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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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Siddhant Sharma

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  • Siddhant Sharma
  • Lives in Manesar
  • 1 Review
  •  28 readers

"Exceptional Beauty!" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Well, the reason to visit Agra is not something I need to put forward, everybody in this world knows it very well. It is home to the monument of love 'The Taj Mahal'. This is particularly the season to visit Agra when it is not so cold neither too hot i.e. Feb-march. Apart from the Taj there are other historical monuments like the Red Fort, Buland Darwaza, Fatehpur Sikri etc. Which one can visit to witness the beauty of mughal architecture.

The local food is also very delicious especially the bedhai-aloo which is available easily at shops, there is a long queue each morning with many office-goers standing to have there breakfast before heading to their offices, it is definitely very crowded most time of the day but there is an elegance to this crowd which is typical of Agra, people are very friendly and very generous and helpful to foreigners.

Foreigners from Europe are mostly seen visiting Agra most probably for there love for Mughal architecture, they notice and admire the intricacies of the monuments built hundreds of years ago. Apart from the ones who come for academic purposes the other bunch is that of new lovers who come there to immerse themselves in the air of love that surrounds the mystical monument of Taj Mahal. The river which passes through Agra id Yamuna and the Taj is situated on the banks of Yamuna.
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Narender Tewatia

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  • Narender Tewatia
  • Lives in Faridabad
  • 1 Review
  •  28 readers

"Must visit place with family" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
It was a very good trip with family in weekends. We hired a car for this trip and had loads of fun. I will go again. I should tell you that you must carry a good camera for this kind of trip such as kodak, cannon and sony etc. Try to see Taj mahal in moon light if possible. I heard that in moon light it looks really amazing. You should try their local chaats on stalls. You can buy some really good hand crafted items according to your choice.
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Pawan

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  • Pawan
  • Lives in Goa Velha
  • 2 Reviews
  •  54 readers

"Agra, a must go!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Agra city is one among golden triangle. Nothing more to say about Tajmahal. It is a great creature. From my point of view compare to Jaipur, Agra is not up to the mark. Cleanliness is also not good. Market is very conjusted. Fatehpur sikri which is around 35 km from Agra is also a very good place to visit which was capital of Akbar.
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Shivu Dabas

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  • Shivu Dabas
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  53 readers

"Agra a perfect destination for short trip" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
I went to Agra with my school mates, and it was a worth tip. One should go to Agra once and see 1st of seven wonders of the world Taj mahal. Its a beautiful tomb with engravings of past on its walls. Purana qila near Taj mahal is too a great fort to go. You get a direct view of Taj mahal from here. The market in the campus of Taj mahal is full of Indian art, having beautiful artefacts. Dhabas near Taj mahal have a tasty food. I'm from Delhi and my group really enjoyed trip to Agra. Its so much fun roaming around our historic sites and cultural heritages.
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Guna Vikas

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  • Guna Vikas
  • Lives in Kothagudem
  • 4 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  67 readers

"An awesome place to spend time" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
One of the best places and one of the best feelings to be there in India's pride Taj mahal. The rightly said true meaning of love. Not wrongly said as it is definitely one of the wonders of world. The place is very natural and in the heart of city Agra centred at a 2 hour distance from Delhi. The very tourist attractions of India. There are few other places you can explore there. And one should definitely find some space to go there.

I visited it once And wish to be there again. Hope you feel the same
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Abhinav Khanna

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  • Abhinav Khanna
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 1 Review
  •  83 readers

"Fun place to visit for a short trip" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was a sudden unplanned trip as me & my friends had a holiday and were getting bored, so decided to go to agra. We were really excited to see Taj Mahal and were not disappointed, you have to go there to believe in its beauty. It looked glorious. Then we went to red fort which is near Taj and the place was awesome. I would definitely love to travel to Agra again. The people are helpful and the city is beautiful.
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Simmi .

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  • Simmi .
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
  •  112 readers

"Good place to go!" new review

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Good place, a must visit. Monuments provides a long lasting effect. City is little bit average but historical places gives its an incredible value which matters a lot. There is little bit difficulty in finding good hotels although there are many but very few have good services.
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Devendra Katara

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  • Devendra Katara
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
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"Heritage city-Agra!" new review

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Agra is a big n very good city of the India. Tajmahal is a famous place which is a symbolic representation of the love. In the Agra rush was very high. Tajmahal where which now a days WiFi hot spot started by the India government. Agra coming up in a smart city top 100.
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Aakash Nath

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  •  106 readers

"A must see place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We went there in our car, and it really helps. There is a bit of history in every nook and cranny. We stopped at Khetam Lake, it's an offbeat stop, but it's littered with many migratory birds offering a great time. Being a not-so-well-known destination, it's not crowded at all. You might even go for a bit of boating the lake of you're up for all the paddling involved.
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Mohit Agrawal

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  • Mohit Agrawal
  • Lives in Mathura
  • 1 Review
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  160 readers

"City of Taj" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is very awesome place for visiting with friends and it is also for couples many people come from different countries to see the Taj mahal. Taj mahal symbol of love which is made by shajahan for mumtaj memorise. Good experience!
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