Agra is the known city of the Taj Mahal, which is in North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh which is just 200Km from Delhi. It is having 3 UNESCO world Heritage sites which are mentioned as-The Taj Mahal, The Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. It is the city which is on the bank of river Yamuna, Just 363 Kilometres from Lucknow. It is included on the Golden Triangle tourist circuit along with Jaipur and Delhi. It is one of the major tourist destinations due to its splendid Mughal era buildings. It first came into picture in the epic Mahabharata, when it was referred to as Agrevana. The Magical allure of the Taj Mahal draws the tourists to Agra like moths for the wondrous flames.
How to reach Agra?
Most of the tourists do plan to visit Agra on a whistle-stop trip from Delhi. Whereas it is recommended that you should plan a trip by taking some time so that you could visit the important locations available over there. It is having the rich history which is dating back to 1630 AD.
- Via Air
There are regular services to Kheria Airport in a week. As of January 2014,it is served with Air India which flies on Delhi-Agra-via Varanasi, Agra-Khajuraho-Varanasi-Delhi (which is 3days in a week). One could save ample of time if travelling by air.
- Via Train
It is on the main train line between Mumbai-Delhi and Delhi-Chennai routes, and most of the trains are connecting Agra with these cities every day. Some of the East bound trains as well from Delhi are travelling via Agra so there is a direct connection to the points in Eastern India which is also available. With the safety point of view, it is preferred that you should travel via train during the winter as driving by road in fog is quite risky. There are around 3 stations in Agra.
- Via Taxi/Car
There are number of buses which are running on the route to Agra and it takes around 4-5 hours for reaching to Agra via bus. There are around 3 interstate bus stands which could be mentioned as- Idgah Bus stand, ISBT etc. Please don’t rely on the private luxury buses and the travel agencies as they are quite expensive and would be dropping you to your destination late.
For sightseeing in the local area it would be preferred if you chose the taxi for the whole day which works for 8hours and covers 80 Km. One of the most reliable means for booking the cab is via the online system.
Top 10 places to visit in Agra
- Taj Mahal
- Agra Fort
- Gardens (Ram Bagh, Soami Bagh, Mehtab Bagh)
- Mariam’s Tomb
- Jama Masjid
- Chini ka Roza
- Gurudwara Guru ka Taal
- Itmad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb
Where to Eat and Stay?
Its specialities are Petha which is a kind of sweet candy and Dal moth which is a spicy lentil mix. Both of them are also popular Sovernirs. It is the heaven for any kind of chaat flavour and can be of various kinds. Kachori and Samosa are found at every sweet corner that floods the city. Some of the typical chaat items are Aloo Tikki, Paneer Tikka, pani puri or golguppa etc. If you plan to savour the typical Agra Breakfast then do remember to go ahead with a bite of one of those spicy berahi and the round it off with the jalebies. There is also abundance of the Korean food at maximum of the restaurants. Some of the renowned restaurants are- The silk route restaurant, Terrace Grill, Bob Marley Restaurant etc.
There is no issues with respect to staying as they do undertake the responsibility of providing ample staying facilities and that too keeping your budget in view. Some of the budgeted lodge for staying are- Hilltop hotel, Hotel Jaiwal, Hotel Kamal, Shanti Lodge etc.