Top attractions in Agra
Located on the Yamuna River, Agra's crown jewel is undoubtedly the Taj Mahal. However, other attractions abound in the city, boasting architectural gems that reflect nearly 200 years of Mughal reign over the northern Indian subcontinent.
Deemed one of the world's most beautiful buildings, Shah Jahan had the mausoleum built as a memorial to his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died during childbirth.
Known as the Moonlight Garden, this park was initially one of a series of 11 built by Emperor Babur. Reconstructed after a fall from grace, the park offers great views of the Taj.
Built by Mughal emperor Akbar, Shah Jahan transformed this red sandstone structure, also known as the Red Fort, into a palace. It later became his prison once his son took power.
Known as the "Pearl Mosque" for the use of white marble, Shah Jahan built this mosque in Agra Fort for the royal members of the court in 1654.
Emperor Akbar built this residence for his favorite son, Jahangir, within the Agra Fort. The Mughal architecture of the palace also integrates Hindu and Central Asian influences.
Noted as the "Baby Taj Mahal," the white marble mausoleaum on the Yamuna River contains the remains of Persian nobleman Mizra Ghiyas Beg, who was Mumtaz Mahal's grandfather.
The tomb of Afzal Khan, who was a poet and Shah Jahan's chief minister, reflects Persian-style architecture and is famous for its glazed tiles, or chini, in various hues.
Dedicated to Guru Tegh Bahadur, the holy site for Sikhs was first a repository for rainwater. The 17th-century structure has eight of the original twelve towers.
Commissioned by Shah Jahan's daughter, Jahanara Begum, the 17th-century "Friday Mosque" is one of the largest in India. The red sandstone design reflects Mughal influences.
According to tradition, the emperor began the construction of this red sandstone mausoleum during his lifetime. Yet, it was his son who completed the top portion in white marble.
Although many visitors arrive from Delhi on a day-trip, Agra offers two to three days worth of sightseeing. A stay here also makes it easier to reach the imperial complex of Fatehpur Sikri, which is 22 miles from Agra.
Apart from taxis and buses, tuk-tuks and autorickshaws are the norm, and its best to choose one that appears to be in relatively suitable condition. Bicycle rickshaws are another option, as they can make it convenient for the area around the Taj Mahal, which is free from cars and taxis.
The areas of Tajganj and Basai make it easy to see the main sights of the city. Buses on Fatehabad and Taj Roads connect the district to the city center.
- CurrencyIndian Rupee (₹)
- Time ZoneUTC (+05:30)
- Country Code+91
- Best time to visitThe Taj Mahal is wonderous in any season, but to avoid the heavy heat, it's best to visit Agra in the cooler months of October through March.
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What people are saying about Agra
As the title says, it really is the most convenient way! Driver arrived on time to our hotel, took us to Delhi train station and waited with us at the platform until our train came, meals and water were provided on the train. Picked up at Agra station from the train by our private tour guide and driver and taken to the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and the Baby Taj, followed by a lunch (included in the price) and souvenir stop. Our tour guide brought every place we visited alive with a wealth of knowledge on every location and went above and beyond in capturing amazing photos of the whole experience for us. We were then taken back to Agra train station where the driver again waited at the platform for us to board our train and the same driver that took us to the train station in Delhi in the morning picked us up at the platform again. Over all this was an amazing, completely stress free experience that i couldn't recommend enough!
This was an unforgettable trip to the Taj Mahal. Good drivers in India are a bit thin on the ground, our driver was excellent. We stopped for amazing Indian food on the journey. The new freeway is excellent. Our guide was senior, very knowledgeable as knew all the best spots for pictures. He let us take as long as we wanted to really appreciate the worlds largest monument to love. Recommended.
We had a good morning tour in Agra with our old guide Jamil. There was a mixup about ticket included or not, but he made a call and sorted right away. He gave us full stories of buildings & history, showed interesting spots, helped us get good pics. He was patient with us taking sooo many pictures all the way. Note this season Agra gets very foggy in morning so better not start too early. We arrived at 9am & yet we couldn't see Taj from the gate so Jamil took us inside first. It got better in 1 hour but still foggy. The lunch was delicious, the souvenir shops (marble mosaic & gems/pashmina) were not too bad. Be strong if you don't want anything, like any tours in the world. The driver also was polite & kind, the car was good & clean. Though it was extremely foggy morning, he drove very carefully and we immediately felt safe. He was on time for 5am pickup, we came back to the hotel at 5:30pm. Overall very good experience, I can recommend this tour to my friends.
I had amazing service the entire trip. Hira, my driver, was a gentle and safe driver, allowing me to catch up on some sleep after my international flights while driving me to the Taj Mahal. He also provide good conversation and tea. My guide Aman was very charismatic and knowledgeable about the sites. He took several outstanding photos of me along the way. He made sure to point out all the most important details of the sites while also adding in his own we expert opinion. Very experienced and thoughtful staff all around. Would highly recommend.
Out guide was very informative, took care of everything so we could enjoy our time in Delhi. Taj Mahal was amazing!