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 during this time 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.
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How to reach Agra
Getting around in Agra: The local transport in the city includes auto-rickshaws and state buses; however, you can also try battery-powered rickshaws, electric buses, tempos and electric buses.
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.
Agra is indeed famous for exquisite ancient structures and forts, but amidst all these, it houses several tradition bazaars. The city is home to artisans, embroiderers, carpet makers, jewellers and weavers showcasing their amazing talent. One of the must-buy things from Agra is 'Bric-a-Brac' - a small marble replica of Taj Mahal.
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.
Here are some of the other things to explore on your trip to Agra.
Places to visit near Agra
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 bird-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.