Agra DistrictIndia

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Visit Agra District

Discover bustling markets, world heritage palaces, lush gardens and a glittering white marble mausoleum in the city of the great Taj Mahal.

Agra, a metropolis in India’s Uttar Pradesh, was the cultural and imperial center of the Mughal kingdom. Explore ancient culture and history at its fortresses, military complexes, palaces and gardens. The Mughals’ ultimate show of wealth and power is the Taj Mahal. This ornate white marble mausoleum was built by the grieving Shah Jahan for his wife, who died in childbirth.

Wander among the Taj Mahal’s canals and gardens at dawn as the sparkling mausoleum emerges from night’s shadows. The symmetric artistry of this Indian icon is striking, with its elegant square gardens and intricate gemstone inlays. Learn about the history, art and architecture of the Mughals at the Taj Museum. Also visit Agra Fort, Shah Jahan’s seat of power and ultimate prison.

Agra is known for beautifully crafted items of marble inlaid with precious stones. Watch artisans create works of art using generations-old techniques at Agra Marble Emporium. Bargain for leather goods and souvenirs at Sadar Bazaar. Take a break for samosas or spicy potato and chickpea balls from a chaat stall.

Agra’s hectic streets filled with traffic, cows and rubbish can be overwhelming. Find tranquility in the ancient gardens of Rambagh. These Mughal-era gardens are wonderful examples of Persian design, with flowering plants and canals creating an oasis representing paradise.

See the glitter of Bollywood-style dancing at Kalakriti Cultural Centre’s daily performances, with multi-language headphones for dialogue. Within these grounds you can ride a helium balloon up 250 feet (76 meters) for a panoramic city view.

To the west, visit Fatehpur Sikri city, a 16th-century stronghold and court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, another must-see.

Getting around the city is easy via rickshaw and auto rickshaw, but one of the most fun ways to see the city is by “tonga,” a covered horse-drawn cart. It’s best to visit Agra in winter, from October to March, when the area is drier and the heat is less oppressive than other parts of the year.

Where to stay in Agra District

Sikandra showing a monument

Sikandra

3/5(1 area review)

Admire the richly ornamented gateways, opulent shrine and manicured gardens of the final resting place of Mughal emperor Akbar the Great.

Sikandra
Taj Mahal featuring heritage architecture, a monument and mist or fog

Taj Ganj

3.5/5Good!(55 area reviews)

Travellers come to Taj Ganj for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Taj Mahal and Mosque and the Jawab while you're in town.

Taj Ganj
Agra Fort which includes heritage architecture

Rakabganj

4/5Very Good!(4 area reviews)

Visitors to Rakabganj enjoy its historical sites, and if you want to do some exploring, Agra Fort is worth a stop.

Rakabganj
Agra featuring art

Sadar Bazaar

While Sadar Bazaar isn't home to many top sights, Agra Fort and Kinari Bazar are some notable places to visit nearby.

Sadar Bazaar

Top hotels in Agra District

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
ITC Mughal, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Agra
ITC Mughal, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Agra
5 out of 5
Taj Ganj Uttar Pradesh, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
Rs6,174
per night
Jan 28 - Jan 29

This family-friendly Agra resort is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Sadar Bazar. Jama Masjid and Kinari Bazar are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (895 reviews)

"This was a very luxurious stay, we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The staff are outstanding and the meals are excellent"…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2020

ITC Mughal, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Agra
Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra
Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra
5 out of 5
Taj East Gate Road, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Rs3,400
per night
Jan 27 - Jan 28

This family-friendly Agra hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Sadar Bazar and Jama Masjid are also within 6 mi ...

4.2/5Excellent! (722 reviews)

"Very nice hotel with plenty of amenities. Safe area"…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2020

Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra
DoubleTree by Hilton Agra
DoubleTree by Hilton Agra
4 out of 5
B/H - 1&2, Taj Nagri Phase II, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Rs2,974
per night
Jan 27 - Jan 28

This family-friendly Agra hotel is located in Taj Ganj, within 3 mi (5 km) of Mosque and the Jawab, Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Agra Marble Emporium is 2.8 mi (4.4 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (225 reviews)

"Nice and clean, Friendly, Kids friendly Good restaurants ........"…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Agra

Popular things to do in Agra District

Taj Mahal
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Taj Mahal

5/5(29 reviews)

The white mausoleum for Shah Jahan’s third wife is a timeless, ingenious work of art. Decorative carvings, stone inlays and mosaics inspire awe of Mughal culture. 

Agra Fort
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Agra Fort

4.5/5(19 reviews)

An impressive defensive structure built for Mughal emperors is a vast citadel encompassing marble towers, palaces, mosques and gardens.

Soami Bagh Temple
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Soami Bagh Temple

4/5(1 review)

Visit this artistic monument, which opens its doors to followers of all spiritual beliefs and movements. It is unfinished now and may remain so forever.

Tomb of Akbar the Great
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Tomb of Akbar the Great

4/5(8 reviews)

With intricate detailing, expansive gardens and a somber burial chamber, this splendid tomb is an apt tribute to one of the Mughal Empire’s greatest rulers.

Jama Masjid
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Jama Masjid

4/5(9 reviews)

The Friday Mosque is a grand 17th-century Mughal masterpiece encompassed by the infectious atmosphere of Agra’s time-honored and bustling bazaars.

Moti Masjid
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Moti Masjid

5/5(4 reviews)

Enjoy an outing to Moti Masjid during your stay in Agra. Amble within picturesque gardens or visit the shops in this culturally rich area.

Reviews of Agra District

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4/5 - Good

Joe

Jan 18, 2020

Mesmerising experience

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 31, 2019

Taj Mahal is 20 times better when you see it in person. Pictures do not justify or show how beautiful it really is. I was really taken aback with the architecture and it’s majestic design. Wow....

2/5 - Disappointing

Celia

Dec 11, 2019

Dirty place

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 1, 2019

Everything okay

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 24, 2019

Local Guides were good

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Nov 10, 2019

Agra is a very dusty city.

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