The city of Agra has an indelible mark on the global map as home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. But there are so many more places to visit in Agra just the Taj. From monuments, shrines and tombs dedicated to love, to the most intricately carved handicrafts, sprawling landscaped gardens, and delicious food, there is a lot that makes Agra one of India’s most loved tourist attractions. Stroll around its ancient lanes and you will find out what makes it such a hit. Today I’m here to summarise the best sights of the city and the best Agra tours.
Agra — Part of the Golden Triangle
Agra is part of the Golden Triangle — the travel circuit from Delhi > Agra > Jaipur. It covers some of the most amazing forts and monuments in Northern India and this popular route is doable in a short amount of time — 1–2 weeks.
The most amazing things to visit in Agra are…
- The Taj Mahal
- Agra Fort
- Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah (Baby Taj)
- Tomb of Akbar the Great
- Chini Ka Rauza
Where to Stay in Agra
If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Agra, I recommend the Trident Agra or the Hotel Clarks Shiraz. If you have some cash to splash and are looking for a Taj-view room, you can book one at the Oberoi Amarvilas Agra. Follow this link to read more about the best 5 star hotels in Agra.
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All Inclusive Day Trip to Agra Fort, Taj Mahal and Baby Taj from Delhi by Car
Get a look at the landmarks and history of the Mughal Empire on this private day trip from Delhi to Agra. Visit the iconic Taj Mahal, which is known as India’s most stunning homage to learn and love how this World Wonder was made by Shah Jahan for his Mumtaz. You’ll make a stop at Agra Fort, and study about the 16th-century Mughal monument from the guide. This amazing one-day journey covers all the highlights and includes the entrance fees and a buffet lunch at a wonderful 5-star hotel.
Private Day Trip at Taj Mahal from Jaipur
If you want to see the Taj Mahal from Jaipur but don’t want to stay over night in Agra then this Private Day Trip at Taj Mahal from Jaipur trip is perfect for you. This private Taj Mahal day trip is ideal for travellers with limited time in India who want to see many of Agra’s highlights in one day. Take the stress out of planning transport by having a private vehicle to pick you up and drop you off. You’ll be travelling with a guide, so you learn all about Agra’s highlights, which includes the UNESCO-listed Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. An action-packed day full of India’s beautiful landmarks.
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Agra Fort and Skip-the-Queue to Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, admired for its beautiful Mughal architecture. One of the 7 Wonders of the World, this mausoleum was commissioned by Shah Jahan for his wife in 1631. Spend time walking around and admiring the minarets, fountains, and adjoining gardens. A sunrise visit is highly recommended for a memorable experience and to avoid crowds. If you want to get in quickly and get a good view, this Agra Fort and Skip-the-Queue to Taj Mahal Tour is perfect.
For extra sightseeing, the Agra Fort is a spectacular display of architecture. The majestic red-walled fort is spread out on 94 acres, about 2 miles away from the Taj Mahal. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this spot was once the home to Mughal emperors before Delhi developed to be the capital of India. Walk around the distinctive halls, Diwan-i-Am and Diwan-i-khaas, and observe the ornate mirror work in Sheesh Mahal.
Agra Fort and Taj Mahal: Private Sunrise Tour from Delhi
Get on this full-day Private Sunrise tour of Agra from Delhi, departing from Delhi in the early morning to arrive at the iconic Taj Mahal by sunrise. It’s an early start, but worth it if you have limited time and want to see the Taj at sunrise — the best time of day to experience it. I remember waking up in the very early hours, and thinking to myself — today it the Taj Mahal at sunrise! And what a spectacular site 😉
Following a pick-up from your accommodation in Delhi, Gurgaon or Noida at 03:00, transfer to Agra by private, air-conditioned vehicle. Relax on the 3.5-hour drive in a private, air-conditioned car, arriving in Agra at approximately 06:15 AM where you will meet your private guide and enjoy a great view of the sunrise over the Taj Mahal.
Gaze at the remarkable marble mausoleum from the outside, before seeing inside the temple to Mumtaz Mahal, beloved wife of the emperor Shah Jahan. Spend around 2 to 3 hours at the Taj Mahal, with some extra time to walk around. Your guide will lead you to the best spots to capture photos and will be happy to take some photos for you. After, continue to the nearby Agra Fort to see the lovely pavilions of a walled city. You will spend 1.5 hour here. Spend some free time for breakfast before heading back to Delhi where you will arrive at about 3pm.
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What to Pack for Agra Tours
Consider packing conservative clothing and a shawl or headscarf for women if you would like to visit religious places. Some comfortable sandals work well in India as it can be hot so they will let your feet breathe. It can get extremely hot in some parts of India and so sun cream is essential.
It’s a good idea to pack conservative clothing for India. Avoid short skirts and low cut tops or spaghetti straps. Comfortable trousers and linen tops are great. Long skirts and Maxi dresses also work really well and are comfortable with the heat. Comfortable loose cotton or linen trousers are perfect. Don’t forget your sunglasses, and pack your prescription sunnies if you have those!
Originally published at https://www.templeseeker.com on December 10, 2019.