While Agra is synonymous with the Taj Mahal, the city has much more to offer besides the iconic marble monument. As the seat of the erstwhile Mughal Empire, Agra is home to some of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. Even as you marvel at the sheer brilliance of the Taj and the intricate 'Jali' work carved into the walls of Fatehpur Sikri, don't forget to visit the Agra Fort and Akbar's Mausoleum, and many other historic edifices that stand testimony to the grandeur of a bygone era.
Talking of history, the city traces its origins to as far back as the Mahabharata, where it is referred to as Agravana. Greek astronomer and mathematician, Ptolemy was the first person to call it Agra.
A tour of Agra is not complete without sampling the famed Mughlai and Awadhi cuisine. A stroll through the city's 'chowks' (Marketplaces) and food streets is recommended, if you wish to experience the unique culture and flavour of the place. And, don't forget to treat yourself to that translucent sweet, the legendary Agra Petha.
State: Uttar Pradesh
Destination Type: Heritage
Destinations Nearby: Gwalior 119 km, Delhi 210 km, Jaipur 238 km, Lucknow 337 km
Languages: Hindi, Urdu and English
Nearest Railway Station: Agra Fort Railway Station
Nearest Airport: New Delhi
Summer: March to June. Maximum temperature can reach 46°C
Monsoon: July to September. Expect occasional rains as the city lies in a semi-arid region.
Winter: November to March. Temperature can dip to 2°C during peak winter.
The Taj Mahal is pure poetry in marble. It stands for what true love can do and inspires millions who visit every year.
Cherish one of the most romantic moments at the Taj by moonlight.
A city of immense architectural beauty, shining brighter than the rest in many ways.
Visit the shrine that is a mark of the great emperor Akbar's religious tolerance and his desire to understand Christianity.
Dara Shikoh's passion for learning led to the creation of this library. It houses some of the rarest scripts and literature.