Strategically located at the heart of India in the mundane plains between the Ganga and Yamuna, Agra had been a religious and commercial centre for centuries, but it matured and perfected itself only when the Mughals made it their home. Agra is not only famous for its Mughal art and culture but is also known for its food, chat, and the famous Panchi ka Petha. The city even after being one of the hottest cities of the country, is visited in high numbers every day.
The nightlife might not be something worth mentioning but the beauty that this old city acquires at the night makes you love it and relish every bit of it. Peoples’ hearts here are as grand as the Buland Darwaza, the sight of Taj Mahal is as sweet as the Petha for the eyes, and shopping on the streets in the sunny afternoons is as chatpata as the famous Daal Moth. Come to the city for a weekend’s exploration of architectural marvels such as Fatehpur Sikri, the feel of an old city, and to know for yourself what is this city described as a paradise in Mahabharta so popular for.
Travelling to Agra means gateway to plethora of amazing tourist places. Starting with the famous Taj Mahal to temples, mosques and other structural wonders. It’s in the North-Indian State of Uttar Pradesh, some 200 Km from Delhi
Agra Travel can be done by car, bus or train. Agra Tourism normally includes tour of Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Other important places like Akbar’s Mausoleum, Kinari Bazaar, Sikandra Tomb can be added in Agra holiday tour packages.
Agra Travel Guide
There is so much to explore in Agra. So pre-planning would save your from un-necessary hassles. Agra gets record number of tourist foot-falls. Touts are everywhere. Try and limit your stay in Agra to one or two days. For more details visit Wiki-Travel-Agra.
Agra same day tour is very easy and can be done by train, car or bus.
Tourist Attractions in Agra
Travelers love to visit Agra for it’s obvious attraction the – Taj Mahal. However, they prefer not to stay very long in Agra, for the aforementioned problem of touts. However, don’t get dis-heartened as there are number of worthwhile places to visit in Agra and around, the many interesting remnants of the Mughal era will surprise you and the crazy, congested bazaars of the Old City will fascinate you.
You can choose to visit Agra on a day trip from Delhi and options for Same day bus tours and private car tours available by HOHO Holidays (a subsidiary of HOHO Delhi – the Official Hop on Hop Off Sightseeing Tour of Delhi).
- Agra Fort
- Akbar’s Mausoleum
- Fatehpur Sikri
- Jama Masjid
- Khas Mahal
- Kinari Bazaar
- Mehtab Bagh
- Samadhi Swamiji Maharaj Bagh
- Sikandara Tomb
- Taj Mahal
- Taj Museum
- Tomb of Itmad ul Daulah
How to Reach Agra
Agra is well connected with domestic flights, Agra airport (AGR) is a military airbase 12.5 km away from the city. Air India flies the following sectors in Agra airport: Delhi – Varanasi – Agra (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday) Agra – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Delhi (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday) Mumbai – Agra – Mumbai (Tuesday, Thursday)
Agra is located in between the main train lines from Delhi to Mumbai and from Delhi to Chennai. It is like a junction and this makes Agra easy to reach by train from almost anywhere. From Delhi, you can reach Agra by train in about 2-3 hours by Bhopal Shatabdi, Bhopal Express, Malwa Express, Gondwana Express, Jabalpur – Jammutawi Express, etc.
There are also luxury trains that stop at Agra such as Palace on Wheels.
Agra has tree railway stations. The main one is Agra Cantt with the station code AGC. The second one is Agra Fort (AF) which is the oldest train station in India and trains to east and central India passes from this station. The third one a small station called Raja Ki Mandi, and Mahakoshal Express, Amritsar Express and Intercity Express.
Agra is 204 km away from the capital Delhi and is on the crossroads of national highways 2, 3 and 11. Ground transportation from Delhi to Agra takes approximately 3.5 – 4 hours. Taxies and busses are available from Delhi to Agra. Busses are always more economical than train and air transportation. The main bus stations in Agra are Idgah and Agra Fort and there are scheduled, air-conditioned and luxury busses from Delhi, Jaipur, Gualior, Jhansi and Lucknow. Driving to Agra is also easy and comfortable with new modern highways. From Delhi you can take the NH2 highway (200 km) , from Jaipur you can take number 11 ( 255km), from Gwailor the National highway which is 120 km and from Lucknow NH2 which is 285 km.