As soon as we hear the name Agra, we are reminded of the Taj Mahal. However, the city is so much more than just this one beauty. Agra lies on the bank of the Yamuna river and it is 210 km from New Delhi. The place has an area of 121 km² and it is at an elevation of 170 m from sea level. Apart from the Taj Mahal, there are numerous monuments, mausoleums, parks, and bazaars to explore in the city. Agra can be visited for any kind of vacation with a family vacation, honeymoon trip with friends, or a solo trip.
There are many places to visit in Agra, most of the monuments, mausoleums, and structures are inspired by the Mughal, Persian, and local architectural styles.
A list of the most popular tourist places in Agra are:
- Taj Mahal
- Agra Fort
- Fatehpur Sikri
- Itmad-ud-Daulah’s Tom
- Akbar’s Tomb
- Moti Masjid
- Traditional Bazaars
- Mehtab Bagh
So let’s check out these most beautiful and interesting places to visit in Agra while you are in the city.
Must visit places in Agra
1. Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal is the most famous monumental structure and tourist places in Agra. Along with this, it is one of the seven wonders of the world. The structure was built by Shahjahan for his wife Mumtaz and is considered to be a symbol of love. It is said that the bodies of Mumtaz Mahal and Shahjahan are buried under it.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and recognized all over the world. People from all over India and the world visit the place with friends, family, or alone. The structure is said to have been completed in 1653 and it is the finest and the most beautiful representation of Mughal architecture which makes it the best places to visit in Agra.
– 6:00 am to 6:30 pm every day except Fridays
– Rs 50 per person for Indians,
– Rs 1300 per person for Foreigners.
2. Agra Fort
The fort is not only beautiful and magnificent but also one of the most important forts built during the Mughal period. It was so important for Akbar that he called this fort his home which is one of the best tourist places in Agra. This fort is also a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and it is also known as Lal Qila. It is located 2.5 km from the Taj Mahal and has been constructed using red sandstone. The fort lies on the banks of the Yamuna river and it is believed that it was started by Emperor Akbar.
If you visit Agra Fort, then do visit Jehangir Mahal which is a beautiful palace. One can also visit other structures such as Angoori Bagh, Khas Mahal, Diwan-I-Khas, etc. One can also visit other structures such as Angoori Bagh, Khas Mahal, Diwan-I-Khas, etc.
Timing: 6 am to 6 pm every day
-Rs 40 per person for Indians,
-Rs 550 per person for foreigners
3. Fatehpur Sikri
This used to be the capital of the Mughal Empire at one point in time. The place was established by Akbar but later he abandoned it in 1610. It is built completely using red sandstones and is known for a huge structure called Buland Darwaza that goes up to the height of 54 m.
Fatehpur Sikri is located 40 km from Agra and this city is fortified from many directions. This is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and notable attractions here include Jodha Bai’s palace, Jama Masjid, Buland Darwaza, the tomb of Salim Chishti, etc.
This place reminds me of the beautiful and splendid art and architecture that medieval India is known for and one just cannot resist appreciating the beauty of the place it is one of the must visited tourist places in Agra.
Timing: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm every day except Fridays.
-Rs 10 per person for Indians,
-Rs 250 per person for Foreigners.
4. Itmad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb
This tomb also lies on the banks of the Yamuna river and it is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Agra. The interior designs have been built using white marbles from Rajasthan but red sandstone has been also used. The architecture and style seem to have been inspired by that of the Taj Mahal and therefore it is also known as Baby Taj. Noor Jehan 1628 built this tomb.
Entry Fee: ₹10 for Indians, ₹110 for Foreigners
Timing: 6 am – 6 pm
5. Akbar’s Tomb
This is structure was built by Jehangir in 1613. It has been built using red sandstone and also contains some marble designs. The ceilings and the calligraphy is very pleasing to the eyes.
It is located on Mathura Road, National Highway number 2, in a place called Sikandra. According to the legends, it is said that Akbar himself commemorated the construction of this tombce. The walls of the tombs have many inscriptions and it lies at a distance of 15 km from Taj Mahal is one of the beautiful tourist places in Agra.
Timing: 10 am to 6 pm every day except Fridays
-Rs 15 per person for Indians.
-Rs 110 per person for Foreigners
6. Moti Masjid
One of the best tourist places in Agra is Moti Masjid, which is also known as the pearl mosque and it was built by Shahjahan in 1648. This mosque also lies on the bank of the Yamuna river and it is one of the best places to visit in Agra. The mosque looks very pleasing to the eyes with its shining white marbles that stand magically on a slope of the structure.
This mosque is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and its elevation is almost 72 m. There is also another Moti Masjid that is located in Delhi and it lies in the Red Fort complex.
6 am to 6 pm
-Rs 20 per person for Indians,
-Rs 750 per person for Foreigners.
7. Traditional Bazaars
The local bazaars at Agra are unique for their handicrafts, food, glassware, leather, and textile. These markets are perfect for people who want to buy bags, silk products, silk saris, etc. One of the most famous bazaars is Kinari Bazaar.
Another famous market here is Sadar Bazar which is located near Agra Cantt. Railway station. Subhash Bazar is situated in Halwai Gali near Agra Fort and one should know how to negotiate to get great products at a very reasonable price. There is also Raja Ki Mandi which is the busiest shopping market in Agra. These are famous tourist places in Agra for sweets, jewelry, ladies’ items, household items, religious items, etc.
8. Mehtab Bagh, Agra
This was constructed long before the Taj Mahal by the Mughal king, Babur. This garden has a Charbagh style of construction. The bagh is situated on the north of the Taj Mahal complex and the Agra Fort and its area is said to be almost 300 x 300 m. It adds to the beauty of the Taj Mahal and the view of the sunset is magnificent which makes it one of the best places to visit in Agra.
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