Top Tours & Activities in Agra
Located on the Yamuna River, Agra's crown jewel is undoubtedly the Taj Mahal. However, other attractions abound in the city, boasting architectural gems that reflect nearly 200 years of Mughal reign over the northern Indian subcontinent.
Deemed one of the world's most beautiful buildings, Shah Jahan had the mausoleum built as a memorial to his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died during childbirth.
Known as the Moonlight Garden, this park was initially one of a series of 11 built by Emperor Babur. Reconstructed after a fall from grace, the park offers great views of the Taj.
Built by Mughal emperor Akbar, Shah Jahan transformed this red sandstone structure, also known as the Red Fort, into a palace. It later became his prison once his son took power.
Known as the "Pearl Mosque" for the use of white marble, Shah Jahan built this mosque in Agra Fort for the royal members of the court in 1654.
Emperor Akbar built this residence for his favorite son, Jahangir, within the Agra Fort. The Mughal architecture of the palace also integrates Hindu and Central Asian influences.
Noted as the "Baby Taj Mahal," the white marble mausoleaum on the Yamuna River contains the remains of Persian nobleman Mizra Ghiyas Beg, who was Mumtaz Mahal's grandfather.
The tomb of Afzal Khan, who was a poet and Shah Jahan's chief minister, reflects Persian-style architecture and is famous for its glazed tiles, or chini, in various hues.
Dedicated to Guru Tegh Bahadur, the holy site for Sikhs was first a repository for rainwater. The 17th-century structure has eight of the original twelve towers.
Commissioned by Shah Jahan's daughter, Jahanara Begum, the 17th-century "Friday Mosque" is one of the largest in India. The red sandstone design reflects Mughal influences.
According to tradition, the emperor began the construction of this red sandstone mausoleum during his lifetime. Yet, it was his son who completed the top portion in white marble.
Although many visitors arrive from Delhi on a day-trip, Agra offers two to three days worth of sightseeing. A stay here also makes it easier to reach the imperial complex of Fatehpur Sikri, which is 22 miles from Agra.
Apart from taxis and buses, tuk-tuks and autorickshaws are the norm, and its best to choose one that appears to be in relatively suitable condition. Bicycle rickshaws are another option, as they can make it convenient for the area around the Taj Mahal, which is free from cars and taxis.
The areas of Tajganj and Basai make it easy to see the main sights of the city. Buses on Fatehabad and Taj Roads connect the district to the city center.
- CurrencyIndian Rupee (₹)
- Time ZoneUTC (+05:30)
- Country Code+91
- Best time to visitThe Taj Mahal is wonderous in any season, but to avoid the heavy heat, it's best to visit Agra in the cooler months of October through March.
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What People Are Saying About Agra
Arif and his team were top class. Very responsive after I booked my trip - emailing me train tickets with details for his drivers and guide. Once picked up from my hotel his driver Rahman stayed with me at the station until I was seated on the train. After a speedy trip to Agra - 1h 45mins or so (compared to 3.5-4 hours by car) - Islam my guide met me off the train in Agra station. The Taj Mahal is spectacular and Islam was a great guide happy to take photos for you. One thing.. be prepared to be taken to a couple of souvenir stores - marble and carpets - but hey it supports the local industry and you don't have to buy anything unless you want to. Overall a great hassle free way to day trip from Delhi.
The Skip-the-Line Taj Mahal tour turned out to be more and better than I expected, even with the good reviews that I had read. On top of that, it was a great bargain! Our excellent guide was Aman. He came by to meet us the night before and to confirm details. We decided to go at sunrise, which was a very good choice. The air was clearer than it had been, and Aman got us placed early in the line so that we were ahead of most of the day's crowds. The morning was cool, and the light on the monument was lovely. The Taj Mahal is beautiful, and Aman's love of the monument and its history were evident throughout our tour. He knows so many details and presents them in a very interesting way. He was sensitive and accommodating to our interests and desires on the tour. I recommend this tour wholeheartedly.
We really enjoyed our trip to the Taj Mahal! We felt very safe in the car and the ride went smooth. Tour guide was very well informed and we enjoyed the day with him.
I drove with Kasim to Agra and had a pleasant journey. He is a safe and good driver, no issues with pick up or drop off. Saeed was my guide once in Agra. He was very accommodating and knowledgeable. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to see Agra from Delhi in one day. It was an early morning but definitely worth it. We did wait a couple hours at the Taj for the fog to lift and I am so glad we did! Thanks Saeed!!
Great value for the money spent, Our guide Amaan was fabulous, very informative tour, very clean car. Worth every penny to skip the long lines at the Taj.