Lying on the banks of River Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh, the Mughal City of Agra is one of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi. As a matter of fact, the ‘City of the Taj’ offers a sneak-peek into the rich and glorious Mughal history. Flocked by visitors from all around the globe, Agra houses a number of architectural marvels worth visiting. The metropolis also finds mention in the great Hindu epic Mahabharata, as Agraban, a forest of Mathura.
Dal Moth and Petha are two specialties that you must definitely get your hands on while shopping in the local markets of Agra. In addition, learn about the rich historical past of India. Interestingly, the city is a part of the immensely popular Golden Triangle Circuit, together with Delhi and Jaipur.
Places to visit in Agra during a weekend getaway
Taj Mahal – The Taj Mahal looks like a fairy story from the banks of the Yamuna River. It has a well-off history dating back to 1630 AD and is in fact a crypt that has the body of Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. He had it built as an ode to his love for her. It is made out of marble and took 22 years and 20 000 workers to complete.
Agra Fort – Agra Fort is one of the premium Mughal forts in India. Originally, a clan of Rajputs held a brick fort. However, it was then emprerored by the Mughals and rebuilt by Emperor Akbar, who decided to alter his capital there in 1558. There are many buildings inside, including mosques, public and private audience halls, palaces, towers, and courtyards.
Fatehpur Sikri – Fatehpur Sikri is located just about an hour west of Agra and is a popular side trip. This now abandoned city was once the proud capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century, and is one of India's top historical destinations. Its occupants abandoned it after only 15 years due to insufficient water supply.
Itimad-Ud-Daulah’s tomb – known as the ‘Jewel Box’, the tomb is considered as the draft of the Taj Mahal
Mehtab Bagh – the last of the 11 gardens built by the Mughals
Jawab Masjid - It was built to preserve symmetry. To the left of the Taj is a mosque made up of red stonework. It is a ordinary put into practice to construct a mosque next to a tomb, as it sanctifies the region and provide for a place of worship. This mosque is still used for Friday prayers.
Mughal Heritage Walk/Kachhpura Village - It Is a community based tourism initiative of CURE Center for Urban and Regional Excellence and the Uttar Pradesh government, to assist villagers create an income as of tourism and improve their living conditions.The walking tour costs 1,250 rupees for adults and 750 rupees for children under 12 years old.
Wildlife SOS - One must not miss on visiting the Agra Bear Rescue Center, set by Wildlife SOS on 160 acres of land allotted by the Uttar Pradesh government if you are an animal lover. The Facility is open every day from sunrise to sunset and is located on the Delhi-Agra Road.
Unusual things to do in Agra
Soak in the beauty of the Taj Mahal aboard a boat during sunrise, sunset or on a full moon night.
Attend the Taj Mahotsav.
Shop till your heart’s content at the Kinari Bazaar.
Witness the saga of love with Mohabbat – the Taj Show.
Distance from Delhi: 233.1 km
Traveling time: 4 hours 3 min
Best Time to visit Agra: October to July