Taj Mahal, Agra


State: Uttar Pradesh
Distance: 205 Km SE of Delhi
By Road: 4hrs 30min
By Rail: 3hrs
By Rail: 40min
Location: The former capital of Hindustan sits by the banks of the Yamuna River in western UP, 58km from Mathura
Route: NH2 to Agra via Ballabgarh, Palwal, Hodal, Kosi Kalan and Mathura

Fast Fact

  • Best time to visit Agra

    In Winter, between October and March and in Monsoon

Agra, the beautiful city is situated on the banks of holy river Yamuna. Agra is the third largest city in the state of Utter Pradesh in India and a prominent tourist destination in the country. Millions of tourists visit Agra from all across the world every year to see the beauty of majestic Taj Mahal and other historical monument lying every where in the city. Agra is primarily witness of Mughal architectural excellence and their love for structural designs. Agra is also a prime center of rich cultural heritage and art in India. No trip to India can be considered as complete without visiting to Agra.

Perhaps no other historical monument has evoked as much awareness and admiration from tourists and travellers alike, as the magnificent Taj Mahal - fondly called by people as the ultimate requiem of love, from a great Mughal Emperor to his beloved.

Much of the city's impressive past lives in evidence even today, in the hunting presence inside the monuments, the majesty of the buildings, the exquisite arts and crafts and not to forget, the lure of an exceptional cuisine… all, cherished as priceless legacies of a nostalgic past. The older city of Agra has impressively retained much of its resplendent history… captivating every visitor with fond memories to take back home. Today, luxury and modern convenience also exist adjacent to tradition - luxury hotels, shopping malls and plazas, wide avenues and a superb choice of venues for recreation, business, sports, pleasure, education and the arts.

  • Fairs Festivals of Agra

    Kailash Fair (Aug. / Sep.)
    Held at Kailash, 12 km. It is major fair celebrated in honour of Lord Shiva who is believed to have appeared here in the form of a stone lingam.

    Sheetla Fair (Jul./Aug.)
    It is held near Delhi Gate.

    Bateshwar Fair
    This month-long festival is held annually during the month of Oct/November at Bateshwar, situated at a distance of 70 km from Agra.

    Urs (Fatehpur Sikri)
    This fair is organised at Sheikh Salim Chishti's Dargah, during the month of Ramzan.

    Taj Mahotsav
    A festival of art, craft, culture and celebrations. Organised by U.P. Tourism, it is held every year between 18th -27th February.
  • Shopping in Agra

    Agra is also known for its fabulous handicrafts, made of marble and softstone inlay work. The Mughals were great patrons of arts and crafts. Empress Nur Jahan took personal interest and was an accomplished artist herself in zari embroidery work. Agra's major handicraft products besides inlay work are: leatherware, brassware, carpets, jewellery and embroidery work. Agra is also well known for its sweets 'petha' and 'Gazak' and saltish snack 'Dalmoth. The main shopping areas of the city are Sadar Bazar, Kinari Bazar, Raja-ki-Mandi, Sanjay Place and the Taj Mahal Complex. Shopping is recommended at the Govt. Emporia or Souvenir Shops approved by U.P Tourism.

Hotels in Agra

Oberoi Amarvilas

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