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Best things to do in Agra and sightseeing in Agra

Home to the seventh wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal, Agra is best explored on foot or rickshaw or a rented bike. Renowned worldwide as not only a mausoleum but an epitome of love, the Taj Mahal is profusely crowded during the day till evening. If you're looking to escape the crowd, however, the city's Mughal beauty can be enjoyed from several rooftops and secret locations in the city, or at an early morning yoga session just 100 metres away from the monument. If you want to go further, why not go into the depths of its history through the light and sound shows and plays at the Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Centre. Agra annually hosts the 10-day festival, Taj Mahotsav, a rostrum for culture and colour in the month of February, known for celebrity performances, food stalls and a creative congregate of about 400 artisans across the country showcasing their exquisite art and craft items. Agra easily competes with Delhi's Mughlai monopoly with decade old restaurants such as Bilal Restaurant and Hyderabad Handi, while the Agra cant area houses local food. Speaking of local, Korai village remains a lesser known location, which can give you an entirely different experience and a chance to interact with villagers. Travelling through this beautiful necropolis, one can also enjoy quiet spots, wholesome with nature such as the Keertham Lake and the Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, before signing off with a visit to the Agra Fort, I'timad-Ud-Daulah (also known as baby Taj), Chini Ka Raza and Akbar's Tomb, architectural tributes to Mughal history, admired above and beyond India.

Taj Mahal - Agra

This monument is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also the most beautiful monument of the whole world. This was a mark of love and honour by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved and favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is said that Mumtaz Mahal died while giving birth to her 14th child and Shah Jahan was completely shattered. After this he built this beautiful mausoleum about which he himself said that even the sun and the moon would shed tears after seeing it. The main building was built in 8 years after the monument started being built in the year 1631 but the whole complex was completed in the year 1653. The monument is built right on the banks of the River Yamuna and is a symbol of purity and love. The white marble used here makes the place looks even more peaceful when the reflection of the monument falls on the waters of the Yamuna. The red sandstone mosque is also a part of the monument complex. Immediately after the building was completed, Shah Jahan was overpowered by his son Aurangzeb and was imprisoned inside the Agra Fort. He could only sit and look at the Taj Mahal till he died in the year 1666. The building has intricate work especially the beautiful lattice work and the Quran is inscribed on the walls of the monument in the form of beautiful calligraphy. The Persian Garden inside the monument complex is another attraction for the tourists. Every week thousands of people come to visit this place and to experience their dream come true. Some also have to leave disappointed at times but there is alsways a desire left to come back.
Mausoleum of Mughal King Shah Jahan's wife- Mumtaj Mahal
Monika Kothari

8 Followers, 3 Reviews


7th wonder of the world.
Prateek Dham

922 Followers, 542 Reviews


One of world's most beautiful buildings, counted as one of seven wonders of world, a building that stood strong over past 400 years to tell the world, how much a king, who ruled over entire India, missed his beloved wife and what she meant to him. The hugeness of Taj Mahal amazes us at first look. The precision with which it is built leaves a no doubt in our mind that it actually took 22 years to complete Taj Mahal. The entrance and compound walls built in red stone are also huge and remarkable.
Vinit Acharekar

118 Followers, 11 Reviews


Best time to visit
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Things to do
history tours
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Friday closed
Budget
Indians- INR 75, Foreigners- INR 750, SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries- INR 510, Free- Children below 15 years

Agra Fort - Agra

This is a beautiful monument which was built by Emperor Akbar in the year 1565. The Red Fort was initially built as an establishment for the army but was later extended and beautified to convert it into a magnificent palace complex. Agra Fort is also known as the Red Fort of Agra as it is completely made of a beautiful red colour sandstone and is also connected to Delhi by a number of networks. There are four prominent gates of this fort but the Amar Darwaza after the name of Maharaja Amar Singh is still used for entry to the fort. Many of the palaces which were earlier built are not found now but among those which still remain are the Jahangiri Mahal, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Moti Masjid, Shaha Burj and Mausam Burj. The Jahangiri Mahal is the most attractive out of all palaces. This was a dedication of Akbar to his beloved wife Jodha Bai. It is a multi divisional palace and is still very attractive. This monument is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Uttar Pradesh.
Agra Fort is the oldest railway station of the Mughal town. It connects the city to Jaipur, Ajmer, Bharatpur and towards Lucknow and beyond on the opposite direction. Since we had to board the train to Abu road from Agra For station, we reached there sharp at 10.00 PM. The train originates from the station itself and so we located our seats in B-1 coach and thus boarded the train.
Raj Gopal S Verma

204 Followers, 23 Reviews


I personally loved this place lot more than Taj Mahal. If one really wants to see how much did the mughal emperors love the beautiful architecture, he/she must visit Agra Fort. Mughal once ruled India from this very place. Agra fort gives us a great view of Taj Mahal standing near Yamuna river. The fort has many beautiful structures build in red stone and white marble, a mosque and places from where the kings carried there governance.
Vinit Acharekar

118 Followers, 11 Reviews


Day 2 - I went early and it wasnt very crowded. I loved the sandstone jali works and carvings at different places inside. Hope I will one day build a house that has jali worked windows! The place is pretty big and still being renovated. The large courtyard inside is paved with stone, and is very calm and serene. Defenitely a a must visit if you havent seen many forts or you dont live in one :P I went on my bike, and luckily paid parking was available right in front of the fort.
Sharath PS

91 Followers, 12 Reviews


Best time to visit
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Things to do
history tours
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Budget
Indians- INR 20, Foreigners- INR 300

Itmad-ud-Daula - Agra

Itimad-ul-Daulah is among the list of places to visit in Agra. The attraction is a tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, the grandfather of Mumtaz Mahal. It is also known as Baby Taj. Nur Jahan, the daughter of Mirza, who married Jehangir was the one who got the tomb constructed in the year 1622-1628. The finely carved jali on the marble is definitely something that will stay in your memory forever. This structure made by the Mughals is also a completely marble one. Also, it was the first tomb that was built on the river Jamuna banks. Islamic architecture is what the place speaks of. The fine craftsmanship is something that is not to be missed. The place is quite calm and peaceful and gives you a good quality time with yourself and your closed ones.
SMALL IN SIZE, YET BEAUTIFUL! KNOWN AS THE BABY TAJ
Padmini Barua

209 Followers, 3 Reviews


Best time to visit
October to February is the ideal time
Things to do
Explore Islamic Architecture.
Open Hours
Dawn to Dusk
Budget
INR 10, Foriegner: INR 110, Video: INR 25

Hotel Amar - Agra

This is a sprawling 3- star property in Agra and is very close to the Ta Mahal and the Agra Fort. This is not a very fancy hotel in terms of rooms and décor but the simplicity is comfortable if you are budget concious. Their rooms are standard thoush they are a bit dark. Cleanliness is maintained properly and food is good here too. They have a buffet basket range which offers really good items.
I thought I must add this because I stayed in this hotel for one night. It was great value for money. My mother was super excited at the experience - she thought it was a five-star hotel!
Mahuya Paul

587 Followers, 57 Reviews


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Things to do
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Mehtab Bagh - Agra

This is the garden you will find opposite the Taj Mahal which was made by Emperor Shah Jahan. He called this the moonlight garden or a place from where he could best admire the Taj. This was the same place where he wanted to get a twin of Taj Mahal built in black Marble to be a mausoleum for himself but could not put hs plan into action. From recent excavations another central garden along with the remains of as many as 25 fountains have been found here. This garden is almost always filled with people especially during the afternoons and the evnings who sit here and admire the beauty of the Taj Mahal while the cool breeze from the River Yamuna soothes them.
An unmatched view of the Taj early in the morning, it wasn’t called ‘moonlit pleasure garden’ by the Mughals for no reason. There are plenty of trees and orchards in the surroundings of the Taj and the Agra Fort. A stroll here will be the best way to start your Agra trip.
Amrita Kumar

247 Followers, 8 Reviews


Best time to visit
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Things to do
gardens
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Budget
Indians- INR 5, Foreigners- INR 100

Panchi Petha Store - Agra

The city is dotted with several Petha stores claiming to be the original Panchi Petha. Nevertheless, most of the sweets are delectable and are good to carry home for friends. I stopped at a Petha store near the Sadar Market and was satisfied with my choice. There are far too many flavours of Petha available: chocolate, elaichi, mango.
Amrita Kumar

247 Followers, 8 Reviews


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