Agra Tourism Guide

Agra Tourism Guide

Quick Guide

Electricity

Type G – 230V/50hz

Weather

JAN
15°C
FEB
18°C
MAR
24°C
APR
31°C
MAY
34°C
JUN
35°C
JUL
31°C
AUG
30°C
SEP
30°C
OCT
27°C
NOV
22°C
DEC
17°C

Language
English, Hindi

Currency
Indian Rupees (RS)

Visa
Required on entry

Cost of a Meal

Rs 700 (for two people) (avg)

Average Room Rate
Rs 1,814 per night (3* hotel)

As a former capital city of the region, Agra is a must-visit Indian location, with the climate suiting winter visits best. It offers an urban landscape filled with fantastic sights and experiences. The majesty of Agra’s past still lingers and is evident in the culture and surrounding architecture, including the famous inlaid marble and red sandstone buildings. Modern luxuries are also available to all visitors, delivering a wonderful balance of the classic and contemporary amongst the city’s beautiful settings.

There is a wealth of delectable delights for all your senses. Agra is famous for its sweets, which are devilishly delicious and a real treat for your taste buds. The beautiful sights across the markets will capture your attention too, but be prepared to barter when buying from local craftsmen, who specialise in leather goods, rugs and gold embroidery.

This extensive Expedia travel guide will give you a fantastic insight into Agra. Browse the sections below to journey through everything the city has to offer and plan your very own once in a lifetime holiday.

Top Attractions

Taj Mahal

It should be of surprise to absolutely no one that one of the top attraction of Agra is the Taj Mahal. Here at Expedia, we like going against the grain as much as the next person. However, sometimes the most obvious answer is the right one. The Taj Mahal is an icon, not just of Agra, but of India as a whole. As such, it is an absolute must see for anyone visiting the city. There’s nothing else to say except go see it: you won’t regret it.

Fatehpur Sikrifor

The most famous attractions here are also some of the best, so we’ll have to go with Fatehpur Sikrifor our second pick of top attractions. The Fatehpur Sikri more than lives up to the reputation it’s held ever since it was built in the 16th century by Emperor Akbar. It’s a stunning place with an incredible history and well worth a visit from everyone who comes to travel around the stunning city is Agra.

Akbar’s Tomb

We’ll end with an amazing piece of history, as it seems fitting for a city as soaked in such an amazing past as Agra. The final resting place of the Mughal Emporer Akbar the Great was finished by his son Jehangir, with an incredible amount of flair, love and effort put into Akbar’s Tomb. The four sandstone gates represent the man himself, along with the three most prominent religions of the land: Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. It feels like the perfect place to symbolise the rich varied past of this captivating city.

Things to do in Agra

Taj Mahal

The most famous attraction in Agra is the iconic Taj Mahal. This is probably the most popular tourist attraction in India, and is a definite must on any traveller’s list. Famously a testament to lost love, the mausoleum will look different depending on the time of day you visit it. It is pink in the morning, white in the evening and golden in the moonlight.

The tomb has numerous rules for visitors to adhere to. The entrance fee includes the coverings for your feet, a requirement for entrance, and a bottle of water. This is not just a tourist attraction. It is a religious site, with mosques within the complex. Visitors should therefore dress modestly and respectfully. In addition to this, there are also restrictions on what you can take inside the complex, for example, cameras are not allowed and it is recommended that you do not arrive with bags, as this will delay your entrance due to searches. You should also consider opting for an official tour, as you are likely to get more from your experience.

There is a reason the Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world, with people travelling miles to see it. The beauty of the foundation is incredible and it has a captivating story behind it. There are tales that the Emperor planned to build an exact copy of the Taj on the other side of the river in black marble as his own tomb. However, he is buried within the Taj Mahal, sharing it forever with his late wife. In poetry, the Taj has been called ‘a teardrop on the cheek of eternity’. The detail is intricate, with lustrous marble inlaid with gems and plenty of awe-inspiring views to enjoy. No visitor to Agra should risk missing out on this.

Address: Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India

Price: Day fee: Rs20 per person, with free entry for children below 15 years. Night fee: Rs510 per person, Rs500 for children ages 3-15 years, with free entry for children below 3 years.

Opening times: Daily (except Fridays): Sunrise – Sunset, with night viewings between 20.30 – 00.30 (on full moon nights + 2 days before and 2 days after)

Arrive at the location (especially the Taj Mahal) before sunrise to avoid crowds. Check the weather – when do you get better colors? Pack only things you require. There might be multiple gates; find the least frequented one. Keep these tips in mind and get the perfect shot. Happy clicking!

Anita Bora, travel blogger: http://www.anitabora.com/blog/


Agra Fort

Where historical wonders are concerned, Agra is not a one trick pony. It houses not just one, but an impressive three UNESCO world heritage sites. Agra Fort was built by the 14-year-old Emperor Akbar to illustrate his power over his empire. Perhaps because of this, it is as much a palace as a fort.

The building is made mostly out of red sandstone and is truly stunning. The Fort was added to by the Emperor Shah Jahan, and is a short distance from his more famous building work, the Taj Mahal. Ironically Shah Jahan was also kept as a prisoner there, by his own fratricidal son. It has good views of the Taj Mahal, which may have comforted the deposed Emperor, and there is the option to pay for entrance to both sites at the Taj Mahal.

Address: Rakabganj, Taj Road, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003, India

Price: Rs40 per person, with free entry for children under 15 years.

Opening times: Daily: Sunrise – Sunset

Fatehpur sikri

Fatehpur sikri, meaning ‘city of victory’, was built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. It is located to the west of Agra and was the capital city for just a short 14 years. It is said to have been built at the village where Abkar received a prophesy of an heir to his throne.

It is a stunning walled red sandstone city and features the horse shoe gate, where horse shoes have been nailed for many years as a sign of good luck. The Mosque is impressive, designed with a huge entrance way. Within the city is a square that is inlaid to serve as a huge board game, a precursor to Ludo, which was played with people as the pieces. Myth has it that three palaces were built here for the Emperor’s three favourite wives, one Hindu, one Muslim and one Christian. The red sandstone is especially stunning at sunset.

Address: Agra, Uttar Pradesh 283110, India

Price: Rs40 per person, with free entry for children under 15 years.

Opening times: Daily (except Fridays): Sunrise – Sunset

Mehtab Bagh

These gardens are located across the Yamuna River from the Taj Mahal. The beautiful botanical gardens at Mehtab Bagh provide a reflective atmosphere, with fresh scents and floral life. They also deliver uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal, away from the bustling crowds. If you’re an early riser, the best time to visit is at sunrise, when you can capture incredible images of the temple to take home with you.

Address: Address: Opposite Taj Complex, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India

Price: Free

Opening times: Daily: 06.00 – 18.00

Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

This tomb has many connections to the Taj Mahal and has even been nicknamed the Baby Taj. It is the tomb of a Persian nobleman named Mizra Ghivas Beg, who was the grandfather of Mumtaz Mahal, who the Taj Mahal was built for.

The Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah was constructed from 1622 to 1628 and was an innovative structure that puts the Taj Mahal through its paces in terms of decadence and intricate design. It is the first Mughal structure to have ever been entirely built from marble and features mosaics, marble lattice screens and ornate inlays throughout.

Address: State Highway 39, Moti Bagh, Etmadpur, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, 282005, India

Price: Rs10 per person

Opening times: Daily: 06.00 – 18.00

Image source: Bryan Allison

Akbar’s Tomb, Sikandra

In the centre of a large, luscious garden lies Sikandra, the last resting place of Akbar the Great, a Mughal Emperor. Akbar started the construction, but it was completed by his son, Jehangir, who put his own touch on the design to reflect his father’s personality. The pyramidal Akbar’s Tomb features four red sandstone gates, representing Akbar, along with Islam, Hinduism and Christianity. Delicate carvings are visible throughout the red-ochre sandstone structure, along with the inscription of Allah’s 99 names.Along with the various tombs, Agra is also home to a number of temples. From Balkeshwar Temple and Kailash Temple, both temples to Lord Shiva, to Mankameshwar Temple, a favourite for local worshippers, these establishments are steeped in religion and give a good taste of the local culture.

Address: Sikandra, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282005, India

Price: Rs15 per person, with free entry to children under 15 years.

Opening times: Daily: 06.00 – 18.00

Wildlife SOS

Animal fans won’t be able to resist the incredible experiences available at Wildlife SOS. This centre has proved vital in the battle against illegal bear poaching and dancing in India, offering a sanctuary for rescued dancing bears. Hundreds of the bears now live in semi-natural environments here, along with protected elephants, leopards and primates. A visit here provides a truly touching experience and helps to support the sanctuary’s fantastic work.

Address: National Hwy 2 | Agra Bear Rescue Facility, Agra, India

Price: Price: Rs500 per person

Opening times: Daily: Sunrise – Sunset

Agra Art Gallery

This charming Agra Art Gallery is surrounded by greenery and is home to a selection of carefully handcrafted items. Opened in 2004, the art gallery has amassed an incredible collection of jewellery, dazzled with precious stones, silver, gold, platinum and pendants, in modern and oriental designs. There are also impressive wooden handicraft items along with stunning marble inlaid products to marvel at.

Address: 30 – B Munro Road | Shahzadi Mandi, Agra 282001, India

Price: Free

Opening times: Daily: 09.00 – 20.00

Image source: Art Gallery ErgsArt – by ErgSap

“If there is one place that defines the Mughal era to me, then it has to be Akbar’s capital town Fatehpur Sikri. Located a little away from the city centre in Agra, the bright sandstone monuments sweep me off my feet as I enter the world of Akbar’s court. I can see Birbal keeping the courtiers in splits while Tansen sings for rains. This for me, is the very essence of Mughal architecture.”

Lakshmi Sharath, travel blogger: http://www.lakshmisharath.com/

Shopping in Agra

As you’d expect from a major metropolitan city like Agra, there’s plenty of great places to shop. While not as big as some Indian cities for markets, there’s a great selection of stores to visit Here a select few to get you started:

Image source: Justin Morgan

Mughal Bazaar

If you are an avid shopper, then Mughal Bazaar is the best place to go. Located on the Taj East Gate road, it offers a much friendlier shopping experience than smaller stores, with better quality products and more competitive prices.

Address: 304, Fatehabad Rd, Opposite Taj View, Bagichi, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India

Price: N/A

Opening times: Daily: 10.00 – 21.00

The Warehouse of Gifts and Souvenirs

Looking for that perfect holiday memento? Then what better place than The Warehouse of Gifts and Souvenirs? After all, it’s right there in the title. Everything here is reasonably priced, which often isn’t the case in stores looking to get some money from tourists. Packed to the brim with locally made specialities, it’s a great place to find something to remember your trip by which isn’t from a dime a dozen market stall.

Address: 18/151 Purani Mandi Crossing, Opp. Shah Jahan Garden, Taj West Gate, Bansal Nagar, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India

Price: N/A

Opening times: Daily (except Friday): 10.00 – 20.00

Gems and Art Gallery Souvenir Store

Which not entirely a store, the souvenir store within the Gems and Art Gallery is a great place to check out some of the most precious stones in the region. Here you can hopefully pick yourself up some locally made jewellery that you can see being made on site. Seeing them being made really shows you just how much craftsmanship goes into making these pieces and puts into perspective your appreciation for the stones that surround you.

Address: Shop no. 2,3,4 TS Sehra tower, fatehabad Road, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India

Price: N/A

Opening times: Daily: 09.30 – 21.00

Marble Handicrafts Agra

One spot that offers an interesting visit is Marble Handicrafts Agra, although there’s few prizes for guessing what the store specialises in. Stunning marble work however doesn’t come cheap, although it’s definitely worth a look around whatever your budget. There’s also smaller pieces to check out for a souvenir if you don’t plan on breaking the bank. This is a beautiful example of the local creativity and skill available in Agra.

Address: 18/160-A, Fatehabad Rd, Opposite Kailash Cinema, Bansal Nagar, Khairati Tola, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India

Price: N/A

Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 10.00 – 22.00, Sunday: Closed

Fun Facts

  • Any city with the astonishing history of Agra and with so many iconic places to see and experience will also have a ton of fun facts that you may not have heard of before. Here’s a small sampling of some of the many fascinating things to discover about Agra.
  • There’s no other Indian cities with as many UNESCO Heritage sites. The Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort bring their total up to three, which is more than anywhere else in India
  • The Indian Parliament House was built on 8th April 1929. That’s a pretty well known piece of the country’s history. However, less well known is the fact that the bomber Bhagat Singh lived in this city where the bomb used was created.
  • Agra is a manufacturing giant in many areas of India’s trade, including footwear. It’s actually the main manufacturing hub for footwear in the entire country.
  • It’s the birthplace of the much loved sweet candy Pertha. The snacks popularity increases every year and it all started right here.

Where to Eat in Agra

Street food

The cuisine in Agra typically features roast meats, dried fruits and nuts, spices and creamy sauces. The food is rich and has definite influences from the Muslim empire. There is also a wealth of street food from the savoury and sweet breakfast treats of fried bread with a bowl of stew and threads of sweet fried dough in syrup. There are also stuffed fried flat breads, usually vegetarian, called paranthaa.

Sweets

And for those with a sweet tooth, the traditional sweets called petha, made with white pumpkin and cooked in syrup are not to be missed. They come in varying textures and flavours, including saffron, mango and nuts, and tend to have a floral taste.

There are many famous sweet shops in Agra selling their speciality Petha, such as Hari Parwat, which is near Agra Fort. The other most popular sweet shops are the Pracheen Petha Store, Panchi’s and Bhimsain BaidyaNath. If you want to taste the most authentic petha, try the ivory white plain variety or the yellow rectangular syrup soaked Angoori.

Restaurants in Agra

Esphahan

As well as great street food, there are some amazing restaurants to visit. Esphahan is one of these. This hotel restaurant produces excellent food, which you can see being prepared from your table. The staff are attentive and the food is very high quality.

Address: Taj East Gate, Near Fathebad Road, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India

Price: N/A

Opening times: Sunday – Saturday: 00.00 – 02.00 & 02.30 – 04.00

Pinch of Spice

The restaurant Pinch of Spice is also very popular with tourists. You can choose from an al la carte menu or opt for the buffet, in which water, soft drinks and naan are complimentary. The food is very tasty and credit cards are accepted here. The butter chicken is a real crowd pleaser, but there is a wealth of vegetarian options as well, not to mention the menu of tantalising desserts

Address: 1076/2, Fatehabad Road, Opp. Hotel ITC Mughal, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India

Price: N/A

Opening times: Daily: 12.00 – 00.00

Paatra

For fine dining at a reasonable price, the restaurant Paatra is a must. The food is authentic and the service and ambience are really excellent. The speciality dishes are well worth trying, especially their Bhatti da Murg.

Address: Jaypee Palace Hotel, Fatehabad Road, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282004, India

Price: N/A

Opening times: Daily: 19.30 – 23.30

Image source: Chris Pople

Sheroes

For a very unique dining experience, the cafe Sheroes is a popular hangout. The menu is traditional Agra fare, but does not feature any prices. Instead, diners simply pay what they feel the meal was worth. As well as excellent food, this café supports a great cause, with the friendly staff being made up entirely of acid attack victims.

Address: Fatehabad Road, Opposite The Gateway Hotel, Taj View Chowraha, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India

Price: N/A

Opening times: Daily: 10.00 – 22.00

One you’ve seen the Taj Mahal wet your appetite by trying the local delicacy called “petha”. Petha is made of ash gourd vegetable (Indian pumpkin) soaked in sugar syrup. It is thought that petha originated from kitchens of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the one who built the Taj Mahal.

Shalu Sharma, travel blogger: http://www.shalusharma.com/

Nightlife in Agra

With so many daylight excursions and activities, Agra is slightly lacking in terms of nightlife. Although it has nothing as busy or vibrant to offer as some other Indian cities, there are plenty of opportunities to socialise. Stay around the Taj Mahal when evening falls and head up to the terraces for a chance to meet backpackers and tourists in this gorgeous location.

There are very few clubs in Agra, so your best option for an energetic night out is to head to the hotel bars. Don’t be put off by their location. Favourites such as the Mighal Bar in Clarks Shiraz Hotel and On the Rocks in Jaypee Palace Hotel offer some of the best evening entertainment in the city.

Although the city may flounder for nightlife, it does deliver some amazing cultural shows at some of the larger hotel and restaurant establishments. One of the highlights is the annual festival known as Taj Mahotsav, which takes place in February and sees streets lined with live performances, decorated camels and delicious local delicacies.

Top Tips

  • Watch out for sellers:

    Local sellers that can be found bothering tourists around major attraction can be aggressive and very irritating. They will likely try to overcharge you. Avoid them as best you can.

  • Keep an eye on your valuables:

    Another major issue in Agra, once again especially around busy areas, are pickpockets. This is especially true between the parking area for the electric bus at the Taj Mahal and the security check point at the entrance. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for thieves trying to swarm busy tourists during peak hours

  • Don’t feel pressured into buying:

    There’s also touts that are employed by stores to bring you in and pressure you into buying items. Once again, these will likely by at very high prices for the actual value of the items, so don’t allow yourself to be pressured into stores

Hotels in Agra

Luxury Hotels

If you want to live like royalty during your visit, then Agra can definitely cater to your wishes. A choice of luxurious and five-star resorts will deliver sprawling gardens and indulgent amenities, including swimming pools, spas and relaxing treatments, along with onsite restaurants and bars.

So who is the best of the bunch? Well that’s really a matter of preference but let’s start with a household name to get the ball rolling. The rather tongue-tied titled Radisson Blue Hotel Agra Taj East Gate Road takes its world renowned brand to Agra and as would be expected with a reputation like Radisson’s, it does not let its guests down. It serves up a world class service, rooms and facilities.

Another perhaps less well known five-star offering is the Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra. It might be less expensive than some five star hotels and thus perhaps doesn’t quite hit some of the dizzying heights of luxury that can be seen elsewhere, but is a fine addition to the luxury hotel market nonetheless. Beautifully decorated with a stunning modern sheen, here you can enjoy stunningly colourful rooms with an onsite health club, coffee shop and pool with poolside bar.

If you don’t mind spending a touch more for a hotel that’s really, really luxurious, then you can’t go much better than a hotel that puts luxury right it in its name. ITC Mughal, a Luxury Collection Hotel offers next level rooms, décor, service and facilities. Bigger does mean better when every inch of the room is stunningly decorated. This is a truly top class hotel which makes you feel like royalty without ever falling into the realms of pretension.

Plenty of hotels give a very modern feel to their rooms, or even a European flavour to their sense of luxury. But if you’re in Agra, you surely want somewhere that looks and feels like it captures the spirit of this city. The Oberoi Amarvilas is a golden plated eastern delight, revelling in the colour and culture of its city. Words do little justice to the incredible beauty offered by the absolute highest of the higher end hotels in Agra, but if you have the money, there’s few better places to spend it.

Prices for these top of the line hotels can range from Rs5,000 up to Rs10,000, but if you are willing to splash out then you’ll be rewarded with amazing facilities and unrivalled services that take your holiday to a whole new level.

Mid-Range Hotels in Agra

The majority of hotels in Agra will cater to the mid-range market, with plenty of amenities and a reasonable price tag. These rooms will feature air-conditioning to help you cool off from the Indian heat, along with modern comforts such as internet access and plenty of TV channels.

The Hotel Taj resorts are conveniently located near Shilpgram, where you can buy your tickets for the Taj Mahal. This modern hotel has only been around since 2010, but it has already cemented its reputation as one of the best mid-range hotels in the region. The immaculately clean rooms and friendly staff make you feel welcome, while the reasonably priced onsite restaurant and rooftop swimming pool will leave you feeling pampered.

Another example of a great mid-range hotel is the Optimum Tara Palace, which will neither leave your wallet too light or leave you disappointed. This is pretty much everything you could want from a hotel within this price range. Despite its rather modest cost, it looks excellent, with sparklingly clean rooms that are well decorated and comfortable. It boasts a stunning modern touch, which sets this hotel apart from much of the competition.

Want a different modern looking hotel with great customer feedback? Then look no further than the Optimum Tara Palace. It’s a touch more expensive than some other of Agra’s mid-range accommodation, but it makes every extra penny spent count. The rooms here are robustly sized with top class furnishings and stunning rooms that give their modern outline a distinctly Agra flavoured twist.

There are so many mid-range hotel and bed and breakfasts to choose from, with a wide variety of amenities and locations. Many accommodations will also include the price of breakfast, with costs for a night ranging from around Rs1,300 all the way up to Rs6,000, depending on the room and resort.

Budget Hotels in Agra

There is an abundance of family run hotels and guest houses in Agra. These simple rooms will offer little in the way of luxury, but will deliver plenty in terms of space and water, which is all you should need considering you’ll be outside exploring for most of your trip.

One of the most favourite budget options is the Hotel Raj. Located near the Taj Mahal South Gate, this is one of the most affordable options in Tajganj. The rooms are lacking in decoration but the Hotel Raj more than makes up for this with its friendly staff, attention to detail and good quality food from its own restaurant, not to mention views of the Taj Mahal from the rooftop.

For travellers looking for somewhere to stay in Dayalbagh, you’ll be hard pressed to find better value than Dayal Lodge. Operating since the early 60s, this guest house has 20 guest rooms, all well furnished with modern amenities. This accommodation also has a made-to-order kitchen service and onsite laundry facilities, along with optional tour arrangements and transfers to nearby airports.

Another top budget offering is Hotel Sidhartha. Its simple elegant rooms might not be on the high end of luxury, but they do a great job of taking inspiration from their cultural surroundings and offering a comfortable room at decent prices. The historical distinct in which it is located is a mere mile away from Agra Fort, Jawab and a local mosque. The hotel includes an onsite restaurant.

Finally, if you’re looking for a touch more colour in your low cost accommodation then Hotel Ajay International’s comfy yet affordable rooms might be right up your allay. Although there’s no mistaking this for a luxury hotel (it’s one of the cheapest in the area after all) it does offer good value for money. It’s also in a convenient location near Agra Fort railway station. The hotel includes Wi-Fi in public areas.

Prices range from between Rs200 for a single room with shared bathroom to Rs900 for an air conditioned double, although you can find youth hostels for as low as Rs50. Depending on where you want to stay, you will easily find a clean and welcoming hotel that doesn’t break the bank.

For more hotels in Agra, explore the Expedia India website and find the best accommodation for your stay.

Getting Around in Agra

There are plenty of ways to get around Agra. If you’re wanting to visit the Taj Mahal or sites close to it, be aware that cars are not allowed around these sites. However, you can get to these tourist attractions via electric buses called Tongas. These are a great way to get around in general, as are electric tempos.

Image source: Justin Pickard

An alternative method of traversing the city is by rickshaws. There are two types of rickshaws: auto and cycle. It’s useful to remember that, as a tourist, you are expected to haggle on prices while travelling. As a good rule of thumb, expect to pay only 40% of the first price you’re given. Haggle hard for the best prices.

Another way of sightseeing around Agra is to hire an air conditioned taxi for the day. This tends to be on the basis of 8 hours or 80km. There are various ways of booking your taxi. You can do so online for reliability or directly at the train station for convenience. It is also possible to book from the hotel you’re staying at, although this does tend to work out more expensive.

You should bear in mind that taxi drivers are likely to make unscheduled stops at shops, as this is how they receive their commission. Make it clear when you book your taxi that you do not want to visit any shops. Although you may still get taken to them, it shouldn’t add to your fee, as you will pay by the day and not on the clock. You’ll also be unlikely to be pressured into buying anything.

One of the best ways to experience the city is to walk the Sadar or Mall road. This road is full of food vendors, handicrafts and leather goods shops to peruse at your leisure.

I was wary of traveling solo to Agra but I thoroughly enjoyed myself in this romantic town. The locals were so accommodating and sweet! Take the usual precautions but otherwise I think women can safely explore the city on their own

Priyanka Dalal, travel blogger: http://travel.priyankawriting.com/

Best Time to Visit Agra

Unless you like things to be very, very hot during your travels, then you might want to avoid the period between April and June, which is the hottest part of the year. Temperatures still remain high but things start getting better in June through to October. Between this time, avoiding August, is probably the best time period to visit Agra, with October probably being the best all round month for those wanting milder weather.

Getting to Agra

Image source: Robin Abraham

Agra does have its own dedicated airport. The Agra Airport is a military airbase that serves as a public airport, with Air India running direct services from Delhi-Varanasia-Agra-Khajuraho. The Alliance Air airline is also set to start offering journeys from Agra Airport from 28th June 2017.

However, due to the very limited number of services flying in and out of Agra Airport, you may be best off opting for one of the many bus or train services that run into Agra. Various train services, including the Taj Express, run from New Delhi to Agra, with other services available from other Indian cities. There are also numerous public and private bus operators that stop in Agra. Whether you’re opting for train or bus, it is always advised that you purchase your tickets well in advance.

Alternatively, direct private taxis can offer return journeys from Delhi to Agra for around Rs3,500. The journey time by car takes around 4 hours and 20 minutes to complete.

Visit the Expedia India website to find the best prices for a flights to Agra .