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The city of Agra is situated on the river banks of the river Yamuna and is said to be the 19th most populous city in India. The city was even mentioned in the Epic Mahabharata as Agrevana which means ‘the border of the forest’. It is said in stories that the city was founded by Raja Badal Singh. Apart from that, Agra was a very important part of the Mughal Empire and it was named Akbarabad. The city was the capital under kings like Akbar, Jahangir, and even Shah Jahan. Not just that, the city of Agra is even known as the birthplace of the religion Din-i Allah which is still followed by many. In 1935, the city witnessed several government activities as it was made a princely state of British India.

Monuments / Historical Places / Sightseeing in Agra

Taj Mahal :

The very first place to visit in Agra is the Taj Mahal. There is not much to tell about it as every fact about it is very famous and known to everyone. It was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Today it is one of the seven wonders of India. It is situated on the banks of the Yamuna River. The next wonderful place is the Agra Fort. This was built by the great king Akbar in the year 1565. It includes the Moti masjid, Diwan-e-khas which are halls for public and private audiences, Jahangir’s palace, Shish Mahal, and many more notable buildings. The Fort was once renovated by Shah Jahan and converted into a palace.

Fatehpur Sikri :

Fatehpur Sikri is another place that should not be missed when you go to Agra which was again built by Akbar when he had moved his capital. Other places that come on the must-visit list include Itimad-Ud-Dulah, Akbar’s tomb, Guru Ka Tal, Mankameshwar Temple, Jama Masjid, Mariam’s Tomb, Mughal Heritage Walk, Keetham Lake, and many more. Being the capital of the Mughal Empire once, the city of Agra has a big list of places that you need to visit and appreciate the skill and artistic view of the buildings and structures built here. Missing even one would be missing one wonderful and overwhelming experience.

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The best time to visit Agra is during the winter months, from October to March, when the weather is pleasant for sightseeing.

Plan to spend at least 2-3 hours to explore the Taj Mahal thoroughly, including admiring the monument, exploring the gardens, and visiting the museum.

Yes, visitors are not allowed to carry large bags, food items, or tobacco products inside the Taj Mahal. Additionally, photography is prohibited inside the main mausoleum.

Entry fees vary for different attractions. As of 2024, the entry fee for the Taj Mahal is INR Rs.50 (+ Rs. 200 to visit the Taj Mahal from Inside) for Indian tourists and Rs. 250(+ Rs. 1000) for foreign tourists.

Agra is about 230 kilometers from Delhi. You can reach Agra from Delhi by train, bus, or car. The fastest way is by train, with several daily trains connecting the two cities.

Agra is famous for its street food, including petha (a sweet delicacy), chaat (savory snacks), samosas, and kachoris. Don't miss trying these local delights during your visit.

It's advisable to drink bottled or filtered water to avoid any risk of waterborne illnesses. Most hotels and restaurants provide filtered or bottled water to guests.

Some nearby attractions include Fatehpur Sikri, Mathura (birthplace of Lord Krishna), and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. These can be visited as day trips from Agra.

It's advisable to book Taj Mahal tickets in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, to avoid long queues at the ticket counters and ensure entry on your preferred date.

Some popular shopping areas in Agra include Sadar Bazaar, Kinari Bazaar, and Taj Ganj. Here you can find souvenirs like marble handicrafts, leather goods, and textiles.