Witness The Charm Of Taj Mahal
The massive ivory-white structure” renowned as the symbol of unconditional love, was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal. This mausoleum, is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Often called the “Jewel of Muslim artistry”, this monument is a frequented tourist spot by people, from all the vertices of the earth.
Laced with beautiful lush green gardens and, scintillating fountains the beauty of the edifice is miraculous. Marking its significance in history, this monument was crafted by more than 20,000 artisans and architects exhibit excellent skill-set of the Mughal architectural style.
Location: The address is, Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001
Timings: The site can be visited from 6:00 am to 6:30 pm on all days except Fridays.Charges: The entry fee is Rs 40 for Indian and Rs 1000 for foreigners.
Explore The Jewel Of Agra - Agra Fort
Righteously said, “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder” and here, you can witness mind-blowing beauty of Agra Fort. With rich historical background, this majestic fort marks its place in most-visited tourist place in Agra.
Sprawling over an area of 94 acres, this fort has four gates namely the Khizri Gate, Delhi, Lahore Gate and, Amar Singh Gate. The mighty structure displays, elegant artistry of Hindu and, Mughal styles and, visiting this fort is one of the best things to do in Agra.
Location: The address is, Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003
Timings: One can visit from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm on all days.
Charges: The entry fee is INR 40 for Indian tourist and INR 550 for foreign tourist.
Explore The Sandstone City- Fatehpur Sikri
Renowned as “The City Of Victory”, it was founded by the Mughal emperor, Akbar. Exhibiting a fusion of Hindu, Jain and Islamic style of architecture, this city is built using the Red sandstone also called as the “Sikri Sandstone”.
With 9 gates namely, Chandan Pal Gate, Agra Gate, Tehra Gate, Lal Gate, Delhi Gate, Birbal Gate, Gwalior Gate, Ajmeri Gate, and Chor Gate, one can enter the city. The region hems in various sites, built on Indian architectural principles like royal palaces, private quarters, harems, different utility buildings, court, and mosques.
Location: Fatehpur Sikri is situated at a distance of about 39 km from Agra.
Timings: Open daily from sunrise to sunset.
Charges: The entry fee of Indian tourist is INR 50 and INR 485 for foreign tourist.
Delve In The beauty Of Jahangir Mahal
Beautifully built Palace for Akbar’s wife Jahangir Mahal, is one of the remarkable places in Agra. Showcasing elegant Islamic architecture, one can take a glance at the exceptional artistry. The major source of attraction of this palace, is the huge bowl carved out of a rock, called the “Hauz-i-Jahangiri”, which was used as the container for fragrant rose water.
The majestic palace has extraordinary carvings which will blow off your mind. Visit here and, fall in love with the medieval architectural style.
Location: The address is, Paryatan Bhawan, Bhadbhada Road, Orchha
Timings: One can visit the Jahangir Mahal on all days from 9:00 am to 5:00 pmCharges: The fee is INR 5 for Indian tourist and INR 30 for foreign tourist.
Savor The Lip- Smacking Delicacies
Give your taste buds a feast, at fantastic restaurants in the city and taste the tinge of delicious chaats at Sadar Bazaar . Be it the tandoori chicken, or crispy kebabs here you can have it all. Not only this, but you can also have various other cuisines like Chinese, Continental and, lot more.
Timings: The markets are usually open from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm where you can savor amazing cuisine.
Delve In The Spirituality Of Jama Masjid
One of the largest mosques in India “The Jama Masjid” is also famed as the, “Friday Mosque”. Beautifully arched gate supported by pillars will bind you in its charm. Built by Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, who dedicated it to his adorable daughter Jahanara Begum exhibits his love for his daughter.
Visiting Jama Masjid is one of the best things to do in Agra.
Location: The address is, Jama Masjid Rd, Subhash Bazar, Kinari Bazar, Hing Ki Mandi, Mantola, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003
Timings: Open on all days from sunrise to sunset.Charges: There is no entry fee to enter the premises.
Located at the banks of the Yamuna, this splendid garden offers phenomenal displays lying opposite to, the Taj Mahal. Sprawling over 25 acres, this glorious bagh marks its place in best gardens of Agra.
While you walk through this enchanting garden, you will breathe in the fresh fragrance of various species of flowers. The garden brims over with fountains, trees, and beautiful pools, which make it a picture perfect place.
Location: The address is, Near Taj Mahal, Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Nagla Devjit, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001
Timings: One can visit Mehtab Bagh from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm on all days.Charges: The entry fee is INR 15 for adults and INR 200 for foreigners.
Explore The Charming Garden- Anguri Bagh
This elegantly built garden facing the Khas Mahal, owns small hexagonal grids of red sandstone, designed in a particular pattern. Surrounded with double-storey sandstone buildings, covered by white-limestone offers spectacular displays.This Bagh is a historical gem of Agra and is frequented by locals as well as tourists.
Location: The address of Anguri Bagh is, Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar
Timings: One can visit this from 6:00 am in the morning to 7:30 pm in the evening on all days.Charges: The entry fee is INR 20 for Indian tourist and INR 300 for a foreigner.
Unravel, The Charm Of Dayal Bagh
With the literal meaning “ Garden of the Merciful”, this wonderful garden attracts masses from near and far. Located adjacent to the Soami Bagh, this site holds the samadhi of "Swamiji Maharaj”, who founded Radha Swami. Built with pure white marble, this elegant structure exhibits excellent pictures and, fine pietra dura inlay work on the inner walls. This site has high spiritual as well as historical importance.
Location: The address is Dayalbagh, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, 282005, India.
Timings: One can visit this place from 6:00 am to 6:30 pm on all days.Charges: There is no entry fee to visit Dayal Bagh.
Witness The Serenity Of Humayun's Mosque
One of the oldest monuments to be built in the Mughal dynasty “Humayun’s Mosque”, has Persian inscriptions carved on it. This spectacular artistry of the Mughal period, was used named “Kabul” by the locals and, catering to the religious needs of the Mughals. The serenity is interweaved in the aura of the structure and, is built entirely out of brick masonry. Visiting this sacred placed is one of the must-do, in the list of things to do in Agra.
Location: The address is Nagla Devjit, Kachhpura, Uttar Pradesh 282006
Timings: The site is open from 6:00 am to 7:30 pm
Charges: The entry fee is INR 30 for Indian tourist and INR 500 for foreigners.
Witness The Historically Rich- Itimad-Ud-Daulah
Built by Nur Jahan, wife of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, this magnificent edifice is located on the eastern bank of Yamuna. Established in memory of her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg, who was titled as the Itimad-Ud-Daulah, which means “Pillar of the Government. Commonly known as the Baby Taj as it resembles the Iconic “Taj Mahal”.
The structure is embellished with semi-precious stones and, is arched with greenery all over. Visiting Itimad-Ud-Daulah is one of the best things to do in Agra, as it is less crowded in comparison to other sites
Location: The address is, Moti Bagh, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282006
Timings: The site is open from sunrise to sunset on all days.
Charges: The entry fee is INR 10 for Indian tourist and INR 110 for foreign tourist.
Enjoy The Sunset On Yamuna River While You Boat through It
This boat ride will make you fall in love with the beauty of the Taj Mahal. While you tour the Yamuna amidst the Wonder of the World, you will witness an alluring scene which will overwhelm you with its charm. Gazing at setting sun, display its splendid charisma clubbed with the Taj Mahal, is a scene worth-watching if you visit this city.
Timings: Open on all days from sunrise to sunset.
Charges: One can opt for a 30-minute boat ride starting from INR 100.
A Perfect Place For A Shopaholic- Kinari Bazaar
“Buzzing Market”, the Kinari Bazaar, is well-stocked with all the essentials and traditional stuff. Undoubtedly a perfect place for a shopaholic, as here you can find A to Z items like lehengas, dupattas, salwar kameez, kurtas, sherwanis and what not. As you enter the market you will get awestruck by the colorful outfits, beautifully laced with gold and silver. You will always end up with a bag full of goods as this market will never disappoint you with its charm.
Location: The address is, Kinari Bazar, Hing Ki Mandi, Mantola, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003
Timings: The market usually open at 11:00 am and closes at 9:00 pm on all days except Sunday.Charges: There are no charges to enter the market.
Witness The Mughal Era At Kalakriti Dance Drama Show
One of the best things to do in Agra is watching the Kalakriti Dance Drama show, Mohabbat The Taj. The exceptional dramatics by the artisans will take you back to the Mughal era, through their vigorous performance. This power-packed performance of 80 artisans, accompanied by the advanced technology gives the lively appearance and, lasts for about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Here, you can choose from various seat options namely silver, gold and, platinum classes.
Location: The address is, 41/142, A/1 VIP Road-Taj Mahal Road, Fatehabad Rd, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001
Timings: The opening hours are 10:00 am to 8:15 pm from Monday to Saturday and 10:30 am to 9:00 pm on Sunday.Charges: One can book from several classes ranging from INR 1200 to INR 4000.
Wander Through The Streets Of Agra
With numerous places to shop from, Agra has plenty of markets namely, Sadar Bazaar, Subhash Bazaar, Kinari Bazaar, TDI Mall, Shah Market and many more. Here you can find elegant marble crafts, leather goods, handicrafts, sweets, ornaments, religious item and what not. One can also spot several miniature replicas of Taj Mahal, which can be bought as a souvenir of the trip. These markets are always buzzing with flocks of people, indulged in exploring the markets.
Timings: The markets remain open from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.Charges: Pay only for what you shop as there are no charges for entering the market.