As a modern-day city, Agra never fails to impress just about anyone and there are many great guided tours to take. Once you spend time there your impression will be that it is a remarkable city. This guide will help you with getting around Agra.

The Taj Mahal lives up to its expectations. If you can, try and visit it at the break of dawn, then the experience is surreal (avoid winter seasons from mid-December to mid-January when there is fog and poor visibility).

People often make the mistake of considering Agra just as the city of the Taj Mahal. However, there are lots of different things to do in the city. There is also the Agra Fort that is fairly impressive with gorgeous views of the Taj in the distance and from across the river. At sunset this makes for another delightful experience. The Fortress city of Fatehpur Sikri is very interesting too and is a must-see. In addition, it has small, rarely visited monuments like the Baby Taj and Akbar’s Tomb. Many guided tours are also on offer that makes for a great way to experience the city.

Taj Mahal, Guided tours in India, 7 wonders of the world Beautiful sights of the Taj Mahal (Photo Credit – Laxmi Lodhi from Pixabay)

Getting around Agra

There are many ways of getting around Agra. You can get to the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and the other smaller monuments by Auto Rickshaw, (approx INR 500 – 700 for a day.) For a car with a driver it will cost you INR 1,000 – 1,200 per day, and INR 1,800 if you were to include a visit to Fatehpur Sikri. This includes visits to all other monuments as well. Depending upon which hotel you are staying at, sometimes the Taj is accessible by a short walk and there is no need to take transportation.

Fatehpur Sikri, things to do around Agra, Getting around Agra Fatehpur Sikri (Photo Credit – Koen)

Recommended Guided Tours

One of the best ways to get around Agra is through guided tours. We book practical, private guided tours through an agency in Agra. Our guests have consistently spoken highly of their experience and the guides. It costs INR 3,500 for the guide (transport is additional), spread usually across two days. There is a chance to visit the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, The Fortress city, and other monuments in these tours. This can include a second trip to the Taj Mahal at sunset which we highly recommend.

Baby Taj, Why visit Agra Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb (Photo Credit – cpcmollet)

Other Things to do in Agra

There are many other activities you can do in Agra. We have heard good things about the Mohabbat Taj dance performances that re-creates scenes from the Mughal Empire (EUR 15+ / USD 20+). Headsets are available in a variety of languages including English and German. Passes can be arranged through the hotel or guide.

If you are travelling with kids or are animal lovers there is a very interesting bear rescue facility in Agra that takes about three hours to visit. Please let us know if you would like to visit this facility as we will need to e-mail them in advance.

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Bear Rescue Facility (Photo Credit – Sandeep Kumar)

Agra Independently

Getting around Agra can also be done independently. But, if travelling with family or older guests we always recommend a guided tour. The tour guides are good but, more importantly, the city is very aggressive. A local guide shields you from encountering any problems.

For younger guests: the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort have excellent audio guides. Even without audio they can be explored on your own. The Taj Mahal at sunset viewing point can be reached on your own as well as the other monuments.

The Fortress city of Fatehpur is the only difficult place to experience on your own as it is spread out and you will need someone to explain the area to you. Once you get to Fatehpur Sikri, there are also a string of touts waiting to harass you so be careful.

Activities to do in Agra, experiences in Agra Panch Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri (Photo Credit – Bruno Girin)

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Harsh Sonawala

About Harsh Sonawala

Harsh Sonawala is the co founder of India Someday and since his childhood, he has travelled to different parts of India and the world. The thrill of travelling and sharing his experiences with others was the reason behind starting India Someday. Other than the office where he is conjuring up marketing ideas, he can be found scuba diving in the Andamans or relaxing in a chalet in the Himalayas.

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