Agra Tourism

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

History of Agra

Situated on the banks of the River Yamuna, the city of Agra has had a long tryst with a history that dates back to the Mahabharata. It is during the Mughal rule that Agra assumed importance and Sikander Lodhi is known as its founder. It is here that Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in memoriam of his queen Mumtaz Mahal. Under British rule, the region was known as Presidency of Agra and was the seat of the government. It is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which are the chief Agra sightseeing attractions.

People and Culture of Agra      

Known for its cultural diversity, Hindus, Muslims, and Christians are all found in this city. Agra is the birthplace of two religions—Din Illahi, which gained popularity during Akbar’s reign, and the Radhaswami Faith. Though Hindi is the primary language, Urdu, Brijbhasa, and English are also widely used. The annual ‘Taj Mahotsav’ is a 10-day event that showcases the folk arts, music, and crafts of the region to locals and those sightseeing in Agra.

Things To Do in Agra

The Taj Mahal, without a doubt, tops the list of places to see in Agra. Built in the mid-17th century, this monument is considered a fine example of Mughal architecture. Besides the Taj, the Agra Red Fort, built by Emperor Akbar, also figures on the list of UNESCO Heritage Site. Akbar’s tomb in Sikandra, Itimad-Ud-Daulah’s tomb, Mankameshwar Temple, Gurudwara Guru Ka Taal, Jama Masjid, and Ram Bagh are some other places to visit in Agra.

The third of Agra attractions on the Heritage list is Fatehpur Sikri, which is about 35 km from the city. The Bulund Darwaza is the most prominent of the various historical buildings found here. Among other things to do in Agra, you can go on the Mughal Heritage Walk, which is a 1 km loop.

Food and Shopping in Agra

There can be no better place to taste some authentic Mughlai dishes than in the restaurants and eateries across Agra. Do not forget to sample the Kadhai Paneer, Butter Chicken, Naans, Bedai, Bhallas, Pasanday, Korma, and Tandoori Chicken. A trip to Agra is incomplete if you have not satiated your sweet cravings with some Pethas and Jalebis.

Visitors on an Agra tour love to take home souvenirs in the form of locally manufactured leather products, handicrafts, and stone goods. The Sadar Bazaar area is a great place to shop for trinkets and leather shoes and figures on the list of Agra places to visit.

Accommodation in Agra

There is no need to worry if you are wondering how to reach Agra. The airport at Agra has regular flights to and from cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, and Varanasi. The city is well-connected by rail to various parts of the country and there are many stations such as Agra Cantonment, Agra Fort, and Agra City to name a few. Three national highways connect Agra to the rest of India along with many state highways. Agra getaways are popular with people living in the Golden Triangle area comprising of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra. There are plenty of hotels and resorts in Agra to cater to the needs of different types of travellers. They are all centrally located and well-connected to the various Agra tourist places.

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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 228 Reviews
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"Must visit destination which is surrounded by superb monuments" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I had been to Agra by train in the month of December 2016. Agra is a must-visit destination in the tourism circuit of Uttar Pradesh. The must-visit destinations around Agra are the Majestic Taj Mahal, the iconic Agra Fort and the most popular Fatehpur Sikri. Taj Mahal was a tomb built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz. This is a glorious and fine example of brilliant Maugham Architecture. This has been declared a world heritage site in the year 1983 Agra Fort is a 16th century monument and is the precise place where Aurangzeb held his father Shah Jahan as a prisoner. This fort has many palaces, audience halls and 2 mosques. The Agra fort is located very near to the Taj Mahal. The Fatehpur Sikri has a perfect mixture of Indian, Islamic and persian Architecture. It was built by King Akbar in 1570 as a glowing tribute to Sufi saints. This was fully built using red sandstone, For a long period of 10 years, Fatehpur Sikri remained the capital of the mighty Maugham Empire. The City has a 3- kilometer long wall on three sides and has been declared as a World Heritage Site in 1986.
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  • 7rishabh
  • 7 photos
  • 16 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"The glory of mughals" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I visited this place last spring and it was awesome. Went there with group the places to visit are 1- taj mahal, 2- Agra fort 3- fatehpur sikri and humayu's tomb the best thing you can do is to visit this place along with Mathura and Vrindavan. You can find cheap hotels easily the city is not costly but it's very unhygienic city .. Please drink mineral water only. Can be easily seen in 3-4 days. Budget less than 4k.
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Anum afsheen

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  • Anum afsheen
  • 4 Reviews
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"Enjoyed the most" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Overall a memorable tour in Agra. Renovation work on Taj Mahala Minarets and surrounding. No entry restrictions except carrying backpack or bags inside. Agra Fort is maintained very well, Mehtab Bagh is also OK nothing much entertaining just the other side of Taj Mahala and Baby Taj is also good. Only thing you need to worry about is the tour guides they just eat your head. I met a very honest and trustworthy person to drive me throughout Agra and Fatehpur Sikri. If any time you visit Agra please meet Manveer Singh on to take you around Agra and Fatehpur Sikri.
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Vikash sharma

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  • Vikash sharma
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"Agra is good for 2 days trip especially for delhites" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Well, My wife has done her studies from Agra so she has planned this for me and trust me this review could be a good for anyone looking to visit Agra for the first time (not to visit Taj Mahala only).
Let me first tell you guys that Agra is surely a fantastic tourist place but trust me we could make it feel like home (Delhi), as there are plenty of stuffs to do and visit that may let us feel like home based feeling leaving us with lots of mixed adventures.
Here are some stuffs we did and we recommend you too when you are in Agra:
• Book a nearby hotel to Jamaal. There is a dedicated lane where lots of top hotel like radisson and oberoys amar vilas is located, that directly takes you to eastern gate of Taj Mahala. You can find all taste and budget of hotel in this lane.
• Keep a day for Jamaal as it make take your 5-6 hours to completely explore the place.
• In case you are avoiding having dinner in hotel, that better choice because there is hundred top choices in Agra very near to these places to have good authentic foods. Pacific mall, Pindbluchi and many more authentic places are very near to the location.
• In morning we recommend to visit to NATURE's WALK and place where you kids and couple would love to go mostly in morning time. It lets you look at Taj from outside with a very closest feeling.
• Alongwith your visits to Red Fort and other Kilas etc in Jamaal. There are two more places to must visit. One is RAJA KI Mandi. There is a good parking space so don't worry about the traffic and parking and take your car with you. This place will feel you like bazaars in Jaipur or some lajpat nagar type feeling. You can buy some good export footwear from there.
• and the Second place is SADAR BAZAR, Yes we have one place in Delhi too, but that SADAR is more like CP we have in Delhi. Its a good window shopping place with less traffic, less crowd and big brands, you can find CCD and other PIZZA giants as well. Also make sure you find MAMA's Chicken and Roll point. If you are a non-veg freak, this is a must visit place for you guys in Agra.
Some informations to help you while you visit to Tajmahal:
• Get your tickets bought from nearest counter, any single person can go and buy for even a group. You don't need to go with all the people of your group or couple to buy the ticket. We were initially told that we have show our proofs while buying the tickets but that's not the case. You need to show you identity etc only when you are going to enter to see the Taj Mahala.
• Ticket can be purchased from 6:30am in the morning till 5:30pm I guess so its better to get as early as possible but make sure you start your visit to Jamaal in very early morning as this time you will get less crowd and less queue also a very different morning feeling when visiting Taj. As less people you see around, more romantic you may feel while you are near to Taj.
• Make sure you carry your identity and address proof with you, as many people don't carry it and that create lots of noise and delay in queue.
• You can carry your purse and phone and camera with you inside the tajmahal, but not a luggage or big bags so avoid them.
• Make sure to buy shoe covers, before you queue. It cost 5 rupees each pair.
• Keep a guide with you (I am sure we all know about Agra but its worth to hear their • stories and keep yourself visit every smaller place of the Tajmahal), especially if you are going with kids.
• Get your photos clicked by professional once you enter as it takes no less than 35 minutes to get them printed, so you can get it ready once you back from your Taj visit. The general charges for 6 clicks is 300 rupees.
Overall, that is what did and learn throughout the trip and I hope this will help all of your visiting first time to Agra.
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A Ghosh

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  • A Ghosh
  • Lives in Mangalore
  • 5 Reviews
  •  1036 readers

"Agra is a place of visit" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Agra is city of Taj. Most of the shop keepers, taxi drivers, travel agents etc. Always try to deceive the tourists. But of course like other cities good people are also there. Please verify the rates of anything to deal with. City of Agra should have much more tourist friendly considering the gravity of world heritage site.
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  • Ritesh
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"Agra Vrindawan Mathura" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Vrindavan Mathura, Agra is a good weekend from Delhi with family. Before going to Agra stay 1 day in Vrindavan. Go early in the morning because all temple in Vrindavan close at 1. 30pm and reopen at 5pm. Visit Vrindavan city through auto only not by Car. In Vrindavan Bankebihari temple is oldest and in Mathura Dwarikadhees. After taj Mahala in Agra go to Sadar Bazar in evening from 6-9pm
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Steven heath

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  • Steven heath
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"Agra - a city destroyed by pollution" new review

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
This is a city with fantastic heritage but the State and National Governments are doing insufficient about the pollution. It is disgusting, both physical and air pollution. We could not spend more than three hours outside our hotel due to the stink and smog in the air. Our eyes hurt and skin was dirty
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Vivek upadhyay

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  • Vivek upadhyay
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"Nice place to visit" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Affordable place for visiting with family. Food quality is so good.. Conveyance is also low price at Agra... I am really impressed compared with my last time visit to Agra... Actually this city is very developed and smart. Amazing experience... I also visited Sikandra is too good.
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Subhankur Paul

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  • Subhankur Paul
  • Lives in Tarakeswar
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  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Tour Agra, Mathura, Vrindavan & Akshardham (New Delhi)"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
If you like History & Architecture, Agra tour is perfect. Maximum tour 3 days. Must Watch Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort, Sikandra, Mathura & Vrindavan.

Our Tour:

1st Day - Book a car (early morning 7) for Sikandra.

2nd Day - Akshardham by Train.

3rd Day - Agra Fort & Tajmahal.

4th Day - Dayal Bagh / Itmad ud Daula then take the Train.
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Chetan anand

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  • Chetan anand
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"Very bad experience"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
In Agra no more enjoy. Because Jamaal and fort is destination for travelling. Very heavy traffic. No more amenities in city. There is more local transportation problem. If someone wants to go Agra please make plan of maximum1 or 2 days. A few hotels is good.
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