Things to See and Do in Agra, India



Agra is no doubt attracting thousands of tourists every month from various part of this world because of its star attraction -Taj Mahal. The most visited tourist spot is defined in variety of names; some called it ‘Poetry in Marble’, some praised it ‘Teardrop on the cheek of Eternity’, however, despite of all allurement, Taj is not the standalone attraction of Agra. The legacy of Mughals has left a liberal sprinkling of their arts and heritage in the form of tombs, mausoleums, and forts. And no one can deny the charm of bustling marketplaces, chaotic but captivating, displaying hundreds of items from replica of Taj to petha (an illustrious sweet dish of Agra).

Most often tourists visit the place on a whistle-stop trip from Delhi. If one really wants to understand and enjoy the sightseeing, this day trip is not worthy. Agra, though captures attention for Taj Mahal, but it is not Taj Mahal only that is interesting in this city. In fact, one can enjoy a few days sightseeing in this small city with side trips to ruined Fatehpur Sikri and neighbourhood pilgrimage Mathura and Vrindavan. Travel to Agra to expand the meaning of heritage.


History of Agra

Agra got prominence in 1501 when Sultan Sikander Lodi established his capital in this small and quaint city alongside Yamuna River. But soon he was defeated by the first Mughal Babur and then fell into the hands of Mughals till in 18th century when Jats warrior captured the city for a brief time. Agra reached its pinnacle in the mid-16th and 17th century during the reign of Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. During this period, Agra got its best gifts as fort, mausoleum, tombs etc.

In 1770, Maratha clan took over Agra from Jat Warriors but the acquisition was not for a long time. Soon the British shifted the administration to Allahabad, depriving it from focus, and as a result Agra became a centre of heavy industrialisation.

 

Travel Attractions of Agra

Taj Mahal - Undoubtedly the greatest attraction of Agra is Taj Mahal. Every year hordes of tourists flock to this city numbered more than the population of Agra to get a glimpse of this mausoleum, which is widely renowned as the most beautiful building in the world.  The Taj is considered the greatest gift of love by any man for his wife. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The mausoleum is adorned with white marble with thousands semiprecious stones embedded in it.

An epitome of the Mughal Architecture, The Taj Mahal unfurl the saga of love of two beautiful souls. Taj Mahal is not only in Seven Wonders of The World but also part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Bedazzle yourselves as you time travel into the past

Location:

Dharmapuri

, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001

Entry & Exit Timing:

-6:00 am to 6:30 pm every day except Fridays.

-Taj Mahal is open during nights for 5 days, around full moon. The timings are 8:30 pm to 12:30 am. It is open two days before the full moon and two days after the full moon night.

Entry Charges:

-Rs 50 per pax for Indians

-Rs 1300 per pax for Overland Travellers

 

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Agra Fort – Agra fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site and famously described as a walled city. The fort was largely dominated by Mughals, capturing large treasures included famous Koh-i-Noor diamond.  The site has a great significance in terms of its architecture. Most of them were destroyed by British for raising barracks but still the reminiscences of it still pull large number of tourists.

Other than these two illustrious buildings, one can find ample other sightseeing opportunities such as:

·         Akbar Mausoleum

·         Itimad-ud-Daulah

·         Chini-ka-Rauza

·         Mehtab Bagh

·         Jama Masjid

·         Kinari Bazaar

 

 

Location:

Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003.

Entry & Exit Timing:

6 am to 6 pm every day.

Entry Charges:

-Rs 40 per person for Indians,

-Rs 550 per person for Overland travellers

 

 

Fatehpur Sikri

Once the capital city of the Mughal Empire, Fatehpur Sikri is amongst the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. Made of red sand stones, the city portrays the elegance & the cultural heritage of the Mughals. The town was built in 1610 by Akbar and is dotted with innumerable heritage pieces to explore. To name one, is the famous Buland Darwaza, i.e, 54 meters in height. It will surely leave you spell bound.

Location: It lies 37 km away southwest of Agra city.

Timing:

6:00 am to 6:00 pm every day . The city remains closed on Fridays.

Entry Charges:

-Rs 10 per person for Indians

-Rs 250 per person for Overland Travellers

 

 

 

Akbar’s Tomb

If you are interested in history and its architectural marvels, you will surely love Akbar’s Tomb. This tomb was constructed in 1613 by the Jahangir. This piece of art is crafted with red sand stone and showcase the most stunning marble designs on ceilings, panels etc. The real tomb of Akbar is in a small underground room – a must see.

Location:

Tomb of Akbar The Great Area, Sikandra, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282007.

Entry & Exit Timings:

10 am to 6 pm every day. The tomb remain closed on Fridays.

Entry Charges:

-Rs 15 per person for Indians.

-Rs 110 per person for Overland Travellers.

 

Moti Masjid

Also known as the Pearl Mosque, Moti Masjid is often lost amongst the big travel attraction of Agra. Constructed on the bank of river Yamuna, Moti Masjid was a priceless possession of ShahJahan.

Location:

State Highway 62 Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003

Entry & Exit Timing:

6 am to 6 pm every day

Entry Charges:

-Rs 20 per person for Indians,

-Rs 750 per person for Overland Travellers

 

 

Jodha Palace:

When you turn back leaves of history, innumerable stories of love, hate and success unfolds. Jodha Palace, a known monument in Fatehpur Sikri divulge the love of Akbar for his favorite queen Jodha. Jodha was a Hindu Princess married to Akbar, A muslim emperor. This monument speaks loud of their relationship ages ago. You can see the blend of Gujrati elements in the architectural designs

Location:

Dadupura, Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh 283110.

Entry & Exit Timing:

7:30 am to 6 pm.

Entry Charges:

-Rs 35 per person for Indians,

-Rs 550 per person for Overland Traveller.

 

Taj Nature’s Walk

Developed by the Social Forestry Division of Agra, Taj Nature’s Walk is the phenomenal way to experience the amazing views of the Taj Mahal. The trail not only encompasses watch towers but also expose you to the wide varieties of flowers, shrubs and trees.

Location:

Taj East Gate Rd, East Gate Of Taj, Paktola, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001.

Entry & Exit Timing:

7 am to 6 pm Everyday.

Entry Charges:

-Rs 20 per person for Indians,

-Rs 100 per person for Foreigners.

 

Dolphins Water World

Now that you have explored all the main monuments of Agra, it is time to relax and chill with the family. Visit Dolphin Water World, supposedly the biggest water park in North India. You will find a water park, an amusement park and a fast food plaza as well.

Location:

NH-2, Mathura Road, Lohamandi, Runkata, Uttar Pradesh, 282007.

Entry & Exit Timing:

11 am to 6:30 pm, everyday

Entry Charges:

Rs 450 per person.


Things to do in Agra

Shopping in Agra

Don’t miss shopping in Agra, though a bit expensive in emporium, but one can find a good deal of stuff in local bazaar if bargaining ability is good.  Agra is famous for its marble items inlaid with colored stones. Taj Mahal models are all fabricated by alabaster rather than marble.  Other popular items are rugs, leather and gemstones, though most of them are brought in from Rajasthan where the things are cheaper.

 

Drinking & Entertainment

Agra doesn’t have lively night life, but one can always enjoy in sitting at a rooftop restaurant with some drink. The restaurants in Taj Ganj do not have license to serve alcohol but they can find some, if ask them nicely. They don’t even mind if one can bring own drink. Apart from drinking, one can catch live Indian classical musical and Urdu songs at top end hotels.

 

Famous Hotels for Stay cation in Agra

 

 

·         Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra

·         ITC Mughal, Agra- a Luxury Collection Hotel

 

How To Reach Agra

 

By Bus

Agra is connected by number of national highways that provides its links other parts of India. The city also has its expressway.  The two major bus terminals are - The Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) and Idgah Bus Stand. Travelling to Agra is easy by bus.

 

By Train

Agra is well connected by train.  The city has Agra Cantonment Railway Station, Agra Fort Railway Station, Agra City Railway Station, Idgah Railway Station etc. Number of trains operate between Agra and cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai etc.

 

 

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