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After spending a few years in the wilderness, followed by 3 years in Hyderabad (1 yr) and Pune (2 yrs), I have come back to Agra. Back because I have stayed here before. After spending 2 months here, here is my initial impression of the place.

It is a city caught in a time warp. There is almost no change, except few cosmetic ones from what I experienced 10 years ago. Yes, there are more bikes on the road and some new stores struggling to make an impression. However, scratch a little deeper and the same grit and grime is evident. Traffic is horrible, with everyone wanting to get ahead at the same time. If ever we come to the age of flying cars, Agra will be the first to adopt it, for sure. Youngsters and the not so young have their thumbs on the horn as they drive or rather swerve through traffic, maybe all are blessed with nine lives here and they know it.

The main market of Sanjay Place and Sadar Bazaar seem to be holding still in time. Some new showrooms have opened up which exist in close harmony with familiar street vendors and smaller shops. The overall appearance is of an ageing diva trying hard to look attractive by applying an overdose of cosmetics.

Some malls had opened up a few years ago but have since closed down or are on their last legs. Few multiplexes do function but do not see much patronage. Maybe the ticket cost is too high or the location is wrong or both.

Some big chains have made an appearance, Reliance Fresh, Shoppers Stop, Easy Day etc but they are actually caricatures of their stores in bigger cities. Even they seem to be denying the 'City of Taj' a decent treatment.

The Taj however, stands majestic and in company of Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, attracts tourists from far and wide. The guide, cab driver, rickshaw puller, shopkeeper nexus is at its best, like any other tourist spot in the world. Tourists, beware and look out for yourself. The brave souls who do come here and justly rewarded by the stunning view of the Taj and the marvellous architecture of the Taj, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Maybe the squalor all around makes these places seem even more grand.

The locals are just like any other small town of UP. The youngsters are aspirational and eager to adopt the new age life and get into the fast lane but trapped by circumstances and tradition. Coaching classes abound; if only a magic formula to success could be taught! Tempers run high at the smallest provocation. The govt seems to be trying to break the mould and blow new life into the city but the progress is halting at best. A sincere push is required to get the city out of its chains of decay and ennui else it may just remain a footnote in the geography of India; a sad commentary for a city that is home to the most beautiful monument to love in the world.
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Rajnish Kumar
  • Rajnish Kumar
  • Lives in Faridabad
  • 1 Review

"An early morning visit for beautiful view and less hassle" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted Today
Bit of a pointless review as you're still going to visit regardless. There's not much I can add to over 5000 positive reviews as nothing can prepare you for seeing the world's greatest building for the first time. I'd definitely recommend a sunrise visit for beauty and less hassle. The East Gate wasn't busy at all when I visited.
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Aditya Kumar
  • Aditya Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"An amazing city" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
A very good place to visit especially because of Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri, but the main drawback I found is that there is no air services. You have to board train to come to Agra. But still from New Delhi it takes around three hours to reach Agra . There are many hotels and lodges to stay. It was a great place.
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Suri Rana
  • Suri Rana
  • Lives in Agra
  • 6 Reviews

"A beautifully crafted city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I love Agra and everything in Agra. The trip was awesome because of its very beautiful sights, especially my favourite, the Taj Mahal. There are some more historical buildings like Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Sikandra Tomb, Mariam Tomb and Etmad-e-daula. These all monuments are very beautiful. The food is very delicious, specially my favorite street food like paani puri. Overall, my experience was awesome.
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Geetika  Khanna
  • Geetika Khanna
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 6 Reviews

"A place to visit only during winters" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The major attractions were Taj Mahal and FatehPur Sikri which were pretty close. It is advised to visit the city only during the cold months as sun can be pretty harsh from April to August. The water doesn't taste and smell good. So better buy only packaged drinking water. It was a great place.
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Ashwani Jaiswal
  • Ashwani Jaiswal
  • 1 Review

"Beautiful historical places" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was a great experience to visit Agra. It was great to see the Taj Mahal. Visiting Red Fort was amazing too. It's always great to visit historical places. I really enjoyed this wonderful experience.
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Jiohj Etzs
  • Jiohj Etzs
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"Enjoy the beauty of the Taj" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Taj Mahal is a must see here, I loved the view completely. It was a wonderful experience for me. Besides, we also enjoyed visiting the Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, etc.
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Lalit Ranga
  • Lalit Ranga
  • 2 Reviews

"Wonderful city" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The city of Agra is very interesting to see; just take an auto and take a ride round the city. There are many sights to see and enjoy. Agra is not only about the Taj Mahal, you get to see a lot of snake charmers, market stalls and of course the popular Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
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Shobha Singh
  • Shobha Singh
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"Great Visit To a Historical Place like AGRA" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I visit Agra frequently; there are very good historical places to see. I visit the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri Near Agra. If you have not visited Agra, go there at least once. The Taj Mahal is a great innovation of the Mughals, you feel very good in the evenings there. Overall a fantastic family trip.
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Dinz Awtani
  • Dinz Awtani
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"Agra, the TajMahal City" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
One of the best cities in India. Agra is one of the monumental city of Uttar Pradesh. Taj Mahal the 7th wonder of the world. The food of Agra is also known for its best sweets and tastes which is popular in whole of the country. But the increasing pollution near Taj Mahal is causing a big problem to it i.e. its loosing its colour and turning into a yellow giant monument. The government of Uttar Pradesh are taking several steps to maintain its dignity and identity for a better tourism in India.
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Pranav Arora
  • Pranav Arora
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"An awesome experience" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A best place to visit. Many forts to visit. The best are pethas of agra. And i also love the pani puri from agra. There are many forts such as fatehpur sikri and the great Taj Mahal. One must go there at the time of sunset. We were very happy after watching the Taj and the Red Fort.
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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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