Mahal(obviously!), Mehtab Bagh, Agra Red Fort, Dayal Bagh, Idimat-ud-daulah, Chini ka Rauza, Fatehpur Sikri (40 kms), Buland Darwaza, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (60 kms), Vrindavan (30 kms). Avoid the crowded old bazaars of the city, you can be stuck in a jam for more than an hour without space to budge forwards or backwards. Instead prefer the open roads like Fatehabad Road, Cantt area, Mall road and M.G. Road.
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Sagar Mourya
  • Sagar Mourya
  • 1 Review

"A great place in India"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Great place in India. The TAJ MAHAL is a so beautiful and it's the mughal sasak. Other place of agra was too good and it's a nice place to spend holiday. The food and people of Agra was good. The city was clean and green and I enjoyed a lot.
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Ishfaq Ahmed
  • Ishfaq Ahmed
  • Lives in Srinagar
  • 2 Reviews

"A good place to visit"

  • 3/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A very good place to visit and see some historical monuments like Taj mahal and Red fort what a journey everything was fine the travel, the visit to monuments. You will be able to see what our mughals had really done in these times to build a city like Agra.
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Vijya
  • Vijya
  • Lives in Agartala
  • 3 Reviews

"Perfect heritage holiday"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Agra has one of the seven wonders of World,"Taj Mahal" which is worth seeing. The rich cultural heritage of the city brings a lot of foreigners to the city. The lush green environment, the Yamuna River attracts the visitors. A perfect place for Indian food lovers and shopaholics. Connected by road, railways and airlines Agra can be accessed easily from any part of India.
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Md Ghouse
  • Md Ghouse
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"A wonderful place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was a wonderful place and my experience was awesome. Taj mahal is the 7 the wonder of the world I like to visit again and again. The beauty of Taj mahal is excellent. I enjoyed a lot with my friends. The drive from Delhi to Agra took about five hours, and driving in India is anything but boring. We were there right after monsoon season so we literally drove down a rough, dirty road almost the whole way. The drive usually only takes 3-4 hours,
though the roads added substantially to our travel time.
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