Top Best Things to Do in Agra, India

 

Agra is famous for housing the misterious Taj Mahal. There are The Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri are UNESCO World Heritage sites in Agra. There are dozens of historical buildings in Agra, as it used to be the capital of the Mughal Empire. Office of Approved Guide Association Agra helps tourists find a professional tour guide. This guide will cost some 20USD for half a day.

Must-visits:

The Taj Mahal is a visit cad of Agra, if not of all India. This mausoleum is the testimony of emperor's eternal love for his wife. The Taj Mahal is a complex of buildings and structures. The entrance to the complex in through an ornate gateway with Quranic inscriptions on it. The marble mausoleum contains the tombs of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The muasoleum is made of white marble with four tall minarets. In addition, the complex includes a mosque and a guest house, "charbagh" style garden and fountains and green spaces. The ticket costs INR700 for a foreinger. It doens't work on Friday.

Working times: Sunrise - Sunset

Night: 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM (on full moon night and 2 days before and after)

Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Agra fort was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565. This fort was made of the red sandstone and in the shape of the semi-circle. Later it was repaired with marble and other materials. Attractions inside of the fort are the Shish Mahal, Jahangir's Palace, Khas Mahal Diwan-e-Am, Pearl Mosque, Diwan-e-Khas and Musammam Burj. It works every day.

Working times: 6:00 am - 5:30 pm.

Entrance Fee: INR300 for foreigners, INR 20 for locals.

Fatehpur Sikri was commissioned by the Mughal emperor Akbar in 1569. It used to be the capital of the Mughal Empire. It is an example of Mughal architecture. There are with beautiful and unique artworks and desings there. The building is made of the red stones.

Working times:  Sunrise to sunset.

Entrance Fee: INR260 for foreigners, INR20 for locals.

Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb. Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb is one more Mughal mausoleum in Agra. It was built for Itmad-ud-Daula Mirza Ghiyas Bagh. The mausoleum is called by the person's title. The buidling in made of white marble with semi precious stones. It is open every day.

Working times: From sunrise to sunset.

Entrance Fee: INR110 for foreigners, INR10 for locals.

Akbar's Tomb. Akbar's Tomb was built in 1613. Not far from this tomb is the mausoleum of Akbar's wife. The entrance to the tomb is like in Taj Mahal. It is made of marble. It is surrounded by a wall. The real tomb is kept in the basement. And there is a fake tomb in the marble pavilion. It works every day. Working times: From sunrise to sunset.

Entrance Fee: INR110 for foreigners, INR10 for locals.

Jama Masjid Was built by Shah Jahan. It is near Agra fort. It was dedicated to Shah Jahan's favorite daughter. The building was made of the red sandstone. The archway is made of white marble and black stones with Persian inscriptions. Over 5000 workers were building this structure for some 6 years.

Agra is very rich in tourist attractions. Some of them are Moti Masjid, Sikandra Fort, Bageshwarnath Temple, Jodha Bai ka Rauza, Octagonal Tower, Jahangir's Palace, Guru Ka Taal and Soami Bagh Samadh. Parks and gardens include Ram Bagh Garden, Taj Nature Park (500m from Taj Mahal), Taj Mahal Garden, Shah Jahan Park, Mehtab Bagh(Moonlight Garden) and Paliwal Park.

Tours of Agra:

U.P. State Tourism Development Corporation conducts tours every day.

Address: UPTOURS, Rahi Tourist Bunglow, Near Raja Mandi, Railway Station, Agra

Full day tour costs around INR2000 for a foreing tourist. A half day tour costs INR700. It is possible to purchase a self-guided tour. To take this tour tourist should go to the official audio guide booth and buy in. It costs around INR100. There are different language available. For Tag Majal and Agra Fort one can download smartphone info apps.