soon as one utters 'Uttar Pradesh', Agra is one of those foremost
destinations that start flashing across the screen of one's mind. And
structures like the Taj and the Agra Fort make those images more evoking and
lifelike. A powerful city of the medieval period, Agra happens to be one of
the most haunted destinations in the country. Apart from the Mughal
grandeur, the exquisite range of handicrafts and multiple shopping options
make the city an irresistible destination for travellers.
Climate & Best Time
Agra has hot summers that extend from April to July. During this period,
temperature reaches a maximum of 46 degrees centigrade. Winters, from
December to February, show a minimum temperature of 5 degrees centigrade.
Monsoons hit the city during August and continue till November. The weather
during this period remains hot with good amount of humidity in the air.
Places to Visit
With impressive forts and monuments of the Mughal era, Agra magnetises
holidaymakers from across the world. A visit to the city is sure to take you
back in time poring over the pages of history.
» Taj Mahal
Positioned on the banks of river Yamuna, Taj Mahal was erected by Mughal
emperor Shah Jahan in the loving tribute of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The
exemplary structure took 22 hard years to complete.
» Agra Fort
A tourist's next big sight to visit in Agra is this splendid fort. Its
foundation stone was laid in 1565 AD by the Mughal emperor Akbar himself.
Subsequent additions were made by Jehangir and Shah Jehan.
» Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah
Yet another attraction for tourists in Agra is the Itimad-ud-Daulah's tomb.
The structure was built by empress Noor Jehan, wife of Mughal emperor
Jehangir, in the memory of his father.
» Fatehpur Sikri
A drive of a few hours takes you to another renowned site Fatehpur
Sikri (37 km from Agra). The deserted city served as Akbar's capital between
1571 and 1585. Buland Darwaza and the tomb of sufi Salim Chishti are famous
Agra has luxurious star-rated hotels with heart-stirring views of the Taj.
Tourists can choose to stay at famous five star hotels like Jaypee Palace
Hotel, Hotel Taj View, Hotel Agra Ashok and Hotel Amar Vilas. Apart from
these, there are popular four stars as Howard Park Plaza International and
Hotel Holiday Inn. The city has a number of other economy class hotels too.
The Kheria Airport of Agra has regular flights of Indian Airlines and
Alliance Air connecting to Delhi, Khajuraho and Varanasi. An air journey
from Agra to Delhi spans just 35 minutes. The most convenient way to travel
to Agra is by trains. Shatabdi Express and Taj Express are the most
preferred options to reach Agra from Delhi. The road network of Agra is also