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.

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Where to stay in Agra District

Taj Ganj
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Taj Ganj

Dining, Friendly People, Luxury

Known for being upmarket and walkable, Taj Ganj is a welcoming neighbourhood with a great selection of restaurants. Many visitors come to enjoy the natural beauty of the gardens.

Sikandra
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Sikandra

Monuments, Dining, Gardens

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

Rakabganj
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Rakabganj

Gardens, Temples, Culture

Rakabganj is a neighbourhood that welcomes all visitors. The neighbourhood’s architecture and rich culture are just a couple of its charming qualities. Broaden your horizons with some local historic landmarks.

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Top hotels in Agra District

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Courtyard by Marriott Agra
5 out of 5
Taj Nagri, Phase II, Fatehbad Road, Agra
Rs3,000/night
25 Jul-26 Jul
4.5/5Wonderful! (494 reviews)

"I only had a brief stay of one night in this hotel but I was very impressed. It's a beautiful building and my room was extremely clean and comfortable. Unfortunately I didn't get to experience the pool because of the heavy monsoon rain (not the hotel's fault obviously) but it certainly looked beautiful. ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2019

Courtyard by Marriott Agra
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ITC Mughal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Agra
5 out of 5
Taj Ganj Uttar Pradesh, Agra
Rs3,800/night
1 Aug-2 Aug
4.2/5Excellent! (848 reviews)

"It gives a Royal feeling for the stay Food was good"…"

Reviewed on 3 May 2019

ITC Mughal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Agra
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Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra
5 out of 5
Taj East Gate Road, Agra
Rs3,600/night
25 Jul-26 Jul
4.2/5Excellent! (678 reviews)

"Welcoming staff & trendy decor & satisfying cleanliness. Strange pungent fragrant smell in the room. Great proximity to the Taj Mahal. Outside of the hotel food dining options are sketchy so for safety we are at the hotel. Good food but Western prices. Very hot so excellent to be able to use the ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 May 2019

Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra

Popular things to do in Agra District

Taj Mahal
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Taj Mahal

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

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

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

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

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

Fatehpur Sikri Fort
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Fatehpur Sikri Fort

Enjoy a stop at Fatehpur Sikri Fort, a landmark worth seeing in Fatehpur Sikri. Discover the area's museums and monuments.

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