Agra city started as a army cantonment by Sikandar Lodi rose to the heights of prominence during the Mughal regime. It attained the fame of being capital city of the Mughals and was more adorned by the British after the collapse of the mughal Power. Since ages this city has been on the priority list of the tourists coming from far and wide.
The city is blessed with a vast heritage and equipped with all modern facilities and wide network of railways and the connection with other cities through the Express highways and national highways. Agra Tours caters to the need of all sort of tourists whether they may be culture seeker, nature and wildlife interested and so on.
Getting There- The city is well connected with Air, Rail and Road Network with all the major tourists’ cities of India. It can be reached from Delhi by train or by car easily and is located at a distance of 200 km from Delhi. By luxury trains you can reach within 2 hours. Gatiman Express can prove a better option if you decide to make 1 day Agra Tour by Train. Similarly there are more than 70 trains in between Agra and Delhi.
If you want to avoid the hassle of booking the train ticket; you can do Agra Tour by car or by using Bus from Delhi. You can also come to Agra from Jaipur easily by Road. From Varanasi you can use the services of overnight trains. You can fly from any part of India to Delhi and can easily come to Agra to explore its heritage.
Best Time to Visit- The best time to choose visiting Agra is from September to March. If get very hot in May & June and on account of excessive beat and hot waves it is not advisable to visit in May & June, July and August are monsoon Time while it rains heavily. In case you have no option but to visit in these unfavorable months you can equip yourself with plenty of water bottles, Umbrella, Sun cream and wet wipes. If you travel by the end of December close to Christmas and the New Year you are suggested to book Hotel, Cab and tour guide in Advance as this is very busy season.
Choose Visiting the Taj Mahal at Sunrise or Sunset
You can choose going to the Taj Mahal either at the time of dawn or dusk to get the best pictures. You can avoid the hassle of being in the line by booking the Taj entry tickets online.
Historic & Architectural Tour- The city is blessed with three World Heritage Sites namely- The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri. These are the iconic building and allure the tourist for their architectural features.
Besides these there are four other major monuments which even have no less importance- The Akbar Tomb at Sikandra, The itmad-Ud-Daulas Tomb, Radhaswami Temple at Dayalbagh and Ram Bagh.
If you have more than 2 days in Agra and you are interested to visit the other historical sites you can go visiting Chini ka Rauza, Mariam’s Tomb, Khwaja Sarai etc while designing Agra Tour Packages you should involve yourself with the itinerary Planner and according to your taste and timings you can include some less known monuments in Agra in your Tour Plan.Nature & Wildlife Tours- Agra has a lot to cater to the needs of nature and wildlife lovers. If you have a passion for bird watching, you have three best places in the surroundings of Agra- Ghana Bird Sanctuary at Bharatpur, Patna Bird Sanctuary close to Jalesar and Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary on Delhi Agra highway. These three famous bird Sanctuary a heaven for the local and migratory birds. In case you are interested to see the alligators and crocodiles what can be the other best way than to choose Chambal Safari which is nearly 70 km from Agra. You can watch the basking alligators on the islands and dancing fresh water dolphins during the Safari cruising.
Agra Cultural Tour- Those who are interested in Cultural Tours can find Agra suitable place. This city has many famous Hindu Temples such as Manakameshwar Temple, Balkeshwar Temple, Prathvinath Temple, Beside it has famous mosques such as Zama Mosque, Royal Mosque of Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri. Several churches built by the missionaries during the English era attract the Tourist for their beauty and grandeur. The old Jain Temple of Taj ganj and at Shaunpur near Bateshwar are famous to understand the ethos of Jainism. There are also Parsis worship places in the city. Besides the worship places you get to know the death sacrements of Hindu religion by visiting the old crematorium of Taj Gang. If you are interest in Seeking Knowledge of Sufism you can visit the famous Sufi Tombs in Agra and Fatehpur Sikri.
Religious Tours- Agra and its surroundings provide enough opportunities to do Religious Tours. Mathura and Vrindavan are in close proximity to Agra and one desirous of visiting the famous temples of Mathura can easily approach there by car or by train from Agra. You can spend a day or more visiting the famous temples such as Krishna janambhoomi, ISCKON Temple Rang Jee Temple, Bankey Bihari Temple etc. If you wish to visit the famous Temples of Bateshwar and Shauripur you can easily get there from Agra. Besides visiting the religious places you can take part in the religious rituals such as Mundan Ceremony (Shaving of Head), Deep Dan (Offering lamp son the Yamuna) or cow donation etc.
Museum Tours- Agra Tour also provides you the chance to visit the famous museums; The Taj Mahal Museum is a good option to see the drawings of Taj Mahal and to see the Mughal miniatures and Weaponry. In Agra you can also visit the Imperial Wax Museum having the Wax Statues of the World Renowned personalities. If you are interested to see the relics of ancient Kushava Agra dealing with Buddhist and Hindu era; you must see the famous Mathura Museum at Dampier Nagar close to Agra.
Fun Tours- In the city many fun tours can be arranges and you can witness them or be a part of them. Treasure Hurt, Watching the wrestling competition, flying of pigeons, doing market like Indians or doing journey as a local in local bus or train can add chain to your Agra tours.
Activity Tours- Agra city is well known for the short activity Tours like Heritage Walk, Kinari Bazar Walking tour, Mohabbat-The Taj Show at Kalakriti Auditorium, Cycle Tours etc. You can also involve in the Kitchen class experience or Yoga in the surroundings of the Taj Mahal. Besides these you can visit the Missionary of Charities of Mother Teresa.
Medical Tourism- Now a day’s many travelers from Asian Countries or from the Middle East want to travel to India for Medicare. While planning for medical services one can plan visiting Taj Mahal and other Agra Highlights. In Agra & Delhi there are renowned private multi specialty hospitals catering to the needs of the patients.
Major Railway Stations- Agra has four major Railway Stations- Agra cantonments, Agra fort, Raja ki Mandi & Idgah. Each of them is in close proximity to the Taj Mahal & Agra fort. You can get the facility of cabs from the Railway station or use the public transportation system to reach the famous monuments.
Bus Stands- Agra has the major Bus stand I.S.B.T at transport Nagar. Besides this there is one more at Idgah. You can get the Tuk Tuks or OLA cabs from these bus stands to any part of Agra.
Famous Hospitals- The city has many famous hospitals like S.N Medical College Agra, Rain Bow Multispecialty Hospital, Synergy Hospital, Pushpajali Hospital, Asopa Hospital near the Taj Mahal you can find Upadhyay Hospital, Amit Jaggi Nursing Home, Dixit Hospital etc.
Fairs & Festivals- Four Major fairs of the city are- Kailash Fair, Ram Barat, Bateshwar cattle Fair, Taj Mahotsava. Taj Mahotsav is a craft festival annually arranged by U.P Tourism form 18 to 27th Feb. Famous Festivals of the city are- Dussehra, Diwali, Holi, Christmas, Eid Ul Ajha, ID-UL fitr and Guru parv.
Where to Book Cab & Tour Guide
You can book the services of car with driver and tour Guide for Taj Mahal Tour in Agra from the office of India Tours or U.P Tourism or from the Approved Tour operators in Agra or from the Guide office Agra.
What to Shop- Agra is very famous for inlaid marble articles, rugs, Leather goods, embroidery and other handicrafts! If you want to freak out on shopping spree you can visit the colorful bazaars like- Sadar Bazar, Subhash Market, Gokulpura Handicrafts Bazar and several emporiums on Fatehabad Road Agra.