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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. Shahjahans 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

Agras 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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Amit Yadav
  • Amit Yadav
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 1 Review

"The most popular Tourist Attraction In India" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted Today
This is the must visit place for everyone and is amongst the top tourist destinations in India.

Everyone has to visit the Taj Mahal. One of the seven wonders of the world..

Apart fro the Taj mahal there are several other places people can visit in and around Agra. The Agra Fort, Fatehpuri Sikri, and many other places.

Agra is famous for handicrafts, Panchi Petha and manufacturing of leather shoes.
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Neelam Tiwari
  • Neelam Tiwari
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  • 1 Review

"Land of love" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Recently spent a night here while visiting the Taj. It goes without saying that the Taj is spectacular - Agra itself not so. The hotel is a little oasis away from Agra itself but you wouldn't want to spend more than a night or two here. It is a very short walk to join the electric cars to get to the Taj and ideally located and reasonably.
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Debjyoti Dey
  • Debjyoti Dey
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 6 Reviews

"A nice history place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Agra is generally known only for the Taj, but there are a dozen other hidden gems in this city. We forget our school history textbooks and don't realize that Agra was the capital of India at the peak of the Mughal rule. In fact, the downfall of the Mughals started only after they shifted the capital to Delhi.

Go for itmad-ud-daula, Akbar's tomb, Dayal Bagh temple. At Taj, don't forget to marvel at the gates of Taj, which are as beautiful and significant as the monument themselves.

Agra is not a great place for shopping and chances of you getting ripped is very high. If you have a sweet tooth, go for petha ('Panchi' brand is more famous).

The place is mainly for history buffs. If you are not one, either do some prior research before you visit the monuments, or avoid the city.

Caution: Touts, pickpockets abound everywhere. Be careful. The traffic snarls of the city is also a big let down in this 'city of love'.
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Sheetal Arora
  • Sheetal Arora
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 6 Reviews

"Visit only for the Taj" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We took a weekend trip to Taj from Mumbai. Though the trip was hectic, every minute was worth it. There is lots to see in Agra if you are a history enthusiast. Every tomb and every minar has a story. The Taj and Agra Fort are a must visit in the city. The view of the Taj from Agra fort is mind blowing and underrated.
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Anu Sri
  • Anu Sri
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 2 Reviews

"Amazing place with one of the wonders of the world" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
After the tiring day at Mathura & Vrindavan, we headed to Agra in the evening and reached the Hotel at Fatehabad by 10 pm. The next day morning we vacated the hotel at 10 and enquired for a South Indian Restra. Thankfully, we found a Udupi Sri Krishna Bhavan Restra at Taj Ganj just in our way to Agra Fort. We had all types of of South Indian Breakfast as we were 5 in number with family. The food was truly delicious and and the ambiance was quite and great. We paid the bill without taxes, one more plus point.

Then we headed to Agra Fort which was just a few minutes away from the Hotel. I felt it was the best ever Fort I have ever seen. It was huge and spacious. We had some great photography over there. The taste of Moghuls was truly Amazing and Inspiring. It has a Taj view from the top. And Yamuna river in between attracts you. We roamed at the Fort for 2 hours then headed to Taj.

My mom was so excited to see Taj. And, of course once you enter from that huge entry gate, Taj truly gives you that World Wonder Feel. Two eyes won't be enough to embrace the grace of the milky marbled Taj. It was pleasant and cool there as it was about the evening time. Don't forget to sit at the back side of the Taj, the cool breeze of Yamuna is a must to experience. Overall, it was a peaceful one day trip in Agra. We didn't plan for Fatehpur Sikri as it would become tiring in one day. Don't get fooled by Autowalas who says to show you the Meena Bazaar which are usual Handicrafts shops located at every corner in Agra. Both Fort and Taj are well connected by local autos and taxis and fare is also very reasonable.
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Anupama Chakraborty
  • Anupama Chakraborty
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Amazing place with one of the wonders of world" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Taj Mahal one of the seven wonders of the world, it was built by Mugul emperor Shah Jahan. This architectural wonder took 22 years to complete. It houses the graves of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jhan. It is surrounded by beautifully manicured lawns. To get inside you have to buy a ticket from ticket office. There are separate queues for men and women, which covers a ride in electric car, mineral water, shoe cover (shoes are not allowed in the monument, better to carry a pair of socks) only three quarter of the way is covered the rest of the way one has to walk which is not much. There are number of vendors along side road and inside the premise one can buy and bargain for hand crafted inlay work done table tops, coasters, miniature Taj, boxes and so on. Plus you can buy Mugul style jewellery, religious displays and paintings. Around Taj there are many photographers who click some awesome photos and give it to you in an hour to add to your beautiful memories of the place. The place shuts down by 6 to 6:15. There are many eating joints to suit every ones pocket and palate. To stay you have innumerable hotels, motels and guest houses to suit your pocket. The whole day goes by without realization.
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Pradeep Yadav
  • Pradeep Yadav
  • Lives in Allahabad
  • 1 Review

"Amazing with a lot of wonderful places to visit" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Very nice to see Taj in night light. I was amazed to watch this wonderful scenery and I would like to tell you that it is really an extreme happiness trip.

The place where we visited in the morning was also very good. Agra Fort, Sikandra Fort and Gurudwara are also very good to visit.
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Shakti Mohanty
  • Shakti Mohanty
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 7 Reviews

"A Perfect one-day Road trip" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
A road trip started from New Delhi early morning. Final destination being Agra, we headed our leg towards Mathura and Vrindavan first. Lord Shree Krishna's birthplace and playground had a lot to show us. There are a good number of temples in Vrindavan to visit. Please don't miss out Banke Bihari ji.

Ram temple in Mathura showed us the jail in which Lord took birth. It was also amazing to see a huge mosque just adjacent to the temple. This identifies India's culture.

From there we headed for Gokul where the lord grew up. We took help of few people who guided us till the place. It was Nand Baba and Yashoda maiya home. A place I was blessed to visit as a Hindu.

Ok Then begins our last step to Agra to see Agra Fort and the great Taj Mahal that needs no reason to specify. The guides at Taj mislead-ed us telling there's a long queue inside. Huhh.. It was just the length I saw outside the gate.
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Pushparaj S
  • Pushparaj S
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"A fabulous destination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Beautiful time spend so far. Everything is fabulous. I want to visit the same place again. Good work and keep going. You might be so busy with your camera because of lots of place to bring it to your screen for future memories. The food is very good. I prefer you to visit all the place mentioned by your tour guide.
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Aman Shah
  • Aman Shah
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"Unbelievable Taj Mahal" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Agra is the best place to go with your partner or with whole family. Agra is famous for Taj Mahal. It has great historic importance. Recently I visited Agra with my partner and we spent some memorable experiences there. If you are visiting Agra then you must visit for 2 days so that you can relax. The main advantage of visiting Agra is that accommodation is cheaper and convenient. So, you must visit Agra once.
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