Agra, a city with its own definition of love and heritage, also popularly known as city of Taj Mahal is situated 200km away from Delhi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Agra carries the glory of Mughal Empire and amazingly has three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, The Taj Mahal, The Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Hence for tourist round the world, this is one of most recommended city to spend your weekends, holidays by exploring enriched history of Mughal Reign.
1. Best time to visit Agra:
The city is visited throughout the year yet the best time to visit Agra is from October to March. During this period the weather is pleasant. Several festivals happen all through these autumn winter months. In February the famous 10 days art festival, the Taj Mahotsav is organized which is why February is great time to visit city of Taj for art and culture enthusiasts.
2. Book your Agra Tour online:
Tour operators run various tour packages that include tour to Agra. You can also enjoy the Golden Triangle Tour of Agra-Delhi-Jaipur operated by Maharaja Trails and get the boundless excitement in exploring the historic heritage of India.
For a trip to Agra, you can opt for an official Tour Guides, Audio Guides or an official Smartphone App offered by Archaeological Survey of India. This is sure to allow you to enjoy a smooth Agra Tour. The city has a lot to see, enjoy and explore, so booking Agra tour packages from Maharaja Trails are also advisable for tourists.
3. How to Reach Agra?:
The nearest International Airport to Agra is Delhi Airport. Agra also has its own airport well connected with Delhi and Mumbai. Mostly flights are regular and on time, hence you can save lots of time to get in the city. Moreover there are several other flight service connecting Varanasi, Jaipur, Kolkata and many more which shall help you to fly in Agra from anywhere across the country.
Agra has five Railway stations to reach Agra without much of hassle-bustle. They are:-
- Agra Cantt (AGC)
- Agra Fort Station (AF)
- Raja ki Mandi (RKM)
- Agra City
- Idgah Railway Station
Apart from the above railway stations, there are many trains every single day that connects Delhi to Agra. Moreover, it is one of the major station on train lines for the routes of Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi- Chennai. There are direct and regular trains connecting Agra to Jaipur.
Palace on Wheels, one of the Luxury Train halts at Agra while it is on its eight day trip from Rajasthan to Agra.
The only con for travelling via train is heavy fog at night during winters i.e. the month of December-January. Apart from that Indian Railways facilitates all the basic necessities to give you a pleasant travelling experience.
There is huge number of buses each day connecting Delhi-Agra which is just 200 km away and take only 4-5 hours. There are two major bus stands named as Idgah Bus Stand and ISBT at Transport Nagar. There are even buses connecting other cities of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. There are several private agencies providing Luxury bus services which can be very expensive and might also be late sometimes.
If you love to travel through roads with fully enjoying sightseeing, then book a full-time government authorized taxi facilities. It might be slightly costly but it gives you complete freedom to explore in and out of the city, Agra and even make your own choice of travel nearby places.
From Delhi- (National Highway) NH-2, from Jaipur- NH-11, from Gwalior – NH-3 (Mumbai-Agra Highway), from Lucknow/Kanpur – NH-2 (Ending to Kolkata) are some of the major road service connecting to Agra and allowing you to smoothly reach the city of Agra.
For traveling inside the city there are several means of public transportation such as Tongas, electric buses, electric tempos, Auto-rickshaws, and cycle-rickshaws. These services help you to roam inside the city and visit different places. Moreover, you can also book private taxis and explore the various points to see in Agra city.
4. Why should you visit Agra: Attractions in Agra
Forts: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Sikandra, Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb, Mariam’s Tomb, Jama Masjid, Chini Ka Roza, Gurudwara Guru ka Taal
Temples: Balkeshwar Temple, Kailash Temple, Mankameshwar Temple, Prithvinath Temple, Rajeswar Temple, Shyam ji Maharaj Temple, Mahakal and Mahakali Temple, Rawali Maharaj Temple
Ram Bhag, Mehtab Bhag
5. Attractions Beyond Taj:
- Adlabs Multiplex:
World’s first interactive cinema theatre.
- Taj Mahostav :
10 day festival in Shilpgram, near Taj Mahal, generally celebrated every year in of February/March.
This sanctified place is filled with spiritualism. Dayal Bagh is a huge complex including gardens, cottage industries, bank, residences and educational centre besides the satsang hall.
6. Fairs to watch out for:
- Ram Bharat
- Kailash Fair
- Bateshwar Fair
7. Agra Food Tour:
If you are food lover, explore various inexpensive street food in Agra. Agra’s Gol Gappe is one of the unmatched Gol Gappe across the country. Agra’s spicy chatt are something not to be missed on Agra trip. Agra also offers supreme sweet dish popularly named as Panchi’s Pethe. Apart from this, there is huge number of popular hotels to dine in for the yummiest food ever.
8. Places to stay-Hotel:
Hotels ranging at every price are available in every corner of the city allowing you a peaceful and comfortable night stay after a tiring day. Do your hotel booking in luxury 5-star hotel or mid range hotel as per your choice and affordability. Even budget guest house accommodation is available to settle tight budget.
9. Where and what to shop:
For shopaholics, Agra in stores everything, from various stone products, jewelry, dupattas and much more. Bazaars such as Mughal Bazaar, Taj East Gate, Sadar Bazaar, Raja Ki Mandi, Gokul Pura, Sanjay Place etc. offers you an extensive variety of goods at cheap rates. Walk through these to bargain good deal for souvenir shopping. Keep in mind that these are Bargaining markets. Ohh!! Did I miss Agra’s Footwear? Agra is hub for manufacturing leather footwear.
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