India has a lot to share and above everything, it houses one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Considering the fact that it is a home of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Agra is one of those tourists’ destinations that needs to be on your list, if you ever decide to visit India. People mostly confuse about the travel places of Agra. we will give you an Idea what you can do in Agra?
Located on the banks of the Yamuna River, Agra is a part of the Golden Tourism Triangle along with Delhi and Jaipur. This Mughal Empire city attracts not only foreigners but a huge number of local Indians as well.
Things to See in Agra as a Traveler:
The below-mentioned attractions are those which you are not supposed to miss out on your visit to the city, Agra. These are the places to visit in Agra.
- Taj Mahal– If you’re asked about Agra’s major tourist attraction, you’ll say the TajMahal even without giving a second thought. Tourists mostly come to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. It is a symbol of love and many tourists are attracted by this world’s heritage site. Almost 20000 jewelers along with workers built this for almost 22 years. Taj Mahal is designed with the architectural styles of Turkish, Indian, Persia and Islamic. Taj is a masterpiece that is admired by the whole world.
- Agra Fort– Agra Fort is a World UNESCO heritage site with wonderful architectural beauty but this is not the only reason to visit this place. It is also known for the sound and light show that takes place every day at 7 pm. The fort looks more beautiful in the evening. Keep in mind the Agra Fort Timing before visiting.
- Fathepur Sikri (India)- located on the outskirts of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri was built by Akbar in 1569. It is considered as a masterpiece of precious stone works and jewels. This city is famous for many mosques, gardens, harems, courts and private quarters.
- Tomb of Itmad-ud-daulah- The tomb is also famously known as Baby Taj. Located on the eastern bank of River Yamuna, the tomb is the first Mughal structure made with marbles by Nur Jahan for her father Mirza Ghiyas- 5 years before the construction of the Taj Mahal(India) began. It is suggested to visit the tomb during sunset to get a grand view of the monument.
- Other famous sights-Agra is also famous for Majestic gardens, great shopping locations, Mughlai food, wildlife SOS, kinari Bazar, bird watching at Chambal River and fine tile works.
The city is also famous for Festivals and Fairs which are celebrated delightfully in Agra every year.
Festivals and Fairs:
- Holi is the most famous festival in the city. The festival is also favorite among travelers in Agra. This festival is a once-a-year event renowned for fun and vibrant color powder.
- Every year in different months many fairs are held in the city like Taj Mahotsav, Janamashtmi, Ram Barat, Kailash fair, Bateshwar fair, Sheetla fair and many more.
How Transport Helps Agra’s Tourism?
The city, Agra is situated on the Delhi-Chennai and Delhi-Mumbai route and well connected to most of the cities across the country through various transport means.
By Bus- Agra is well connected to cities like Jaipur, Gwalior, Delhi, Lucknow and Kanpur by bus route. Agra Bus Stand connects to other states road transports. The city has two major interstate bus terminals called ISBT (located at a distance of 12 km from the Taj Mahal) and Idgah Bus Stand (located right in the center of the city and is 8 km from the Taj Mahal,Agra).
By Train- There are a total of 5 railway stations in Agra- Agra Cantt Station (the main station), Agra City, Agra Fort Railway Station, Idgah, and Raja ki Mandi Railway Station. There are regular trains to Agra from cities like Jaipur, Delhi, Gwalior, and Jhansi. You can hire a pre-paid taxi, auto-rickshaw or even a cycle rickshaw from Agra Cantt railway station to reach the Taj Mahal and Agra fort. The Most preferred train for Delhi to Agra Distance is Taj Express.
By Car- Self-drive to Agra is also a great option because Agra is connected to Delhi by NH2 and the new Yamuna Expressway. The city is connected to Gwalior by NH3 (1.5-hour drive), Jaipur by NH11 (4-hour drive) while Kanpur and Lucknow, connected by NH2, is about a 2-hour and 5-hour drive respectively.
By Air- Agra’s Kheria Airport is a seasonal commercial and military base airport connected only by Air India flights from New Delhi. The flight from Delhi to Agra is approximately an hour long. The airport is 13 km away from Agra city. You can hire a taxi from there to get to the city, which should take hardly 15 minutes depending on the traffic.
Best Time to Reach Agra:
While many choose to visit Agra during peak season, a few would like to visit during the most pleasant weather, others are un-bothered about weather conditions. Tourists prefer to go there mainly to admire the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. But to be precise, the best time to visit India’s Taj Mahal (Agra) according to the Indian seasons- are mentioned below.
- Summer Season (temperatures range from 26 to 48 degrees) – during this season sun’s scorching heat may come in the way of your enjoyment.
- Winter Season (temperatures range from 14 to 2 degrees) – this is an ideal season for most visitors as summers are scorching hot and monsoons can get you drenched.
- Monsoon Season (temperatures range from 25 to 35 degrees) – this season brings occasional showers in Agra but very mild and not so regular. This is another preferred season because it makes the dry & arid landscape moist.
Is Agra safe for tourists?
The crime rate in Agra is moderate and it is generally considered safe for tourists who are little experienced and careful. But as far as safety is concerned, you need to take general precautions in consideration such as public transportation and main tourist destinations are the hubs of pickpockets and thieves therefore try and avoid to take bus, train or taxi and instead use electric buses, and electric tempos. Along with that keep an eye on your luggage and handbags. You should even stay away from every possible protest, gatherings, and fights to keep yourself safe from every potential danger.
And, for women travelers, it is advisable to avoid traveling to the narrowest of lanes especially at night, if you are not a part of a group or accompanied by an escort who knows the places inside out.
How to move around in Agra?
In Agra, there are more taxi drivers, rickshaw drivers, and autorickshaw drivers per square kilometer than the visitors. Although buses also run within the city from one place to another via selected stops but visiting various sites with the help of city buses tourists will be too hectic because they can get too crowded and even they are not connected to every part of the city. Therefore, one of the best ways to move around in Agra is by autorickshaw. They are reasonably priced compared to other means and can navigate the city streets at a startling pace.
There are other options as well which a tourist can avail of for short distances. You’ll see regular tempos within the city between certain spots but the tongas and cycle rickshaws are the most recommended and most effective alternative to get to a nearby destination.
How many days are Needed for Sightseeing in Agra?
Most visitors visit Agra’s Taj Mahal for One or two day. But if you have time, Agra offers you three days-worth of sightseeing. To help you more we’ve planned a sample Agra journey for you to make it more convenient.
- Day 1: Explore Taj Mahal and Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Center
- Day 2: Visit Agra Fort, Akbar’s Tomb, and other not so famous monuments like Mehtab Bagh, Chini ka Roza and Tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daulah.
- Day 3: Enjoy Shopping in Agra city and explore agra’s Fatehpur Sikri
Taj Mahal Timings-Opening & Closing Schedules
Every Friday Taj Mahal is closed for general viewing and is only accessible for Muslims to attend prayers. On other days it is always open for sightseeing from morning 6 am to the evening at 6.30 pm. And, the night view of Taj Mahal is available 5 days a month from 8.30 pm to 12.30 am.
Check Places to Visit in Agra with Schedule for Perfect Agra Trip
Going to Agra is like going to paradise and it is impossible to visit all the places in one day. But still, if you’re good at planning and management, you can enjoy your day in Agra to the fullest. Here’s a brief guide for you to spend a day in Agra:
- 9 to 11 am: Visit Taj Mahal
- 11 am to 12 pm: Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb
- 12 to 12:30 pm: Mankameshwar Temple
- 1:30 to 2:30 pm: Ram Bagh
- 2:30 to 3:30 pm: Akbar’s tomb
- 4 to 6 pm: Go shopping
- 6 to 8 pm: Agra Fort