About Agra

Agra, home to Taj Mahal and mouth watering sweet 'Petha', has a prosperous historical background.

Welcome to Agra

It forms the most booked tour of India Golden Triangle Tour that covers three heritage cities of north India (Delhi, Agra and Jaipur). It is home to the myriads of known and lesser known places of interests in and around the city.

The earliest reference for Agra comes from the epical age, when Mahabharata refer Agra as Agravana. In the sources prior to this, Agra has been referred as Arya Griha or the abode of the Aryans. And the first person who referred Agra by its modern name was Ptolemy.

Before the advent of the Mughal Rulers, Agra was ruled by the Raja Badal Singh (around 1475 A.D.) who's Fort, Badalgarh, stood on or near the site of the present Agra Fort. First Mughal Emperor Babar began ruling city after defeating Lodhi dynasty ruler defeated Ibrahim Lodhi in Batte of Panipat. Agra was also ruled by the British, until India got Independence 1947. Currently people of all faiths are living peacefully in the city and cooperate in the development of the city. People are tourist friendly and eager to assist travelers.

Famous Food of Agra (Hub for foodies)

Agra is also famous for foodies, who give first preference to food when they visit any new city. For them Agra has varieties of local food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. During breakfast locals prefer to eat Bedai, Jalebi, Chhole Bhature, Khasta Kachaori etc.

During lunch time or dinner time one can have wide range of Paranta such as Alloo Parantha, Paneer Parantha, Gobi Parantha, Methi Parantha etc. And can also opt for Thali either veg or non veg.

Thali

A thali is a combo pack in which a traveler can enjoy most of the North Indian cuisines to which locals eat in their homes. Generally a Veg Thali has (Roti, Three Vegetable, Sweets, Salad, Papad, Rice, Dal etc.)

Apart from this Agra also famous for its Chaat famous worldwide among the food lovers. One can have Alloo Chat, Pani Poori, Khasta Kachauri, Bhalla etc.

Sweets

Agra is also famous for sweets, as it is a part of Braj Region. Travelers can enjoy delicious sweets like Rasmalai, Gulab Jamun, Gajar Ka Halwa, Petha, Peda, Jalebi, and other mouth watering sweets at reasonable rates from most of the sweet shops in city.

Climatic Conditions in Agra

Agra, located on the Indo-Gangetic plain has a continental sub-tropical climate, with long, hot summers from April to September when temperatures can reach as high as 45°C (113°F). During summers dry winds (loo) blow in this region. The monsoon months from July to September see about 67 cm (27 inches) of rainfall annually.

Area: 120.57 sq. km

Altitude: 169 meters above sea level

Location: Uttar Pradesh, India

Languages: Hindi and Urdu

Best Time to visit Agra: From September-February

Nearest Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport (Delhi)

Railway Stations in Agra (Major)

Agra Cantt Railway Station

Agra Fort Railway Station

Raja ki Mandi Railway Station

Tundla Junction Railway Station (Around 30 kms from Agra city)

Bus Stands in Agra

ISBT

Bizlighar Bus Stand

Idgah Bus Stand

Distance from Agra

New Delhi (About 205 km )

Jaipur (About 225km)

Lucknow (Around 335 kms)

Places to visit in Agra

Let us take you on a journey of exploration to experience some of the best Places in Agra

Taj Mahal

An epitome of love allures lovers to visit this place once in their lifetime. It is situated on the right bank of the river Yamuna (Jamuna in local dialect). The fifth Mughal emperor Shah Jahan constructed this beautiful white marble mausoleum in the memory of his most beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal. Around 20000 workers including masons, architects etc built this white marble building in around 22 years. The white marble for the monument was brought from Makrana, a place in Rajasthan state of India. Apart from that various other precious and semi precious stones were also brought from across the world to make it most beautiful building on earth.

Taj Mahal is the symmetrical building and is the amalgamation of various architectural styles across the globe. After the death of Shahjahan, he was also laid next to his wife and empress Mumtaj.

Timing of opening and closing of Monument:

It opens and closes before half an hour of the Sunrise and Sunset.

It remains close on every Friday

How to Reach:

Eastern Gate of Taj Mahal: Around 8 km Agra Cantt Railway Station and Around 6-8 kms to Eastern Gate of Taj Mahal from Agra Fort Railway Station.

Hire Auto/Cab till Shilpgram Parking after that you will be taken via battery operated vehicles till Eastern Gate of Taj Mahal.

Note: Do not carry any electrical, food product, match box, tobacco etc while visiting Taj. Carry only water bottle, mobile phone and Camera for hurdle free entry.


Agra Fort

A walled city is a strongest fort in India. It was the seat of Mughal rulers till 1638 and after that Delhi was made capital of Mughals. It is UNESCO World Heritage site declared in 1983. As per historians Shahjahan spent his last days in the Mussaman Burj in Agra Fort. He was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb.

It comprises splendid palaces both in red sandstone and white marble like Jodha Bai Palace, Diwan-e Khas, Diwan-e- Aam, Angoori Bagh and many others. Of the nearly 500 Akbari buildings built in the Bengal and Gujarati traditions only a few have survived, arrayed in a band on the riverfront.


Itmad-ud-daulah

popularly known as 'Baby Taj' was constructed by Noor-Jahan to pay tribute her father Mir Ghiyas Beg, a minister in the court of Shah Jahan. It is the first tomb in India made up of white marble. It is situated on the left hand side of the river Yamuna and decked up with inlay work and eye soothing gardens.

How to reach: Hire auto/cab from your hotel

Best time to visit: Anytime throughout the year

Location: Old Agra in Itmad-ud-daulah locality


Akbar's Tomb

Akbar's tomb is the tomb of the third Mughal emperor, Akbar. It is situated in the suburb of Agra.

It houses the mortal remains of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, who, during his lifetime itself had completed the tomb and laid out a beautiful garden.

However, the topmost portion of mausoleum in marble was constructed by his son, Jahangir. It is a five storey building allures thousand of tourists with its beautiful architecture.


Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri is a town located around 37 km from Agra district. Akbar founded this city after the name of Sufi Saint Salim Chistee. Akbar got three sons after the blessings of Sufi Saint Shaikh Salim Chisti. It falls on the border of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan states.
This city is also known as ghost city, as due to shortage of water the city was deserted and after that Lahore city was made capital of Mughal Empire. It houses palaces like Jodha Bai Palace, Beerbal Palace, Anoop Talao, Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaza etc.

What to Buy: Try to buy 'Dari' (Mat) and Nan Khatai (Sweet)
How to reach: Hire auto/cab from your hotel
Best time to visit: Anytime throughout the year


Lesser Known

Let us take you on a journey of exploration to experience some of the Lesser Known Places in Agra

Temples:

Bateshwar Nath Temple

Rawali Mahadev Temple

Mankameshwar Nath Temple

Kailash Nath Mahadev Temple

Rajeswar Nath Mahadev Temple

Balkeshwar Nath Mahadev Temple

Radhasomai Temple

Lord Neminath Temple, Bateshwar

Mosques and Idgah:

Jama Masjid

Babar Masjid

Idgah

Gurudwara:

Guru Dwara Guru Ka Tal

Churches:

St Peter's Church

St Mary's Church

St George's Church

Monuments:

Mariam's Tomb

Chini Ka Roza

Aaram Bagh (Ram Bagh)

Mehtab Bagh

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