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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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Sanjay Arora

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  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
  •  76 readers

"Wonderful Place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Agra is one of the good cities of India. I along with my friends and companions went on a week leave to visit Agra. Its a nice city. People are helpful. While being in Agra how can someone miss to see the beauty of Taj mahal which is one of the seven wonders of the world. Astonished by its beauty :)

The expenditure is very less. You hardly would find any spend over something. The tickets are cheap So I guess you shouldn't worry about the expenditure. Awesome place.
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Nihal Jaiswal

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"A place to enjoy" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I think everyone knows that what agra is famous for. It is popular for its loving memory made by shahjahan for his love mumtaz. I think one must visit taj mahal. Food was are really good and at reasonable rate. Go and visit the place. I guarantee that you will surely enjoy the place.
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Avni

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"A good getaway place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
As there is Taj Mahal in Agra so the place has its UPS itself. As it is an international holiday destination, so the roads should be more clean and safe in entire city. The whole city should be more well-organised and decorated. As it has a historical aspect, so the decoration of the entire city should be more historic theme oriented.
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Ashok Kumar

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"A must visit place for the one who loves ancient architecture" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
The meaning behind the building of this monument gives it a special ambience, don't confuse this with the spirit of religious sites. Very nice place to visit. A must visit place, who loves ancient architecture. Truly a wonder and rightly placed in list of "Wonder of Worlds".
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Chandrsekhar

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"No words to describe" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
No words to describe this wonderful monument. Of course it's 7th wonder of the world. Agra has the most ancient shiva temple near sikandra road named Kailash ji mandir. One should visit this divine place. Parashuram and his father jamadagni brought these two shiv lings from Kailash. Probably the only temple which has two shiv lings in this world.
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Delvin Thankachan

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"Great place t visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This is a great city for tourist. The main thing in this city as you know is the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal is just a awsome place for viewing. I liked the lake in front of Taj, it is very good. The roads in Agra is also very good. But the city is not much clean.
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Himanshu Sharma

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  • Himanshu Sharma
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"Nice but nothing to do after watching Taj Mahal" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is good to be there but not as compared to mountain places as well as some other good places. Nothing to do after seeing Taj Mahal and not much there. Waste of time but good for the person who had not seen Taj Mahal in his whole life.
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Parvez Chaudhary

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"Famous for its exceptional monuments" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The city of Agra is famous for its exceptional monuments and buildings. Tourists and history freaks have endless love for the city.

However, people with religious inclination will never feel deprived as there are has several Religious Places in Agra. Numerous tombs, stones and graveyards dedicated to well known religious leaders are conspicuous with their presence in Agra.
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Syed Muntazir

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"The Taj Tour" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It's a wonderful destination. 2 to 3 days required to visit them all. Ride from Yamuna express way was smooth. Although Mathura road is also convenient. Toll charges on both are not much different. Local guides and photographers annoy a lot sometimes.

At fatehpur sikri local guides were not allowing us to go any further in our car as per supreme Court order. But if you take a guide along paying 350rs then you can go up to the location in your car, we managed to take our car up to the destination without a guide which requires lot of argumentations. But then did a guide at destination for just 20Rs. Check weather before planning.
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"A beautiful and fun filled experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We planned a sudden trip just for a day with friends and cousins. We reached by 10 in the morning and we went to see the monuments and by the night coming close we went to Taj Mahal and few other monuments and came back to Delhi. It was so much fun with friends, we didn't know how time passed. This was the first trip with my friends in my lifetime.
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