Agra is easily accessible from road, rail and air. Though the frequency of flights is very low, so think twice before taking this route. For me rail routes always preceed overs others as I am more of a train person. It took me 2 hours 50 mins; a distance of 204.2 km via the Taj Express Highway to reach Agra from Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station, Delhi. Ours was only a day-long trip. Mentioning the Best Places to Visit in Agra.
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Once you get down at Agra Cantonment railway station. On the outside you see a organised government system proper system in place for transport with fixed prices. That let’s you choose a taxi or a rickshaw, and it’s hassle-free. You can opt for either one destination, or exploration for half day or complete full day exploration from the available options at a nominal rate. For a half-day trip, it’s just 500 for a rickshaw and 750 for a taxi. I opted for a rickshaw.
From there our journey started with what else, but the Taj Mahal! During Independence week, the security is way too high than normal. Because of which, it took us almost 1.5-2 hours just to get into the Taj Mahal. Head to the ticket counter, then buy a ticket. There are different queues for men, women, foreigners and for the VIP. VIP queue means you can enter quickly by paying a higher amount.
Finally I entered the Taj Mahal, The symbol of love which was constructed in 1648, though the work started in 1632. Taj Mahal, the eighth wonder of the world, lived up to its name and made for a worthwhile visit. Experience was compromised due to extreme heat and long waiting hours. Resulted in excitement being reduced.
Right next to the Taj Mahal, is a mosque made up of red sandstone and a mirror image of the mosque. The red sandstone and while marbel balanced the architecture of the Taj Mahal. Personally I loved the mosque, because I like colour. I always love red stone monumnets more, and thus the same was my choice at the Taj Mahal too. I know a lot of you would disagree here, but this is what I like!
Our second destination was Agra’s Red Fort, just 2.5 km northwest of the Taj Mahal. It’s huge but was much less crowded. As we reached, it started raining heavily. Heavy rains in Agra is a rare sight (according to our rickshawala). So the roads are just not equipped to handle heavy showers. Because of which water-logging happens within a few minutes in all downside areas.
There are quite a few stand-alone shops. They sell items made of marble, banana-silk saree, cotton suit piece, etc you can check them; if you like shopping while travelling.
Coming to food. It’s better to carry munchies as much as possible. As the nearby localities doesn’t have enough of eateries that don’t serve tasty or quality of food. Even outside the Agra station there are no eateries. Further, according to some locals, the single good eatery was not operational because of renovation.
Agra a land for pethas, a special kind of sweet available in every sweet shop in the city. Agra Petha is all about ash gourd or white pumpkin. Here you won’t get just one or two but almost 50 varieties of Pethas, from plain Petha to Angoori-flavored petha, to kesari petha to mango petha, to cube petha and so many more varieties available.
If you’re not very much of a planner. Then there are a lot of tour packages for the day. However, it ranges anywhere between 800-1500 per person. This includes A/C Transport, Breakfast and Guide (I didn’t find the guide especially useful, so I wouldn’t recommend it).
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These are the best Places to Visit in Agra. Do also remember, that Agra is officially non operational on Fridays, so plan accordingly!
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