Places to Visit in Agra | Must Visit Attractions in Agra

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Planning to visit the City of Taj, Agra? Here’s a guide comprising all the details regarding the places to visit in Agra, recommended time to visit and best accommodation options in the city.

Agra is the most visited tourist destination in India well known for housing the UNESCO World Heritage Sites notably the Taj Mahal, Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. These glorifying monuments of the mughal-era have magnificent architectures and are rich with historical significance. The Taj Mahal which is among one of the wonders of the world is the major reason for attracting millions of tourists from around the world to travel to Agra. While you are visiting this city to witness the grandeur of the Taj Mahal, you can explore many other gems the city has to offer.

When To Visit:

The best time to visit Agra is during winters which fall between October to March. Since your visit will include exploring the monuments in the city these months are very pleasant and apt for sight seeings. Still, if you are planning to go during summers, I would suggest you to visit the monuments early mornings or in the evenings. Avoid the afternoon time as it can be unbearably hot & humid.

Places To Visit In Agra:

1. Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal being one of the Seven Wonders of the world is a must visit tourist attraction in this city. This majestic monument was built by Shah Jahan as a symbol of love and tribute for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took about 20,000 people &  22 years to complete. As you pass the grand entrance gate you will feel mesmerized by the beauty of this white marble mausoleum and it’s perfectly fine layout. Take a stroll on the pathways and capture perfect and memorable moments with this picturesque castle. The artworks done on the marbles are amazingly crafted with beautiful patterns & floral designs. Being the most popular tourist attraction, Taj Mahal is always jam-packed with visitors throughout the year. To avoid the crowds, visit it during the early sunrise hours and witness this extremely marvelous mausoleum unfold its beauty before you. Taj Mahal is truly one of the best places to visit in Agra

Taj Mahal

Opening Hours

Daytime: Sunrise to Sunset everyday except Fridays (when it’s closed for prayer).

Night Time: 8:30 pm to 12:30 am.

Entrance fees

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.

During your visit you will be allowed to carry your camera & mobile phone with you. Edibles, torch & sharp objects are not allowed inside.

Below are some highly recommended tours for Taj Mahal :

Here are some more useful tips and information for a visit to the Taj Mahal.

2. Agra Fort

The Agra Fort is an impressive historically significant monument in Agra built by Mughal emperor Akbar in the year 1573 within a span of eight years. Constructed of red sandstone, this monument has a remarkable architecture comprising of many palaces, gardens, lawns, courtyards, corridors, mosques, audience halls and chambers. The Agra Fort used to be main residence of the Mughal emperors before they moved to the Red Fort in Delhi. The gardens and palaces are very attractive. You can also enjoy the cool breezy views of the Taj Mahal from the windows from the top of this monument. This place is definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit in Agra. A guided walking tour will be very informative to understand all the historic elements in this monument.

Places to visit in agra

Opening Hours

Agra fort is open 6 AM to 6 PM everyday for visitors. They also have a light and sound show after sunset from 6:30 PM onwards (the exact timings may vary).

Entrance fees

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.

3. Fatehpur Sikri

The Fatehpur Sikri is a palace city located at about 40 km from Agra is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was designated as the capital city of the mughal empire by the emperor Akbar during the years 1571-1585. This amazing tourist attraction is built of red sandstone and is a perfect example of Indo-Islamic architecture. It constructed on a 40m high ridge and is surrounded by walls on the three sides while the fourth side has a lake view. You may have a tour of Fatehpur Sikri starting from the entrance also known as the Bulandh Darwaza which is a majestic gate having beautiful carvings and inscriptions. Within the enormous layout of this palace city there are 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).

Places to visit in Agra

Opening Hours

Fatehpur Sikri is open from 6 AM to 6:30 PM everyday for visitors except on Fridays.

Entrance fees

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.

4. I’timad-ud-Daulah

I’timad-Ud-Daulah is famously known as the Baby Taj Mahal in Agra and is located at the river bank of Yamuna. This monument was built by the most influential mughal empress Nur Jahan for her father. The delicate layout of this monument is surrounded by beautiful Persian styled gardens. The walls of the monuments are built of white marbles covered with intricate carvings and geometric patterns.

Places to visit in agra

Opening Hours

I’timad-Ud-Daulah is open from 8 AM to 12 AM everyday for visitors.

Entrance fees

For foreign nationals the ticket for I’timad-Ud-Daulah is priced at 210 rupees (4 USD) while for Indian nationals the ticket is priced at 20 rupees.

5. Mehtab Bagh

The Mehtab Bagh located at the banks of yamuna river is another perfect and picturesque garden with a back drop of the stunning Taj Mahal. This garden is also called the Moonlight Garden and is the last of the eleven gardens built by the Mughal emperors in the early 1500s. Here you will find a wide variety of trees and plants divided into many scenic sections. This beautiful garden also gives you an opportunity for spending fun and peaceful time viewing the Taj Mahal away from the huge crowds. The Mehtab Bagh is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Agra.

Places to visit in Agra

Places to visit in Agra

Opening Hours

The Mehtab Bagh is open from 6 AM to 6 PM everyday for visitors.

Entrance fees

For foreign nationals the ticket for Mehtab Bagh is priced at 200 rupees (4 USD) while for Indian nationals the ticket is priced at 15 rupees.

Where To Stay in Agra:

It is highly recommended to stay at an accommodation which is near or at a short walking distance from the Taj Mahal since all the major attractions such as Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh and Itmad Ud daulah are easily accessible from this area. Agra has many stay options including budget hotels, homestays, hostels as well as fine luxurious hotels. Here are some of my recommended accommodations in Agra that are located near the Taj Mahal and offer a pleasant stay;

Hostel: Zostel

Budget Hotel: Hotel Safari

Mid – Range Hotel: Taj View Hotel, The Coral Court Homestay

Luxury Hotel:  TridentOberoi Amar Vilas

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Best City Tours For Agra :

Those were the best places to visit in Agra! This is very rich in heritage, architecture and has a lot of exploration sites with historical significance of the Mughal era. There are many interesting stories and sagas residing within the magnificence of these sites. So, if you are planning a visit to Agra for the Taj Mahal, add a day or two to your itinerary and visit the above mentioned places in this beautiful city of Taj.

Have you been to Agra, or plan to make a visit? Do share your experience/opinion here, We would love to hear from you 🙂

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51 thoughts on “Places to Visit in Agra | Must Visit Attractions in Agra

  1. Wow This is definitely on my bucket list of places to travel too. How is it when you are traveling with children? I would love to go here! Great post!

    1. Thank you! Children love visiting Taj Mahal, it’s a very delightful place for them😊

  2. I love this post and the beautiful pictures. These bring back great memories of my visit to all these places in the summer of 2009. Well done.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words ☺️ I hope you make a visit to Agra soon!

  3. So many things to do there! I have only heard of the Taj Mahal, but the Agra Fort looks equally as beautiful!

  4. I have wanted to go to the Taj Mahal ever since I was a little one and I still haven’t gotten there! Thanks for this great resource. I feel like their isn’t a ton of reliable information out there about visiting it.

  5. Great info. I’ve always wanted to visit India. And I’m pretty sure that if I ever do get the chance, I will make sure to get to all of these sites. Thank you!

  6. I’ve always only read about the Taj in Agra, and I’ve heard of the Agra Fort. I did not realize there were other beautiful attraction to see too – I would love to visit Fatehpur Sikri and Mehtab Bagh.

  7. Great piece on Agra as most tourists just go there to see the Taj mahal and leave little time for other sights. Hopefully you will change their minds! Also, love the dramatic photo of you under the tree in Mehtab bagh 🙂

    1. Thank you so much♥️

      That’s so true, Agra has become synonymous to the Taj Mahal. I hope visitors become aware of other historic places too.

  8. Fantastic photos and you have done a great job of highlighting other nearby attractions such as I’timad-ud-daulah (it’s difficult to pronounce LOL!).

  9. Beautiful post on beautiful city of Taj. I recall my visit to all these places in Agra. And first and foremost the Taj. Unforgettable.

  10. Great post! I’m visiting India in February and found this extremely useful. Have any suggestions on where to eat and drink in the evenings in Agra?

    1. That’s a wonderful plan! Yes there are many restaurants that offer a variety of cuisines! If you are staying near the locality of Taj that is the Fatehabad road, then you will find a chain of restaurants there. My favorite picks are the Pinch of spice, mocha, hichkee and costa coffee.

  11. This is a very interesting read. India is most definitely somewhere that I would like to visit sometime soon.

  12. Mehtab Bagh looks amazing during the sunset. I have visited Agra almost 10 times but now I avoid Taj Mahal and go to Fort instead.

  13. This is a great list of places to visit in Agra. I’ve been to Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Taj Mahal is sheer beauty and Agra Fort is magnificence personified. Fatehpur Sikri is still on my bucket list. I didn’t know about I’timad-ud-Daulah and Mehtab Bagh – looks like cool places. I’ll make sure to visit them on my next trip to Agra. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  14. I am glad you have mentioned Itmad-ud-daulah in your places of recommendation. It’s a beautiful architectural marvel that is less talked about and often overshadowed by Taj Mahal.

  15. I must admit that I loved how many wonderful places Agra has to show to travelers. I went there pretty sure that I will only get impressed by the Taj, but I am still dreaming about the amazing Fatehpur Sikri. Indeed, Agra should not be missed and more people should also visit the other attractions as well

  16. Thank you for the excellent advice and tips! I would love to visit, it looks so beautiful!

  17. The Taj Mahal is just one of the world’s most renown attractions and something I really want to see. My partner has visited it as well as the Agra Fort when he stayed at the Jaypee Palace Hotel close by and he can’t say enough about how impressive both attractions are.

  18. It’s great to read about all the highlights of Agra other than the (amazing!) Taj Mahal. I visited the Taj and Agra Fort a couple of years ago, and now I’m gonna need to go back for Fatehpur Sikri and the other places!

  19. I feel bad for not knowing how many cool places there are to see in India! Of course I’ve heard of the Taj Mahal, but I really enjoyed reading about all these other places. Thanks for all the insider tips and details.

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