Agra India - Holiday & Travel Guide to Agra Tourism Touring the Taj Mahal
Housing one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the white marble monument of love, the Taj Mahal, Agra hardly ever misses a top spot on tourist’s itineraries. Being only 200km south of Delhi, Agra is by far the most popular tourist destination of India. People flock from around the world to stare at Agra’s architectural magnificence, proudly built by Mughals who were rulers of India for 300 years.
The birth of Agra was in the late 1400’s, but it wasn’t until the 16th and 17th centuries that Agra became the architectural wonder it is today. While most tourists take day trips from the nearby Delhi, there is in fact far more to Agra than the Taj Mahal most come to experience.
Agra is the third point of the “Golden Triangle” situated on the banks of the Yamuna River in Uttar Pradesh. Agra’s population has well surpassed the 1.5million mark and its population are surprisingly literate in comparison to other areas. With its vibrant culture, historical monuments, magnificent Mughal architecture, glorious art and religious values, Agra has become the holiday destination of India.
Beyond the fascination of the Taj Mahal, Agra has a lot more to offer its visitors. There are two other World Heritage Sites apart from the Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort and the Fatehpur Sikri which pull tourists from all over. Moreover, the handicraft products Agra produces have gained a lot of attention and markets are therefore a prime stop-over when visiting this city.
Agra has its own airport and isn’t too far from India’s capital, therefore there is no reason not to visit this famous city. While there, the bus system is very efficient to help you get around just be wary of the intense rickshaw-wallahs whose persistence can be intimidating.
The climate of Agra can be described as intensely tropical with summer temperatures known to reach an extreme 45°C. Winter sets in from November until February therefore most people prefer to travel between October and March to avoid the extreme heat and the monsoon season. Keep in mind however that winters in Agra can be quite cold and often foggy.
Accommodation is readily available since tourism has become a main revenue source for the city and shopping is always an intriguing experience. So make sure you take at least a couple of days to get the feel of this hotspot. Be sure to travel beyond the Taj Mahal and experience Agra in its entirety.