Agra is home to one of the seven wonders of the world- The Taj Mahal. Every single day Agra District is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists all around the world. Many people visit Agra from Delhi just for a one day tour. But this beautiful city has much more to offer, there are many other beautiful tourist places to visit in Agra.
I suggest a 2-3 day trip in Agra will be sufficient to experience the magnificent beauty of the City of Love. Here is a list of top things to do in Agra:
1. Relax at one of the resorts near Taj Mahal.
Enjoy an evening cup of coffee, with a view of the Taj. Some hotels also offer a pool on the rooftop. So, you can also enjoy swimming while watching the Taj Mahal at sunset. Some of the best resorts and hotels in Agra are Jaypee Place and Oberoi Amarvilas.
2. Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise
Taj Mahal opens at 5:30 am in the morning and I suggest you buy the tickets either one day prior or at the Taj Mahal opening time. Do hire a travel guide to know about the Taj Mahal marble and the story behind Taj Mahal.
Tip: Thoroughly negotiate with the tour guide. They usually agree at 600 INR but demand for 1100 INR.
Woooowwwwwwww that’s the kind of reaction you should expect! I visited the Taj at sunrise and was able to capture the astonishing beauty in peace. Taj Mahal’s marble is translucent. This means that it reflects the sun rays. Expect Taj Mahal to change colours and look even more beautiful with every second that passes by.
Do have a look at Taj Mahal from inside. It’s all about the eternal story of love. You will find the tombs of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal next to each other.
Buy yourself a Miniature Taj Mahal. Also, if you are shopping anywhere near Taj Mahal. ALWAYS NEGOTIATE!
Quick Tip: The best time to visit Taj Mahal is at sunrise. Book a resort near Taj, for ease of access. There are several rickshaws and shuttle that offer direct services to visit Taj Mahal in the morning. Try to be as early as possible. Also, first enjoy the view, CLICK PICTURES and then hire a tour guide. A good picture at the Taj Mahal is a blessing!
3. Eat the famous Agra Panchhi Peetha
If you are visiting Agra you can’t leave without trying the world-famous Panchhi Peetha. It’s a sweet and was created by Late Shri Panchhi Lal Ji about 70 years ago. Try it at the original Panchhi Peetha store.
4. Explore the Agra Fort
Taj Mahal snatches the limelight from the great red fort of Agra. Agra Fort is one of the finest Mughal forts to visit in India. It should definitely be on your list of top places to visit in Agra. Do visit the Jehangir’s place too, it’s located inside the Agra Fort. There is an entrance ticket for this marvel too. Try to buy tickets in advance to avoid the crowd.
5. Witness the Baby Taj- Itimad-ud-Dualah
It was built by Nur Jahan (Jehangir’s wife) in the memory of her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg.
Quick Tip: You can also book a day tour in Agra and cover all the famous locations. There are several Local Travel Agencies that offer a one-day city tour. Also, before visiting or booking any tours do check the weather in Agra. If it’s too sunny or rainy avoid booking tours because most of the locations are in the open.
Have a drink at the bar of the most famous resort in Agra.
7. Visit the Akbar’s Mausoleum
Many tourists visiting the city, especially history lovers, love to visit this great architectural marvel. This place resides Akbar’s Tomb and is one of the finest arts of Mughal era.
Quick Tip: Do check the Agra tourism website to know about the opening and closing timings of all tourist attractions in Agra. Timings depend on the season.
8. Try Mughal food at Local Dhabba (Casual Eatery)
Mama Chicken serves some mouth-watering delights. You may also like to try some Indian snacks at Agra Chat House. Having Mughalai food is definitely one of the top things to do in Agra.
9. Escape to Fatehpur Sikri
It’s a 1-hour car journey and is definitely worth a visit if you have time. Fatehpur Sikri is home to the top attractions within 100 kms of Agra: Buland Darwaza, the tomb of Salim Chishti, Jama Masjid, Birbal’s home, Diwan-e-Aam etc. I can bet that you would not regret visiting this place.