Taj + 4 Places in Agra for your next holiday

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:

Taj Mahal:   

Taj Mahal

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.

Agra fort:

Agra Fort

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

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Jama masjid:

Jama Masjid

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

Ram bagh:

Rambagh, Agra

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

 

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