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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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Nidhie Ahuja
  • Nidhie Ahuja
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 5 Reviews

"Great experience and a worth place to see" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Food is good and different. Worthy places to see. Good shopping experience. You can do bargaining while doing shopping. It is worth to see the place. Lot of destinations are near by like Bharatpur Century and Fatehpur Sikri are some of the places to visit near by.
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Rahil Anwar
  • Rahil Anwar
  • Lives in Budaun
  • 2 Reviews

"A romantic place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Taj mahal one of the most visiting and romantic place in the world. It was awesome in moon light. There are lot of historical place but no nothing is like taj. I have never seen such place in the world. I suggest everyone to visit this place once.
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Satyam Sinha
  • Satyam Sinha
  • Lives in Patna
  • 1 Review

"Exhibits the golden period of Mughals" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Good place to visit a historical monument. Must be visited and shows us golden period of Mughals. City has a red fort also which must be visited and obviously Agra ka petha, it is delicious. Spending an evening on the bank of Yamuna is also a great event.
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Ashish Gurung
  • Ashish Gurung
  • Lives in Raipur
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  • 3 Reviews

"A beautiful place but beware of the guide" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Agra is a beautiful place and I mean it. I left for Taj Mahal early morning around 6pm, that's the best time to visit taj. The narrow lanes around all the 3 gates of taj still hold that tinge of history around them, to see the sunrise in Taj Mahal is a bliss. After that we went to Agra fort, a autorickshaw would cost around 40-50 to reach there. You can have a guide if you want detailed explanation, the place is extremely beautiful. You can get a foggy view of the taj mahal from here.

Then we headed to baby taj (itmad-ud-daulah), I must admit, although this monument is small, it's extremely beautiful. You must not miss it. From Agra fort a rickshaw will take around 50-60 rupee to reach there. From there we headed to Mehtab Bagh to see the sunset around taj. I got some extremely beautiful pictures there. This bagh is located behind the Taj Mahal. We took a auto rickshaw from baby taj to mehtab bagh and the driver agreed to wait for 1. 5 hour and drop us to our hotel near station all at 150 rupee.

Next day we went to fatehpur sikri, you can take a bus from Idgah bus stand near Agra cant station which would cost around 40 rupee for fatehpur. When you reach there the guide will stick to you like leech.

WARNING- dont hire the guide here, they have a big business chain. The guide told us that the monument needs ticket and he will charge 150 for three person including the 20 rupee ticket for each, we agreed and then we discovered that there was no ticket to visit fatehpur, he fooled us. Then he took us to salim chisti dargah, there he insisted us to offer flower and chadar (bed sheet) and started making personal comments. They offered us sheets in 3 sizes costing 1100, 700 and 500 each, don't buy it. If you really want to offer a chaadar then buy it from outside and then bring it in.

Rather don't take a guide, fatehpur doesn't need a guide. So we lost 1100 bucks each here, then he took us to another burial and asked us to offer flowers and bedspread for 500 rupee, he looted us very well, don't fall in this trap on the name of religion. Then he left us and asked us to go on our own to sikri, fatehpur and sikri are two different places. In fatehpur there is no ticket, but in sikri you have to pay 20 rupee, best is to take a audio guide here in sikri. It's a beautiful place with lots of historical information. Then we took the bus and return to our hotel.
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Ajay  Kumar
  • Ajay Kumar
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 6 Reviews

"A must see place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Took a road trip to Agra from Delhi in the month of November 2014. I can only say wow while driving on Taj express way albeit one need to be careful while enjoying driving. You hardly get such road in India.

It took close to 3.5 hr to reach from west Delhi with 2 small breaks. After about 40-50 km on highway, road was full of fog but thats where the excitement comes.

Needless to say much about Agra. Must see places are Taj Mahal, Agra fort and Dayal Bagh.
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Abhishek Yadav
  • Abhishek Yadav
  • Lives in Ajmer
  • 5 Reviews

"A good place to enjoy" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Place where I enjoy the most in my life, places which are so attractive is the one and only Tajmahal which I like most, the place where you feel like heaven in the earth. Agra is also a very beautiful place to watch out in your vacations. All you feel is very good there and like it very much.
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Ashwani Varun
  • Ashwani Varun
  • Lives in Agra
  • 1 Review

"A historical place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Agra is the best place to see the historical building's. The natural beauty exists all around us. I want to go to Agra when I think about travelling. The tour of Agra is to all heritage building in a single tour including Fatehpur sikhri.
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Akash Chaudhary
  • Akash Chaudhary
  • Lives in Muzaffarnagar
  • 2 Reviews

"Beautiful and the heart of UP" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It is a very good city and the best city in Uttar Pradesh in other words it is the heart of Uttar Pradesh and most beautiful thing as everyone knows the sign of love Taj Mahal and also very nice people of this city. Overall it is very beautiful city in our India.
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Neha Ghore
  • Neha Ghore
  • 1 Review

"Unforgettable experience" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I have been to here last month, I visited Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, I traveled from Noida by my own vehicle, it took around 3 hours total to reach there finally I reached there took my ticket. From the entrance you'll start feeling good because our Taj is called real beauty very calm & peaceful place. After seeing its beauty you will not feel any doubt that its a 7 wonders of the world, everyone must visit this place.
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Murli manohar sharma Sharma
  • Murli manohar sharma Sharma
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 2 Reviews

"An amazing trip" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
This was an amazing trip. I never had such kind of great trip in my life befor. Nice and sweet. Such kind of short trips are really helpful in making the journeys easy. We first went to uttar pradesh and then then met with the agent. There he took us to the taj mahal. With his help and the knowledge he made us to feel the love and dignity of the taj mahal. Really this trip is always memorable for me.
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