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"The city of Taj Mahal, the monument of eternal love"

Agra Tourism

Home to one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, Agra is a sneak peek into the architectural history with other UNESCO World Heritage Sites as Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. History, architecture, romance all together create the magic of Agra and hence makes for a must-visit for anyone living in or visiting India.

Located on the banks of river Yamuna, History fanatics, as well as architecture buffs, can have a ball here with the sheer expanse of the Mughal art and culture on display. Apart from its monuments, the city also has some exciting stuff for foodies - including the famous Agra ka Petha and amazing chaat and Lassi.

However, be a little cautious about conmen in the guise of unofficial tour guides and fake handicrafts.

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History of Agra

Agra is one of the most significant cities in the history of India (Mostly during the Mughal Period. Situated on the banks of the river Yamuna, this beautiful city gained public interest when Sikander Lodhi decided to make Agra the capital city. It remained the capital city even during the reign of Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb. It was during the Mughal Period when Agra gained some of the incredible monuments like the Taj Mahal, Buland Darwaza and the Agra Fort. Agra’s influence declined when Mughal’s influence declined. By this time, the British had attained significant power. Agra came under the British control in the 1800’s. With the capital city being changed to Capital city, Agra lost the powerful significance it held during the Mughal Period. After the independence, Agra developed into an industrial city and a popular tourist destination. Some of the famous monuments were also listed under UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

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A confluence of history, culture, and beauty 

Who doesn't know about the 'Taj Nagri'? The city, known first in historical sources as Agrevana, or 'The Border of the Forest', is famous for the epitome of love, and one of the 'Seven Wonders of the World' i.e. Taj Mahal. The charm of the medieval architecture, which can be noticed even from the top of the Agra Fort, makes it the ultimate destination for travel enthusiasts the world over. Apart from Taj Mahal, this city is also popular for Itimad Ud Daulah's tomb, the famous Agra Fort, and the capital city of Akbar the Great, i.e. Fatehpur Sikri. Apart from being a tourist hotspot, Agra is also famous for its art and crafts industry, which includes the royal craft Pietra Dura, marble inlay and carpets.

Restaurants and Local Food in Agra

Whether you love the spicy chaats or you have a sweet tooth, Agra never ceases to fascinate. Petha, a soft candy made from ash gourd is almost synonymous with Agra's cuisine and is a speciality which you just cannot miss. There are various new flavours and innovative presentations of this ever popular sweet dish from Agra. Panchi petha is the most popular shop in Agra, and there are so many of these that you won't even have to think where to get it from.

Another equally delicious item is the Chaat here. Agra has varieties of Chaat available including Aloo Tikki, Pani Puri, Papri Chaat, Samosa, Kachori etc all over the city. Another popular snack here is Dalmoth, which is a spicy lentil mix. The cuisine of the town also offers countless North-Indian and Punjabi relishes with a distinct influence of Mughlai cuisine.

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Reach Agra by early morning and check into your hotel. Then, head to Fatehpur Sikri, the capital the capital of Akbar the Great during the 16th century. Do remember to visit the tomb of Itimad on your way back. In the evening, go to the famous Agra Chaat House and get a taste of the variety of street foods Agra is known for. Do not forget to taste the lip-smacking pethas.

Day 2 - Begin your second day early. Have a hearty breakfast and head towards the famous Taj Mahal. Try to reach Taj Mahal early as the entry becomes difficult as the day proceeds due to the heavy crowd. In the evening, go to the shops that bear the exquisite designs of the craft of Pietra Dura. 

Day 3 - On the third day, visit the Agra Fort. It is 20 minutes away from the Taj Mahal. Next, you can visit the Kalakriti and experience the grand cultural Centre with beautiful art exhibits. Later on in the evening, you can go shopping at the Sadar Bazaar.

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What is not so good about Agra?

Congested in peak seasons, and quite polluted. Might be risky for respiratory patients. Unofficial guides and touts can get enraging. Travel scams are very common.

What are the places near Agra?

The top places near to Agra are Mathura which is 48 km from Agra, Vrindavan which is located 54 km from Agra, Bharatpur which is located 51 km from Agra, Jaipur which is located 221 km from Agra, Nainital which is located 283 km from Agra

What are the top hotels in Agra?

There are 335 in Agra which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Agra are Aradhana's Home Stay, Hotel The Orient Tree, Agra, OYO 14219 Hotel Banshi, The Shriansh, A Boutique Stay, good vibes hostel, Family Affairs. You can see all the hotels in Agra here

What is the local food in Agra?

Whether you love the spicy chaats or you have a sweet tooth, Agra never ceases to fascinate. Petha, a soft candy made from ash gourd is almost synonymous with Agra's cuisine and is a speciality which you just cannot miss. There are various new flavours and innovative presentations of this ever popular sweet dish from Agra. Panchi petha is the most popular shop in Agra, and there are so many of these that you won't even have to think where to get it from.

Another equally delicious item is the Chaat here. Agra has varieties of Chaat available including Aloo Tikki, Pani Puri, Papri Chaat, Samosa, Kachori etc all over the city. Another popular snack here is Dalmoth, which is a spicy lentil mix. The cuisine of the town also offers countless North-Indian and Punjabi relishes with a distinct influence of Mughlai cuisine.

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What are the things to do in Agra?

The top things to do in Agra are Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort, Itimad-ud-daulah's Tomb, Mehtab Bagh, Shopping in Agra. You can see all the places to visit in Agra here

What is famous about Agra?

The epicenter of Indian culture. Well connected by rail, road, and air. Can be visited almost throughout the year.

What is the best time to visit Agra?

October to March is a good time to visit Agra because of its pleasant weather. In summers, temperature can go up to 45C and winters can be as cold as 1C.
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Who should visit Agra?

Apart from the evergreen Taj Mahal, this is ideal for all history zealots, whether from archaeology, or culture, or even literature. Also, ideal for the foodies, owing to the vibrant cuisine of the city. 

What is the best way to reach Agra?

One of the most important tourist destinations in the country (and in the world), connectivity to Agra has been well developed and is continuously improving over time. Most tourists club Agra with Delhi and/or Jaipur and the road/train network is excellent from both of these places, as well from other places in India. Agra is a place of major historical importance and it is well connected to the other cities in India as well. For people coming from long distance, taking a flight to Delhi and driving from there is recommended.
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Akshobhya Abhigyan 1 month ago
Visiting Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders in the world, is truly an experience. The beautiful structure built with white marbles in the 17th century is a delight to eyes.
Travelling Places - Photos, History & Economy 5 months ago
There are monuments & structures that at the first glance can overwhelm a person by their sheer magnitude, scale or design, Taj Mahal is one of the few that overwhelms you by its beauty. Made in White marble which shines under the bright sun & contrasts against the blue, the monument itself along with its minarets aligned in perfect precision with the Yamuna river (if the water is released from the dams & flowing) in full flow imprints the first picture in the mind of the visitor that is everlasting. What spoils the experience for most visitors over there are the long queues, large number. of people (probably true for any world wonder site especially in peak season) and the large number. of touts. However one of the better places to view the Taj in relative peace is from the Mehtab Bagh especially at the time os sunset which was old garden used the Mughal royals and from here the white marble monument can be seen in the background of the Yamuna river with the sun playing its magic through varying the subtle colour & shades of the grand monument. Also the view of the monument from the Agra Fort in morning almost from where Shah Jahan must have watched it over the years of his life is worth looking at as the world wonder plays around behind its white overtones with various shades of blue & orange. Below is a photo presentation of the various shades of Taj & the sites around Agra. "Link Hidden"
syed jiyas jifri 7 months ago
It's a must place to visit....a life time experience....mesmerizing views...if we reach early morning for entry ticket it will good..otherwise we have to wait in a long queue..
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