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Things to do in Agra

Witness the Charm of Taj Mahal, Explore the Jewel Of Agra- Agra Fort, Explore the Sandstone City- Fatehpur Sikri, Delve in the Beauty of Jahangir Mahal, Savor the lip Samcking Delicacies, Delve in the Spirituality of Jama Masjid, Mehtab Bagh, Explore the Charming Garden- Anguri Bagh, and more.

Wondering what to do in Agra for having a splendid vacation? Well, with the right planning and guidance, there is a lot of sightseeing, thrilling adventures and laid-back activities to enjoy here. Even though a visit to Agra is incomplete without visiting Taj Mahal, it has got various other activities that will catch your fancy during the vacation. From visiting the historic sites to navigating your way through the urban landscape of Agra, these activities promise to take your breath away.

There are various
activities to do in Agra which will cater to all kinds of travellers. While witnessing the charm of Taj Mahal is a must-do, culture vultures here can enjoy sightseeing to heritage places like Agra Fort, Jahangir Mahal, tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah etc. For nature lovers, Agra promises a serene respite amidst the colorful landscapes of Mehtab Bagh, Dayal Bagh and Anguri Bagh.

To add some enthralling activities to your itinerary, a few other best things offered in Agra include shopping at Kinari Bazaar, gorging on street food in Sadar Bazaar and catching the Kalakriti Dance Drama show.

Here are some of the best things to do in Agra:

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Witness The Charm Of Taj Mahal

Witness The Charm Of Taj Mahal
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The massive ivory-white structurerenowned as the symbol of unconditional love, was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal. This mausoleum, is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Often called the “Jewel of Muslim artistry”, this monument is a frequented tourist spot by people, from all the vertices of the earth. 

Laced with beautiful lush green gardens and, scintillating fountains the beauty of the edifice is miraculous. Marking its significance in history, this monument was crafted by more than 20,000 artisans and architects exhibit excellent skill-set of the Mughal architectural style.    

Location: The address is, Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001

Timings: The site can be visited from 6:00 am to 6:30 pm on all days except Fridays. 

Charges: The entry fee is Rs 40 for Indian and Rs 1000 for foreigners.
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Explore The Jewel Of Agra - Agra Fort

Explore The Jewel Of Agra - Agra Fort

Righteously said, “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder” and here, you can witness mind-blowing beauty of Agra Fort. With rich historical background, this majestic fort marks its place in most-visited tourist place in Agra. 

Sprawling over an area of 94 acres, this fort has four gates namely the Khizri Gate, Delhi, Lahore Gate and, Amar Singh Gate. The mighty structure displays, elegant artistry of Hindu and, Mughal styles and, visiting this fort is one of the best things to do in Agra.

Location: The address is, Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003

Timings: One can visit from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm on all days.   

Charges: The entry fee is INR 40 for Indian tourist and INR 550 for foreign tourist.

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Explore The Sandstone City- Fatehpur Sikri

Explore The Sandstone City- Fatehpur Sikri
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Renowned as “The City Of Victory”, it was founded by the Mughal emperor, Akbar. Exhibiting a fusion of Hindu, Jain and Islamic style of architecture, this city is built using the Red sandstone also called as the “Sikri Sandstone”. 

With 9 gates namely, Chandan Pal Gate, Agra Gate, Tehra Gate, Lal Gate, Delhi Gate, Birbal Gate, Gwalior Gate, Ajmeri Gate, and Chor Gate, one can enter the city. The region hems in various sites, built on Indian architectural principles like royal palaces, private quarters, harems, different utility buildings, court, and mosques.

Location: Fatehpur Sikri is situated at a distance of about 39 km from Agra.

Timings: Open daily from sunrise to sunset.  

Charges: The entry fee of Indian tourist is INR 50 and INR 485 for foreign tourist.

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Delve In The beauty Of Jahangir Mahal

Delve In The beauty Of Jahangir Mahal

Beautifully built Palace for Akbar’s wife Jahangir Mahal, is one of the remarkable places in Agra. Showcasing elegant Islamic architecture, one can take a glance at the exceptional artistry. The major source of attraction of this palace, is the huge bowl carved out of a rock, called the “Hauz-i-Jahangiri”, which was used as the container for fragrant rose water. 

The majestic palace has extraordinary carvings which will blow off your mind. Visit here and, fall in love with the medieval architectural style.

Location: The address is, Paryatan Bhawan, Bhadbhada Road, Orchha

Timings: One can visit the Jahangir Mahal on all days from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm   

Charges: The fee is INR 5 for Indian tourist and INR 30 for foreign tourist.
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Savor The Lip- Smacking Delicacies

Savor The Lip- Smacking Delicacies
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One of the most delightful things to do in Agra, is to savor the mouth-water delicacies of the city. Talking about Agra, the first thing that comes in mind is the “ Exotic Mughlai Cuisine”, which has variants of chicken and, various other delectable dishes.
  
Give your taste buds a feast, at fantastic restaurants in the city and taste the tinge of delicious chaats at Sadar Bazaar . Be it the tandoori chicken, or crispy kebabs here you can have it all. Not only this, but you can also have various other cuisines like Chinese, Continental and, lot more.

Timings:
The markets are usually open from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm where you can savor amazing cuisine. 

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Delve In The Spirituality Of Jama Masjid

Delve In The Spirituality Of  Jama Masjid
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One of the largest mosques in India “The Jama Masjid” is also famed as the, “Friday Mosque”. Beautifully arched gate supported by pillars will bind you in its charm. Built by Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, who dedicated it to his adorable daughter Jahanara Begum exhibits his love for his daughter. 

Visiting Jama Masjid is one of the best things to do in Agra.

Location: The address is, Jama Masjid Rd, Subhash Bazar, Kinari Bazar, Hing Ki Mandi, Mantola, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003

Timings: Open on all days from sunrise to sunset. 

Charges: There is no entry fee to enter the premises.
07

Mehtab Bagh

Mehtab Bagh

Located at the banks of the Yamuna, this splendid garden offers phenomenal displays lying opposite to, the Taj Mahal. Sprawling over 25 acres, this glorious bagh marks its place in best gardens of Agra. 

While you walk through this enchanting garden, you will breathe in the fresh fragrance of various species of flowers. The garden brims over with fountains, trees, and beautiful pools, which make it a picture perfect place. 

Location: The address is, Near Taj Mahal, Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Nagla Devjit, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001

Timings: One can visit Mehtab Bagh from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm on all days. 

Charges: The entry fee is INR 15 for adults and INR 200 for foreigners.
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Explore The Charming Garden- Anguri Bagh

Explore The Charming Garden- Anguri Bagh

This elegantly built garden facing the Khas Mahal, owns small hexagonal grids of red sandstone, designed in a particular pattern. Surrounded with double-storey sandstone buildings, covered by white-limestone offers spectacular displays.This Bagh is a historical gem of Agra and is frequented by locals as well as tourists.

Location: The address of Anguri Bagh is, Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003

Timings:  One can visit this from 6:00 am in the morning to 7:30 pm in the evening on all days.  

Charges: The entry fee is INR 20 for Indian tourist and INR 300 for a foreigner.
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Unravel, The Charm Of Dayal Bagh

Unravel, The Charm Of Dayal Bagh
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With the literal meaning “ Garden of the Merciful”, this wonderful garden attracts masses from near and far. Located adjacent to the Soami Bagh, this site holds the samadhi of "Swamiji Maharaj”, who founded Radha Swami. Built with pure white marble, this elegant structure exhibits excellent pictures and, fine pietra dura inlay work on the inner walls. This site has high spiritual as well as historical importance.

Location: The address is Dayalbagh, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, 282005, India.

Timings: One can visit this place from 6:00 am to 6:30 pm on all days.  

Charges: There is no entry fee to visit Dayal Bagh.
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Witness The Serenity Of Humayun's Mosque

Witness The Serenity Of Humayun's Mosque

One of the oldest monuments to be built in the Mughal dynasty “Humayun’s Mosque”, has Persian inscriptions carved on it. This spectacular artistry of the Mughal period, was used named “Kabul” by the locals and, catering to the religious needs of the Mughals. The serenity is interweaved in the aura of the structure and, is built entirely out of brick masonry. Visiting this sacred placed is one of the must-do, in the list of things to do in Agra.

Location: The address is Nagla Devjit, Kachhpura, Uttar Pradesh 282006

Timings: The site is open from 6:00 am to 7:30 pm  

Charges: The entry fee is INR 30 for Indian tourist and INR 500 for foreigners.

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Witness The Historically Rich- Itimad-Ud-Daulah

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Witness The Historically Rich- Itimad-Ud-Daulah

Built by Nur Jahan, wife of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, this magnificent edifice is located on the eastern bank of Yamuna. Established in memory of her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg, who was titled as the Itimad-Ud-Daulah, which means “Pillar of the Government. Commonly known as the Baby Taj as it resembles the Iconic “Taj Mahal”. 

The structure is embellished with semi-precious stones and, is arched with greenery all over. Visiting Itimad-Ud-Daulah is one of the best things to do in Agra, as it is less crowded in comparison to other sites

Location: The address is, Moti Bagh, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282006

Timings: The site is open from sunrise to sunset on all days.  

Charges: The entry fee is INR 10 for Indian tourist and INR 110 for foreign tourist.

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Enjoy The Sunset On Yamuna River While You Boat through It

Enjoy The Sunset On Yamuna River While You Boat through It
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This boat ride will make you fall in love with the beauty of the Taj Mahal. While you tour the Yamuna amidst the Wonder of the World, you will witness an alluring scene which will overwhelm you with its charm. Gazing at setting sun, display its splendid charisma clubbed with the Taj Mahal, is a scene worth-watching if you visit this city.

Timings: Open on all days from sunrise to sunset.  

Charges: One can opt for a 30-minute boat ride starting from INR 100. 

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A Perfect Place For A Shopaholic- Kinari Bazaar

A Perfect Place For A Shopaholic- Kinari Bazaar

Buzzing Market”, the Kinari Bazaar, is well-stocked with all the essentials and traditional stuff. Undoubtedly a perfect place for a shopaholic, as here you can find A to Z items like lehengas, dupattas, salwar kameez, kurtas, sherwanis and what not. As you enter the market you will get awestruck by the colorful outfits, beautifully laced with gold and silver. You will always end up with a bag full of goods as this market will never disappoint you with its charm.

Location: The address is, Kinari Bazar, Hing Ki Mandi, Mantola, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003

Timings: The market usually open at 11:00 am and closes at 9:00 pm on all days except Sunday.    

Charges: There are no charges to enter the market.
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Witness The Mughal Era At Kalakriti Dance Drama Show

Witness The Mughal Era At Kalakriti Dance Drama Show
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One of the best things to do in Agra is watching the Kalakriti Dance Drama show, Mohabbat The Taj. The exceptional dramatics by the artisans will take you back to the Mughal era, through their vigorous performance. This power-packed performance of 80 artisans, accompanied by the advanced technology gives the lively appearance and, lasts for about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Here, you can choose from various seat options namely silver, gold and, platinum classes.

Location: The address is, 41/142, A/1 VIP Road-Taj Mahal Road, Fatehabad Rd, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001

Timings: The opening hours are 10:00 am to 8:15 pm from Monday to Saturday and 10:30 am to 9:00 pm on Sunday.   

Charges: One can book from several classes ranging from INR 1200 to INR 4000.
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Wander Through The Streets Of Agra

Wander Through The Streets Of Agra

With numerous places to shop from, Agra has plenty of markets namely, Sadar Bazaar, Subhash Bazaar, Kinari Bazaar, TDI Mall, Shah Market and many more. Here you can find elegant marble crafts, leather goods, handicrafts, sweets, ornaments, religious item and what not. One can also spot several miniature replicas of Taj Mahal, which can be bought as a souvenir of the trip. These markets are always buzzing with flocks of people, indulged in exploring the markets.

Timings: The markets remain open from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.  

Charges: Pay only for what you shop as there are no charges for entering the market.
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It was so mesmerzing to see Taj Mahal in the early morning and it was an amazing 1 day tour to Agra and visited the beautiful Agra. Tour was very well organised and our driver was very professional and friendly.
I was in Delhi for one day and decided last minute to book a trip out to the Taj Mahal. I inquired about booking a trip of Taj mahal on Thrillophilia and reached out to me within the hour. Thrillophilia team was very helpful, informative, and friendly. Overall this was a very pleasant experience. It could not have gone any smoother. I very highly recommend booking a tour with Thrillophilia
We had a fantastic one day tour to Agra, Mathura and Vrindavan with our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. The Taj Mahal was wonderful and visited the famous temples of Mathura and Vrindavan. It was a spiritual journey for me.
I booked the Delhi To Agra One Day Tour Package one day package and everything was well managaed. The driver was very helpful, he took us to all the major attractions and guide us too. I was mesmersied by watching Taj Mahal. Great trip.
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I had a fantastic time visiting the Taj Mahal as part of a private tour and would have no hesitation recommending thrillophilia to anybody. Friendly, knowledgeable, reputable and made sure we had a great time
02 January 2020
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We booked this hotel from Thrillophilia after checking different websites as they were providing the best deal of stay with activities. Also, it was easy to make the booking on this website. The hotel was centrally located, good food n service, great hospitality, comfortable stay, the rooftop restaurant was so nice, rooms spacious. Highly recommended.
21 December 2019
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The location of the hotel was perfect, all the attractions were within walking distance, the rooms were cozy and comfortable. Loved our visit to Taj Mahal it was our first time exploring one of the wonders of the world.
Recently we booked this trip from Thrillophilia and it was an awesome experience, we had a great time exploring the mesmerizing Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort and then we even went to Mathura, Vrindavan. It was an amazing full day trip. My parents totally enjoyed it, the bus was so nice and the guide was also very good.
I booked the Taj mahal tour and visited here with my family and we had so much fun. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and also a great photographer, which really added to the memories from the day. Agra fort was also well worth a visit. All in all an experience to remember.
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I booked one day tour to agra and I had a fantastic time visiting the Taj Mahal as part of a private tour and would have no hesitation recommending thrillophilia to anybody. Friendly, knowledgeable, reputable and made sure we had a great time.

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  1. What are the best things to do in Agra for couples?

    1. Take a stroll in Mehtab Bagh: On the banks of River Yamuna, these gardens are the ultimate spot to see the romance oozing from the colorful flowers, fountains and historical structures of sandstone. It is famed as one of the last gardens styled by Mughals and offers a nice spot for photography.

    2. Visit Fatehpur Sikri: Known for its red sandstone structures which boast of an amalgamation of Hindu, Jain and Islamic style of architecture, Fatehrpur Sikri is a must-visit from Agra. The royal palaces and private quarters of the king and queen are a sight to behold.

    3. Witness the sunset on Yamuna River: Get enchanted by the brilliant hues of the sun while you see the Taj Mahal in the backdrop. The exciting activity portrays a mesmerizing scene for all the couples to witness in Agra during evenings.

    4. Shop in the Markets of Agra: Agra is known for a plethora of items ranging from leather products to handicrafts and jewelry to marble replicas. It is a nice activity to explore the local culture and find various souvenirs for your home.
  2. What is there to do in Agra besides Taj Mahal?

    1. Gorge on Traditional Food: Agra is famous for its exotic Mughlai cuisine. Foodies here must visit the Sadar Bazaar and try out dishes like tandoori chicken, crispy kebabs along with Chinese and Continental cuisines.

    2. Shopping at Kinari Bazaar: One can shop for all kinds of traditional items in the colorful bazaars of Taj Mahal. The market is famous for buying outfits like lehengas, dupattas, salwar kameez, kurtas and sherwanis.

    3. Witness Kalakriti Dance Drama Show: Featuring about 80 artisans, this famous dance performance should not be missed in Agra. It features the time of Mughal era and will enthral you for about an hour and a half.

    4. Wander through the streets: Explore the bustling streets of Agra which are flocked with tourists during the evening in Agra. The famous places to roam around in Agra include Sadar Bazaar, Subhash Bazaar, Kinari Bazaar, TDI Mall, Shah Market etc.
  3. What can I see in Agra in one day?

    1. Taj Mahal: Hailed as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, Taj Mahal is the most renowned place to see in Taj Mahal. It is counted as seven wonders of the world and offers a breathtaking sight for all the bystanders.

    2. Agra Fort: Boasting of intricate architecture, Agra Fort is known to be the erstwhile residence of Mughals. The massive building is a UNESCO world heritage site and a must-visit for history buffs and shutterbugs.

    3. Tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daulah: Also called ‘Baby Taj Mahal’, tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah is an excellent example of Indo-Islamic architecture made of marble. The mausoleum is located on the banks of Yamuna and presents a beautiful sight.

    4. Jama Masjid: Agra Overview: Also famous as Friday Mosque, Jama Masjid is built of red sandstone and presents the excellence of Mughal architecture. The tomb is frequented by many devotees who come here to conduct prayers every Friday.
  4. What is there to do in Agra at night?

    1. Light And Sound Show At Agra Fort: This dazzling presentation of the history of this impressive Mughal residence is a must-do activity in Agra. The narration of the history of Agra Fort is combined with nice visuals and music to make your evening enjoyable.

    2. Participate in a Walking tour of Agra: Interact with the locals to get a glimpse of native lifestyle and learn about their culture. It is a nice way to explore the hidden gems of Agra and make new friends.

    3. Dance at Clubs and Bars: Get loose on the heart-thumping beats and tantalizing drinks in the bars and clubs of Agra. The best places to go clubbing here include Club Rush, Color Bar, Liquid Lounge Bar, Mughal Sheraton etc.

    4. Kalakriti Dance Drama Show: Watch this famous cultural dance drama to appreciate the talent of the artists in Agra. The live performance lasts for an hour and half and enthralls everyone.
  5. What is the best time to visit Agra?

    The best time to visit Agra is from the month of October to March. This is when the city experiences the seasons of autumn and winters and offers pleasant weather to roam around the vast complexes of these famous monuments. It is also a good time to indulge in other activities like shopping in the bazaars, visiting rooftop restaurants with the view of Taj Mahal and boating in Yamuna.
  6. How to reach Agra?

    The various ways to reach Agra are:

    - By Air: The nearest airport is Kheria airport from where you can take a taxi to the city. By Bus: Agra is well connected by buses to the major cities of North India. It has two bus terminals namely Idgah Bus Stand and ISBT.

    - By Train: There are five railway stations in Agra which are connected to cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior and Jhansi.

    - By Road: Agra can be reached by the new Yamuna Expressway if coming via Delhi, the NH3 from Gwalior and NH2 if coming via Lucknow or Kanpur.