Home to one of the seven wonders of the world - Taj Mahal, Agra is a paradise for history buffs and architecture lovers. The magic of ancient architecture blending with the aura of its glorious past makes the city among the most loved tourist destinations in India and also abroad. Not only Taj, but Agra is also famed for its rich heritage of several other monuments, forts and age-old charm. And no trip to India gets completed without visiting Agra at least once.
Best time to visit Agra
October to March is the best time to visit Agra as the weather remains pleasant and perfect to explore the tourist spots in the city. Let us take a look at various seasons throughout the year to help you plan your trip better.
Summer (April – July)
Agra has scorching summers with temperature going up to 45 degrees. Hence, it is advised to avoid the summer season as the sightseeing becomes very uncomfortable and challenging.
Winter (October – March)
This is the best time to visit Agra as the weather is pleasant throughout the day.
Monsoon (July – September)
The temperature during monsoons is not as bad as summers, and also there is no heavy rainfall which could spoil your travel plans. It might get a bit humid but not a bad time to explore the city.
Most spoken language in Agra
How to reach Agra
Flights to Agra: Agra is connected to all significant parts of the country through Agra Airport (AGR), a public airport and a military airbase. It is also referred to as Kheria Air Force station and is located 5 km away from the city centre. IndiGo connects Agra with Bengaluru along with seamless connectivity to other destinations through non-stop flights.
A popular restaurant in Agra and quite a favourite among the locals, Pinch of Spice is perhaps the only restaurant in the city serving delectable wholesome Punjabi cuisine. Although they serve Chinese too, kebabs and curries are among the must-try dishes. It is usually crowded over the weekend, so make your plans accordingly.
Aashiyana is a coffee shop located at the Gateway Hotel. It is opened round the clock and offers a mix of both local and international cuisine; however, the buffet here is a must-try. If you have a little appetite, then the chef's tasting menu is enough for you.
While in Agra, dinner at Esphahan at the Oberoi Amarvilas is something that you can't miss. Set amidst a beautiful courtyard with elaborate carvings and grand pillars, this is the best place in the city offering delicious Awadhi cuisine. It is open only for dinner, which is an experience in itself as the meal here is complemented with courteous service, beautiful dishes and live Indian classical music.
Dasaprakash is like an institution in the city, serving the most delectable and authentic south Indian dishes. It is usually jam-packed with locals as well as a tourists at any time of the day, but their service is very quick, and food is always hot and fresh.
Oberoi Amarvilas The Oberoi Amarvilas is a luxurious 5-star accommodation, located just 600 m away from the Taj Mahal. The property boasts of state-of-the-art architecture and classy modern interiors along with free WiFi in each room. There is also a gym, spa and four dining options for the guests.
Trident Agra Trident Agra features a business centre, an outdoor pool, rooms offering garden or pool view along with other amenities. It is located 1.5 km away from the Taj Mahal and 7 km from the Agra fort, making it suitable for those, who want to stay close to the heritage spots.
Taj Hotel & Convention Centre Agra Spread across 4.5 acres of land and located just 1 km away from the Taj Mahal, Taj Hotel & Convention Centre is an ideal address for luxury travellers. It features a health club with spa and infinity pool along with fine dining options offering delectable dishes. The property is strategically located at proximity to almost all tourist attractions and well-equipped with all amenities.
Radisson Hotel Touted among the most popular hotels in Agra, Radisson Hotel is located 2 km away from the Taj Mahal. The hotel features a fitness centre, dining options like Oasis- a multi-cuisine restaurant, a lounge bar - Stop by Henry's and The Roof Top where guests can enjoy delicious food and view of the Taj.
If you want to explore the lesser-known side of Agra, then do take the nature walk. The walk takes the visitors through the green belt on the right bank of the Yamuna River. The entire trail is about 9 km and comprises grass mounds, watchtowers, and some viewing points to admire the Taj Mahal. The stretch is rich in flora and fauna, and you can also locate various birds, butterflies and mammals like parakeets, kingfishers, jackals and hoopoes.
Started in 1992, Taj Mahotsav is an annual 10-day cultural extravaganza (from February 18th – 27th) featuring about 400 artisans along with music and dance performances. It is held near Taj Mahal's Eastern Gate and offers various cuisines from across the country. Organised by the Tourism Ministry of Uttar Pradesh, the festival is based on a different theme every year to highlight India's rich culture and heritage.
One of the best ways to explore the beauty of Agra is by taking a ride on a hot air balloon. Float away on a balloon into the blue sky and enjoy the spectacular birds-eye-view of the Taj and its surrounding areas comprising various Mughal-era buildings. The balloon safaris start from sunrise and continue till 8:30 in the evening. However, the best time to take the balloon ride is during sunrise, sunset or in the moonlight.
The capital of the country, Delhi is dotted with historical monuments to beautiful Mughal gardens, bustling narrow alleys and opulent shopping malls. With about 3 hours to commute, Delhi is among the top getaways from Agra.
A city of nawabs and kebabs with a history of art and literature, Lucknow welcomes its visitors with a dollop of tehzeeb and warmth. Settled on the Gomti river banks, Lucknow exudes a royal charm that enchants each of its visitors.
The Pink City, Jaipur is among the most royal and colourful cities in India with rich cultural heritage and traditions. The city is considered the getaway to other destinations in Rajasthan and is a must-visit for every tourist visiting India.
Organised before Dussehra, Ram Barat is another important festival of Agra. This festival celebrates the marriage of Lord Rama. Festivities are marked by marriage procession of Sri Ram during Ramlila celebrations in the city. Ram Barat's parade commences from Lala Channomalji Ki Baradari, traverses through the city's lanes, to arrive at Janakpuri venue. The main highlight of this marriage procession is the bedecked 'jhankis'. This festival is a part of Ramleela, which ends on the day of Dussehra when Lord Rama kills Ravana.
Many festivals in India are associated with fairs around them. Kailash Fair is one such occasion that takes place at Kailash Temple, situated 2 km from Agra. This celebration occurs in August/September when a colourful carnival is organised to pay homage to Lord Shiva. Many devotees from nearby places attend this festival. The fair takes places in the temple premises and open areas near the temples, which bustle with all kinds of activities.
Located at a distance 70 km from Agra, the town of Bateshwar is known for its cultural and spiritual significance owing to its 108 temples of various Hindu gods and goddess. An annual fair is organised here in October/November that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. During this month-long event, thousands of devotees come and take a dip in the holy waters of River Yamuna. Livestock and cattle fair is also part of this festive fair.