A BACKPACKER’S GUIDE TO AGRA

Agra is a city in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state. Home to one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, Agra is a sneak peek into the architectural history with other structures such as Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri and hence makes for a must visit for anyone living in or visiting India. Apart from its monuments, the city also has some exciting stuff for foodies – including the famous Agra ka Petha and amazing chaat and Lassi.

How to reach Agra?

✈️ By Air

Kheria Airport is located in Agra. It is very well connected by flights from across India. Jet Airways, Air India, IndiGo are the airlines which provide flights to various destinations to Agra.

🚅 By Train

Agra Cantt. is the city’s largest railway station. It has direct trains running from major cities across India.

🚌 By Bus

The Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation runs both air conditioned and non-air conditioned buses from nearby cities and towns. Agra is very well connected to Delhi.

Things to visit in Agra

Taj Mahal

Visiting Taj Mahal is the most important activity in this city. Try visiting the monument during sunrise or sunset to get the glimpse of monument slowly changing shades as the sky changes. Visit the museum inside Taj Mahal and see the vessel that changes colour when poison is added to it. There are a lot of other attractions in the museum like the original penned blueprint of Taj Mahal, jewels and other items.

Agra Fort

Agra Fort is a red sandstone fort that was built by Shah Jahan. It was started by Akbar. There are a lot of interesting rooms, mosques, throne room and others in this fort. The most important attractions are the room of mirrors, the bathing bowl, pearl mosque, gem mosque, peacock throne and many others. It is an interesting fort with many historic inference and elements.

Itimad-Ud-Daulah

This is also called as Baby Taj. It was built by Jehangir which is very similar to Taj Mahal. It is very famous for marble lattice screen. Most of the inlay works are damaged due to environmental factors. Visit this famous monument before it goes out of its beauty. You can also watch the river from this monument. Itimad-ud-Daulah is the first monument to be built on the river bank of Yamuna.

Fatehpur Sikri

A city, predominantly made of red sandstone, Fatehpur Sikri was founded in 16th century by Mughal Emperor Akbar. Back then it was the capital of his Empire for fifteen years. Now a UNESCO world heritage site and a famous tourist attraction, it is a fine example of Akbar’s architectural finesse. Fatehpur Sikri is a home to Jodha Bai’s palace , Jama Mosque, Buland Darwaza , and a Tomb of Salim Chisti.

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