Agra is home to the Majestic Taj Mahal but there is so much more to offer, so even if you are tight for time in Agra this is a great little itinerary for places to see in Agra.
Agra to many in North India may seem like a been there done that destination. The truth, however, is that given the flavor and versatility of the city, repeat visits can be just as fun and explorative as the first time wonder and amazement that one feels when in a new destination. Agra is one of the most accessible destinations be it by road, train or air and that’s a huge plus. One does not need a 10-day stretch to make it, even a quick spin over a long weekend can be enough.
Here’s what we suggest you do. Plan a trip and use this information below to make the most of it.
Resorts to Stay:
A luxury trip requires luxury stay and that should be non-negotiable. Comfortable accommodation is key to a successful trip and when looking for 5-star resorts in Agra, Jaypee Palace Hotel and Convention Centre is the best pick in every sense of the word. It’s accessible, luxurious with excellent service and the hospitality is top notch.
Sightseeing, Places to Visit:
Accommodation taken care of, let’s move to the fun part of the holiday. Places to see in Agra are plenty and the itinerary needs to be decided to keep your time in mind. Assuming that you are there for a long weekend or three-day sojourn, here’s what you can pick from the sightseeing menu to have an immersive Agra experience.
Even if you have been to the Taj Mahal before a quick dekko is warranted. This is completely up to you though and there s nothing additionally that we can tell you about the Taj Mahal to make you go there that you may not already know. Chances are that if this isn’t your first trip you already are in love with the monument of love. So, take a call.
The Agra Fort:
The 16th-century red sandstone fort is a heritage site and a magnificent structure that exudes Mughal architectural brilliance. It’s spread over 94 cares and has two huge and very impressive four gates, two of which are the Delhi gate and the Lahore gate. Once inside you can almost spend hours exploring JahangiriMahal, Anguribagh, and KhasMahal in addition to the Sheesh Mahal and Mina Masjid.
Tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daulah:
This one is usually called the jewel box and baby Taj. It’s actually a Mughal mausoleum and was created for MirzaGhiyas Beg by his daughter NurJahan. The white structure is stunning, inside a large garden and there are walkways and water bodies around. Like the Agra Fort, this structure too is another testimony to Mughal architecture with semi-precious stones embedded. When looking at places to see in Agra, this tomb should surely make it to your list.
Other must- do’s :
Beyond the sightseeing, food and shopping are the other two activities that have to be indulged in. For those who are locally inclined Shankar Ji and Joney’s
Place are heaven. With no fancy infringements, both of these local favorites offer fresh food that is authentic and yummy. Even if you are staying at any one of the five-star resorts package in Agra, they will recommend that local food be tried.
The shopping can be explored at Sadar Bazaar. There’s marble and leather handicrafts to pick from and these two are the most popular types. Emporiums that sell local handicrafts are also a good choice for shopping for products that are locally made and represented. Eventually, it boils down to the budget and time that you have.