Duration: Day trip Style: Culture & History Best time to visit: November to March
On the banks on Yamuna river in Uttar Pradesh, is the historical town of Agra. Drawing hundreds of tourists every day the UNESCO world heritage site Taj Mahal is every bit as beautiful as you’ve heard. And despite the hordes of tourists that flock it you will be able to admire it for all of its majestic beauty. But the Taj Mahal is not all Agra has to offer. The Mughal empire left the city scattered with tombs, forts and an undeniably good cuisine. You must also pay a visit to the local market to soak in the city’s vibe!
- The Historical sites
Apart from being extremely photogenic, Agra is all about its history and culture. So, you must read up in depth about the history before diving into your trip to avoid the hassle and scam of many self-proclaimed government authorized guides. To get the iconic shot on the bench where many famous sat before you, rise early and beat the crowd. The sun shimmering against the pure white marble of Taj Mahal will make you fall in love with the jewel of Mughal architecture. Head to Mehtab Bagh for an alternate panoramic view of the Mahal. Next visit the Itmad-ud-Daula tomb which was the first monument to be built entirely from marble. Another Unesco World Heritage site the Agra Fort is another jewel in Agra you cannot afford to miss.
- The local experience
Beyond the history, embrace the culture and what the city has become by visiting the bustling local markets. Go to Kinari Bazaar, Rawatpara market and Sadar Bazaar for the authentic experience. From spices to zardosi embroidery to fine leather goods, you’ll find the best of local produce here at the best possible rates.
- Foodie’s paradise
Starting with street food bakeries to exquisite restaurants offering the best Mughlai and north Indian food - a trip to Agra is a feast for your eyes and also tummy! Ranging from the chaat gali where you’ll get the best chilla, samosa and even kachori – there is something for everyone here. But any visit to Agra is incomplete without visiting the famous Panchhi Petha Shop to relish and enjoy their pumpkin sweet. If street food does not allure you, paying a visit to one of the many excellent five-star properties for a meal is also an excellent option.
Another point of interest you cannot miss:
Fatehpur Sikri: The third UNESCO heritage site, this monument too must make your list!
- Foodie delight