Visit Agra - Best of Agra

Agra is known as one of the historical centers of India.  It has marked its existence on the world map being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World and that is Taj Mahal. This third biggest city in Uttar Pradesh has managed to attract thousands of visitors with its eternal beauty. As you wander around the streets, the path is punctuated by many historical buildings and landmarks that are stories by itself. Ask any locals they will eagerly tell you stories about their past and heritage. If you are fond of battles, especially Mughal Empire then you have come to the right place. With these factors, the city’s close proximity to the capital of India, i.e Delhi has played a major role in increasing the tourism in Agra. To explore the city in the best way take up any Agra tours that many local tour companies offer. These packages include almost all the itineraries of Agra with Taj Mahal. For instance, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort, Jama Masjid, Akbar’s Mausoleum, Chini-ka-Rauza (China Tomb) and Itimad-ud-Daulah and the famous Hindu pilgrimage place- Mathura.

If you have started thinking that Agra is only the place for history lover, then you haven’t explored Agra. This city is famous for its excellent leather goods, carpets, jewelries, marble work and of course handicraft like zari and zardozi. Visit the bustling marketplace (chowks) of the city and you will realize where the city’s heart truly lies.

Last but not the least, ignoring the food of Agra is a miss for a life. Petha (sweet candy) and Dal Moth (spicy lentil mix) are a must try foods of Agra. India is famous for street food and in this list Agra is not far behind. ‘Chaat’ which is said to be the famous street food in India founds its origin in Agra.

In a whole, Agra itineraries are enough to leave you tantalized! Each one of you should visit Agra at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Agra.

Agra Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Agra tips for your visit

Essential Information:

  • Don't scribble on the walls or spoil the monuments in any way. Do not throw litter in the parks and gardens.
  • Check which climate is best to visit Agra.
  • Time Zone – IST (UTC +5:30)
  • Currency –  Their official currency is Rupee.
  • Electricity and Internet –Voltage: 220 V and 240V AC. For internet , free Wi-Fi  access are available in some of the hotels;
  • Language – Hindi is another common language the locals speak.
  • Security – Police-100, Crime Police -1090, Ambulance – 102, Fire Brigade – 101. Avoid walking alone in the late evening hours, especially in deserted areas. Beware of pickpocketers.
  • Off beaten Path – Visit the village to experience the true lifestyle of India. Don’t miss out the sunset point of Taj Mahal.
  • Tipping- Buy tickets and hand the fee only to the authorized person. 
  • Tourist traps – If you are hiring a taxi via online, the fare comes at a much lower rate as compare to the ones waiting on the street. Hiring these road side taxis might make you extra for a short trip. Avoid going to the shops that your tourist guide might influence you to go for shopping.
  • Customs – Make sure you don’t take any photography inside Taj Mahal as it is against the rule. Seek permission and submit entry fee before entering any monument. Respect the Indian culture during your tour. 

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Facts and Stats for Agra*

  • Pollution Statistics in Agra

    Know the pollution level of Agra before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 80.17 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 66.67 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 56.58 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 76.25 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 67.86 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 78.95 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 47.22 (Moderate)
  • Agra: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Agra for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Agra.

    • Burglary and Theft 38.89 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 55.56 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 55 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 61.11 (High)
    • Car Stealing 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 55.56 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 27.78 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 36.11 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 36.11 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 61.11 (High)
  • Living in Agra - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 45.49 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 85.47 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 67.5 (Very High)
    • Cost of Living Index 21.84 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 74.31 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.67 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 56.06 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Agra

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Agra

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.01 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.08 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 37.37 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 38.24 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 43.49 USD

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