There is no place as beautiful as Taj Mahal. This dream in marble has been voted as one of the most beautiful monuments in the country. As a matter of fact, everyone who visits Agra feels spellbound with the immense grandeur and appeal of Taj. There are many tour operators which offer different Agra tours. You can book same day Taj Mahal tour, Agra Overnight Tour or even the Golden Triangle tour of 5 days. All these tours let you see not just Taj Mahal but also other monuments in the city like Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh, Tomb of Itimad-Ud Daulah etc. Once you are done with sightseeing, proceed to do some shopping at local bazaars of Agra.
Golden Triangle Tour Package
Agra is a very important part of the Golden Triangle Tour. In the Golden Triangle tour, three key cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra are included. Golden Triangle tour of 5 days and Golden Triangle Tours of 6 days covers all these amazing destinations. Agra Tour begins with the visit to the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal was constructed by Mughal king Shahjahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal who died during childbirth. It shows glimpses of both Hindu and Mughal style of architecture. You must hire a tour guide who will explain your history behind all monuments which you visit in these cities. In Delhi, you will visit places like Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid, India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb etc. In Jaipur places to visit are Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, Mehrangarh Fort, Jantar Mantar Observatory etc. All these cities have monuments which have been declared as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Different places to visit in Agra
Besides Taj Mahal, there are so many other places which you can visit in Agra such as Agra Fort, Jama Masjid, Baby Taj, Mehtab Bagh, Dayal Bagh, Anguri Bagh, Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary etc. Agra Fort is spread over an area of almost 94 acres. This lovely fort is made entirely out of red sandstone. The entry fee for the monument is INR 20 for the Indian tourists and INR 300 for foreigners. There are two main gates of Agra Fort -Lahore Gate and Delhi Gate. Currently, you can only enter through Elephant Gate. Always carry bottled water and little food inside the fort as exploring the entire area can get tiring. Another place to see in Agra is Mehtab Bagh.
This is a lovely garden located right on banks of River Yamuna. Mehtab Bagh can be seen from Taj Mahal and this view is just spectacular. Mughal king Babar built Mehtab Bagh. For Indians, the entry fee is INR 10 and for foreigners, the entry fee is INR 100.
Right opposite the Agra Fort is another important place to see. Jama Masjid is a popular mosque made out of red sandstone. It was constructed by Shah Jahan way back in 1648. The complex has huge courtyards and fountains. There are lovely Persian inscriptions on the walls in the adulation of Shahjahan and his lovely daughter Jahanara Begum.
Last but the least another place which you must visit in Agra is Tomb of Itimad- ud Daulah. It is also referred to as ‘Baby Taj’ or ‘Jewel Box’. It looks like smaller version of Taj Mahal
Different accommodation options in Agra
There is no dearth of good accommodation options for tourists in Agra. From budget hotels to five-star hotels, you get whatever category of accommodation you want without any problem. There are different places to stay in Agra such as ITC Mughal Luxury Collection Hotel, Radisson Blu Taj East Gate, Maple Grand, Trident Agra, Jaypee Palace Hotel, The Grand Imperial Heritage Hotel etc. All of these hotels are fully equipped with state of art facilities to offer complete comfort and easy to the guests.