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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

History of Agra

Situated on the banks of the River Yamuna, the city of Agra has had a long tryst with history that dates back to the Mahabharata. It is during the Mughal rule that Agra assumed importance. 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 Radhasoami Faith. Though Hindi is the primary language, Urdu, Brij Bhasa, 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, Itmad-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 Buland 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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                     shriniwas G

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  •                      shriniwas G
  • Lives in Goa
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  • 9 Reviews
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"Incredible Taj at Agra" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Wah Taj bolo

Love to visit Taj!!! After seeing Taj, I realised why this historical monument is in 8 wonders of the World!!

Believe me, The Taj in the photographs and The Taj I saw by my own eyes are totally different one. What a flawless beauty!! How Shahjahan built this beautiful monument on the edge of Yamuna river in his era! The huge, very large view of Taj was awesome that you will definitely say "Wah Taj"!! Taj looks same from all its four angles. I have visited Taj in the month of May 2017. It was very hot climate during this month. So I suggest you to visit Taj early at 5 am. Yes all Agra wake up at 4 early in the morning. The sun rises here at around 5 am.

I also noticed the foundation of Black Taj Mahala just behind the Taj Mahal.

When I visited Red Fort, after Taj, I have a clear view of Taj from the Fort.

After that, If you are in shopping mood, you can purchase different variety of Sarees and Handcraft shops at Agra.

All Sight seeing was done with an authorised guide, who takes around Rs. 1000/- (negotiable) for full day. He will manage rental cars if you need.

Agra is also famous for its Petha named Agra Petha. But don't buy it as parcel to carry because it don't last more than one day. So better you have to taste it on the spot.

Here is the summery-

Best time to visit Agra- October to February.

Best hotel to stay in Agra is - Atulyaa Taj. Which is just 600 far from Taj East Gate. The hotel has terrace restaurant with pool too! Hotel rates are also reasonable. I got it for Rs-3500 (triple bed sharing) I had booked this hotel by online booking.

Overall Agra is a must visit place. I hope you guys like my review.

Regards-

Shriniwas

Goa
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Prem singh

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  • Prem singh
  • 3 Reviews
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"Super" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Very nice building in the world ... I like very much. I am going there with my family my family enjoyed very much. And my family wants going another time in this place so I want come to Agra again it's very beautiful it's samba of love it's true love
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Narinder kumar

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  • Narinder kumar
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"Nice trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was lovely place with lovely weather
Nice city with cooperative people
It was lovely experience at Taj Mahala and purana quila, great monumate of history with lovely crowd
With Friend to visit was lovely experience
Small journey and 1 night stay was lovely moment
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Sawan kumar

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  • Sawan kumar
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"Agra- Great City for Tourist, A place full of joy."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2017
A beautiful Destination to utilize your holiday. A great city to enjoy the beauty of monument.
Taj Mahala & Agra fort are the destination to visit.
Local food like 'Agra Petha & Mathura Peda' are tasty to eat.
Local ride like Ghoda Gadi & Rickshaw are used due to Pollution free.
Tourist are advised not to give excess fare as all location are nearby to each other.
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Rishabh

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  • Rishabh
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"This place is unbelievable, pictures don't do it j"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 7, 2017
It's too busy on weekends, everyone barging you, difficult to get photos etc.
Go early morning in the week, the noise and people traffic will hinder your Indeed. This is a must-see-place in Agra, which is only a couple of hours away from Delhi. The Jamaal looks at its best on a moonlit night without the electric lights on. The ... Of a ...
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Rohith Sivashankar

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"Home of Taj"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 6, 2017
The city of Agra is world famous for arguable one of the most renewed architecture in the world named Taj Mahala. Located south east of the national capital Delhi, Agra is well connected by trains and buses. Thousands of people visit Agra each year mainly to see the iconic Taj Mahala which is listed as one of the seven wonders of the world. Other attractions include Agra fort, where the emperor shah jahan spent his last days and the city of fatehpur sikri which was built by Akbar the great. Fathehpur sikri is know for structures lik the bulund darwaza, the panch mahalm etc. One can also visit the Sikandra fort which houses the tomb of Akbar
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Shankar kanojia

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  • Shankar kanojia
  • 5 Reviews
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"Average place, need to be aware of pickpocketer"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Mar 2, 2017
Though Agra is one of the 7th Wonder place where Taj Mahal and Red Fort is situated but the city is crowded with cheap people like Rikshaw wala - These people are always ready to make you fool, so its better to confirm rates with your booked hotel people before visiting.

Second thing - Be aware of pickpockets you will find many such people in this city.

Third thing - If you are a hygienic person then this place is not good for you.

Good Things : Taj Mahal - A wonderful monument with sign of love, no need of hiring any guide here.

Redfort : Interesting place this fort has many interesting things, you need to hire a guide here minimum charges of guide will be 100rs for an hour.

Fatehpur Sikri. : If you have 2 days time then you must visit this place.
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Mukesh Sagar

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  • Mukesh Sagar
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Agra - The place of Taj Mahal"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Feb 12, 2017
Agra is connected through road, rails and airport. The most convenient mode of travel could be roadways from Delhi and the cheapest would be train. In my opinion you reach New Delhi by flight and take a taxi to Agra. Take the Yamuna expressway, which is straight 8 lane highway. Ideal time to cover main attractions in Agra could be 2 nights 3 days. And if you have more time you can cover all the attractions.

The Key Attraction comprises of:
1) Taj Mahal
2) Agra Fort
3) Fatehpur Sikri
4) Shero's Cafe

Agra became famous due to the Taj Mahal - The Monument of Love. There are other attractions at Agra like the Agra Fort. Recently a restaurant opened here in Agra name Sheroes Cafe which is another hot attraction popular amongst tourist.

There is another must visit place near Agra is Fatehpur Siri, where Tomb of Salim chisti is there, Salim chisti was the one who gave his blessing to Akbar as Akbar had no kids till he visited Salim Chisti at Fatehpur Sikri.

The hotel of preference should be Howard Plaza The Fern, as it is very close to Taj Mahal, and it is available at competitive price.
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Deepika vinika

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  • Deepika vinika
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Taj Mahala owns our heart !!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 9, 2017
Visit Taj early morning .. It has a beautiful scenery around .. Backside of the Taj is also awesome, it has a small garden. Other places like Fatehpur Sikri, Agra fort are also worth visiting because these are world Heritage sites. Some of the famous Bollywood songs have been shot there.
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Umang Kardani

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  • Umang Kardani
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"TAJ name is enough"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 7, 2017
Agra is in wishlist of many world travellers and it's should be there also
But I would like to point out bad things first that are:
1) taxi drivers were really fighting with each other for getting passengers as we step out of station.
2) as you are tourist they will ask you to buy Petha and take home but actually that packet will spoil your whole luggage while you reach home.
3) to high travelling cost in city.
4) they think like you are here only for wasting your money and they will take you to that particular shop which will sell you some very crap good in very high price.
Good points are
Just two places:
1) Agra fort.
2) Taj.
That's enough everyone knows about both place but various movies and pics.
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