Agra as a city is such a brand among tourists all over the world, that it needs no introduction. It is a city which is famous not only for the Taj Mahal and its Mughal-era architecture but also for its leather products and cuisine. Because of its proximity to Delhi one can easily plan a to-and-fro trip that can be accomplished in a day. The city experiences extremes of heat and cold during the summer and winter seasons respectively.
Places to Stay
Despite being a global tourist hotspot, Agra still offers a wide variety of good budget hotels. Some of the options you ought to try are Sakura Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Aditya Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 540), Aryan’s Taj Resort (Tariff – Rs. 900) and Vanshika Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800).
The official languages of Agra are Hindi and Urdu. English is also understood in certain places such as hotels.
The important festivals celebrated are Diwali, Hanuman Jayanthi, Holi, Dussehra and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
The most important place worth a visit in Agra is the Taj Mahal without doubt. It is considered to be a sign of love as the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan constructed the mausoleum over the tomb of his beloved wife Mumtaz. The structure has been designed with architectural brilliance by experts from Central Asia, Persia as well as India. The other important sights which are bound to hold the visitor in awe are Agra Fort and Akbar’s Tomb.
How to Get There
The nearest airports are the Kheria airport, Gwalior airport and the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in Delhi at the distances of 5 km, 116 km and 193 km respectively.
The nearest railway stations are Bilochpura Agra Railway Station and Raja-ki-Mandi Railway Station. The Agra City Railway Station is a major railway station at a distance of 5 km from the core of Agra.
Various state transport buses connect Agra city to different parts of the state as well as cities of neighbouring states such as Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi. Mahalakshmi Travels is a popular operator on this route. There are a number of bus ticket booking sites like Ticketgoose.com from where you will get good offers and discounts while booking your tickets.