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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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Shakti Mohanty
  • Shakti Mohanty
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 7 Reviews

"A Perfect one-day Road trip" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days 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 5 days 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
  • 1 Review

"Unbelievable Taj Mahal" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 5 days 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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Rahul Sharma
  • Rahul Sharma
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"A city with great historic importance" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Recently I had made trip to Agra which is situated in UP, had a great time. Agra is famous for taj mahal people from different parts of the world come to visit Agra. It has great historic importance. It is the place for a family holiday as well as couple holiday. I had trip with my whole family for 2 days. It hardly takes 3 hours to reach Agra from Delhi.
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Sandip Patel
  • Sandip Patel
  • Lives in Navsari
  • 2 Reviews

"A perfect spot to have fun" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Our overall experience is very good, the places let you know about all historical places as well as you can know about variety of knowledge and languages. The road side restaurants are too good they provide very good delicious food. One day we visited a hotel near Jaipur, in that we ordered makki di roti, sarso ka sag what a fab food, fab fab!!!!! Go to this place and enjoy the ride and also gain historical knowledge. Dont miss to visit taj mahal jantar mantar.
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Piyush pratap Singh
  • Piyush pratap Singh
  • 5 Reviews

"Really a nice city" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Must visit Agra at least once. The apt time to visit is from October to March because rest of year its too hot. Many watchable places are here, like sikandra akbar's tomb, world wonder Taj mahal, Cantt, River Yamuna Banks local markets for India's famous Petha etc.

If you come here in winter then you can enjoy local foods too. Travel by your vehicle is preferable.

Enjoy your next Journey soon.

And YES, the Birthplace of Lord Krishna is only 57 km from here. So if you coming from Delhi then first Visit Mathura.
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Hasbriale Yolasite
  • Hasbriale Yolasite
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 8 Reviews

"Experience of a Lifetime - Wah Taj!!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It took me 24 years to revisit Agra and I was not disappointed. I have faint or no memory of the time I last visited as a 6 year old kid with my family.

But, my last visit here more than made up for it. Arrived early around 8. 00 AM in the morning at Agra Railway station and headed to my Hotel. Hotel guys informed me it can get crowded on Sunday's and asked to visit the Taj early. Not to mention avoid the afternoon sun.

It was a clear sunny day, not a cloud in the sky when reached there. The moron selling the entry pass/ticket was rude as I was from South India. Screw him.

Anyway, entered through the South gate and there it is.. The Magnificent Taj in all its glory! Still the most beautiful wonder of the world. Took me nearly 3 hours to fully explore every nook and corner of the Taj. Recommend, Late Winter season is the best time to visit here (Dec-Feb), although I was there in September. I can actually describe the feeling or the pictures don't justify the beauty which only one can see with his/her own two eyes.. Try traveling as a group or with your family.. If newly married, then its a must see.

Just a few kilometers away, you gotta checkout the Agra Fort (Lal Quila a. K. A Red Fort). Phew, that is another monster of a place. Be sure you visit in evenings as it will drain you down in the morning-afternoon. And remember: Visiting hours of the Taj Mahal are sunrise to sunset & it remains closed on FRIDAY. Don't forget to pick up some TAJ souvenirs for your loved one or as a gift article.

To summarize, just two words! "WAH TAJ!! ".
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Sharma R
  • Sharma R
  • Lives in Gobichettipalaiyam
  • 1 Review

"Must visit place in Agra, remarkable experience" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Much better than pictures and what I imagined it to be. We entered around 4:00 PM. This gave us an opportunity to view Taj in bright sun and also when the sun began to set. The views were stunning throughout. Avoid weekends, too much of crowd when we went. It was beyond what the security could handle. You can now by Taj tickets online and avoid the long queues. Make sure if you purchase an online ticket you can only enter via Taj East Gate.
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Deepak Dev
  • Deepak Dev
  • Lives in Mysore
  • 1 Review

"Best visit for its greatest monument" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Every traveller who visits India must visit this greatest monument which was one of the seven wonders of the world "taj mahal". Because of its cleanliness maintained inside and beautiful carved structure this was one of the best place I have ever visited. This place has to be visited at the time of summer because during winter due to heavy cold travellers feel uncomfortable here. If we just go around ourselves there is no use of visiting this place because when we take a tour guide with us he will explain completely about the monument that is hidden features in monument, type of material used and various extra information.
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Amit Biswas
  • Amit Biswas
  • Lives in Ashok Nagar
  • 1 Review

"Just Royal" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The city is called city of Taj. The Tajmahal one of seven wonders is situated in this city on the bank of of river Yamuna. The Taj is just is a signature of love. One would be spellbound after seeing the Tajmahal on full moon night. Agra Fort is also a fantastic monument of these city. Fathepur sikhri is only 50 km away from the city. It a awesome destination of india.
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