Famous for the legacy of Mughal Empire, especially Taj Mahal, Agra is famous for its magnificent fort, fascinating tombs and mausoleums, and bustling market chowks. Located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Agra is part of the Golden Triangle and the Heritage Arc. The city experiences scorching summers, mild winters, and moderate monsoons. The best time to visit Agra
is undoubtedly the winter season. October to March is also the peak season to visit Agra
as during this time one can enjoy a trip to Taj Mahal without facing the blazing sun.
Best Agra tourist season
is winters but tourists, especially prefer visiting this city in monsoons. It is the best time for photographers to capture the majestic view of the Taj Mahal with incredible cloud formations in the background. Visiting Taj Mahal during the full moon night is an experience like no other. The mausoleum glowing in the full moonlight is a sight to behold. The Taj Mahal is open for night tours for five days in a month on the full moon night, two before and two after the full moon. But the tickets are usually sold out well in advance. So, it is advisable to book Agra package
and let your tour operator handle this for you.
Apart from being a home to one the Seven Wonders of the World the Taj Mahal, Agra houses many other tourist attractions that are worth visiting. There are three UNESCO Heritage Sites in Agra - the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort
and Fatehpur Sikri. We all know that the Taj Mahal is also called as the "symbol of love," built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. But it is also, an epitome of architectural design. The monument is constructed of white marble with a commendable work of marble screens and marble inlay (pietra dura) with a thousand semi-precious stones.
The Agra Fort or the Lal Quila is a massive fortification located on the right bank of the river Yamuna and was the main residence of the Mughals before they shifted to Delhi. Fatehpur Sikri was founded by Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century and was his capital for 15th years. It is another architectural marvel consisting Jodha Bai's Palace, Jama Mosque, Buland Darwaza, and a Tomb of Salim Chisti.
Often called as the Baby Taj Mahal, the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah was built by the Mughal Empress Noor Jahan in the remembrance of her late father, Itmad-ud-Daulah. It is the first ever tomb in India made entirely of marble. Akbar's Tomb or Sikandra is located a few kilometers from the main city and is ranked the highest amongst the most beautiful of all Mughal buildings.
The other places to visit in Agra include Tomb of Mariam-uz-Zamani, Mehtab Bagh
, Chini Ka Rauza, Nagina Masjid, Shilpgram, etc.
If you are looking for a place for accommodation in Agra
, you can get a number of hotels from budget hotels to luxury hotels. Book them in advance, to avoid any hassle.