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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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Amita Chhetri

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"A beautiful historical place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
On 22 June, I reached Agra to see Taj Mahal. It is a very beautiful historical moment peace of love. And I also visited to see Fatehpur sikri. Very nice but it is a hot place in evening time it's a nice place of view. I want to visit this place again.
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Virendar yadav

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"An excellent trip" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Excellent experience with Prashant palace. Food hygienic and staff were helpful. Agra is a good historical place. Taj Mahal, Red fort, Church and there was so many places for tourist to explore.
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Pardeep Goyal

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"A very good city for travelling" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is very good city for travelling. There are many facilities like-cinema, taj mahal, hotels, rooms etc. Taj mahal in Agra is also very famous place for visiting many people from outside India visit there and enjoy its beauty, in Agra all facilities are availed easily.
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Subodh Bisht

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  • Lives in Gurgaon
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"Words come out of mouth - WAH TAJ" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Taj Mahal is enough to explain The Incredible India as well as Agra. It was a time of our college tour more than 5 Years back in Feb 2010. After completing our destinations which include Goa, Ajanta & Ellora Caves, Khajuraho we reached Agra. We checked into the hotel. After fresh and up, had a lunch at Local Restaurant. Now time to see The Taj Mahal. As this was our college tour so I was already enjoying company with my friends but when we entered through Entry gate the word came out of our mouth was "Wah Taj". Amazing architecture by Mughals. We took so many single and group photographs. Words are less to describe the beauty of "Taj Mahal". After Taj Mahal we moved towards to Agra Fort which is also known as Red fort. Again one of the finest architecture by Mughals. I think no need to write much about these two tourist attractions as these are already famous all over the world.
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Tarun Garg

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"Perfect destination for a day outing" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This place is known for Taj Mahal. A must visit place for lovers. We visited this place recently though it's hot in the daytime we enjoyed a lot. We started at around 7:30 am from Gurgaon and reached to Agra by 11:30. We have chosen Yamuna Express Way and it's fantastic but bad part is toll tax which has to be paid 4 time.
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Sagar Mourya

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"Great place in India" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Agra is too good place. The TAJ MAHAL was a great place. Loving to go to Agra. I went to Agra on December. And there is lot of enjoyment. Great to visit the city of TAJ. I loved the PETHA, it's famous sweet in India. So I tell everyone to go to Agra and see India TAJ.
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Neeraj Kumar

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"Good experience and felt refreshed" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I went agra only to visit taj mahal. We all "knew" Taj Mahal! Tv and movies took it to everybody's home. We only missed the details, and now we saw them. Wow!

The finely carved Marble Screen in only one large piece, the marble inlaid with precious stones, the harmony of the whole, enhance everything that is already said and written by everybody.

I was a very nice experience and I felt refreshed after this trip.
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Aditya Upadhyay

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"Fun & emotional trip" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
So we Completed 4 Years of Engineering and our Juniors Planned for a Farewell Trip to Agra, so we landed in Agra on 27th March, and on the second day we visited Taj Mahal, what a beautifying place, what a structure, I mean that day I felt what the hell is Engineering, Magnificent Structure, what we see in images is completely different, yes its white but when we saw it closely, the color became light yellow from Time to time.

Agra Fort is also an awesome place to Visit, if you are planning to visit Agra then pre-plan for the Light Show, yaar it was completely awesome and I would request you not to take the guides because they don't guide they just misguide, yeah we found a guide and he was talking about some TEJO MAHAL, so we paid him and asked him to leave.

Don't visit Agra in Summer, it will completely boil you.
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Ram Gupta

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"An excellent place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is an excellent place in world. Everything is good around the city. People are very helpful. I have visited Agra and saw the most historical places. The famous Taj Mahal and enjoyed lot and I have also visited the Agra Fort. its a good historical place. Taj Mahal is a very romantic place in the world.
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Sanchit Jain

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  • Sanchit Jain
  • Lives in Pune
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"A city of Taj"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Agra the most widely known city around the world as it exhibits one of the 7 wonders of the world, The Taj Mahal. Everything is good around the city, you will find good hotels, nice foods, cheap street markets providing good quality stuffs. And except Taj you can have a look at other monuments including Buland Darwaza, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri and many more. Just one problem is that this beautiful city is spoiled by some politician, as no one is looking out for its beautification and city is getting dirty day by day. Overall a lifetime experience at Taj just make sure you have suitable clothes for the trip. Because at Agra Summer are too HOT and Winters are too COOL. Enjoy :)
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