Host to one of the 7 wonders of the world, Agra is a popular destination among tourists all over the world. Located in Uttar Pradesh, it has a rich history and one can find fine examples of Mughal architecture here.
Places to visit:
This architectural masterpiece needs no introduction. Counted among one of the 7 wonders of the world, it is a definite treat for your eyes. It was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz mahal as a symbol of love for many. It is filled with tourists all year round. You can take an auto-rickshaw from the Agra cantt station. (cost- Rs 20)
- Entry fee– Rs. 40
- Opening hours: Sunrise to Sunset. Fridays closed.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and main residence of a number of Mughal rulers, Agra fort boasts a rich history. The vast fortress was a city on its own comprising of a number of buildings, bathing ghats and even a ladies bazaar in the Mughal era. It is located just 3 km from Taj Mahal(east gate). You can take an auto-rickshaw from there. (Cost- Rs 40)
- Entry fee- Rs 40
- Opening hours: sunrise to sunset.
Tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daulah:
Known as the baby Taj Mahal, it is the first white marble tomb built in India. It is a tomb of Mir Ghiyas beg, who was a minister in the court of Shah Jahan. This tomb looks like a jewel box when viewed from a distance. It’s located in old Agra, and you can hire a taxi or auto rickshaw to reach here.
- Entry fee– Rs 10
Located opposite the Agra fort it is one of the largest mosques in India. The architecture is similar to its Delhi counterpart. You can get a great view of the city of Agra from the top of the minaret.
- Entry fee- NIL. Camera charge- Rs 300.
- Opening hours– 6am to 8pm
The oldest Mughal garden in India, Aram bagh is a Persian garden which symbolizes the ideal Islamic paradise, rivers flowing through its greenery. It is located on the bank of Yamuna River and is a great place to just sit down and unwind. It is located in Firozabad road.
- Opening hours: 9am-6pm
- Entry fee: Rs 15
Where to eat:
There are a lot of eating joints near all of the places listed above. You can find both fine dining and budget restaurants here in Agra.
- Joney’s place near the south gate, Taj Mahal offers delicious food at really cheap prices.
- You can treat your taste buds at Pinch of Spice, which offers excellent non-veg food. It is located just 1.7 km from Taj Mahal.
How to reach from Delhi:
- By train: A lot of trains run between Agra to Delhi. They take around 3 hours to reach. Taj express is recommended. (Cost-Rs 100)
- By road: It is 230 km from Delhi. You can take a bus from kale sarai kale khan isbt. It will cost around Rs 200 and take 2 hours to reach there.
Approximate Budget for the entire trip: Rs 1000