Travel to Agra to visit one of the world’s most iconic and spectacular buildings, the Taj Mahal, on this 1-Day trip to Taj Mahal from Delhi.
If you are planning to visit Agra and take in the splendor of the Taj Mahal, it is best you start from Delhi early. You can hire a taxi or drive your own vehicle via the Yamuna Expressway (NH44). The distance between the two cities is about 206 kilometers and takes about 3 hours to cover.
The best time to plan a trip is between October to March as the weather is clear and pleasant during these months. Try to avoid foggy days and do not plan a trip on a Friday as the Taj Mahal remains closed to visitors on Fridays.
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Ideally, you should start from Delhi by 5 A.M and reach Agra by 8 A.M. You can arrive at the hotel, check-in, freshen up and head straight to the Taj Mahal. Make sure to choose a hotel close to the Taj like Jaypee Palace Hotel to avoid wasting time on travel. Mornings are the best time to visit this iconic monument as it is much less crowded and you get to spend more time admiring its beauty inside and out.
Photography is allowed at the Taj Mahal except for at the inner chambers so be sure to take plenty of pictures to commemorate your visit to this mausoleum that stands as a testament of true love of Shah Jahan, a Mughal emperor, for his beloved wife Mumtaz.
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After spending some time at the Taj, you can indulge in an early lunch at a good restaurant like The Grand Buffet or Paatra at Jaypee Palace Hotel nearby and then head to the Agra Fort which is quite close to the Taj Mahal. The restaurants offer an out of the world dining experience with an array of mouthwatering Indian and Continental cuisine.
The city of Agra has a very rich cultural history. The city was a major center during the Mughal era and hence the dominance of Mughal style in the architecture of the city. Among other places of interest in Agra, there is Fatehpur Sikri, I’timad-Ud-Daulah, Akbar’s Tomb, Sikandra, Jama Masjid, Chini ka Rauza, Ram Bagh, Mariam’s Tomb, Mehtab Bagh, Keetham Lake, Mankameshwar Temple, Indrabhan Girls’ Inter College, Gurudwara Guru ka Taal, The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Paliwal Park (Hewitt Park), Chaat Gali Sadar Bazar and Soamibagh Samadhi. You can dedicate a few quality moments to each place if you plan the trip carefully.
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Do not forget to squeeze in some shopping at the famous bazaars of Agra that are known for their quality leather and marble products. Be sure to pack in some Agra petha to take home as sweet memories of the trip.
You can head back by 5 or 6 P.M and can reach Delhi just in time for dinner.