AGRA

 

AGRA, the land of Taj Mahal (the seventh wonder of the world ), is a city in the state of Uttar Pradesh which situates in the banks of River Yamuna. It was the capital city during the Mughal period. Besides the famous white marble mausoleum,  it  is also the home of many historical monuments and many of these sites are UNESCO World heritage site.

Places to visit in Agra

  • Taj Mahal ( Friday closed)

Standing majestically on the banks of River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is synonymous to love and romance. The name “Taj Mahal” was derived from the name of Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and means “Crown Palace”. The purity of the white marble, the exquisite ornamentation, precious gemstones used and its picturesque location, all make a visit to the Taj Mahal gain a place amongst the most sought-after tours in the world.  The white marble mausoleum at Agra has become the monument of a man’s love for women. Many architects have rated it as the most perfect of all buildings standing on earth. Though three artists, a Persian, an Italian, and French, designed it, but the design is completely Mohammedan. It is one of the “seven wonders of the world” and it attracts record 3-4 million tourists annually. Today, Taj Mahal  is very popular amongst both the domestic as well as international visitors. However, until you know the love story behind the construction of the Taj Mahal, the beauty of the same would not enliven in your heart and mind and instead would come up as just another beautiful building/monument. It is the love behind this outstanding monument that has given a life to this monument. Come and explore the visceral charisma that it emanates.

Entrance Fee for Taj Mahal :

Foreigners: Rs 750 /-

Indians: Rs 20/-

Free entry for Kids below 15 Years

Timings for Taj Mahal ( Friday closed)

6:00 AM to 7:00 PM

 

  • Sikandara Fort 

Sikandra Fort, just 13kms away from Agra Fort, is the last resting place of Mughal emperor Akbar. Akbar was the greatest of the Mughal emperors and one of the most secular minded royalties of his time. He was the heir to a long tradition of oriental refinement, a great patron of the arts, literature, philosophy and science. Akbar’s vast, beautifully carved, red-ochre sandstone tomb is set amidst a lush garden. Akbar himself planned his own tomb and selected a suitable site for it. To construct a tomb in one’s lifetime was a Tartary custom which the Mughals followed religiously. Built in 1605–1613, set in 48 Ha (119 acres) of grounds in Sikandra, a suburb of Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Akbar’s son Jahangir.

Entrance Fee for Sikandra Fort:

Foreigners: Rs 110 /-

Indians: Rs 10/-

Free entry for Kids Upto 15 Years

Timings for Fathepur Sikri

6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

  • Agra Fort

The Agra fort is the former imperial residence of the Mughal Dynasty  located in Agra, India.  It is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. This “Lal Qila” is about 2.5 km northwest of its more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal.  The fort can be more accurately described as a walled city. ShahJahan spent his final days here in captivity The Agra fort is a massive magnificent fort made out of red sandstone. The design of the fort is quite interesting; there are three massive great gateways. It covers 94 acres some of which is off limits to public. It’s truly is a place of worth visit.

Entrance Fee for Agra Fort:

Foreigners: Rs 300 /-

Indians: Rs 20/-

Free entry for Kids below 15 Years

Timings for Agra Fort 

6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

  • Fathepur Sikri:

 It is a small city of red sand stone and Marble built during  the Mughal period by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1585 it took around 16 years to build this city. It is one of the fine examples of Hindu Muslim Architecture. It was abandoned soon after its completion because of the scarcity of water. Now it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Some important buildind in Fathepur Sikri are Buland Darwaza, Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti , Panch Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas. There is archeological museum near Diwan-i-Khas which is closed on Friday.

Entrance Fee for Fathepur Sikri:

Foreigners: Rs 260 /-

Indians: Rs 20/-

Free entry for Kids below 15 Years

Timings for Fathepur Sikri

6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

TRAVELLING TO AGRA

Agra is well connected by Road and Rail network with all tourist places and nearby cities.

BY AIR

Agra Kheria airport is only functional for 5 days a week. Only flights of Air India for some selected destination are operated from this airport. If you want to travel by air to Agra then it is advisable to travel up to Delhi airport which is 218 km away from Agra via express High way

BY TRAIN

There are four railway stations in Agra which are Agra Cantt, Agra Fort station, Raja Ki Mandi, Idgah Railway Station.  There are more than 20 trains daily connecting Delhi-Agra and 4 or 5 trains from Mumbai and Chennai. Some trains from the eastern part of India to Delhi are also connecting Agra with the eastern region.

BY ROAD

There are national highways which connects Agra with several destinations. The National Highway 2 connects Delhi Agra within 4 to 5 Hours. The latest addition to this is Yamuna Express highway from Noida to Agra is also known as Taj Express Highway. It is a modern 6 line Highway which takes only 3 to 4 Hours to connect Delhi Agra. There other Highways connecting Agra are NH11 from Jaipur- Agra. If you are travelling through Yamuna express highway there are certain toll charges.

CHARGES FOR YAMUNA EXPRESS HIGHWAY

TOLL CHARGES FOR YAMUNA EXPRESS HIGHWAY
Vehicle Type One Way Round Trip
Car, Van, Jeep or other light Motor Vehicle 350/- 510/-
Two, Three wheeler and legally registered Tractor 150/- 240/-
Bus or Truck  1050/- 1680/-

 

CUISINES OF AGRA

The city of Agra is not only famous for the Taj Mahal but the ancient Mughal capital still serves the best Mughlai food. Not only has the Mughali food the city served some other special variety of Cuisines like Dal Moth (special variety of Spicy namkeen), Petha and Chaats.

Shopping in Agra

There are number of places in Agra for shopping. In Agra you can purchase lot of unique and beautiful items from local shops like statues resembling the world famous Taj Mahal, handmade jewellery and jewellery boxes, Marble Carvings, Stone products and the famous Agra sweet petha etc…Some of the famous markets in Agra are…

  • Sadar Bazar
  • Raja ki Mandi market
  • Shah Market for electronics
  • Rawatpara market

Weather in Agra

Agra has an Extreme and tropical climate like other part of North India. The main factors changes the Climate of Agra are western disturbance and Monsoon. January is the coldest month and western disturbance is also occurring during this period. Agra also has 4 seasons like other regions of North India.

 

Months Seasons
December – February Winters
March-April Spring
May- September Summers
October – November Autumn

 

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