All You Need To Know About Exploring Agra in Two Days

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The beautiful city of Agra teems with the remnants of Mughal architecture and the list of things to do goes beyond the world-renowned tribute to timeless love, the Taj Mahal. The city was essentially the centre of Mughal rule in India and that is why much of the Mughal pride has been inherited by Agra. The monuments of this beautiful city have the power to transport to a time we usually only get to read about.

The Best Of Agra: A Two Day Itinerary

Agra is a relatively small city, but it packs a lot within its limited confines. History buffs can spend days exploring the city's idiosyncrasies; the streets that seem older than time, hiding relics and edifices in the most unexpected of places. But for those looking to explore Agra on a short trip or a weekend getaway, here's an itinerary with everything you need to know.

Day 1

Need we say this? Gaze at the Taj, sit by the fountains and stroll in the gardens; you will have done one of the best things to do in Agra.

Photo of Taj Mahal, Dharmapuri, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Tripoto

Take in the best historic period of the Mughal era by walking through Agra fort. The Fort also houses the Diwan-i-Am, the hall of public audience, where the emperors would hear petitions from the common man. One floor above the Diwan-i-Am rests the Diwan-i-Khas, the hall of private audience, which was reserved for important foreign dignitaries and officials. The famous Shish Mahal that houses thousands of small mirror pieces is also situated in Agra fort.

The massive Agra Fort. Picture Credits: Laszlo Ilyes

Photo of Agra Fort, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Tripoto

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Agra Fort is a massive sandstone structure construction of which was begun in 1565 by Emperor Akbar by the coast of the Yamuna river. Emperor Shah Jahan later turned it into a palace by making additions in white marble.

Day 2

Nicknamed 'Baby Taj', the exquisite tomb of Mizra Ghiyas Beg named Itmad-ud-Daulah should not be missed. It doesn’t have the same awesome beauty as the Taj, but it’s arguably more delicate in appearance thanks to its particularly finely carved jali (marble lattice screens). This was the first Mughal structure built completely from marble, to make extensive use of pietra dura and the first tomb to be built on the banks of the Yamuna, which until then had been a sequence of beautiful gardens.

Photo of Itmad-ud-Daula, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Tripoto

Itmad-ud-Daulah is a tomb built for Mizra Ghiyas Beg, a Persian nobleman. He was Mumtaz Mahal’s grandfather and Emperor Jehangir’s wazir (chief minister). His daughter Nur Jahan, who married Jehangir, built the tomb between 1622 and 1628 in a style similar to the tomb she built for Jehangir near Lahore in Pakistan.

Pay homage to Allama Afzal Khan Mullah, the Prime Minister to Emperor Shah Jahan, at Chini ka Rauza. This tomb is built facing the city of Mecca. The tomb’s architectural style is often called exotic because of the disproportional dome and the lack of adherence to a particular style of architecture.

Chini ka Rauza is situated just 1 kilometer north of Itmad-ud-Daulah, on the eastern bank of the Yamuna river. The facade of the monument is also known for one of finest examples of glazed tile work, called kashi or chini in Mughal era buildings.

Chini ka Rauza. Picture Credits: Varun Shiv Kapur

Photo of Chini Ka Rauza, Ram Bagh, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Tripoto

Visit this Mughal capital, another World Heritage site, because it is one of the most well preserved pieces of Mughal architecture in India. Akbar built the city with a mixture of Persian and Indian architectural styles. It is built in red sandstone because it was easily available at the time of construction. Take a guided tour of the entire city because you don’t want to miss even one of the many wonders such as the Buland Darwaza, the Jama Masjid, Salim Chishti’s tomb, Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, the Anup talao, the Panch Mahal and Birbal Nivas.

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Photo of Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India by Tripoto

Fatehpur Sikri is located approximately 40 kms away from central Agra. Akbar shifted his capital city to honor the Sufi saint Salim Chisti. He commenced the construction of a planned walled city which took the next fifteen years in planning and construction of a series of royal palaces, harem, courts, a mosque, private quarters and other utility buildings. He named the city, Fatehabad, with Fateh, a word of Arabic origin in Persian, meaning "victorious." it was later called Fatehpur Sikri. It is at Fatehpur Sikri that the legends of Akbar and his famed courtiers, the nine jewels or the Navratnas were born.

Best rated places to stay in Agra

Courtyard by Mariott - Rs. 5300

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Best rated places to eat in Agra

  • Savor Agra pethas at any local sweetmeat store!
  • Bon Barbeque - This restaurant is become the number one choice for delicious food without burning a hole in your pocket. The concept is amazing where you get unlimited servings of starters before you start your buffet meal. The prices are fixed for vegetarian & Non-vegetarian Buffet & the options are many. This is the second restaurant in chain after the already very popular Pinch of Spice Restaurant. Located in the basement of Hotel Parador, Near Shanti Manglick Hospital, on Fatehabad Road; this is a place not to be missed by foodies.
  • Sai Khandela - Situated in a prime location near a posh market place, Sadar bazaar, this is a multi-cuisine restaurant. The dominating blue color renders a royal look and the beautiful paintings on the wall definitely add to the aura. A wide range of options are available and the food is delicious that tickles your taste buds.

Best Time To Visit Agra

The best time to visit Agra would be from October to March, since the winter season is the best to enjoy sightseeing in Northern India.

How to Reach Agra

Agra is well connected by air, road and rail networks. Traveling by either route has plenty of options and should not be an issue.

Getting Around in Agra

Agra is very well served by public transportation: state-sponsored buses, auto-rickshaws, cycle rickshaws and private buses.

We hope you have a fantastic Agra trip with this 2 Day Agra itinerary!

All hotel prices are approximate and are on a per day basis. They were last updated on 10th February 2016.

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