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Agra – The City of Taj Mahal – Comprehensive Travel Guide

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Agra is The City of Taj that is located on the bank of Yamuna River in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Come and join us for the virtual tour of Agra. Visit the best of Agra from the Mughal’s period to the modern Café’s. Experience the vibes of the Mughal era in the Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, have a picnic & enjoy with friends and family in the Mehtab Bagh, explore the nature and bird species in the Taj Nature walk and taste the delicious street foods and cuisines in the best restaurants of Agra.

Best things to do in Agra

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is one of the most visited monuments all over the world and one of the seven wonders of the world. The Taj Mahal is made from white marble on the bank of the Yamuna river. It was made in the memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visiting The Taj Mahal in Full Moon Nights – is a mesmerizing experience.

Night Viewing Timing: 20:30 – 00.30 hrs. in 8 batches of max. 50 people each.

Ticket price- INR 510 in the night and INR 50 in the daytime.

Mehtab Bagh Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal with the Mehtab Gardens

Mehtab Bagh- Perfect Photogenic Destination

View the Taj Mahal without hustle-bustle of the crowd in the Mehtab Bagh. Mehtab Bagh is located on the Left Bank of River Yamuna opposite the Taj Mahal. Mehtab Bagh is the popular destination for the pre-wedding shoot. The garden complex, square in shape, which is aligned with the Taj Mahal. This is the most visited place in Agra for tourists.

Timings- 6 A.M to 9 P.M

Tickets- INR 15  for Indians & INR 200 for Foreigners.

Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri. Pic Courtesy - Live History India

Fatehpur Sikri- Visit  Jama Masjid & Buland Darwaza

Fatehpur Sikri is the most popular place in Agra. Fatehpur Sikri, situated at a distance of 37 kms from Agra, was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Fatehpur Sikri is UNESCO World Heritage site.  Visit sunrise and sunset in Fatehpur Sikri.

Entry tickets – INR 50

Akbars Tomb Agra
Outside view of Akbar's Tomb. Pic courtesy - Wikimedia

Akbar’s Tomb

Akbar’s tomb is the tomb of the Mughal emperor Akbar. Akbar tomb was built in 1605–1613 by his son Jahangir. This beautiful tomb symbolizes the great architecture work and is situated in 119 acres of space. Akbar Tomb is a home of several species such as deer , birds, and peacocks.

Entry Tickets- INR 20 for Indians & INR 200 for foreigners.

Taj Nature Walk- Hidden Gem

Situated near the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal it is the best place to see the beauty of Taj. Taj nature walk gives you an opportunity to spend some with nature on the bank of River Yamuna. Taj nature walk is having 46 varieties of flowers and spot birds, butterflies, and mammals here.

 Entry Tickets- INR 20 for Indians & INR 200 for foreigners.

Red Fort Agra
The Red Fort of Agra. Pic courtesy - Goibibo

Red Fort

Being a UNESCO world heritage site attracts thousands of tourists in a month. Explore the architecture of Mughal periods and view the grand rooms of the emperor’s and queens. Spot the Taj Mahal from the balconies of the red fort.

Entry Tickets- INR5 50 for Indians & INR 650 for foreigners.

Sadar Bazar Agra
Shopping in Sadar Bazaar. Pic Courtesy - Klook

Visit Sadar Bazaar for Shopping

Sadar Bazaar is the luxurious and most visited market of Agra. Here you will find leather products, handicrafts, and clothes. The Sadar Bazaar is well renovated on every occasion and gives you a happy feeling.

Sadar Bazaar will remain closed every Tuesday.

Entry Fee– Free

Raja ki Mandi Market for all your Shopping Desires

Raja ki Mandi market is a decades-old market in old Agra. Here you can shop for everything from sleepers to clothes and from handicrafts to books. Besides the shopping enjoy the street food of the market.

Raja ki Mandi market will remain closed on every Monday’s.

Entry Fee– Free

Best Restaurants in Agra

Pinch of Spice Restaurant

Dine in the Pinch of Spice restaurant which is the most awarded restaurant of Agra. Located in Sanjay Place, Cozy ambiance with amazing lighting and comfortable chairs. The Pinch of Spice is a fine dining restaurant with a five-star feel. Serving North Indian, Chinese and Mughlai cuisines.

Best Dishes- Paan Shot, Biryani, Dal Bukhara & Chicken Rara

Cost for Two- INR 1600

Mama Chicken House at Sadar Bazaar

Mama Chicken is the paradise for meat lovers located in the Sadar Bazaar Agra. This shop is in the side street lane serving amazing non-vegetarian dishes. Mama Chicken is the most recommended shop by all the locals of Agra and also it is low on budget. Besides non-vegetarian dishes, they also serve vegetarian dishes.

Best Dishes- Mutton Kebab & Tandoori Chicken

Cost for Two- INR 600

Salt Cafe Agra
Stylish interiors in Salt Cafe, Agra

Enjoy the Nightlife of Agra at The Salt Café

The salt café is one of the happening café cum bistro bars of Agra. Enjoy the nightlife with the hopping and aromatic surroundings. The salt Café is high on ambiance with the rooftop café.  Serving Italian, Chinese & Continental Cuisines.

Best Dishes- Momos, Mocktails and Paneer tikka

Cost for Two- INR 1000

Street Food in Agra 

On the ground of street food, Agra is famous for its delicious Petha, Bedai, Kachori, and Jalebi. Chaat Gali in the Sadar Bazaar is the street food hub of Agra serving the most delicious street food from Water Balls to Pasta. Besides this Deviram’s Sweets located ap Pratapura crossing is famous for its mouth-watering bedai, Jalebi, and Samosa.

Best time to visit Agra

The temperature in Agra during summer goes up to  48oC so it is recommended to visit Agra in winter season during the month of October to March. But it is also good to visit during the rainy season as the atmosphere becomes cool and vibrant.

How to reach Agra

By Air- The nearest airport to Agra is Delhi airport (within 240 kms), hire a taxi or take a bus or train from Delhi to reach Agra.

By Train- Agra is connected with the Indian Railways broad gauge network, where you can easily find trains from all over India.

By Road- Agra is also well connected with roads on National Highways and major cities. You can opt for roadways buses or hire a taxi to reach Agra from Delhi or other states.

This article was written by Ankur who is a blogger and runs From Traveling 2 Fooding. Click on this name below to read all about his journeys, travel stories, and expert travel tips.

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