The Magnificient TAJ IN AGRA

The Magnificient TAJ IN AGRA

Agra is located at one of the most popular cities in Uttar Pradesh.
It is among seven wonders of world.

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.

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TAJ MAHAL

TAJ MAHAL

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. 

CHAI THELA

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.

CHAI THELA

WAH TAJ !!

TAJ MAHAL AGRA

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.

VISITING HOURS
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…

By AIR

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.

GATIMAN EXPRESS
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Agra is just 100 minutes away from Delhi because of the Gatimaan Express

There are five railway stations in Agra

  1. Agra Cantt Station (the main station),
  2. Agra Fort Railway Station,
  3. Raja ki Mandi,
  4. Agra City and
  5. 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

AGRA FORT

Agra Fort is one of the historical fort in the city of Agra in India. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty till 1638 when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi.

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.

AGRA FORT

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
  1. 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 IN AGRA
  • 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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Pooja Budhiraja

18 thoughts on “The Magnificient TAJ IN AGRA

  1. I have been to Agra many times but never able to visit Taj..your post and me more and more keen to visit it soon.

    Do read my experience of prayagraj

  2. I have been to Agra many times and each time Taj Mahal and Red Fort leave us delighted..Petha boxes is a necessary ritual to bring whenever we go

  3. Well said, The beauty of Taj is from Outside. I have been 2 times there, the first time I was stunned, the second time I was sad to see how it’s losing its glory.

  4. The Taj Mahal is one place that looks more beautiful than what one would have imagined. Even after a couple of visits to this monument of love, we want to go back again and again. Apart from the Taj Mahal, we really love the architecture of the Agra Fort and of course one cannot return without tasting Agra ka Petha.

  5. Reading this made me so nostalgic and brought back so many memories. Indeed it is the magnificent taj!

  6. Wow Taj Mahal looks absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing all the details from how to get there and safe options for food and snacks. Perfect post to go through for first time travellers.

  7. It looks like you had a great trip to Agra. And Taj Mahal and Agra fort are most visit if you are a citizen of India. You have clocked some great pics to describe your trip.

  8. I’ve to Agra 2years back indeed must visit place for everyone. This post looks like perfect travel guide

  9. Wow! I had no idea that Agra was significant even during Mahabharata period and that Ptolemy marked it on his map! That’s amazing! Loved the detailed post!

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