Agra with its glorious past has a lot to offer its discerning travelers apart from the mystic and splendors of the majestic Taj Mahal. Besides the Taj Mahal though, there are a lot of other important sights in and around Agra. The Agra Fort, Moti Masjid and innumerable other attractions make the city feature on every traveler’s must-do-sightseeing list.
In Agra, layers of history are peeled away to reveal an amazing tapestry of life - of wars waged, of great architectural magnificence and above all a testimony of the undying love of a king for his queen.
That Agra is unparalleled as a travel destination is an established fact.
The first time you travel to Agra, the city can be a bit overwhelming with its noise and big crowds. However, no matter how many times you've done Agra and the Taj Mahal, their attraction never fades. If you're an old Agra fan of course, you'll be quite at home in this crazy bustling town.
Best Time of Visit:
- The best time to visit Agra is during the winter season between November and March when the weather is at its best. During this time the temperature is moderate and several festivals coincide.
Min Days Required: 4 Days
Places of Interest:
- Taj Mahal
- Agra Fort
- Tomb of Akbar The Great
- Panch Mahal
- Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah
- Mehtab Bagh
- The city features mild winters, hot and dry summers and a monsoon season. The monsoon, though substantial in Agra, is not quite as heavy as the monsoon in other parts of India.
- The summer season extending from the month of April to June is typified by humid and extreme hot climate in Agra with dry wind prevailing. The maximum temperatures during this period can rise up to 45 degree Celsius.
- Winters in Agra stays from November till the month of March. The weather in Agra during the winter months is foggy and cold. The winter temperature in the morning is at about 14 degree Celsius.
- The month of July marks the commencement of monsoons in Agra, which last almost till October.
Things to carry:
- Summer: Summer season prevails from April to August when average Maximum temperature remains around 42°C. Therefore it will be better if you bring light cotton clothes. These clothes are fit for the summers. Try to fully cover your body parts with appropriate clothes in order to protect yourself from heat strokes
- Monsoon: Normal summer clothing will do. It is wiser to carry an umbrella in order to avoid being caught at the wrong side of the monsoon.
- Winters: Nights are really chilly and average night temperature is around 3 to 4°C. Nevertheless, there are instances when the temperature has dipped to as low as 1°C in.Heavy winter clothing is preferable. You can include Long coats and Outsiders in your luggage. In daytime, light pullovers are sufficient. But there are days when even in daytime you will require heavy woolen clothing, especially during cold waves. Mornings are very foggy and you can easily witness a thick layer of smog suspended in the atmosphere.
How to get there:
Agra is well-connected to the following cities by road : Mathura, Delhi, Chandigarh, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Jhansi, Chitrakoot, Gwalior, Udaypur, Khajuraho, Jaipur, Calcutta, Mussoorie, Mumbai etc.
- Agra has its own airport by the name of Agra Civil Enclaves also known as Kheria Airport but flight operations are erratic at best. It is advisable to check if airlines are operating flights when you are planning your trip.
- The closest airport otherwise would be Delhi which is 204 km from Agra.
- The city has two railway stations of which Agra Cantonment is the larger. Apart from the Shatabdi Express there are many super fast expresses connecting Agra with Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.