Visiting Agra other than Taj can be equally fascinating! here are some reasons why?

When in Agra, the most obvious place of visit is Taj Mahal. But let’s assume you have visited this historic monument of love and you still have some time in hand before you move to your next destination or go back to your home. Let us look out what else can be done in Agra.

On my way to Agra via Yamuna Expressway.
On my way to Agra via Yamuna Expressway.
  • Getting there – if you love driving, take the Yamuna Expressway from Greater Noida and reach Agra in no more than two hours is the best way to reach Agra as an adventure seeker.
    • Other ways to reach are by flight from Delhi or Mumbai.
    • Train service is available from all cities to Agra.
    • Alternatively, you can also book a taxi and go around the town at your own leisure.
  • Best time to visit – the best time to visit the city is around October to March, as summers can be very daunting and humid to go around.
  • Places to stay – Hotel Howard Plaza and ITC Mughal offers five star facilities.
    • Other good places to stay are Taj Resorts, Rajmahal hotel and Laurie’s hotel.
    • Budget places can be found in an around Taj or near the railway station.
  • Attractions
    • Take a tour of the city as an adventure seeker and for a change leave your car aside and take a ride in the battery powered rickshaws and go around the town. Experience the city’s culture, craft and cuisine by being among the local people.
    • Agra is home for chaat (savory) lovers. Every nook and corner of the city is famous for one or the other type of savory. Ask for the local breakfast of “Bedai / Kachori and Jalebi” and try this along with the very famous Agra Petha (Sweet) which comes in many tasty variants.
      Bedai for Breakfast
      Bedai for Breakfast

      Agra ka Petha
      Agra ka Petha
    • Food enthusiasts can also opt for Agra Food Walk and taste unlimited samples of delicious, mouth-watering food at a small price.
    • Watch the Kalakriti Dance Drama Show depicting the tale of love at the Convention Center new Taj Mahal. The live performance is for about 80 minutes.

      Kalakriti Dance Drama
      Kalakriti Dance Drama
    • Get an aerial view of the Taj Mahal in the fixed Helium Balloon safari from the height of 250 meters. A bit on the expensive site and no cameras allowed tour is nevertheless captured in your memory forever.

      Helium Balloon Safari
      Helium Balloon Safari
    • Explore the markets of Agra and shop for exquisite leather shoes and jackets. Take the marble crafted souvenirs and semi-precious stone work bake home for your loved ones. The market is 400 years old and exists since Mughal era.

      Leather Market
      Leather Market
    • While in the city, don’t forget to visit the red sand stone city of Fatehpur Sikri which was once the Capital of India and Agra Fort on your way back.

      Fatehpur Sikri
      Fatehpur Sikri
    • National Chambal Sanctuary – is a natural sanctuary and the home of the endangered Indian gharial (a relative of the crocodile) and of the Ganges River Dolphin (also endangered) is 70 km away from the city.

      Gharial
      Gharial
    • Famous bird sanctuary of Bharatpur awaits you watch the Siberian Crane just 56 km far from the city of Agra.

      Bird Sanctuary
      Bird Sanctuary
    • If you don’t wish to go to the Taj Mahal, but still want to enjoy the view, visit Amar Vilas hotel and dine with your family or friends. Enjoy the exotic and authentic flavors of India or relax with a drink while enjoying the most unrivaled view of the Taj Mahal.

      View of the Mahal from the Hotel Tea Room
      View of the Mahal from the Hotel Tea Room

Hope this visit will leave you with more memories than just Taj Mahal and you will cherish them for a long time.

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