The Magnificient TAJ IN AGRA
Agra is located at one of the most popular cities in Uttar Pradesh.
It is among seven wonders of
Agra was always on my wish list. It is one of the most popular romantic places for couples. You must have seen your parent’s picture in old albums at Tajmahal. Even my parents and my in-laws have got their picture clicked at Tajmahal.
It is the home to the iconic Taj Mahal . A marvellous place made of white marble with precious stones, a piece of architecture. It was built in remembrance for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal .
Generations changed but beauty remains…
Yes, this December, I also got the chance to visit the majestic Tajmahal at Agra with few of our friends. At first glance, I got stunned watching the ivory-white marble mausoleum, its marvellous architecture and the detailed work done by workers.
AGRA BY ROAD
We went Agra by road from Delhi early morning through Yamuna Expressway highway that connects international tourist destinations of Delhi and Agra.
On the way, we took a halt in between at Chai Thela for breakfast and tea break. The journey becomes more enjoyable with friend and family. I enjoyed masala tea with some snacks at the café, enjoyed music by folk musician and dancers just outside the restaurant then moved further for Agra.
WAH TAJ !!
Agra is the city of the inimitable TajMahal. The story of Agra begins much earlier than the Taj, However, it finds mention in the epic Mahabharata when it was called Agrabana are Paradise. Ptolemy, the famous second century A.D. geographer, marked it on his map of the world as Agra.
The tomb is the centrepiece of a 17-hectare (42-acre) complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenelated wall.
Taj Mahal : opens 30 Minutes before sunrise and closes 30 Minutes
Please note : closed on Fridays for general viewing
TICKET TO TAJ
There are separate queues for Foreign tourists and Domestic tourists and signs will direct you accordingly.
For General People: Rs. 50 for entry at TAJ
For Foreign People : Rs. 1100 for entry at TAJ
You need to pay additional Rs. 200/- to see mausoleum inside the Taj
My View :The beauty of Taj is from Outside, if you ask me from inside, it is just ok
Both foreign and domestic visitors may use the e-ticket booking for the ASI Taj Mahal monument as well as Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi & other mausoleum.
MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION TO AGRA
You can visit Agra thru roadways, Train or by air. want to know? How? Have a look…
Kheria airport at Agra is also a military base. It is a seasonal commercial airport and is connected only by Air India flights from New Delhi. The flight from Delhi to Agra is less than an hour long. Kheria airport is 18 kilometres away from Agra city.
AGRA BY BUS
Agra is well connected by bus to cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Lucknow and Kanpur. The tickets can easily be booked online. Daily buses run between these cities.
Agra has two major interstate bus terminals called
Idgah Bus Stand – 8 kilometres from the Taj Mahal and
ISBT – 12 kilometres from the Taj Mahal
AGRA BY TRAIN
Agra is situated on the Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Chennai route and is well connected to most cities across India.
If you have not visited Agra yet, You should try GATIMAAN EXPRESS TRAIN. Gatimaan Express happens to be the first semi-high speed train of India that runs between Delhi and Agra.
Gatimaan Express is among one of the fastest trains in India and covers a distance of 188 km in just 100 minutes. Nizamuddin Railway Station is the starting point of the journey which ends at Agra Cantonment Railway Station.
Agra is just 100 minutes away from Delhi because of the Gatimaan Express
There are five railway stations in Agra
- Agra Cantt Station (the main station),
- Agra Fort Railway Station,
- Raja ki Mandi,
- Agra City and
- Idgah Railway Station.
The Taj Mahal and Agra Fort are a short distance away from Agra Cantt railway station and one can hire a pre-paid taxi, auto rickshaw or even a cycle rickshaw to get to these attractions.
AGRA BY ROAD
Agra is very well connected to Delhi by NH2 and the new Yamuna Expressway.
The drive time is about 4-5 hours depending on traffic and time of the day. The best time to visit Agra is early morning around 5 am in summers and 6 am in winters.
It took us 4 hours to visit AGRA from Delhi with 1 halt in between. The distance by road is 225 Km approx..
PLACE TO VISIT IN AGRA
- Taj mahal
- Agra Fort
- Buland Darwaja at Fatehpur Sikri
- Akbar Tomb
- Dayal Bagh Temple
- Bateshwar Temple
- Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah
- Chini Ka Rauza
- Keetham Lake
Agra Fort is one of the
This is the place where light and show happens every evening at 6 pm (after sunset). UP Tourism organises Light and Sound Show which provides an insight into the history of the monument, which is a visual delight.
Show timings: Hindi Show – 30 minutes after Sunset.
English Show – Immediate after Hindi Show
Ticket rates- Indian Rupees
Indian – 70/-
Foreigner – 200/-
Student – 40/-
Agra fort is very pretty. It is also called Lal Quila/ Red fort which is actually in Delhi but it is called Lal Quila of Agra due to its architecture and red stone used in a building.
We also waited for an hour and had all the excitement to watch the show but it was not up to my expectations. The sound was not clear at all (The story was narrated in recorded voice of actor Mr. Nissurudinshah), It had very poor lightings. So if you ask me, I din’t found it interesting at all.
FOOD OF AGRA
- Panchi Petha: The original Panchhi Petha Shop in Agra Cantt Petha.
A trip to Agra is incomplete if you have not tasted famous Panchi ka Petha.
Try Angoori petha and Dry Kesar petha as per your choice
- Dalmoth: Dalmoth is another famous dish of Agra. People like to enjoy Dalmoth in a combination of petha to balance the sweetness of petha.
- Paratha : I was not able to resist seeing the king size paratha.
- You can also try few Mughlai dishes at the local market.
It is rightly said, Agra is among 7 wonders of the world. The beauty is beyond words which cannot be expressed in words.ONE OF THE 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD
Do visit this amazing place and share your experience in the comment section below.
HAPPY TRAVELLING !!
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