Best Places To Visit In Agra And Soak In The Beauty Of The Historical City

Taj Mahal

Famous all over the world for the Taj Mahal, Agra attracts countless tourists every year. Dotted with multiple forts, tombs and heritage monuments, Agra is a must-visit for history buffs as well as those who wish to enjoy an interesting holiday away from the daily responsibilities of metropolitan life. The city is well-connected via roads and railway lines and is especially easy to reach from Delhi. In winter, Agra offers the perfect ambiance to explore its sights and sounds and enjoy a wide variety of ethnic cuisines. We have created a list of the 11 most prominent places to see in Agra, for your next trip.

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Top 21 Places to Visit in Agra

  1. Taj Mahal
  2. Agra Fort
  3. Fatehpur Sikri
  4. Jama Masjid
  5. Radha Soami Samadhi
  6. Taj Museum
  7. Mankameshwar Temple
  8. Chini Ka Rauza
  9. Mehtab Bagh
  10. Jaswant Singh Ki Chhatri
  11. Bateshwar Temple
  12. Tomb Of Itimad-ud-Daulah / Baby Taj
  13. Akbar’s Tomb – Sikandra
  14. Mariam-uz-Zamani Tomb
  15. Ram Bagh Garden
  16. Humayun’s Mosque
  17. Lower Haramsara
  18. Kalakriti Cultural Convention Centre
  19. Anguri Bagh
  20. Dolphin Water Park
  21. Mother Teresa’s Missionaries Of Charity

1. Taj Mahal

When visiting India, Taj Mahal is one of the must-see tourist attractions and Agra is the home to this admirable wonder. In 1983, UNESCO declared Taj Mahal among the 7 wonders of the world. Taj Mahal was built by one of the Mughal emperors named Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1653. The entire monument defines the real meaning of an architectural masterpiece. The most alluring feature of the Taj is the marble dome and the interior chamber that is decorated in a beautiful way with various precious gemstones. Other than the main structure, there is also a 300 sq. m wide garden, known as Mughal garden or Charbagh. Also, a mosque and a guest house are stationed at the end of the complex.

Entry Fee- Rs.20 for Indians and Rs.750 for foreigners

Entry Timing- 6 AM to 6.30 PM all weekdays, except for Friday

Location- It is at a distance of 6 km from the Agra Cantonment Railway Station. You can take a bus, cab or auto to get there.

2. Agra Fort

Agra Fort

Also known as Lal Qila or Red Fort, Agra Fort is situated on the banks of Yamuna River in Agra. Agra Fort was initially held by Raja Badal Singh, an Indian Rajput king in 1475 AD. The entire fort is surrounded by a tall fortification wall that has four gates on all the four sides of the fort. The most notable gates among the four are the Delhi Gate and the Lahore Gate. The Delhi Gate is considered the grandest of all four and features some of the most prominent architectural masterpieces of Akbar’s era. These days, the Lahore Gate, also known as Amar Singh Gate is the sole entry point of the fort. According to Abdul Fazl, a court historian of Akbar, 5000 structures were built in the fort in Gujarati and Bengali styles.

Entry Fee- Rs.20 for Indians and Rs.300 for foreigners

Entry Timings– 6 AM to 6 PM

Location- The fort is located at a distance of 5 km from Agra Cantonment Railway Station and can be reached via a bus, can and auto.

3. Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri

This was built to honour the Sufi Saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti, who lived in a cavern on the rim at Sikri. Akbar admired him very much and believed that due to his blessings he was gifted with a son named Salim in 1569. In 1571, Akbar shifted his capital from Agra to Sikri and named it as Fatehabad, meaning victorious. Fatehpur Sikri is well known for its collection by the Indian Mughal Empire. The entire city was built with local red sandstones that are also known as Sikri sandstones. The city is bounded on three sides with a fortified 6 km long wall that has seven gates. The city contains several beautiful spots, mosques and halls.

Entry Fee- Rs. 20 for Indians and Rs. 260 for foreigners

Entry Timings- 6 AM to 6 PM, on all weekdays except for Friday

Location- The city is located at a distance of 37 km from Agra.

4. Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for the wish of his beloved daughter Jahanara Begum in 1649 AD and is one of the biggest mosques in India. The structure is built with red sandstones in typical Mughal style. The prayer hall is placed at the western end of the courtyard that includes a long rectangular structure and is divided into five sections. Every dome in the mosque has an inverted lotus and Kalash structure on the top. Along with this, the interiors of the western wall have splendid designs and structures. Every Friday, a huge number of Muslim devotees visit Jama Masjid, making it one of the best places to visit in Agra.

Entry Fee- No entry fee

Entry Timings- 6 AM to 8 PM

Location- The masjid is at a distance of 5 km from Agra Cantonment Railway Station and opposite to the Agra Fort.

5. Radha Soami Samadhi

Radha Soami Samadhi, also known as Soami Bagh Samadhi, is the tomb of Huzur Soamiji Maharaj. The most intriguing feature of Radha Soami Samadhi is that the structure reflects a blend of all religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Christianity. The building has a height of 110 feet and is made from white marbles and has several pillars. If you wish to see the amazing medley of all Indian religions, Radha Soami Samadhi is one of the best places to see in Agra.

Entry Fee- No entry fee

Entry Timings- 10 AM to 6 PM

Location- It is at a distance of 9 km from Agra Cantonment Railway Station.

6. Taj Museum

Built in 1982, the Taj Museum is one of the most popular Museums in Uttar Pradesh. The museum is located at the ground floor of western Naubat Khana. The museum exhibits varied historical Mughal antiquities including pictures, Mughal miniatures, manuscripts, calligraphy, utensils, marble pillars, etc. The main hall showcases a portrait of Shah Jahan with his wife Mumtaz Mahal. There are three galleries in Taj Museum from which the first gallery showcases plans and drawings reflecting the architectural designs of Taj Mahal. The second gallery includes showpieces like Quran stand, stones, bowl, and dishes of celadon ware. Along with these, the gallery also has several arms like swords and daggers. The third and the last gallery showcase two paintings of Taj Mahal by a British Artist and documents like Royal Farman. If you need to visit the best places to see in Agra, Taj Museum should definitely be on your list.

Entry Fee- Rs. 5 per person

Entry Timings- 10 AM to 5 PM, on all weekdays except for Friday

Location- It is stationed at a distance of 6 km from Agra Cantonment Railway Station.

7. Mankameshwar Temple

According to the mythological history, Lord Shiva created a Shiva Linga after the birth of Lord Krishna and that Shiva Linga is placed inside the Mankameshwar Temple. Along with the Shiva Linga, there are several more small temples within the complex area. In 2004, a statue of Lord Krishna was also placed in the complex under the directions of Sri Nanaji and Sri Dwarkadheesh Nath of Mathura. In order to visit the temple, one should not wear any kind of leather items, pyjamas, pants or salwar suits. Only traditional attires like dhoti and sari are allowed. If you plan to visit Agra any time soon, Mankameshwar Temple is must visit among all the tourist attractions here.

Entry Fee- No entry fee

Entry Timings- 6 AM to 9 PM

Location- The temple is at a distance of 5km from Agra Cantonment Railway Station.

8. Chini Ka Rauza

Chini Ka Rauza

Chini Ka Rauza is the tomb of a Persian Poet who later became the Wazir during the reign of Jahangir. The tomb was built in 1635 AD by Khan only and when he died in 1639 AD, he was buried over there. The name ‘Chini Ka Rauza’ is derived from two Persian words meaning glazed tiles tomb. Also called China Tomb, the tomb is considered as one of the greatest architectural masterpieces in Indo-Persian style because it was the first Indian building that was decorated with glazed tile work. The central chamber of the tomb is octagonal in shape and each side of the square-shaped tomb is about 79 feet in length. The tomb is surrounded with high walls from all the sides and mainly has two gateways in North and South, two octagonal shaped towers and a ghat close to the river bank.

Entry Fee- No entry fee

Entry Timings- 6 AM to 6 PM

Location- The tomb is at a distance of 9 km from Agra Cantonment Railway Station.

9. Mehtab Bagh

Set to the north of the Taj Mahal Complex, Mehtab Bagh offers a pleasant view of Taj Mahal along with the lush green Mughal styled garden. Considered to be one of the last eleven Mughal- built gardens, Mehtab Bagh is a 25 acre, square-shaped garden. The garden features several fountains, pools and also considerable pavilions. The best part of the garden is a large pond built on the outer side of the garden that reflects the image of Taj. However, because of the frequent floods, the garden had been ruined, but a few years back, the ASI started some restoration project for securing the beauty of this place. The garden is also known as the moonlight garden as it boasts of a beautiful night view of Taj on a full moon night.

Entry Fee- Rs. 10 for Indians and Rs. 100 for foreigners

Entry Timings- 6 AM to 6 PM

Location- The garden is at a distance of 10km from Agra Cantonment Railway Station and near the Taj Mahal, at the North of Agra Fort.

10. Jaswant Singh Ki Chhatri

Built during 1644-58 AD, Jaswant Singh Ki Chhatri is considered to be the only Hindu created monument during the reign of the Mughals. The monument is located at Rajwada, Balkeshwar along the banks of Yamuna. The monument is a dome-shaped memorial which showcases Rajasthani architecture and is dedicated to Rani Hada, who was the princess of Bundi. Rani Hada was the wife of Amar Singh Rathod who was killed on 25th July 1644 at Agra Fort. After his death, his body was delivered to Rani Hada, who immediately committed sati over there. The younger brother of Amar Singh built this memorial. The monument reflects the amalgam of both Hindu and Mughal architecture. Though the memorial has been in ruins for many years, some parts of it have still survived against the time. The place is now maintained by the ASI.

Entry Fee- No entry fee

Entry Timings- 6 AM to 6 PM

Location- It is at a distance of 10 km from Agra Cantonment Railway Station and on the banks of river Yamuna. The place is accessible via all transportation mediums.

11. Bateshwar Temple

Stationed on the bank of river Yamuna, Bateshwar is a famous cultural and spiritual spot for both Hindus and Jains. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to the myths, Lord Shiva once rested over here under a banyan tree for some time and henceforth this place is known as Bateshwar that is Banyan Lord. There are 101 temples over here that were built by King Badan Singh Bhadoriya, who was believed to have changed the flow of river Yamuna from east to west towards Bateshwar. He also built a dam to protect the temples from floods. The 22nd Tirthankara Lord Neminath was born here. Every year, in the month of October and November, an animal fair is organised over here.

Entry Fee- No entry fee

Entry Timings- No restrictions

Location- The temple is 72 km away from Agra Cantonment Railway Station.

12. Tomb Of Itimad-ud-Daulah / Baby Taj

Tomb Of Itimad-ud-Daulah / Baby Taj

Located on the western bank of the Yamuna River near the Yamuna Bridge Railway Station in Agra, the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah is a Mughal mausoleum. This place being a mini version or a replica of the Taj is believed to be an inspiration for the construction of the Taj and is also known as the Jewel Box or Baby Taj. It has emerged in the top most popular tourist spots to be visited in Agra.

Itimad-ud-Daulah was constructed between 1622 and 1628 by Nur Jahan, the Queen of Jahangir to pay a tribute to her father, Mirza Ghiyas. He was an imperial officer and was recognised with the title of Itmad-ud-Daulah (Pillar of State) by Emperor Jahangir. The tomb was the first monument of India which was completely made with marble, mosaic and lattice which stands as an outstanding illustration of the Mughal architecture

Note:

– It is at a distance of 8 kms from Agra Cantonment Railway Station and 3 km from Agra Fort

-You have to pay an entry fee of Rs.15 if you are an Indian and Rs.110 if a Foreigners and Rs.25 for Camera.

– The timings to visit this place are 6 AM to 6 PM.

13. Akbar’s Tomb – Sikandra

Akbar's Tomb – Sikandra

Akbar’s Tomb is one of the most visited sites in Agra especially because of its strategic location at Sikandra in the suburbs of Agra, on the Mathura road. It can be classified into a magnum opus of the Mughals. It is a fine piece of architecture possessing the remains of Emperor Akbar which was fabricated in the years starting from 1605 and finally brought out by Jahangir in 1613.

The Tomb of Akbar opens up from an elegant southern gateway which is quite the same to Buland Darwaza in Fatehpur Sikri.  A huge garden leading to the emperor’s tomb flaunts itself in a Charbagh style. The splendid gateway is exquisitely decked with floral and geometrical patterns inlaid on white and colored marbles.

Note:

– It is only 9.5 km away from the Agra Cantonment Railway Station.

– The entry fee for Indians is Rs.15 and Rs. 110 for Foreigners.

– You can visit this place at any time between 6 AM to 6 PM.

14. Mariam-uz-Zamani Tomb

Mariam-uz-Zamani Tomb

Carefully laid on the left side of Agra-Mathura road facing towards west of Akbar’s tomb in Sikandra, the Tomb of Mariam-uz-Zamani is the mausoleum of Jodha Bai, the Hindu consort of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. The tomb was built by Jahangir for his mother Mariam-uz-Zamani for fulfilling her last wish. Sikander Lodi had established it in AD 1495 as a baradari but the Mughals improvised the 4 facades of the building making it a Mughal tomb.

It is placed at the core of the Mughal garden and is designed on an uplifted platform with red sandstone. The structure is beautified with carvings and ornaments on the tower. There are also huge white domes on the red towers. The walls are plastered with paintings and the floor bears the authentic commemorative of Jodha.

Note:

– The distance from Agra Cantonment Railway Station is 11 km and from Akbar’s Tomb is 1.5 km.

– Entry fee for Indians is Rs. 15 and for foreigners is Rs. 110.

– It is open for visitng from 6 AM to 6 PM.

15. Ram Bagh Garden

Ram Bagh Garden

This garden traces a long history starting from Babur who was the original creator of the garden in 1528 and named it Aram bagh which was later renovated by Jahangir in the 1600s but its name was changed to Ram bagh when the Marathas took the power in their hands and occupied Agra in the 18th century. Historians say that Babur was temporally buried here before shifting to Kabul. It is built close to Chini ka Rauza in Agra and is one of the top places to visit in the city.

The garden is inspired by the Persian style of gardens. It is well-planned into three levels that are one for flowers and vegetables, second for flower beds, with fine stone-paved terraces and kiosk and the third one has structures, terraces, and tanks. Cool and fresh winds penetrate into the garden from the river banks and the dense greenery of trees gives cool shades. The running waters in canals and cascades make it a very pleasurable site for soothing in the hot climate of Agra.

Note:

– A distance of 9 km from Agra Cantonment Railway Station and 3.5 km from Itimad-ud-Daulah.

– An entry fee of Rs. 10 is charged from Indians and Rs. 100 from Foreigners.

-The timings are 6 AM to 6 PM.

16. Humayun’s Mosque

Humayun’s Mosque

Humayun’s mosque was built as soon as he came into power in 1530. It is listed as one of the most prominent examples of Mughal architecture made of brick masonry with white plaster over it. It is a beautifully built mosque and inscribed in it are Persian inscriptions symbolizing the fact that it had been built by the aid of Sheikh Zain Khawafi, a nobleman and a poet who was a close associate to Babur. The mosque came to be known as Kabul and was used to cater to the requirements of the people during the Mughal era. Humayun’s astronomical observatory and a step well or baoli and a massive monolith is also present close to the mosque on the river bank.

Note:

– It opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 7:30 pm daily.

17. Lower Haramsara

Lower Haramsara

Lower Haramsara is built on the other side of Birbal’s house and in close range to the palace of Jodha Bai in Fatehpur Sikhri.The main motif behind the construction of the Lower Haramsara is doubtful as many historian debate that it was originally been appointed as a stable for horses, elephants and camels but some of historians believe that it was made for the maids of the royal harem to live in.

The structure is in the shape of a huge rectangular courtyard which has a dome uplifted by columns designed by both Indian and Islamic art on the three sides. It is fully designed with delicate floral patterns and carving on both the sides of the red sandstone.

Note:

– You can visit it any time in between sunrise to sunset.

– There is an entrance fee of Rs. 10 for Indians and citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC countries and Rs. 250 for foreigners. Free entry made available for children up to 15 years of age.

18. Kalakriti Cultural Convention Centre

 

Being a conventional center for arts and culture, The Kalakriti Cultural and Conventional Centre of Agra aims to celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of Indian culture and heritage. It promises its visitors to take an opportunity in observing the delicate designed work on marble. More than that the Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Centre has a showroom for displaying handicrafts from which you could buy things made of marble, metal, wood, and thread. The main attraction of the Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Centre is the popular musical drama, Mohabbat-the-Taj: The Saga of Love, which is a series of plays staged every day at 6:30 pm.

19. Anguri Bagh

Anguri Bagh

Anguri Bagh was constructed during 1637 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan inside the boundaries of the Khas Mahal. The palace of Khas Mahal was predominantly designed for the emperor to spend a leisure time there. The palace mainly comprises of a hall with recess and rooms in a surrounding semi-circular pattern and a huge courtyard in the front with tanks, fountains and hammams opening up to a spectacular garden that is- Anguri Bagh. The women of the royal family used the hammams or the imperial baths to spend quality time in uninterrupted privacy, to relax and to socialize. Anguri Bagh garden was made right in front for them to enjoy a memorable retreat.

Note:

-The entry fee for Indian is INR 40 and for foreigners is INR 510.

– It is open from sunrise to sunset.

– Just 3 km away from the Taj Mahal.

20. Dolphin Water Park

Dolphin Water park is an amusement park occupying an area of about 14 acres of land. It has been serving the city as a local and tourist attraction since 2002 with its spectacular rides specialising in water rides, roller coasters and slides. It has exhibits a play area for kids and a locker room to keep your things safe while you enjoy inside the amusement park.

Note:

– The park is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

– Adults above 4 ft has to pay an entry fee of INR 550 and for kids below 4 ft, you need to pay INR 400.

21. Mother Teresa’s Missionaries Of Charity

Mother Teresa's Missionaries Of Charity

Mother Teresa is known to be a legend woman by introduction. She had dedicated herself and her whole life in serving the needy. She was the founder of the Missionaries of Charity. By 1997, that is the year when she passed away, the Missionaries of Charity was operating in 123 countries on over 610 missions which included providing homes to the homeless, the ones suffering with AIDS,HIV or leprosy, and also to operate quite a few orphanages, schools and charity homes for the orphans and the elderly. One of such charity homes is located in Agra and is named as Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity which works for the upbringing, well- being and education of the orphaned kids in addition to caring for the elderly and the homeless. So it would be a little generous and kind to stop by this place and make some donations and visit the poor and needy as a form of charity while you enjoy the rest of the recreational sites.

Note:

– It is open to visit at any time from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

– Located on the Ajmer road. About 6 km away from the Taj Mahal.

– No entry fee required.

To conclude

So, these were the best places to see in Agra. When you plan your trip to this city, make sure that the weather is pleasant so that you can explore all the historical places comfortably. Pick from budget, mid-range or luxury hotels and book in advance to get the best deals.

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