Agra, arguably the most visited tourist destination in
India, holds world-famous monument Taj Mahal, listed third by the Hillman
Wonders. Other not-to-miss tourist sightseeing spots are Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri and Itmad-ud-daula's tomb. Visit Agra for the city has plethora of
City Travel Attractions
||Uttar Pradesh province of India
||Very hot in summers and cold in winter
||Hindi; English too understood in tourism sector
|Best Time to Visit
||October to February
||one of the wonders in world
||Great Mughals ruled India from here
|Akbar's Tomb, Sikandara
||a red sandstone tomb of a great emperor
||fine specimen of Mughal architecture
||Emperor Akbar's capital; holds several magnificent structures
Considered one of the wonders in world, the Taj Mahal has unmatched
harmonious structure, magnificent elegance and pristine beauty. The tomb of
Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his beloved wife Mumtaz seems ethereal. It
acquires rosy glow at dawn or the sunset and assumes the look of a pearly
mirage in moonlit night. White marble edifice is inlaid with precious stones
and filigreed marble screens astound the admirers of architecture.
Agra Fort is erected mainly from red sandstone. Its construction was
commenced by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565 and added to by Emperor Shah
Jahan. The fort has the parameter of 2.4 km. It has predominantly defensive
structure. Several elegant buildings lie within in fort. These are Jahangiri
Mahal, Jodhabai Mahal, Anguri Bagh, Khass Mahal, Golden Pavilion, Sheesh
Mahal, Musamman Burj, Diwan-i-Khass and Hamam-i-Shahi.
The visitors are allowed in the fort through Amar Singh Gate, built by
great Mughal emperor Akbar.
Tomb of Mughal emperor Akbar lies in Sikandara, 13 km north of Agra Fort,
amidst a garden. Akbar himself commenced the construction but it was
completed by Jehangir, his son. Four red sandstone gates take one to the
Itmad-ud-Daula tomb is another fine specimen of Mughal architecture. It was
built by Empres Noor Jehan, queen of Jehangir, as a memorial to her father.
The tomb is marvellously ornamented with lattice work marble screens and
pietra dura inlay.
This fortified city, built of red sandstone, served once as Emperor Akbar's
capital. The complex holds a slew of magnificent structures. Among these are
Jodha Bai mahal, Mariyam mahal, Birbal mahal and Diwan-e-Khas. Marble tomb
of Saint Salim Chisti is considered the finest building here. The Buland
Darwaza, an imposing gateway 54 m high, is another magnificent structure.
The gate built in 1602 AD to commemorate Akbar's victory over Deccan is the
highest and grandest gateway in India.
Keoladev Ghana Sanctuary/Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary, Mathura, Vrindavan
How to Reach
Agra is very well connected to Indian capital New Delhi by
fast moving trains. Best among these trains is the Bhopal Shatabdi, the
fastest train in India. Luxurious tourist train 'Palace on Wheels' also
journeys through Agra. Agra has three railway stations: Agra Cantt, Agra
Fort and Raja ki Mandi. However Agra Cantt is the main railway station.
Agra is well-connected by buses with New Delhi, a 4-5 hours
journey. The city has three inter-state bus terminals: Transport Nagar Bus
Stand, Idgah Bus Stand and Bijlighar Bus Stand. The one at Idgah is the main
stand. The stand at Transport Nagar operates the buses of states other than
UP. Bijlighar Stand is primarily used for intercity travel.
Distance from Major Cities
Intra City Travel
||National Highway 2
||National Highway 11
||National Highway 3
||National Highway 2
Auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws are available for the tourist spots.
Buses also operate in the city.
» You are advised to fix fares in the auto and cycle rickshaws in
» Some drivers could try to take you to souvenir shops. Avoid those
» Be aware of the touts.