In this post, you can read about the Best places to visit in Agra in one day and how you can explore the Agra day tour from Delhi.
The land of the symbol of love or the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the World Agra is a city in Uttar Pradesh that offers a discovery of the beautiful Mughal era. Steeped in rich history, this ancient city is dotted with numerous monuments, gardens, crafts and also caters to delicious culinary scenes to the shopaholics and foodies. It is a sneak peek into the Mughal realm with two other UNESCO World Heritage Sites Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. It has historic value, rich culture, love, and tragedy all together make the authentic charm of Agra, and that’s why it is always a must-visit place for everyone. Read my 1 Day Agra itinerary with Places to visit in Agra in one day, Best Viewpoints of Taj Mahal, and other checklists for your perfect Agra tour as a Day trip from Delhi.
- 1 Agra in One Day: History of Agra
- 2 The Perfect Itinerary and Best Places to Visit in Agra in One Day
- 3 Top Things to Do in Agra in One Day Travel Guide
- 4 Some Frequently Asked Questions about Agra
- 5 How to reach Agra
- 6 One Day Agra Tour from Delhi
- 7 Where to Stay in Agra
- 8 Best Way to Get around the Agra: How much it Cost?
- 9 Shopping in Agra
- 10 Nearby Places to Visit
- 11 Where to Go Next After Agra??
Agra in One Day: History of Agra
The citation of Agra comes from the epic Mahabharata mythology, where Agra referred to as “ Agravana” which means paradise in Sanskrit. The famous A.D. geographer Ptolemy was the first person who named the city Agra. It is said that Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodhi and at the time of Shah Jahan it reached the zenith of the golden zone by its architectural beauty.
As most of us want to visit Agra for the Taj Mahal but Agra is beyond Taj and there are so many places which you can visit and things you can do within a day.
The Perfect Itinerary and Best Places to Visit in Agra in One Day
Agra in One Day: Visit the Taj Mahal
One of the Most famous Places of Agra – The Taj Mahal is one of the three World Heritage Sites in India and one of the seven wonders of the World. Set in a tranquil Mughal Garden the monument remains on a raised marble stage, behind Yamuna River. The four sides of the Taj Mahal show an ideal evenness and highlight amazing vaulted curves decorated with Pietra Dura scrollwork, and sections from the Quran in calligraphy utilizing trimmed jasper. The Taj Mahal looks as perfect today as when it was first fabricated, leaving the spectators hypnotized. The area is so expansive and there is plenty of architecture to admire on the grounds of the Taj Mahal. The Complex is so big and you may want to click every corner!
Few Quick Tips to Visit The Taj Mahal in a perfect way :
Make sure you visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise with epic sky colors in the Backdrop. The Taj Mahal Complex opens at 6.0 AM but makes sure you are the first to enter to get the photos without the crowd. If Possible, visit Taj at night, it will give you a spectacular view. I highly recommend spending at least 3-4 hours to get the vibes. Yes, you can visit this marvelous monument at night too.
Don’t carry your Bag or Bag pack otherwise you will lost some time in getting in. But if you really want to have it with you, there are storage rooms near ticket counter. You are not allowed to carry tripods inside the complex.
There will be a long queue at the entrance to buy the ticket, so I highly recommend purchasing the tickets in advance OR recommending to buy a fast track ticket which will give you express entrance at Taj Mahal. It’s really worth it and saves lots of your time! Also, you can read the latest information on the Tajmahal website. If you want to go deep in history, take guided tours, that covers most of the Agra sightseeing in one day. I highly recommend taking a guided tour of Agra and Agra Fort as it costs just 40$ for a half-day tour. It’s really a Good deal and you can cover all the important Agra Sights in a day. Tours you can look for:
Visiting Hours: Taj Mahal opens 30 Minutes before sunrise and closes 30 Minutes before sunset during normal operating days. Please Note- Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays for general viewing, so Plan your day trip to Agra from Delhi accordingly.
Entry Fees: 15$ for foreigners and INR 250 for Indian Nationals
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Visit the Agra Fort
Other than the Taj Mahal important and different acclaimed landmarks of Agra, India is the Agra Fort. A huge red-sandstone post situated on the banks of River Yamuna was worked under the commission of Emperor Akbar in 1565 and was additionally worked by his grandson Shah Jahan. Agra Fort is a combination of the Islamic and Hindu styles of design. The Amar Singh Gate toward the south is the sole section point. A way drives directly from here up to the enormous Moti Masjid. There is a spot from Red fortress where the Taj Mahal is plainly noticeable and Shah Jahan used to sit at this side to watch his adored creation.
I will suggest getting a government-approved Travel guide or an audio guide for the Agra fort because the Fort is big and a guide can help you to understand the importance and details of the Agra Fort.
Agra Fort has some remarkable points which you should not skip :
Nagina Masjid is a beautiful mosque situated near Moti Masjid in Agra Fort. Built-in the North West corner of the Macchi Bhawan, this mosque is pure white marble constructed. There is a marble made prayer chamber and has three domes on its top.
Diwan-i-Am and the great courtyard
Diwan-i-Am (“Hall of Public Audience”) pens on three sides, the pillared hall, which replaced an earlier wooden structure, was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1628. The elegance of the setting has been enhanced by the addition of carpets, brocades, and satin canopies for audiences.
Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), erected in 1635, which had been dedicated for the king to receive kings, dignitaries, and ambassadors, and is one of the most finely decorated buildings in the fort, with paired marble pillars and blue-green peacock arches inlaid with lapis lazuli and jasper architecture pattern.
Past, the path prompts a two-story structure known as the Musamman Burj, renowned as the spot where Shah Jahan is said to have gotten his last look at the Taj Mahal before he passed on, and the most extravagantly beautified structure in the fortress. Its grid screen balustrade is spotted with elaborate specialties and with dazzling pietra dura trim covering pretty much every surface.
After the Musamman Burj, a beautiful garden, The Anguri Bagh, is a miniature charbagh, flanked by the marble building known as Khas Mahal for the purpose of emperor private affairs. The palace is flanked by two Golden Pavilions, their curved roofs covered with gilded copper tiles.
Visit the Tomb of itimad-ud-Daulah or Baby Taj
One of the major attractions in Agra- The Tomb of itimad-ud-Daulah, famously known as the Baby Taj and This lavish burial place is viewed as an antecedent of the Taj Mahal. This tomb was built under the supervision of Empress Noor Jahan in memory of her father Mirza Ghias Begin 1623-28 A.D. It is fabricated totally in white marble and mirrors an astonishing appeal to the guests. Don’t miss this Baby Taj Monument during your one day in Agra.
Visiting Hours: All days of the week 6:00 AM to 6 PM , Entry Fees: INR 10 for Indian Nationals, INR 110 for foreigners
Visit the Sikandra/Akbar’s Tomb
Another top place to see in Agra tour is, Sikandra/Akbar’s Tomb. Located at 25-30 minutes from the Agra city centre, Sikandara is Situated in the western fringe of the city. It houses the red-sandstone and marble burial chamber started by Emperor Akbar, which was finished by Jahangir. Like all of the structures in Agra, the tomb has incredibly impressive carving on the face of every wall. Its inside is covered with flawless calligraphy that mirrors the precepts of Din-e-Ilahi, a strict development began by Emperor Akbar dependent on the combination of fundamentally Hinduism and Islam including different religions too. Sikandra is the resting spot of the Mughal sovereign Akbar and his grave lies here in a dull chamber. One of the must-visit places in Agra.
Visiting Hours: All days of the week 9 AM to 6 PM , Entry Fees: INR 15 for Indian Nationals, INR 110 for foreigners
Chini Ka Rauza
Agra is not just about the Taj Mahal and still, you have the craving for the architecture wonder, visit Chini ka Rauza. This spot is a funerary monument of Shah Jahan’s Prime Minister and Persian artist Afzal Khan Mullah. It is a quiet and serene place and located only a Km away from Itimad-ud-Daula. The coated tiles utilized in the landmark are produced using porcelain which is otherwise called “Chini Mitti” or “Chinese Clay” which is supposed to be brought from China. This spot is a shade raiser to an outlandish Persian workmanship style, which gets itself a home in Agra. You can visit the spot from dawn to nightfall quickly. While at first glance the tomb seems plain and boring, the surroundings were more interesting, with the river on one side and a garden on the other.
One of the most famous Agra tourist attractions is Ram Bagh- One of the oldest Mughal gardens believed to be laid out by Mughal Emperor Babur. It is said that Babur was temporarily buried here before being taken to Kabul in Afghanistan. It was set up by him initially and later redesigned by Noor Jahan, spouse of Jahangir. It is Agra’s most seasoned garden and you will find so many photo opportunities and Instagram-worthy shots at this Place.
Watch the sunset at Mehtab Bagh / Taj Mahal Viewpoint
Mehtab Bagh is located on the Left Bank of River Yamuna opposite the Taj Mahal. This park is originally built by Emperor Babur. The garden perplexing, square fit as a fiddle and is totally lined up with the Taj Mahal on the inverse bank. This is currently probably the best spot to see the extraordinary mausoleum, Taj Mahal. The Mehtab Bagh is probably one of my favorite places to visit in Agra in one day and provides a better view than from the Taj Mahal. The Sky with sunset colors and the backdrop of the Taj Mahal makes it perfect for sunset sightseeing of Agra.
Jama Masjid, Agra
The Jama Masjid is one of the Largest Mosques built by the Mughals in India. It is located opposite Agra Fort and the Masjid was constructed in 1648 A.D by Shah Jahan’s daughter, Jahanara Begum. It is one of the largest mosques in India and the construction of Jama Masjid required 5,000 workers in a time period of 6 years. The Mosque is built using red sandstone and marble. Jami Masjid is beautifully decorated with paintings, inlaid stones, carvings, and glazed tiles. The mosque looks as beautiful as Jami Masjid of Delhi and it is one of the must-visit places of interest in Agra in one day.
Top Things to Do in Agra in One Day Travel Guide
#Have a local delicacy ‘Petha’ for dessert at the Bazaar
Agra is a foodies delight place. It has a World famous Petha to taste. If you are a sweet lover, then you must try Petha in Agra which is made using Pumpkin. Petha comes in so many different flavors and they were all actually really tasty. You can try different types of pethas like Coconut Petha, Paan Petha, Anguri Petha, and so on. You can even buy Pethas as a souvenir to take home and it is available at most of the shops in the Markets of Agra. If you like to taste spicy food then try Dalmoth (a mixture of spices and lentils ), chaat, Mughlai food here. If interested in Food Tour, book Agra Street Food Crawl Tour, and you will taste the best local food at the best spots in the city.
# Check out the Views of Taj Mahal By the Banks of Yamuna River
People not only come to see the Taj Mahal in all its glory but attempt to find new and ingenious ways of photographing it from all angles. One such space to view the monument is from the banks of the Yamuna, about a Kilometer walk along with the east gate of the Taj. You can see the Priests praying to the river and people who come for their daily rituals. You can see the sun slowly rising and throwing the light throwing light on the river, the monument, and you.
#Visit the Rooftop Cafes of Agra for the Best Views of Taj Mahal
If you are disappointed with the sheer number of people all around, then head to one of the Best Cafes which offers the Best Views of the Taj Mahal. It is best to photograph this monument in a peaceful setting. You can grab a Coffee, Tea, or Lassi and just enjoy the perfect views of the Taj Mahal. You can visit either of the two best restaurants with the best views of the Taj Mahal – The Saniya Palace and the Hotel Kamal. It is easily accessible from the south gate of the Taj Mahal by a short walk.
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Some Frequently Asked Questions about Agra
How Many days in Agra?
The most of tourist attractions of Agra can be covered in one day and if you really have only one day in Agra, you can reasonably fit all the tourist places of Agra in your one-day Agra itinerary. But start your day very early morning and leave it at the sunset- this way you can fit all the destinations in your Agra sightseeing list. But if you really check out everything Agra has to offer, and visit Fatehpur Sikri, make sure you spare a minimum of 2 Nights/3 days in Agra.
Places to Visit in Agra in One Day: Agra Beyond the Taj Mahal
Agra is an important Historical site and if you admire the architecture and history Agra has a lot to offer. If you just want to see the Taj Mahal, then you will only scratch the surface of Agra! If you have more time in hand, visit the other monuments like Jacob’s Chhatri, Jaswant Singh ki Chhatri, Tomb of Mariam-al-Zamani, Chausath Khamba, etc. You can also visit Fatehpur Sikri as a day trip from Agra.
Best time to visit Agra
Agra gets scorchingly hot in the summers so the months of mid-April to mid-June should be avoided. The best time to VIsit Agra is The winter season from October to March when you can enjoy the marble creation and can avoid the heat. The other best time is probably the end of March month when the season starts tapering off, the weather is still not terrible and visibility is good.
How to reach Agra
The nearest airport is Kheria Airport which is 12 km away from the main city. From there you can take a cab to reach the main city. Agra is well connected via railroad and it has four railway stations that connect the city well. You can book the train tickets from IRCTC OR Redbus in advance. Agra is well connected and accessed by Bus and cabs from all major cities. From Delhi, it takes 2.5 hours to reach Agra.
One Day Agra Tour from Delhi
I did my day trip to Agra from Delhi and took the early morning train from Delhi. It takes 2.5 hours to reach Agra from Delhi by train. There are many super fast, AC Coaches and Express trains run on this route. Alternately book a cab and leave early from Delhi via Yamuna Expressway. There are 3 train stations in Agra- Agra Cantt, Agra city, and Agra Fort. If you are taking a return train, then end the day by visiting the Agra fort as 10 minutes walk from the fort will lead you to Agra fort railway station.
Where to Stay in Agra
From Luxury to budget Agra has every possible option for a stay. Most voyagers end up in Taj Ganj, the tangle of tight paths, adjoining the East gate of the Tajsouth of the Taj. It is a short walk to the monument, has unparalleled housetop sees and laidback bistros. The little guesthouses here can be extraordinarily cheap, there are lots of little rooftop places which offer ‘Taj views’ and decent meals. This area is a bit congested with narrow lanes. If you are looking for a quiet area, there are so many boutique options on Fatehabad Rd, southwest of Taj Ganj. The Cantonment region and the Sadar Bazaar have many places to stay as per your budget.
Best Way to Get around the Agra: How much it Cost?
Agra has cycle rickshaws, Electric rickshaws, and auto-rickshaw as modes of transport in the city. But before getting in, you need to bargain hard to ensure you get a reasonable price as they will try to charge you more. You can hire an auto for the full-day tour including the waiting time. A half-day tour comprising of the Agra Fort, Mehtab Baug will probably cost you INR 500-600. Fatehpur Sikri can be accessed by local buses which leave every half hour from the Agra Bus Stand. Alternately Book the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Day Tour From Delhi to save the Time.
Shopping in Agra
Agra is famous for its white marble tabletops, souvenirs, vases, and trays, inlaid with semi-precious stones in ornate floral patterns. A great place to check leather products like bags, shoes, etc. Zari and zardozi are brightly colored, patterns with fantastic motifs use more delicate techniques. Carpet and embroidery continue to thrive for the shopaholic people like us. Shopping in Kinari Bazaar and Sadar Bazaar is a great option but be prepared to bargain.
Nearby Places to Visit
Agra is a place for everyone. From tourists to travel backpackers, foodies to shopaholics, fiction lovers to nonfiction believers everyone can find their own interests here. But if you have some more time in hand you must explore the nearby places like Fateh Pur Sikri, Mathura, and Vrindavan.
Where to Go Next After Agra??
If you are On India Tour, you should visit one of the most spiritual and cultural destinations of India- Varanasi. Whether you are a city person or not, you should witness the charm of one of the oldest cities in the world! You will feel the chaos as well as the charm and vibes of the city that are so unique. You can also visit the Northern Himalayan region- Rishikesh, Manali, etc if you have more time.
There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who have seen the Taj Mahal and love it, and those who have not seen the Taj Mahal and love it. I would like people to watch the Taj Mahal and fall in love with it.
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