Agra Travel Guide

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    Entrance to the fort !!!!
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Agra Things to Do

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  • The Taj Mahal

    5 out of 5 stars

    Discover and share Taj Mahal Love Quotes. Taj Mahal is a Symbol Of Love and example of Mughal Architecture which was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal. Built between 1631 and 1653 on the banks of the Yamuna River in India, the Taj Mahal is a masterpiece of architecture and art.

  • The Red Fort

    4 out of 5 stars

    As if it were not enough to have the marvellous Taj Mahal in your city, Agra has another UNESCO World Heritage site, Agra Fort. This is part defensive structure, part royal palace – indeed, a considerable part of it is still used by the Indian military. Visits therefore focus largely on the palace buildings. I will devote my following tip to these...

  • Fatehpur Sikri

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    During a full day I had visited the Taj Mahal and the fort of Agra. Then I spent the night in a hostel in the downtown. The next day, early in the morning, I wanted to leave by train to the north of India (Kashmir) but there were not trains until the evening. I asked the owner of my hostel and he suggested me to employ my time visiting a ghost town...

  • 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,...

  • Baby Taj

    At our guide Saurav’s suggestion we took a break after visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, returning to our hotel (where we hadn’t been able to check in earlier) for a rest – very welcome after our 4.30 AM start to the day in Delhi! So it was late afternoon when we arrived at the Itmad-ud-Daulah, which proved to be a perfect time to see it,...

  • Jami Masjid

    Commissioned by Princess Jahanara Begum, the daughter of Emperor Shah Jahan, Jami Masjid is the grand "Friday" mosque of Agra. The red sandstone structure was completed in 1649 AD in a typical Mughal-period design, similar but smaller in scale to that of Delhi. It consists of a spacious elevated courtyard bordered by arched porticoes to the north...


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Agra Restaurants

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  • Great restaurant in the ITC Mughal hotel

    Great restaurant in the ITC Mughal hotel We were quite tired on the evening of our day in Agra, having been up since 4.30 AM to catch the train from Delhi, so we decided to eat in the hotel and to treat ourselves to dinner in Peshawri, the more upmarket Indian restaurant (as opposed to the multi-cuisine buffet restaurant). The food in Peshawri is...

  • 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...

  • Clarks Shiraz Hotel

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


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!

  • 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.

  • Agra Hotels

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Agra Transportation

  • By train to Agra

    We came to Agra by train from Delhi, a journey of about two hours. It was an early start as the train left Delhi at 6.00 AM, while it was still more or less dark. But the sun was soon up and we enjoyed the views of the surrounding countryside in the misty morning light. It is a flat landscape so there is nothing spectacular to see, but we found it...

  • Train from Agra to Varanasi

    A good way to travel from Agra to Varanasi is by night train. I travelled from Agra Fort Train Station [4864 - MARUDHAR EXPRES (21:15 - 08:15)].I advise you to book well in advance and to travel in sleeper with air conditioning.

  • 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...


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...

  • 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...

  • 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.


Agra Local Customs

  • Parchinkari

    Parchinkari or Parchin kari (both are used) is the term given in India to the technique known In Europe and elsewhere by its Italian name, pietra dura. This involves inlaying marble or another hard stone with small pieces of coloured stones (often semi-precious or even precious) to create a decorative pattern or picture. In India its use reached...

  • 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...

  • 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.


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...

  • 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...

  • 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...


Agra Tourist Traps


    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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...


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

  • 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

  • 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...


Agra Off The Beaten Path

  • Mehtab Bagh: another side of the Taj...

    If you cross the Yamuna river to the site where legend has it that Shah Jahan planned to build his own black marble mausoleum to face the Taj Mahal across the water, you can get an alternative view of Agra's most famous sight. To enter this area costs 100 IR per person (you can apparently get similar but slightly less good views for free a little...

  • Fatehpur Sikri

    Although not in Agra itself, most people visit Fatehpur Sikri as a side trip from that city, or (as we did) en route between Agra and Jaipur. If you can fit it into your schedule, do! I loved it here - the colours (deep red sandstone and blue sky, dotted with the bright saris of visitors), the richly detailed carvings, the sense of a world that...

  • 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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  • Macaque monkeys at Itmad-ud-Daula

    I have read that the gardens that surround the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula were planted with flowers, but when we visited they were being dug up and replanted. However we didn’t mind too much because when we went round to the rear side of the mausoleum, facing the river, we saw that there were lots of macaque monkeys in the garden, whose antics gave us...

  • Local people in Agra

    As everywhere we went on this trip, I enjoyed taking photos of people here in Agra - for the most part, candid photos of locals shot on the street or of Indian tourists visiting the same famous sites as ourselves. Unlike many countries we have visited, I found everywhere in India that even if people spotted my camera they seemed happy to let me...

  • 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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  • 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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