8 Best Places to Visit in Agra for a Memorable Vacation

Agra is world-renowned for being the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal. Although, the city is much more beyond the Taj Mahal and there are a plethora of places to visit in Agra. Agra is a treasure trove of architectural marvels and rich cultural heritage.

Nestled on the bank of the River Yamuna, Agra was the capital of the Mughal Empire. This city is sprawling with the architectural wonders that never cease to captivate the tourists. The Mughals gifted many architectural gems to the city where one can admire the glory of the Mughal era and learn about the riveting historical facts.

Agra is the year-round destination and is being thrived by the tourists throughout the year. However, the best month to visit Agra is from November to March when the weather is pleasant and perfect for sightseeing.

Here is the list of famous places to visit in Agra:

Taj Mahal 

This Mughal architectural marvel is the perfect depiction of the rich glory of the Mughal Empire. Being one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal is among the best places to visit in Agra. This is an epitome of love which was built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his most beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. This white marble edifice is located on the South bank of River Yamuna. It is also being designated as the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is being recognized all across the world.

Location: Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001
Timings: 6:00 A.M to 6:30 P.M (Friday closed)

Agra Red Fort 

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This gigantic fort was once the erstwhile residence of the Mughals until 1638. Located on the right bank of the River Yamuna and is built with the red sandstone, Agra Fort is also known as the Red Fort. This fort is so massive that it is also referred to as the walled city. T

his is one of the prominent parts of the Agra sightseeing tour and is a must-visit place in Agra. The fort accommodates several structures inside the premises such as Diwan-e-Khas, Diwan-e-Aam, Khaas Mahal, Moti Masjid, Jahangir Palace, etc.

Location: Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003
Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Fatehpur Sikri 

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Once the capital of the Mughal Empire, Fatehpur Sikri is an architectural marvel and a blend of Persian, Indian, and Islamic styles. This red sandstone structure accommodates several monuments inside the premises.

Fatehpur Sikri holds significant historical importance as it was built in commemoration of the victory of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Agra. This fortified city is also designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a unique blend of architectural excellence.

Location: Fatehpur Sikri, Agra District, UP
Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah 

This marble edifice is also renowned as the ‘Baby Taj’. This mausoleum is the first tomb in India which is built entirely of marble. It was commissioned by Nur Jahan, the wife of Jahangir for her father, Mir Ghiyas Beg who was later known as Itimad-Ud-Daulah. This marvelous monument is the perfect depiction of the Indo-Islamic architectural style. It is among the popular tourist places in Agra.

The semi-precious stones engraved in the marble, the intricate carvings, ornately sculpted arches, inlay work, and stunning artwork enhances the beauty of the edifice.

Location: Moti Bagh, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282006
Timing: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Mehtab Bagh

Located on the North of the Taj Mahal along the River Yamuna, Mehtab Bagh stands in perfect symmetry with the Taj Mahal. During the sunset and sunrise, the golden rays of the sun fall on the Taj Mahal and make it look exquisite from the garden. The shutterbugs can capture stunning views from here. Mehtab Bagh is among the top in the list of Agra tourist places.

This lush green garden provides the picture-perfect view of the Taj Mahal and this makes it a paradise for the photographers.

Location: Near Taj Mahal, Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Nagla Devjit, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001
Timings: 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Jama Masjid 

Jama Masjid is one of the biggest mosques in India and is situated right across the Red Fort. The intrinsic design and unique architecture of the mosque make it a well-known tourist place in Agra. It is built mainly of red sandstone and white marble and was constructed by Shah Jahan. The architectural richness of the mosque never ceases to captivate the tourists. The stunning archways, lofty domes, golden inscription, and intricate inlay work can leave anyone bewildered.

Location: Jama Masjid Rd, Subash Bazar, Kinari Bazar, Hing ki Mandi, Mantola, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003
Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Akbar’s Tomb 

This tomb was commissioned by Akbar himself before his death and it was completed by Jahangir in 1613. It is built in red sandstone along with some stunning marble designs. This is one of the most stunning architectural masterpieces of Mughal era and among the prominent places to visit in Agra. Adorned with the inlaid panel, floral and calligraphic design, the intricate carvings, and detailed design in the ceiling enhance the charm of this monument.

Location: Tomb of Akbar The Great Area, Sikandra, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282007
Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Chini Ka Rauza 

This mausoleum is dedicated to the Prime Minister of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Allama Afzal Khan Mullah. It was built from 1628 to 1639 and is situated on the bank of the River Yamuna. This monument is set amidst the picturesque setting and is adorned with the glazed tile work which is known as Chini. This marvelous edifice is an amazing blend of Indo-Persian architectural style. The striking artwork and long-gone architectural style make it a popular place to visit in Agra.

Location: Katra Wazir Khan, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282006
Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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