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Agra Travel Guide

About the Taj City- Agra

About the Taj City- Agra
Exquisitely sited on the banks of River Yamuna, Agra is a beautiful city in the state of Uttar Pradesh. An integral destination amongst the world-famous golden triangle tour of India, the city is proud to be the home for two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort, beside the Taj Mahal- one of the eight wonders of the world. The city is spread over an area of around 189 sq km. Best known for its majestic Mughal history and a major seat for their kingdom, Agra draws its history lanes to the Mahabharata and Maharishi Angira in 1000 BC. According to the history, at that time the city was named as Agrevana. After succeeding many dynasties and empires, it was finally taken over by the legendary empire of Mughals (1526-1658), who completely revamped or say highlighted Agra's historical, architectural and cultural heritage. Apart from the magnificent monuments of the Mughal era, Agra bestows to be a popular shopping destination with having a number of authentic handicraft items like, marble carvings, jewellery, carpets, leather goods and not to mention, 'Agre ka Petha'- one-of-its kind sweet dish native to Agra only. So, if you are looking for a memorable abode in India, book an exclusive Agra tour right away and take great memories back home!

Best Time to Visit

September to March

Guide Map

Places to See
Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Sikandra, Itmad-Ud-Daulah Tomb, Fatehpur Sikri, Ram Bagh, Dayal Bagh Temple, Chini Ka Rauza, Mariyam's Tomb, Jama Masjid, Bauddhmath

Additional Info: Taj Mahal remains close on Friday.

How to Reach:

By Air: The city has its own Kheria Airport, popularly known as Agra Airport, located at a distance of just 5 km from the Agra city centre. Most of the major domestic airlines offer flight services to and from Agra airport.

By Rail / Train: The city has as many as seven railway stations connecting Agra to the rest of India. Amongst all, Agra Fort Railway Station and Agra Cantt. Railway Station are the two major entry stations for tourists. All major trains including the express as well as super express ones connect the city of Taj to other destination all across India.

By Road: Agra is connected by road via three major national highways of India, i.e. NH-2, NH-3 and NH-11. 'Idgah' is the central bus terminal of the Taj city, which experience arrival and departure of buses. Apart from that, a special expressway, namely, Yamuna Expressway, formerly known as Taj Expressway, connecting Greater Noida with Agra, has also been made operational for travelers to commute to Agra. Various government, private and express air-conditioned bus services are available for travelers wishing to travel via buses or private vehicle.

Weather

Similar to that of most north Indian cities, Agra experience extreme and tropical climate. During summers, the temperature may rise up to 46 Degree Celsius, while winters remain cold and foggy. Likewise, the monsoon seasons enjoys heavy rainfall making the weather hot and humid. So to avoid any hassle, the best time to enjoy all the pretty sights of Agra is from September to March.

Shopping in Agra

Any vacation is not considered complete without some shopping in its local streets. Similarly, if you are in Agra than shopping in its local street markets should be on your must do list. Right from stone embellished jewellery to beautiful carpets, from exquisite metal figurines to intricate marble artifacts, you get to buy a number of authentic handmade articles in Agra. Some popular as well as exclusive markets to get traditional stuff are, Taj Mahal complex; Kinari Bazaaris (famous for wedding related items), Sadar Bazaar (Whole sale market), Munro Road, Taj Ganj, Gwalior Road, Pratap Pura etc. Besides, Agra is famous for its exclusively designed handicraft items, marble, brassware, rugs, leather items, textiles and most importantly, Petha (the famous sweet dish native to Agra only).

Excursions

Agra is one of the three major cities of the golden triangle tour of India and is the homeland for the Taj Mahal, thus is a prime tourist destination of north India. Apart from the Taj Mahal, the city boasts of a number of ancient monuments narrating the glorious history of Mughal era. Besides, some of the nearby tourist cities where one can go for short excursion trips are, Mathura (just 60 km away), Vrindavan (50 km from Agra) and Gwalior (118 km away from Agra).