When it comes to Agra, most people visit it for the Taj and naturally so. That being said while the TajMahal is one of the most popular reasons to head over, the trip does not have to end with just that. In fact, Agra has a lot more to offer and can be the perfect weekend destination with lots to do.
There is a choice of really good five star accommodations in Agra and a holiday in style can definitely be on the cards. Amidst the luxury and the comfort, two fabulous days can be spent doing lots of different things.
Here’s a list:
There is no way we can leave the Taj out when compiling list for Agra attractions. There isn’t much pitching needs to be done for the monument of love and chances are if one is there for the weekend, the Taj is already on the menu. So, we will move on.
Agra Fort is situated 2 km northwest of TajMahal and is the second most iconic structure that the city boasts of. In fact, your five-star hotel in Agra, when and if planning an itinerary for you will definitely put Agra Fort on the list. The massive red sandstone building is boasts of rich historical value having seen many rulers and occupiers over hundreds of years. For those who love history, the fort with its’ two very impressive gates is definitely worth a dekko.
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah:
The third in line after the Taj and Agra fort is the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daula. Popularly known as the little version of the Taj, it’s a beautiful structure that in fact is considered to be the inspiration behind building the actual TajMahal. There is exquisite and intricate inlay work that lends the structure a definite charm.
Restaurant & café
When touring Agra, one thing you should definitely do is try the local cuisines and delicacies. From authentic Mughlai dishes to the world-famous petha for sweet lovers, Agra is a haven for foodies. One of the best places to hang out in Agra and try Indian as well as continental cuisines is the Pavilion Café at the Jaypee Palace Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra. The ambience of this 24-hours resto café is perfect for a relaxing evening after a day of Agra tour.
After food comes shopping. The most popular of them all is Sadar Bazaar where one can shop for anything from handicrafts, leather items, shoes as well as a lot of marble items and knick-knacks. Marble items are a biggie when in Agra with lots of souvenirs being made of the same. A trip to Sadar Bazaar is a great way to spend a few hours in the city.
A weekend in Agra is perfect when you get to do a bit of everything. And there is a lot to choose form on every front. Only thins to consider are the weather and the holiday season that can get a bit crowded. Other than that, the city is a winner on the weekend getaway front!
Fun & adventure
Boating on River Yamuna:
Visiting Agra with your sweetheart? Don’t miss boating on the Yamuna River while soaking in the last rays of the sun as it bids adieu to the world and marvelling at the Taj Mahal. A memorable experience, to say the least, this is a must for all the young and romantics-at-heart.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary:
Calling all nature lovers and bird watchers to come to visit this amazing natural habitat of numerous different varieties of birds. Home to more than 230 species of birds, this bird sanctuary is one of the must-visit places in Agra if you are looking to do something more than just take historical tours around the city.
Entertainment & cultural shows
Kalakriti dance show:
This is one of the must-try experiences for art connoisseurs. The 80-minute dance extravaganza narrates the eternal love story of the famed Shahjahan and Mumtaz Mahal. For the die-hard romantics, this is a show you must visit as the drama representation of the Taj Mahal’s history will surely melt your heart. Even if you are not into dance dramas or romanticism, the show is worth experiencing just for its sheer beauty.
Enjoy a memorable weekend at Agra
A weekend in Agra is perfect when you get to do a bit of everything. And there is a lot to choose from on every front. The only things to consider are the weather and the holiday season when the city can get a bit crowded. Other than that, Agra is a winner on the weekend getaway front!