Visiting Agra, Mathura and Vrindavan are on every traveler’s list. Agra is known for the Taj Mahal which is one of the seven wonders of the world. Mathura and Vrindavan are very important religious places dedicated to Lord Krishna. These sites allow you to witness both the heritage and cultural aspects in India. This Agra, Mathura and Vrindavan itinerary would be a great idea for weekend travelers or the ones who want to explore these places on a 2 day schedule. So, lets get started.
Getting From Delhi To Agra :
If you are coming to India from overseas, it is most probable that you will be landing at the Delhi Airport. If this is not the case you may still consider train as the fastest mode of transportation from your city to Agra. Below are the different ways of traveling from Delhi to Agra, you can follow any of these as per your convenience :
By Train : You can reach the New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS) using the rapid metro service from Delhi Airport.. The easiest way to book a train from Delhi To Agra is through Clear Trip website. Just fill in the easy form including the city you are coming from, the destination, day you would be traveling, preferred seat and the number of passengers. It would then show you all the available train routes, timings and their respective fares. You may book the train journey that suits you the best.
By Bus : You can book a bus trip from Delhi to Agra using the Make My Trip website. It also includes an easy search form that would show you details on all the available bus routes. Look out for the Volvo buses as they are the most comfortable ones.
By Car : You can hire a car using Make My Trip, Expedia, Get Your Guide or ask the hotel management you are staying at for arranging a car for you. This is an expensive mode of transportation, but it’s the most convenient one.
2 Day Itinerary For Agra, Mathura Vrindavan Tour :
Day 1 : Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri
The Taj Mahal :
Start your day by visiting the Taj Mahal, if possible go for the sunrise tour. Taj Mahal’s beauty is beyond words during the sunrise. Visiting this beautiful mausoleum is once in a lifetime experience so make sure to take your time, click pictures and enjoy the charm of this wonder. There are many photographers available there too who can help you to capture those picture perfect moments.
Tour Duration : 2 Hours
Ticket Prices :
- For foreign nationals the ticket is priced at 1000 rupees (15 USD) which includes a bottle of water, shoe covers & a tourist map of Agra.
- For Indian nationals the ticket is priced at 40 rupees. You will need to purchase shoe covers separately.
Note : During your visit you will be allowed to carry your camera & mobile phone with you. Edibles, torch & sharp objects are not allowed inside.
Opening Hours : Taj Mahal opens 6 days a week except on Fridays. The opening hours are as below;
- Day Time : 6 AM to 6 :30 PM
- Night Time : 8:30 PM to 12:30 AM
Agra Fort :
The Agra Fort is another must visit attraction in Agra. It’s an incredible example of the Mughal architecture when the forts were built of red sandstone and marble. This fort was built in the year 1573. It’s huge complex consists of of many palaces, gardens, lawns, courtyards, corridors, mosques, audience halls and chambers. Take a guided walking tour of this monument to know more about it’s fascinating history and architecture.
Tour Duration : 2 hours
Ticket Prices : For foreign nationals the ticket for Agra Fort is priced at 550 rupees (8 USD) while for Indian nationals the ticket is priced at 40 rupees.
Opening Hours : Agra fort remains open 6 AM to 6 PM everyday.
Note : The next stop would be the Fatehpur Sikri which is located at a distance of 40 kms from Agra. Make sure you to take a halt at any near by restaurant in Agra for lunch before heading to Fatehpur Sikri. There are very limited food options in Fatehpur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri :
Post lunch, visit the Fatehpur Sikri which is a palace city and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built of red sandstone this palace city comprises of many popular structures such as the tomb of sufi saint Salim Chishti, Jama Masjid, Diwan-i-Aam (Hall of public audience), Birbal’s home, Hiran Minar (Elephant tower) and Paanch Mahal(five-storied pyramidal palace). The most noteworthy thing about Fatehpur Sikri is it’s distinctive layout and the majestic entrance gate known as the Bulandh Darwaza.
Tour Duration : 2 Hours (Including the 45 minutes journey from Agra to Fatehpur Sikri)
Ticket Prices : For foreign nationals the ticket for Fatehpur Sikri is priced at 260 rupees (4 USD) while for Indian nationals the ticket is priced at 20 rupees.
Opening Hours : Fatehpur Sikri remains open from 6 AM to 6:30 PM everyday except on Fridays.
By the end of this tour, head back to Agra and have a good dinner at your hotel or at any of these top recommended restaurants.
Day 2 : Mathura and Vrindavan
Mathura is located at a distance of about 60 kms from Agra. It would take 1 hour 30 mins to maximum 2 hours to reach Mathura from Agra depending upon traffic. Have a good breakfast at your hotel and leave by maximum 9 AM to make the most out of your trip to Mathura and Vrindavan. You will have to rent a car for this trip that might cost you up to maximum Rs. 2000 (USD 28).
Shri Krishna Janambhoomi :
Shri Krishna Janambhoomi is a magnificent and most significant holy place to visit in Mathura. This is the place where Lord Krishna was born. This place comprises of caves depicting the stories of Lord Krishna, devotional areas and temples having beautiful idols of Lord Krishna and Radha. You would not be allowed to take cameras, bags or cellphones inside the complex. Make sure you keep them in the safe lockers outside the temple’s complex.
Tour Duration : 1.5 hours
Opening Hours : The temple remains open from 5 AM to 12 Noon and 4 PM to 8 PM everyday.
Take a halt for lunch at Brijwasi restaurant which is located outside this temple’s complex.
Bankey Bihari Ji Temple :
Bankey Bihari Ji Temple is the most renowned and holiest temple in Vrindavan. This temple is visited by millions of devotees every year with the hopes of wish fulfillment and to get a glimpse of the mesmerizing idol of Lord Krishna. You will have to go through narrow lanes to reach this temple. Beware of notorious monkeys too! They are known for snatching stuffs from people specially spectacles/sunglasses.
Tour Duration : 45 minutes
Timings : The temple remains open from 9 AM to 8:30 PM everyday.
Iskcon Temple :
Get mesmerized by the tunes of Hare Rama Hare Krishna at the Iskcon Temple. This is the most well maintained temple in Vrindavan. Once inside the temple you will see devotees soulfully dancing and enchanting Hare Rama Hare Krishna. There are many facilities within the temple premises for the visitors. You can buy a religious book, gifts, souvenirs, have food or visit the holy museum located upstairs in the temple.
Tour Duration : 1 hour
Timings : The temple remains open from 5 AM to 8:30 PM everyday.
Prem Mandir :
The Prem Mandir is a must visit temple in Vrindavan. This architectural wonder is built of white Italian marble. The various sculptures, decorations and intricate carvings showcase the tales of Lord Krishna. It is highly recommended to visit the Prem Mandir during the evening to witness it’s impressive visual light effects. It can easily be termed as one of the most beautiful temples of Modern India.
Tour Duration : 1-2 hour
Timings : The temple remains open from 5:30 AM to 8:30 PM everyday.
After indulging in such positive and spiritual vibes, it’s time to get back to your hotel, have dinner and take some good sleep.
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