Agra Travel Guide

  • Entrance to the fort !!!!
    Entrance to the fort !!!!
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    The Taj Mahal
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Agra Highlights

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     Amazing monuments 

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     Touts, touts, touts, touts, touts, touts, touts............. 

  • In a nutshell
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     The Taj... you know exactly how it looks, and yet it still takes your breath away. 

Agra Things to Do

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  • The Red Fort

    There have been fortifications on this strategic site on the Yamuna River for nearly a thousand years. And the fortress has changed hands many times and in many wars. This it was, when Akbar chose Agra as his capital in 1558, his armies found it largely ruined. On his orders, architects and labourers raised of the massive red sandstone ramparts,...

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  • The Taj Mahal

    'Look Madam! A Flower! Top to bottom, bottom to top, like a Persian Carpet. Built by the Shah Jahan. Restored by the Lord Curzon...' I think this was the seventeenth time our estimable tourist guide had repeated this phrase, or something very like it. It all blurred after a while. We had chosen to hire a guide that morning for a tour of the...

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  • marble carvings of the Taj Mahal

    Twenty eight different types of precious and semi-precious stones were inlaid into the white marble to create some amazing designs. The marble itself came from Makrana in Rajasthan, Jade and crystal came from China, turquoise from Tibet, Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan, carnelian from Arabia, Nacre from south India and Sri Lanka - to name a few The...

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  • Fatehpur Sikri

    The construction of Fatehpur Sikri by Mughal emperor Akbar as the new capital of his empire actually was a big mistake. After only 15 years he abandoned it because the water supply for the city was too difficult. According to a legend Akbar build the city at this location because it was the domicile of Salim Chishti, a holy man who helped him to...

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  • Baby Taj

    This small tomb, across the Yamuna river from the town of Agra, and its more famous monuments. It is often called 'the Baby Taj', and likened to a jewel box. The tomb, was built in the 1620s, for the father of Jahangir's wife (and grandfather of Mumtaz Mahal). and illustrates a progression from earlier Mughal mausoleums, built from red sandstone...

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  • Sikandra

    The Great Mughal Emperor Akbar rests, as is the custom, in a crypt in the basement of his mausoleum, which stands inside a walled enclosure north of Agra. The entry is through the imposing red sandstone, marble inlaid south gate, replete with four white marble chhatri-topped minarets. In the early morning mist, there is just us, a few squirrels,...

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Agra Restaurants

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  • Don't miss variety of Indian Cuisine &...

    This place was an accidental find as no agent/tout near the Taj mahal told us about it. While walking in the main street of Agra - sadar bazaar, almost every local walking by, pointed us to this place. Sadar bazaar is the main shopping street of agra, which is very near to the Taj Mahal. If you staying in the city, you can take a short drive to...

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  • Clarks Shiraz Hotel

    Even if you dont stay at this hotel, it is well worth sampling their Indian buffet Too many to mention

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  • Tandoori/North-west frontier cuisine

    Located at the ITC Mughal Sheraton hotel, Peshawri Restaurant is the sister restaurant of the famous Bukhara Restaurant in Delhi. Peshwari serves Indian cuisine from the north-west frontier, which is quite different from other regions, consisting mostly of savoury spicy kebabs and delicious bread, but served with no rice.

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Agra Nightlife

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  • Another moving experience

    Even if you have visted during the day, it is a must to come back to the Taj Mahal at sunset. The building and the atmosphere take on a whole different feel when bathed in the glow of the late sun.Truly magical!

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  • Nightlife at City

    The part of Agra near Taj Mahal is full of terrace, nice to spend there some time at night having a lasy or a drink or having dinner. There are no sellers at that time so is more relaxing walking at night, but they can appear even then :))) The city haven’t street lights so it will be very dark, only the few lights of the little buildings.

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Agra Transportation

  • First class ???? What a shame !!!!

    I must say that coming to Agra to see the Taj Mahal isn't for the everyday traveler !!!! From Delhi you take a 3 hour train ride .... the train leaves at 6:00 am from the New Delhi train station ... which is chaotic to say the least !!!! We had a great tour company(Please read my Dehi tips) and the driver literally took us to the seats on the train...

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  • Transport to the Taj

    To avoid traffic conjestion on the small roads leading to the Taj Mahal, all cars and taxi's are required to park up some 2km from the monument due to "pollution control". Depending on how lazy you feel, you either walk the rest of the way or take a bicycle rickshaw to the Taj as its downhill, but the poor chap really struggled on the way back but...

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  • Tour to Agra

    We hired a driver plus car for 2 days from Delhi to Agra. We left Delhi around noon, got a tour trough Delhi and then we drove to Agra. We pre booked our hotel in Agra, so this was not included in our "tour package" to Agra. We did get a complimentary guide in Agra. He showed us around the Taj Mahal. Bonus is that he tells some interesting stories...

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Agra Shopping

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  • Miniature Paintings

    There are any number of vendors of reproduction Mughal style miniature paintings to be bought in Agra. Many sizes, many designs, all with the characteristic detailed depiction of courtly life in Mughal times.Just take your time looking, and remember, if one vendor won't meet the correct price, there are many other fish in the sea. You can pay as...

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  • Unique Art and Crafts -Agra- Dispute,...

    I had the pieces I purchased in Agra shipped to me in the US. I did not receive what I ordered. This dispute is resolved. The facts of this time-consuming and stressful situation are below.When I got the incorrect pieces, I emailed the merchant a few times and got no response. I then filed a complaint with the Agra Tourist Police and with the Agra...

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  • Carpet 101

    No sooner I stepped into this shop, I was greeted with a warm smile and offered a chai. Adil, the store owner, had this genuine personality that impressed on me. I bought a prayer rug and was very satisfied with the purchase.

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Agra Local Customs

  • Cows

    Tired of seeing cows doing what they want, wherever they want, I was surprised when I saw two of them, in the Taj Mahal, tied to a car... working! Wrong impression - caws worked in the old Portugal, not in India. They were buffaloes, of course.It's hard to a western guy to understand that difference between both animals, and reading doesn't help...

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  • Rhesus Monkeys

    Monkeys, particularly rhesus monkeys, live on rooftops throughout the city and are in general pretty tame but take care not to get too close or they will bite.

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  • Be respectful

    The interior of the Taj Mahal is indeed very beautiful with more inlaid marble, a decorative tile floor and delicated jalis or pierced screens surrounding the cenotaph. HOWEVER - there are not only several signs up asking you not to take photographs within the tomb, the guards at the entrance reinforce this message. I was quite disturbed to see how...

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Agra Warnings and Dangers

  • Group Pickpockets!

    Please be careful when you walk along the long corridor extending from the Taj Mahal electric bus parking bay to the security check point at the main entrance. Group of boys holding hands suddenly swarm the unwary tourist and you can feel them groping through your pockets in a systematic way. I had may hands in my pockets all the time so no big...

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  • Nice to see , Nice to Hold....

    Our tourist guide warned not to hold any items on offer from touts/peddlers and even he had a fearful expression on his face. Heard later that if you refused to buy their items ,things can get pretty nasty depending whether it was a good sales day for them or not....So...1.It is perfectly O.K to look and negotiate for an item of interest , while of...

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  • Botteled Water: ?Safe

    During our travels for Delhi to Agra/jaipur/amritsar , we stopped to buy bottled water but were quite surprised to notice that some well sealed bottled caused sore throat almost as soon as we have taken a drink. Which leads be to believe that about half of the water are not treated water even at the point of bottling. We as tourist cant complain...

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Agra Tourist Traps

  • MONUMENTAL SCAM

    While India has a lot to offer with endless things to see and experience there are a few tips for the recurrent traveller to this continent as narrated to me by my mum.....it goes like this...she experienced it a few times in the last trip......1.AT THE MONUMENT (any/generic)..entranceYOU: Can I take the camera?GUARD: You can take the camera in for...

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  • Marble factory : Trick or treat ?

    Our sly tourist guide wanted to reduce our time at Taj mahal ,one of the gratest monuments of all time to a mere 2 hours but thanks to the heavy down pour and fellow travelers who have the tendency to wander away ,we had almost 4 hours to enjoy this breath taking monument after a heavy afternoon shower. So why the rush by our sly guide? Cos the...

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  • Ticket differences

    At all major heritage sites or attraction in India, where there is an admission charge, non-Indian citizens must pay around 10 times more than locals! It is basically 'officially' ripping-off tourists. It does not get more arrogant than that. So ridiculous. It is like lining up all the unsuspecting, hapless, happy tourists and then asking for their...

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Agra What to Pack

  • What you can take with you in the Taj...

    Still Camera, Water Bottle Guide Book, Sunglass, Heat Small Bag with Neessary things,Store Palace to keep not Allowded things. In the Main Entrance Gate of the Taj Mahal

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  • India must-haves

    Backpack and neck pouch (for cash and passport) Comfortable walking shoes, caps and raincoat Sunscreen, Wet Ones, antibacterial hand gel (clean without water), medication for diarrhoea and lots of bottled water

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  • sarung is a must, forget the cellphone

    light backpack flip-flop with socks, trainers with socks tissue paper is a must, personal medicine added with several rechargeable batteries for digi-cam > switch off your cellphone and keep it separated from your backpack since the security guards will not allow you cellphone to take in at Taj Mahal.>> put inside your backpack a...

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Agra Off The Beaten Path

  • Tomb of Mariam Zamani

    Mariam‘s tomb is situated some 1 km away from Akbar's Tomb at Sikandra. While coming towards Mathura from Agra,It falls on the left side. You can see the signboards/directions from the main highway (NH2).Mariam Zamani was the doughter of Raja Bharmal Kachhwaha of Amber (Jaipur) and was married to Akbar in 1562 A.D. she gave birth to Salim...

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  • Sikandra: Tomb of Akbar The Great!

    The third Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great (1542 – 1605), himself commenced its construction in around 1600, according to Tartary tradition to commence the construction of one's tomb during one's lifetime. Akbar himself planned his own tomb and selected a suitable site for it, after his death, Akbar's son Jahangir completed the construction in...

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  • Visit a Village

    When you are that type of traveler who can sacrifice a little comfort for experience, then venture out to one of the villages. My most unforgettable moments happened here. I spent one breezy afternoon under the shade of a tree, surrounded by elderly and kids alike, all eager to share their stories. I couldn't get enough of watching the ladies...

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  • People

    The best in India was... the people. We couldn't understand any signs of the different castes, only evident signs of poverty in most people. All nice, simple and gentle.Would it be the result of the old democracy?

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  • Budget

    A negative impression was left by the degradation of most beautiful historic buildings that we saw. A nice surprise expected us in the Red Fort, where Mogul's residence was carefully restored. Absolutely fabulous, but... the work was not complete, and the guide explained that the budget ended in the middle of the work.My God! If the budget was not...

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  • TAJ MAHAL- ELEMENTS OF BEAUTY (1)

    The Mughal Era produced many exquisite examples of aesthetic beauty in the many monuments that were built in India.The most perfect example of this aestheticism was achieved during the reign of Emperor Shah Jehan. He has left us with the finest example- The Taj Mahal.Not only is the architecture and gardens sublime- the decorative work on the...

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Comments (1)

  • mehulraj's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    shahjahan built tajmahal for his wife but she is the only person in the world who has not seen this magnificent piece of art

    • mehulraj's Profile Photo
      Apr 29, 2013 at 4:47 AM

      is it ??? then please let me know where did you read that..I hope its not true

    • Durfun's Profile Photo
      Apr 29, 2013 at 5:11 AM

      April Fool ;-) Better late than never ;-)

 
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