Places Worth Visiting and Things You Must Do in Your Tour to Agra – The City of Love
Known as the ‘City of Love’, Agra is one of those places that promises to captivate you with the sheer romanticism it portrays with its Mughal monuments. These historic marvels built by the Mughal rulers are in every way a delight for the seekers of history. The incredible architecture of these monuments gives out hints of Persian, Indian and Mughal elements signifying a refined aesthetic sense of Mughal rulers. The illustrious position this city holds in the Indian tourism map is credited to the symbol of love, the Taj Mahal constructed by Shah Jahan in the seventeenth century.
This historic monument appears to be the most visited tourist attraction in all over India. For the same reason, it features almost all India Tour Packages as it provides rich knowledge on the Mughal rule. However, this palace is not the only attraction that deserves your attention in Agra Tour as many people believe. The old world character observed in the ancient markets and streets of Agra draws a great amount of fascination from all corners. For an immersive tour to Agra India, we suggest you take stock of the places and activities you must include while visiting Agra.
Places to Visit in Agra
Noted as one of the seven wonders of the World, the glory and beauty etched in this heavenly monument is worth capturing. Made entirely out of white marble, the impressively laid out architecture of the Taj Mahal gives a sense of pride to anyone who visits it. The dome and gardens work beautifully in enhancing the appearance of this magnificent structure. Once you enter the building, it’s easy to lose yourself in the intricate artwork and motifs drawn on the walls and ceilings. The grace of this monument is seen in its full glory on a full moon’s night. You can check with India tour operator to know whether the night visit is available in your Taj Mahal Tour. The monument opens in the evening of every full moon to let the travelers wallow in its beauty during night time.
6 am to 6.30 pm (every day except Friday as closed on Friday) & 8:30 pm to 12:30 am (Full Moon’s Night)
Entry Fee: 15$ Approx (Foreigners), INR 50 (Indians)
Suggested Tour: Agra Taj Mahal Tour
This momentary fort seems to be the only fort where all the Mughal rulers have stayed during their reign. Constructed in the 16th century, it took around 4000 craftsmen to build this fortified building which comprises of many palaces, shrines and a few other buildings. Some modifications were also made inside this fort by different rulers to make it more appealing. The sundry walls of this fort add a sturdy definition to its appearance. It’s a perfect location to experience the glorious past this building has withstood. Besides being an ideal place for history lovers, the fort also serves as an excellent location for film shoots and photography tours.
Timing: 6 am to 6 pm
Entry Fee: 7.5$ Approx (Foreigners), INR 40 (Indians)
This ancient fort city built by Akbar has always remained a subject of great interest. The architectural elegance that this city represents encompasses all levels of finesse which is one reason for its growing popularity among history buffs. The city spans over a large area consisting of palaces, mosques and gates which are guarded by a huge gate known as Buland Darwaza. The complex also houses the palaces built by Akbar for each of his wives. All these buildings are surrounded by a wall that measures up to 11 kilometers. The fort provides plenty of vistas to study the life of this legendary Mughal ruler who played an important role in defining Mughal history.
Timing: 6 am to 6 pm
Entry Fee: 7.5$ Approx (Foreigners), INR 35 (Indians)
Activities you must do in Agra
Get a taste of Mughlai Cuisine
Being the stronghold of the Mughal empire, Agra brings to you the elaborate Mughlai cuisine which is sure to win your heart. The unique flavors of these dishes are created with the liberal use of spices and condiments brought to India by Mughals. There are over hundreds of restaurants spread all over the city serving an eclectic variety of Mughlai dishes, which are enough to transport you into the Mughal era. Each dish of Agra has a history behind it which is worth unraveling. Once you get a taste of any one of the dishes be it the sweets, the parathas, the street food or any of the main course items, you’ll be left asking for more.
Enjoy Shopping in the Old Market
The Mughal city is a delight for those interested in buying artsy items which is another way to explore the grand lifestyle of Mughals- the costumes they wore and the jewelry the queens used to adorn themselves with. These items display a unique artwork that instantly captures your gaze. Besides being heaven for art lovers, this place is an ideal shopping destination for admirers of silk items. You can spend the entire day sifting through an endless range of silk sarees at Subhash bazar. Other places you must visit to shop souvenirs are Sadar bazaar and Kinari Bazar. These markets give a preview of the shopping scene that dominated in yesteryears. These bustling markets also tend to be great places to take pictures
Heritage Walk at Mehtab Bagh
If you’re visiting the Taj Mahal, consider taking a heritage walk at the glorious Mehtabh bagh to get stunning views of the iconic building. Also known as the Mughal Heritage walk, it shows you all of the eminent Mughal monuments located near Yamuna river like Gyarah Siddhi, Agra Fort, and Humayun’s Tomb. This walk also takes you to Kachhpura village where you get to witness the rural life from up close. For photographers, this heritage walk offers lots of avenues to capture different aspects of a particular monument the way they want. The best time to view the treasures stored in different destinations featuring in heritage walk is sunrise and sunset.
Given the infinite options that await your attention to see and explore the magnetic beauty of Agra, it’s worth planning ahead all the things you wish to do on your trip to Agra. Getting prior permissions for taking professional pictures from your camera at the Taj Mahal is advised before you enter the monument for a hassle-free tour.