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Agra Tourism - Agra Travel Guide


Agra Tourism, Agra Travel Guide
Agra Tourism
    In the Agra, One of the 7 wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, Agra is situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Agra is a sneak peek into the architectural history with other UNESCO World Heritage Sites as Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. The Taj Mahal is one of the most famous & marvelous building in India. Tourists across the world visit India just to witness the spectacular symbol of love. It was once the capital of Mughal Empire. Since Shah Jahan could not stay in the land after the death of his beloved wife, he shifted the capital to Delhi. Agra is located on the western banks of the river, Yamuna. It is about 200 km away from the capital of the country, New Delhi.

    People think Agra is just for Taj Mahal. But, it is an enthusiast place that would put you in awe. Agra was the capital of the great Akbar. Thus, there are a lot of architectural marvels to enjoy here that are related to Persian style. The iconic tourism destination is the world wonder, Taj Mahal. Apart from this, you can find tombs of various kinds, religious places, Yamuna River and water related activities in the river.

It is Agra is a colorful place. It still has the colorful medieval look. The narrow lanes, modern era hustle and local amusement would attract the visitors. With fast trains, it is easier to visit Agra from Delhi. People usually visit Agra for a day or two to enjoy all the attractions. Starting from the local relishing cuisine to Indo-Persian architecture, there are a lot of awe-factors in this land. One of the most visited tourist destinations in India, Agra gets the most amounts of tourists visit every year.

    The seat of the Mughal power in India, Agra has ethereal charms as a heritage city where history, traditions, colors and a unique energy can be experienced seeping out though its corners.

    Best time to visit to Agra is between November and March, the weather during this time of the period is mostly pleasant. This also happens to be the peak travel season for Agra. April to June is summer season, and can get very hot.

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Agra Tourism, Agra Fort
Agra Fort
There are so many more attraction places to visit in Agra beyond Taj Mahal. Agra is home to Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Jama Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri, Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb, Akbar’s Tomb, Moti Masjid, Sikandra Fort, Jodha Bai ka Rauza, Mehtab Bagh, Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, Wildlife SOS, and many more. Be it a family vacation, honeymoon, a solo trip or a group vacation with friends.

Shopping in Agra:

Agra is also known for its flourishing bazars (markets) where the true cosmopolitan character of the city comes out in all its dimensions. With Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort already in the list of to do things in Agra, the charms of Agra bazar is something unique, which cannot be missed.
There are varieties of options for which one can shop for in Agra. Besides the miniature Taj as souvenirs, which are the obvious favorites, tourists can purchase stone handicrafts, apparels, shoes, spices, marble work, snacks, ethnic clothes, leather products etc. Some of the best places for doing shopping in Agra are listed below:
Best places for Shopping in Agra:
Unique Arts and Crafts: This is a wholesale shop selling items such as different Taj Souvenirs, products with elaborate carvings, products with mosaic and mirror work etc. The shop has items with diverse price range and one can shop away articles from small curios to as large as garden furniture.
Subhash Emporium: An old and venerable shop, the Subhash Emporium is one of the best places in Agra to buy stone handicrafts and other carved products. The quality of the products and the workmanship speaks for itself and this also partially explains the high price of the items. But this is a great place to take away an endurable and beautiful stone product back home.
Kinari Bazaar: Located behind the Jama Masjid, the Kinari Bazar is a busy thoroughfare of lanes and streets, exuding a charm of bright colors and hustling sounds. Walking through the Kinari Bazar is a unique experience in itself. One can shop for a variety of products. From marble works to jewelry, spices, fabrics and clothing, there are tremendously diverse options. The market is crowded for most of the time, but nevertheless is a great place to be.
Sadar Bazaar: This is probably the best place to do shopping in Agra. Located close to both Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, the market is famous for leather products, petha (sweets), garments and handicrafts. Sadar Bazar is also close to the Agra Cantt. Railway Station and opens at 11 AM in the morning and closes at 11 PM.

How to Reach:

By Air: The nearest airport is Kheria airport. It is connected only by Air India flights from New Delhi on less than an hour long. There is 13 Km distance from Airport to Agra city and it takes around 10-15 minutes to reach by Taxi.

By Bus: Agra is well connected by bus to cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Lucknow and Kanpur. Daily buses ply between these cities. Agra has two major interstate bus terminals called Idgah Bus Stand and ISBT.

By Train: Agra is situated on the Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Chennai route and is well connected to most cities across India. There are regular trains to Agra from cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior and Jhansi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai. There are five railway stations in Agra - Agra Cantt Station, Agra Fort Railway Station, Raja ki Mandi, Agra City and Idgah Railway Station.

Road/Self Drive: Agra is connected to Delhi by NH2 and the new Yamuna Expressway. The drive time is about 4-5 hours. Jaipur is connected to Agra by NH11 and is a 4-hour drive. Gwalior, connected by NH3 is a 1.5-hour drive while Lucknow and Kanpur, connected by NH2, are about a 2-hour and 5-hour drive respectively.

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