Best Places to visit in Agra 2021, Agra Tourist Package in 1 day
Agra is one of the world’s best places to visit. Here’s a land that boasts of a universally marvelled symbol of love. Agra is a city in the northern state of India, Uttar Pradesh. This city is one of India’s main tourist attractions given its rich history inherited from the Mughal empire. Intricately carved buildings, large lawns, mammoth structures that have inspired poets of many ages are a norm here. Not only in Agra, but we’ve also added a place or two within 50kms from Agra to this list.
Here are five best places to visit in Agra 2021.
1) Taj Mahal
2) Agra Fort
3) Fatehpur Sikri
4) Food of Agra
5) Markets in Agra
When you first step into Agra, this is the place you’ll hear about the most. Everywhere you go The Taj follows you, which is why this is the first place you need to see. Catch the sunrise near The Taj Mahal that has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its popularity around the world. A mausoleum built by Shah Jahan for his dear wife Mumtaz stands as a testament to love all over the world. Each year thousands of tourists come to catch a glimpse of this marble wonder. The artistry, the design, the delicate detailing is what leaves people completely in awe. Legend has it that the fingers of the artists, sculptors that worked on the Taj were severed to not replicate any of the designs that were used for it. Take a couple’s trip to go visit this beautiful monument and click a few pictures in the place known to immortalize love. Book your tickets from Delhi to Agra here.
After visiting the famous symbol of eternal love, move on to another thing that is equally awe-inspiring. Don’t forget to stop for breakfast on the way, for this monument covers a lot of ground. Check out the local cuisine of Agra and eat as the locals do. When you’re done, head on to another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This was one of the most important forts during the Mughal period and is in fact very well preserved. This fort was Akbar’s seat of power during his reign. It is also known as Lal –Qila, Fort Rouge or Qila-i-Akbari, and is situated on the right bank of Yamuna. Made completely out of sandstone, this fort was the symbol of Agra and given its massive size it was often called a walled city. Some of the exquisite features of this fort are the various places inside it like, the Pearl Mosque, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Aam, Moti Masjid and Jahangiri Mahal. Make time for the fort during the evenings as the golden hour amplifies the grandeur of it. There is also a sound and light show one can indulge in during the evenings. Book bus tickets from Lucknow to Agra here.
Time for lunch. Find the nearest restaurant and grab a quick lunch, or what we’d suggest is to pack lunch and get into a cab. 40 km west of Agra lies this magnificent, fortified city. Built by Akbar, this city served as the capital for 10 years during his reign but was soon abandoned after his death. Nonetheless, it is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its brilliant architecture and the fusion of cultures. Its name literally translates to ‘the city of victory’ and it is home to the Jama Masjid, one of the biggest mosques of India. Although an abandoned city, it was once the centre of all things powerful and grand, hence the entire city is filled with beautiful, unique pieces of architecture that include courtyards, intricate carvings, servants quarters, vast gateways and ornamental pools. One day is simply not enough to study this city and understand the beauty that’s been engraved into the walls of it, but one can always try. Book bus tickets from Jaipur to Agra here.
Markets in Agra
Did you know? Agra is the largest manufacturer of shoes in the country and is the second-largest exporter in the world after China. Don’t forget to grab a pair of shoes the next time you’re here.
Kinari bazaar is one of the largest wholesale markets of Agra and is one of the best go-to options for leather and handicraft shopping. This popular bazaar is full of wholesalers and retailers. One can shop for marble, glassware, handicrafts, textiles, leather and rugs in this bazaar. The city of Taj definitely has way more than the Taj. Plan a shopping expedition right now, book your tickets from Mumbai here.
Food of Agra
There are so many places to eat in Agra. “Agra gaye aur petha nahi khaye?” Yes, it’s the trademark of Agra, this sweet called Petha. The taste of it is so unique that one can never guess its origin lies in pumpkin. It also comes in a variety of flavours from chocolate to kesar pista. The seat of the Mughal power for a while has definitely left its gastronomic mark on this beautiful city. Explore the Mughlai cuisine in Agra and be prepared to have your minds blown. Food made for the royalty, this cuisine is rich and filling and will also leave you wanting for more. Bedai or popularly known as kachori is a breakfast staple of Agra. Don’t miss the chance to get some for breakfast and see how this side of the world lives.
There’s only so much we can try and tell you about this city for its beauty and history simply cannot be worded. Poets, philosophers and travellers have tried over the years to capture and preserve the beauty of Agra and yet here we are, trying again. Make an impulsive decision, pack your bags and go indulge in the beauty of Agra. Just like it’s said, “when in Rome, do as Romans do”, so don’t forget to try out the local cuisine and be sure to bring back a box of Petha for the rest of the family. Book your trip to Agra and go visit its beautiful tourist places, Get your ticket here.
How to reach Agra by bus:
Agra is well connected to cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Lucknow and Kanpur via bus. It has two main bus terminals, Idgah Bus Stand and ISBT. The best way to Agra from Delhi is a bus. There are a lot of state-run busses and private buses that can help you reach there. Abhibus is here to make your journey and experience a memorable one.