All You Need To Know For Your Agra Trip

About Agra

Agra is just 200 km from Delhi and is home to one of the world’s most iconic attractions – the Taj Mahal. In addition to the Taj, the place offers two other UNESCO World Heritage sites; the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.

Why go there: Rich culture | History | Heritage
Ideal for:  Religious Tourists | History Buffs | Culture Trip | Leisure
Trivia: Situated on the banks of river Yamuna. The city found its first mention in the epic, ‘Mahabharata’.
Things to bring back: Handicrafts, Leather goods, Textiles

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Here are some of the top unmissable places in Agra.

Places to Visit in Agra 

15. Soami Bagh

10 km north of Agra, Saomi Bagh is the headquarters of the Radhasaomi Faith. The construction of the samadhi began in 1905 by the third Sat Guru and is still under construction as every marble block has been funded and put in its place by Satsangis and believers of Radhasaomi faith.

Distance from the city: 10 km from the Taj
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Leisure travelers | Devotees
Best time to visit: November – March
Location: Navigate


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14. Ram Bagh

Initially known as Aram Bagh, this garden is one of the oldest gardens made by Emperor Babur in 1528.

Distance from the city: 8 km from the Taj
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Leisure travelers
Best time to visit: November – March
Location: Navigate


13. Mehtab Bagh

Mehtab Bagh or the Moonlit Garden was the last of the 11 gardens built by the Mughals along the Yamuna.

Distance from the city: 7 km from the Taj
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Leisure travelers
Best time to visit: November – March
Location: Navigate


12. Balkeshwar Temple

About 2 km from Agra city, this temples bustles with swarms of people around Shivratri.

Distance from the city: 2 km from the city
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Devotees
Best time to visit: November – March


11. Kailash Temple

Located on the banks of the river Sikandra, 13 km away from Agra city, this temple attracts various devotees from around the world. The daily aarti and Shivratri festival are quite popular here.

Distance from the city: 10 km from the city
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Devotees
Best time to visit: November – March
Location: Navigate


10. Shyam Ji Maharaj Temple

This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is located at Bijlighar. Janamashtami is celebrated with great pomp and show here.

Distance from the city: 3.7 km from the city
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Devotees
Best time to visit: November – March
Location: Navigate


9. Taj Museum

It is located inside the Taj Mahal complex and gives an insight into arts, artefacts and the blueprints used in the construction of the Taj. You can also see gold-silver coins minted in Agra and other things of historical importance.

Distance from the city: In the Taj Mahal complex
Time required: 1–2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | History buffs
Best time to visit: November – March
Location: Navigate


8. Mughal Museum

A recently built museum, this museum showcases the history and culture of Mughals. It also accommodates permanent and temporary exhibition spaces, an auditorium, a resource center and exhibits.

Distance from the city: 1.6 km from the Taj
Time required: 1–2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | History Buffs
Best time to visit: November – March
Location: Navigate


7. Spiritual Museum

This museum is also quite close to the Taj Mahal and contains many treasures of religious importance.

Distance from the city: 2 km from the Taj
Time required: 1–2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Spirituality seekers
Best time to visit: November – March


6. Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb

Mughal Empress Nur Jehan built Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb for her father Ghias-ud-Din Beg, the Chief Minister of Emperor Jahangir. It is considered to be a draft for Taj Mahal and is referred as “Baby Taj”.

Distance from the city: 3 km from city center
Time required: 1–2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family
Best time to visit: November – March
Location: Navigate


5. Mariam’s Tomb and Akbar’s Tomb

Akbar’s tomb is an important architectural piece in Indian history. The closest tomb to that is that of his wife, Mariam-uz-Zamani, both of which are located in Sikandra. Mariam’s tomb was built by Jahangir in memory of his mother. Mariam-uz-Zamani was a title bestowed upon her.

Distance from the city: Akbar’s Tomb – 7 km from city center
Time required: 2 –3 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family
Best time to visit: November – March
Location: Mariam’s TombNavigate. Akbar’s Tomb Navigate


4. Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid is situated right opposite to the Agra Fort and was built by Shah Jahan for his favorite daughter, Princess Jahanara Begum in 1648.

Distance from the city: 1 km from city center
Time required: 2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family
Best time to visit: November – March
Location: Navigate


3. Chini Ka Roza

This is a memorial dedicated to the Prime Minister of Shah Jahan, Allama Afzel Khal Mullah Shukrullah.

Distance from the city: 4 km from city center
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family
Best time to visit: November – March
Location: Navigate


2. Agra Fort

The Agra Fort was built between 1565 and 1571 by Emperor Akbar. Emperor Shah Jahan also added to the fort made in red sandstone and white marble. It was the main residence of the Mughal Dynasty emperors until 1631.

Distance from the city: 3 km from Taj Mahal
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family
Best time to visit: November – March
Location: Navigate
Timings: 6:00am to 6pm
Entry ticket:

  • INR 20 for Domestic
  • INR 300 for Foreign Tourists

1. Taj Mahal

Everyone knows the story of the Taj Mahal, an immense white mausoleum standing tall in all its splendor. Taj was built on the orders of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal between 1631 to 1648. This place attracts visitors not only from India but around the world. Seeing the grandeur of Taj in full moon nights requires special permission but is a treat to the eyes.

Distance from the city: 5.6 km from the main city
Time required: 3 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family
Best time to visit: November – March
Location: Navigate
Timings: 8:00am to 5pm and 8:30pm to 12:30am (closed every Friday)
Entry ticket:

  • INR 40 for Domestic
  • INR 1000 for Foreign Tourists

Other Nearby Attractions Worth Visiting

Fatehpur Sikri

36 km from the city center, Fatehpur Sikri once was the capital for Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is an Indo-Islamic beauty and the three palaces built by the emperor for his favorite wives – a Hindi, Muslim and a Christian are stunning.

Fatehpur Sikri consists of the following monuments.

Buland Darwaza

It is set into the south wall of the Jama Masjid. About 55 m high, this was one of the first buildings to be built in the complex.

Tomb of Salim Chishti

Within the Jama Masjid courtyard, lies a white marble encased tomb of the Sufi saint, Salim Chishti (1478–1572).

Diwan-i-Aam and Diwan-i-Khas

The former served as a meeting place with the public and the latter with important officials.

Ibadat Khana

A prayer house that laid the foundation of a new faith —Din-e-Ilahi. It was built in 1575 CE by the Mughal Emperor Akbar.

Hujra-i-Anup Talao and Anup Talao

It is said to be the residence of Akbar’s Muslim wife and the Anup Talao is an ornamental pool with a central platform and four bridges leading up to it.

Mariam-uz-Zamani’s Palace

This palace was built for Akbar’s Rajput wives and clearly shows Gujarati influence.

Naubat Khana

Also known as Naqqar Khana, this is a drum house where musicians used drums to announce the arrival of the Emperor.

Pachisi Court

Probably the older version of Ludo, this is a square marked out as a large board game where people served as playing pieces.

Panch Mahal

Built for the ladies of the court, the Panch Mahal is a five-storied structure, with the tiers gradually diminishing in size.

Birbal’s House

It was the house of Akbar’s favorite minister, Birbal


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How to Reach Agra

Nearest Airport: 

Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Airport, Agra or New Delhi Airport

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Nearest Railway Station: 

Agra Cantt, Agra Fort, Agra City

Nearest Bus Stop:

ISBT Agra, Bijlighar Bus Stand

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Where to Stay in Agra

Hotel Atulyaa Taj | Radisson Blu | Trident

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