10 Best Places to visit in Agra
Agra, the majestic ancient city is one of the most popular places in Indian tourism. Agra is known for its famous architectures dating back to the ancient history of the country and every wonder of the city has a story to narrate. It is usual that our mid awestruck at the astonishing white marbled architecture of Agra, Taj Mahal but Agra has treasured many other historical sites like the Jama masjid a Mughal era spiritual construction. The place still witnesses the traces of ancient India since the time of Mahabharatha treasuring the birthplace of Lord Krishna and there are a lot more to explore in the Agra tour. There are many historical places in Agra and here we give a complete itinerary of the 10 best places to visit in Agra which can be covered up in One Day Agra Tour.
If you are planning for a surprise one day Agra tour we have listed out 10 best places to visit in Agra which cannot be missed on a note.
1. Agra Fort
Agra Fort which is also known as ‘The Lal Qila’ is one of the heritage structures of Mughal history. Agra Fort foundations were laid by the esteemed emperor of Mughals Akber and the construction was completed by his grandson Shah Jahan during his ruling in the city of Agra. This famous iconic fort which is one of the historical places in Agra was listed among the World Heritage sites by UNESCO enhancing the pride of India. The fort was built to exhibit the Mughal style with huge tonnes of red sandstone and built with high confidentiality to confuse the attackers.
The palace houses some of the unique structures which are still hovered originally like the shish Mahal, two large halls Diwan-e-aam built for a general audience and Diwan-e-Khas built for a private audience. Jehangir Mahal, the sleeping chamber of Akber’s son that depicts the beautiful architecture. Also, some of the iconic structures of the fort to visit are Moti Masjid, Nagina Masjid, Musamman Burj, Amar Singh gate.
The Specialty of Agra Fort:
- Islamic style of architecture with a touch of Hindu motifs and paintings makes the majestic fort.
- Amar Singh gate of the fort which is at the entrance of the courtyard is built to bewilder the attackers.
- The iconic structures of the palace especially the Sheesh Mahal
- Listed among World Heritage sites by UNESCO
How to Reach Agra Fort:
Agra Fort is situated at a distance of 4.5kms away from the Agra cantonment railway station where you can get a number of buses, taxis, rickshaws at minimal prices. You can also travel from the city center bus station to the palace.
Agra Fort Entry Fee:
- INR 40 for Indians
- INR 550 for foreigners
Agra Fort Timings: 6:00 AM-7:00 PM
Agra Fort Spending Time: 2-3 hours
Things to do at Agra Fort:
- Explore the palace and witness the great history of Agra.
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2. Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal, the iconic structure created as a symbol of love is one of the seven wonders of the world. People from any place of the country have had heard about the Taj Mahal constructed by the emperor of Agra Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his wife Mumtaz. The beautiful white marble structure is the significance of the Mughal style of architecture with the carvings of the tombs where you can glance at the Hindu style motifs on the walls of the Mahal.
The intricate carvings on the walls and the structures of the mahal attracts millions of tourists every year and is one of the incredible places to visit in Agra. Most of the newly married couples choose to visit the Taj Mahal to start their new beginnings at the place of historical love.
Taj Mahal was constructed in 42 acres of land with huge tonnes of white marble stones brought from Makrana Rajasthan and the astonishing fact is that the construction took 17 years to complete with intricate artwork inside the palace.
The Specialty of Taj Mahal:
- The tombs of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz will be seen inside the mahal in rectangular shapes beautifully decorated with flowers and clothing.
- Beautiful gardens and fountains are seen in the exteriors of the Taj Mahal
- Another addition to enhancing the beauty of this iconic structure is the Mumtaz Mahal
How to Reach Taj Mahal:
It is very near to Agra fort and can be reached by taking rickshaws, Tongas and also electric and non-electric buses from the city center. It is very easy to travel by bus to this historical palace. If you travel by own vehicle you need to park in the parking lot located at a shorter distance to the Taj Mahal.
Taj Mahal Entry Fee:
- INR 50 for Indians & tourists from SAARC countries
- INR 540 for visitors of BIMSTEC countries
- INR 1100 for foreigners and
- INR 200 for visitors to visit the mausoleum
Taj Mahal Timings: 6:00 AM- 6:00 PM closed on Fridays
Taj Mahal Spending Time:2 hours
Things to do at Taj Mahal:
- Explore the beauty of Taj Mahal during sunrise and sunsets
- Visit the tombs in the mausoleum to see the Mumtaz tombs
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During your Agra day tour from Delhi, visit Vrindavan located 70km from the city of Agra which is is a holy place of Mathura where Lord Krishna the deity who drives the entire Universe spent his amazing childhood in Vrindavan. Vrindavan village was discovered by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a great devotee of Lord Krishna and later developed by many kings ruling the kingdom.
Vrindavan is referred to the place where he spent his romantic moments with his consort Radha. The place is famous for many historical temples like Pagal Baba temple, Radha Vallabh Temple, Madan Mohana temple, Rangaji temple, Govind Dev Temple and the famous Shakthipeeth Bhuteshwar Mahadev is sited here as the hair of Sati Devi fell when she was demised.
The place is famous for the sacred celebration of Holi and Janmashtami festivals which attracts tourists all over the world especially during Holi and for that reason, Vrindavan is the most visited place in Delhi Agra tour.
The Specialty of Vrindavan:
- The childhood spent place of Lord Krishna with his Radha and Gopikas
- Bhueshwar Mahadeva temple, one of the Shakthipeethas
- Lath Mar Holi and Krishna Janmashtami are celebrated
How to Reach Vrindavan:
It is located 70 km from Agra, it is advised to travel by bus where you can get the number of direct buses to Vrindavan from Agra and also can be traveled by train and drop at Vrindavan Railway station to take autos and buses from there to reach the temples.
Vrindavan Entry Fee: No entry fee
Vrindavan Timings: Opens all time
Vrindavan Spending Time: half-1 day
Things to do at Vrindavan:
- Visit all the sacred famous temples in Vrindavan
- Visit the places where Radhakrishna played
- Participate in the Holi festival
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4. Mathura-Lord Krishna Birthplace
Mathura is the district of Uttarpradesh located 0kms from Agra and is a sacred place of the state which is devoted to Lord Krishna’s birthplace. Mathura is one of the best places to visit in Delhi to Agra tour. Mathura is one of the Saptapuri and is famous to celebrate the sacred festivals of Krishna.
The place is known to have the historical significance which was ruled by several kings and developing the place and made it the center for culture and civilization. Mathura is considered as the Lord Krishna’s birthplace, the place is believed to the Garbha Griha and devoted as Krishna Janmabhoomi temple. Every year thousands of people offer their prayers on Janmashtami. Apart from this, there are many sacred temples in Mathura like the Dwarakadeesh temple, Gita Mandir, Kusum Sarovar, Vishram Ghat and Jama Masjid are the places to be visited in Agra tour from Delhi.
The Specialty of Mathura:
- Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna and is named as Janmabhoomi temple
- Mathura is one of the Saptapuri housing many sacred temples
- Mathura is listed among the heritage sites by Government of India
- Mathura is popular for the best quality of milk and ghee throughout the country.
How to Reach Mathura:
There are regular train services from Delhi, Agra to Mathura once you get down at the Mathura station there are plenty of rickshaws and buses to reach your destinations. Mathura is a well-connected place to Agra by road and can be reached by Public transport buses or book Delhi to Agra One day tour by bus from the famous travel operators listed at the end of the blog.
Mathura Entry Fee: Free
Mathura Timings: No timings
Mathura Spending time: 3-4 hours
Things to do at Mathura:
- Visit all the sacred famous temples in Mathura
- Participate in the Holi festival
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5. Mehtab Bagh
Mehtab Bagh is one of the Agra sightseeing places and your Agra city tour is incomplete without visiting Mehtab Bagh. Located in the north of the Majestic creation, Taj Mahal, Mehtab Bagh is a place for nature lovers and photographers paradise to take plenty of pictures with beautiful backdrops of greeneries peeking into the view of Taj Mahal. Mehtab Bagh is located on the bans of the river Yamuna having a viewpoint of the Taj Mahal is an ideal place for the wedding shoots and best relaxing place for tourists amidst the long line tours of historical sites in Agra.
Mehtab Bagh means four gardens squared with a 300 meters area beautifully designed in the Mughal style and planted with greeneries. The garden in the north side consists of a steep flow of waterfall and adjacent to it there is an octagonal shaped pond in which walls are made of red sandstone and lime which reflects the image of the Taj Mahal.
The Specialty of Metab Bagh:
- Beautiful gardens with the view of the Taj Mahal on either side
- A large octagonal shaped pond reflecting the image of the Taj Mahal
- Best view of the Taj Mahal from the gardens during sunrise and sunset
- Mughal style of architecture
How to Reach Mehtab Bagh:
Met Bagh is well connected to every part of the city and it is located at a distance of 7 km nearly from the Taj Mahal and9.5kms from the Agra Cantonment Railway station, from there you get plenty of electric and non-electric rickshaws, buses regularly and can reach the garden easily. You can also hire taxis and cabs for your comfort.
Mehtab Bagh Entry Fee:
- INR 30 for Indians
- INR 200 for foreigners
Mehtab Bagh Timings: 6:00 am-6:00 pm
Mehtab Bagh Spending Time: 1-3 hours
Things to do at Mehtab Bagh:
Admire the beauty of gardens during the sunrise or sunset
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6. Itimad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb (Baby Taj Mahal)
Itimad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb which is a similar construction of Taj Maha and is referred to as the copy of this iconic Taj Mahal. This is one of the best places to visit in Agra and is the place to sit and relax and catch the sunrise in the early morning that makes your day so refreshing and energetic. Ths tomb was one of the Mughal’s Mausoleum and the first tomb to be built completely with marble stone and use pietra dura techniques in its artwork. The tombs were built by Nur Jahan beloved wife of Jahangir, in memory of her parents and built near the construction of the Taj Mahal.
The tombs were built using yellow coloured marble with layerings of white and black marbles using pietra dura techniques and made it look astonishing in the mid of the lush green gardens surrounded. The aerial view of the tombs makes it look like a jewel box set inside the green gardens. The elements used in the construction of Itimad-Ud-Daulah’s tomb are very precious stones embellished with stonework, large intricate motifs built in the Persian style of architecture all including makes it a bliss to watch the architecture of the tombs in the mid of gardens.
The Specialty of Itimad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb:
- Being the first structure of the Tomb made entirely of marble stone, this is the beautiful tomb constructed in Mughal history.
- It is also known as Baby Taj Mahal
- It looks like a jewel box studded in the mid of gardens
How to Reach Itimad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb:
It is very near to the city centre as it is just 4kms and you can get a number of buses and rickshaws from the place. It is just 4kms from the Agra Fort and 2 km from the Ram Bagh where you get plenty of rickshaws to reach the place.
Itimad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb Entry Fee:
- INR 30 for Indians
- INR 310 for Foreigners
- Free entry for children below 15 years
Itimad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb Timings: 8:00 AM-12:00 AM
Itimad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb Spending Time: 30 mins- 1 hour
Things to do at Itimad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb:
- Catch the sunrise in the gardens to adorn the beauty of the construction
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7. Wildlife SOS
Agra famous places always count on the thoughtful start of Wildlife SOS by the group of people to protect the dancing bears from extinction and educating people on conservation of wildlife and educating the importance of wildlife for future generations. It was built initially to educate the general public on how wild animals are cruelly treated and why it is important to protect them. Thi sanctuary mainly imparts the lively ambiance for the habitats to make them healthy and maintaining the safety measures to protect them under safe environments irrespective of the seasons.
This is the best place to visit in Agra trip and to spend time interacting with the dancing bears and feeding them. If you are a wildlife lover, there is a great opportunity to pre-book a guided tour of the entire sanctuary for two hours. This guided tour includes exploring the sanctuary, history of the dancing bears and activities to interact with them and feeding them.
The Specialty of Wildlife SOS:
- Best initiative to protect wildlife and educating people on conserving wild animals
- Two hours guided tour of the Wildlife SOS
- Active projects are held to protect the wild animals
How to Reach Wildlife SOS:
Located on the Delhi-Agra highway, the reserve provides pick and drop services on-call or online and can also reach the place by taking rickshaws and cab from the city center.
Wildlife SOS Entry Fee: Free
Charges apply for a guided tour
Wildlife SOS Timings:6:00 am-6:00 pm
Wildlife SOS Spending Time: 2-3 hours
Things to do at Wildlife SOS:
- Explore in the wildlife sanctuary to learn about the wildlife
- Book a guided tour to know more and interact with the dancing bears
- Participate in the recreation excursion conducted by the Wildlife SOS
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8. Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri is marked as one of the historical places in Agra and the best place in Agra local sightseeing. This enormous red sandstone construction was built by the famous Mughal emperor Akber in the 16th century. When Akber was exploring the city of Sikri and met Sheikh Salim Chisti, he predicted that the Mughal heir is going to come very soon and as his words came true Akber emperor was blessed with a son, he built this iconic structure was built in honour of Sheikh Salim Chisti.
Fatehpur Sikri is made a beautiful home to his beloved wife Joda Bai and a famous world’s heritage sites UNESCO. This palace is a popular place in Agra tourism and attracts many tourists every year with its Indo-Islamic style of architecture. The palace has many stunning courtyards which were earlier used for royal gatherings and meetings. With 49 pillars and marbled structures, geometrical designs and wall paintings Fatehpur Sikri is a masterpiece of Agra.
The Specialty of Fatehpur Sikri:
- The Indo-Islamic style of architecture made the historical monument a masterpiece
- The prestigious halls of the palace such as Ibadat Khana, Diwan-I-Am, Diwan-I-Khas, Panch Mahal and the beautiful construction of the Tomb of Salim Chisti
- Jama Masjid, Lower Haramsara, Khawabagh, Daftar Khana, Pachisi Court are also the major attractions of Fatehpur Sikri
How to Reach Fatehpur Sikri:
It is located at a distance of 37km from Agra Cantonment Railway Station and there you get plenty of buses regularly to reach Fatehpur Sikri. You can also hire a taxi from the Airport or Agra railway station to reach the place.
Fatehpur Sikri Entry Fee:
- INR 35 for Indians
- INR 550 for foreigners
Fatehpur Sikri Timings: 7:00 am-6:00 pm
Fatehpur Sikri Spending Time: 2 hours
Things to do at Fatehpur Sikri:
- Visit the halls of the famous monument and admire the architecture of the famous monument.
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9. Kinari Bazar
Kinari Bazar is one of the oldest places of Agra which still sticks to the authenticity of the ancient Agra. If you are a shopping freak and want to shop for souvenirs from Agra city tour then this is the place where you get some famous dedications to the majestic symbol of love Taj Mahal taken as souvenirs, many marble stone works, clothing, shoes and lots of varieties of snack stalls, fine quality of shoes. Kinari Bazar is famous for the finest jewelry and precious stones. This place is also famous for wedding shopping and a huge crowd is seen during the wedding season to shop Bridal veils, groom turbans, beautiful garlands and other stuff related to the wedding are found here in the streets of Kinari Bazar.
The Specialty of Kinari Bazar:
- The authenticity of Agra during ancient time can be still felt in the Kinari Bazar
- Best place for shopping souvenirs dedicate to Taj Mahal
- Famous Agra Marble work is found here
- Best place to shop for wedding decorations and ornaments
How to Reach Kinari Bazar:
Kinari Bazar is well connected to all the places in Agra city and can be reached by autos, cabs, buses without any discomfort. The best way to reach the place is to take public transport as the Bazar is crowded and it’s hard to find a place for parking.
Kinari Bazar Entry Fee: No entry fee
Kinari Bazar Timings: 11:00 AM-9:00 PM and closed on Tuesdays
Kinari Bazar Spending Time: 2-3 hours
Things to do at Kinari Bazar:
- Bring out the shopping freak inside and shop on the famous Agra decors, clothing and many more.
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10. Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid is one of the historical places in Agra and is the best place to visit in Agra city tour. The historical monument was built by the Mughal Emperor of Agra Shah Jahan and dedicated to his favorite daughter Jahanara Begum. Construction of this Masjid took almost 5years with a total estimation of 5 lakh rupees and is ranked as the largest mosque of India and is considered so sacred in the city of Agra. Jama Masjid sees the huge crowd during the festival of Eid and the place is totally covered with many people came here to offer prayings.
The Masjid consists of many large prayer halls and large courtyards divided into five sections covered with a giant wall constructed in red sandstone walls. The courtyards are covered with large domes on top of which has beautiful carvings of inverted lotus and Kalash finials which makes the beautiful and majestic masjid look more authentic with the Mughal style of architecture.
The Specialty of Jama Masjid:
- Three large domes of the Jama Masjid are intricately carved with lotus
- Interiors of the Jama Masjid have beautiful mihrab and white marble pulpit
- The courtyards have beautiful marble inscriptions of Persian calligraphy in honour to Jahanara and Shah Jahan
- A plethora of people are seen in Jama Masjid on Fridays to offer prayers
- The famous Mughal style architecture completed the masjid in 5 years
How to Reach Jama Masjid:
Located at a distance of 4 km from the Agra Cantonment railway station, Jama Masjid is constructed to the north side of the Agra Fort and is well connected to all the places in the city. Take cabs, autos, buses from the railway station or local bus stations and reach the place.
Jama Masjid Entry Fee: No entry fee
Jama Masjid Timings: 6:00 am-8:00 pm
Jama Masjid Spending Time: 1 hour
Things to do at Jama Masjid:
- Explore the Mughal architecture of the Jama Masjid
- Offer prayings in the Masjid on Fridays
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How to Reach Delhi to Agra:
By Road: From Delhi to Agra tour, there are many buses traveling to and fro round the clock and it is feasible to travel by bus to reach Agra. It is cheaper if you travel by and better if you book Delhi to Agra one day tour by bus packages from the best tourism. From the main bus station in the city, you can plenty of taxis, Autorickshaws to reach your tourist destinations.
By Train: There are a number of trains moving from Delhi to Agra every day, depending on the time and date of travel you can opt to travel by train to reach Agra which is the most comfortable way to travel and take private vehicles or public transport from the railway station to your destinations.
By Flight: The nearest airport to reach Agra from Delhi is Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Airport serving public travel services in the city of Agra. Opt for flight, only if you want to save time to spend more time exploring the city. Many flights are available from Delhi to Agra and take private cabs from the airport to reach your destinations.
About City of Agra :
Agra the ancient city of India was found on the banks of the river of the Yamuna and the old name of Agra was depicted from the epic literature Mahabharata. The city of Agra was found by the King of Lodhi Dynasty, Sultan Sikandar in the 16th century. There are many traces of Mughals, Hindus and British ruling the place and introducing the cultures and adding traditions to enhance the beauty of the city.
Many places to visit in Agra holds the history of the ancient Agra and has a story to tell and is the best experience for every visitor.
Best time to visit Agra:
November to mid March is the best time to visit Agra as the climate in the city is very pleasant and soothing to travel and this is the season of travel to experience the better places and the city experiences huge crowds at Agra sightseeing places during this time. Summers are very hot in Agra and it is not really suggestable to travel to Agra during hot summer and peak rainy season.
Attire suitable for one day Agra tour from Delhi:
You can wear anything comfortable to you and if you are a person of taking pictures for your Instagram stories, choose apparel colours that appeal to the tourist destinations and if you are traveling in the mid of December month, this is the time you experience heavy cold while you travel from Delhi to Agra so carry winter wear to keep warm in the winter.
Famous Food in Agra:
If you want to taste the best food and give a treat to your taste buds, then you must drive into the streets of Agra where you can gobble the delicious street food. One must try ‘Agra Petha’ which is a famous sweet burfi of Agra made of white pumpkin. Also, the famous Mughlai food to relish your taste buds and the best place to try is at ‘Pinch of Spice’ in Mahatma Gandhi Road in Agra. Do not miss to try the parathas topped with lots of butter available in the streets of Agra. Your Agra Trip is incomplete without tasting Dahi Bhalla in Agra chat house at Sadar Bazaar, Dalmoth which is a crunchy mixture of nuts famously found at Panchi petha store and Jalebi in the streets of Agra. Munching on the street food here is one of the best things to do in Agra at night.
Travel tips for Agra city tour:
- Hydrate yourself as you have stay energized the whole when you visit tourist places.
- Most of the places in Agra are historical follow the instructions at each spot
- Follow instructions strictly at Agra Fort and Taj Mahal like shoe covers and water bottles are retrieved at the entrances, carry Identity cards, Tobacco and alcohol are prohibited at these locations.
- Any damage caused in any historical places in Agra are taken under the action
- While visiting temples prefer traditional wear as some temples have strict dress code.
- Maintain silence and peace at Agra Fort as tourists are not allowed to make noise
- Carry eatables in your journey and follow safety measures at every tourist spot.
- Also, keep your belongings safe when you visit crowded tourist spots.
Mandatory Items to be Carried to Agra City Tour:
- Carry the first-aid box and basic incase of falling sick
- Carry winter wear if you visit Agra in the mid of December as it will be very cold in the evenings.
- Do not forget to carry the best digital camera to lock your memories spent in Bangalore forever.
Busy Timings and Days to Visit Agra:
Best and busy time to visit Agra is during November and mid of March as the weather is cool and it is the perfect time to visit historical places in Agra and few other nature locations nearby the city. It is advised to book your tour packages prior to the date of travel to enjoy the seamless efforts of travel to Agra trip as the prices are high in December month. Summers are very hot in Agra and it is not really suggestable to travel to Agra during hot summer and peak rainy season.
Days to Spend in the City for Agra City Tour: 1-2 days
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