Agra is one of the most popular tourist destination of India. Agra has three UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort in the city and Fatehpur Sikri nearby. Agra, a medieval city, was assumed to be built in 1475, had been found its place even in the epic Mahabharatha as Agraban (means paradise). The renowned second century geographer Ptolemy spotted this place as Agra in his world map.
Taj Mahal is one of the Seven wonders and most visited medieval buildings of the world, a must see place in India. Such is the importance of this eternal monument that it has almost become a symbol of India. Most foreigners who visit India are lured by the Taj and it is one of the first things that they want to visit in the country.
How to reach Agra
How to reach Agra by air
The main airport in Agra is located about five kilometers from the city. It is connected with the other major destinations by domestic flights. Delhi airport and Gwalior airport are the other major airports from where you can avail flights to and from Agra.
How to reach Agra by trains
Agra is well connected with New Delhi and other nearby destinations like Jaipur and Gwalior by a large number of trains. The Agra cantonment station is the main railway station in the city. The Agra fort station is the other important station in Agra. Jodhpur express , Marudhar express, Rajdhani express, Shatabdi express, Intercity express, and the Taj express are a few of the trains that pass through Agra.
How to reach Agra by road
The national highways NH 2, 3 and 11 connect Agra with the rest of India. The roads are well maintained and you will get a large number of transport options from the city to the various nearby locations. Transportation in Agra includes ordinary buses, deluxe coaches, auto rickshaws, private taxis, horse drawn Tongas, and battery operated vehicles in the Taj area.
Best Season / Best time to visit Agra
- Winters (November to March) are very cool and temperature can touch as low as 2°C and accompanied by thick fogs prohibiting travels due to poor visibility. Flights can be delayed during this period. However, winter months are ideal all tourist activities.
- Summers (April to June) are hot and not considered to be ideal for visit. The climate is hot and dry but a visit to the beautiful Taj Mahal is always possible.
- Monsoons (June to October) rain showers are expected, with heavy rains in July, Taj Mahal looks beautiful in the rain drops.