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
Sikandra showing a monument

Sikandra

Known for Monuments, Dining, Gardens

3/5(1 review)

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

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

Taj Ganj

Known for Dining, Friendly People, Luxury

3.5/5(48 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.

Rakabganj
Agra Fort which includes heritage architecture as well as a large group of people

Rakabganj

Known for Gardens, Temples, Culture

3.5/5(3 reviews)

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

Sadar Bazaar
Agra showing interior views and 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.

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
Rs6,650
per night
11 Dec-12 Dec

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! (883 reviews)

"Really stunning facilities! The rooms are a little tired but have all the basics and we’re clean and comfortable. Indian restaurant was outstanding!! Very close to Taj and all coordination easy through hotel."…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec 2019

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
Rs4,050
per night
12 Dec-13 Dec

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

4.2/5Excellent! (712 reviews)

"Everything was good food was great lots of varieties. We enjoyed our stay and will love to come back in this hotel again ☺️👍"…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2019

Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra
Courtyard by Marriott Agra
Courtyard by Marriott Agra
5 out of 5
Taj Nagri, Phase II, Fatehbad Road, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Rs2,960
per night
17 Dec-18 Dec

Located in Taj Ganj, this luxury hotel is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Taj Mahal, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Agra Fort and Sadar Bazar. Jama Masjid and St. John's College ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (544 reviews)

"Staff are supportive and location is very close to attractions"…"

Reviewed on 16 Nov 2019

Courtyard by Marriott Agra

Popular things to do in Agra District

Taj Mahal
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Taj Mahal

5/5(28 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

3.5/5(7 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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trover photo by Martin Gerrish

Moti Masjid

5/5(3 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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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 50%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 13.793103448275861%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 Dec 2019

Everything okay

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Nov 2019

Local Guides were good

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

10 Nov 2019

Agra is a very dusty city.

3/5 - Okay

Kalpana

4 Nov 2019

The Taj Mahal was a wonderful experience so was the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.Better tourism facilities like audio aids and booklets including cleanliness be provided.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

5 Oct 2019

Dirty as mentioned before needs work done in main travellers area

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Aug 2019

Only n only Tajmahal

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