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15 Best Tourist Places to Visit in Agra

Agra is one of the best tourist attractions to explore in India if you are fond of city tourism and historical places. The Delightful chaos of the city will surely delight your heart too. It is also one of the most visited tourist destinations of India because of the iconic heritage attraction of Taj Mahal. But the city has a lot to offer other than the Taj Mahal attraction as there are many more attractive historical monuments to explore in Agra which will reveal its true beauty.

Let’s know about some of the best tourist attractions to see in Agra to enjoy the best of Agra Tourism as it has much more to offer than the Iconic Taj Mahal.

List of Top Must Visit Attractions in & around Agra –

  • Taj Mahal
  • Agra Fort
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Itimad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb
  • Mariyam’s Tomb
  • Akbar’s Tomb
  • Mehtab Bagh
  • Chini Ka Rauza
  • Ram Bagh
  • Radhasoami Samadhi
  • Keetham Lake
  • Motilal Nehru Park
  • Jama Masjid
  • Anguri Bagh
  • Gurudwara Guru Ka Taal

Popular Agra Sightseeing Tour Packages

Taj Mahal

Agra - Taj Mahal

The charm of Taj Mahal attracts people from all over the world. It is one of the most beautiful heritage destinations of India. Being one of the seven wonders of the world, this white marble structure resembles paradise on earth. People call it a symbol of love as it was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.

The most interesting fact about this monument is that it took 20 years to build this white marvelous structure. No doubt why it is beautiful. The artisans from Persia and Italy built this wonderful monument with so much persistence and skill that no other structure can compete with its beauty. It is one of the landmark destinations and the best places to visit in Agra. Moreover, couples love this place as it is the symbol of love. So they find it the best place to cherish some romantic moments and click awesome romantic pictures. Hence it is the best place to visit for couples in Agra.

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Agra Fort

Agra Fort

Agra Fort is one of the most popular Tourist attractions to Visit in Agra. If you love historical monuments and are a great history buff then you must visit this magnificent fort. It will take you back in Mughal times. The beauty of this Red sandstone Agra Fort will blow your heart away. There are several exquisite monuments in Agra Fort which you must see. There are vast underground sections. The Diwan-I-Aam is a place where Mughal emperor Shah Jahan used to listen to the problems of his people. Left to the Diwan-I- Aam is a large and beautiful courtyard. The beautiful Nagina Masjid is also one of the most popular attractions to see in Agra Fort. The other attractions to see here are Shesh Mahal, Khas Mahal and Jahangir’s Palace.

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Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri Agra

In your Agra sightseeing Tour if you haven’t seen Fatehpur Sikri then your Agra trip will be incomplete. It comes in the list of top 10 best places to visit in Agra. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Mughal emperor Akbar between 1572 and 1585AD. Today it is one of the best places to explore in Agra. There is an interesting story behind the creation of Fatehpur Sikri. Akbar did not have a child as an heir so he wished for a son and went to a Sufi saint named Salim Chishti to get blessings to fulfill his wish of having a son. He blessed him and after some time Akbar was blessed with a son. In gratitude he named his son Salim and built Fatehpur Sikri his capital. It is also said that before Akbar Babur named this place ‘Shukri’ as a token of gratitude for the locals who helped him to win the battle of Khanwa in 1527 against Rana Sanga.

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Itimad – Ud – Daulah’s Tomb

Itimad – Ud - Daulah Tomb

Dedicated to Mirza Ghiaz Beg, father of Nur Jahan Itimad- Ud- Daulah is one of the top places to visit in Agra. He got the title of Itmad- Ud- Daulah during his time at Mughal court. Nur Jahan herself commissioned this tomb in 1622 and 1628 AD. He was the most trusted minister and a treasurer in the Mughal court of Akbar. Jehangir also married his daughter Nur Jahan. The Persian style architecture of this attractive marble resembles Taj Mahal hence it is also known as Baby Taj. There is too much historical information but you will definitely love this place.

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Mariyam’s Tomb

Mariyam Tomb Agra

Built in the memory of Akbar’s wife Mariam Uz Zamani Begum who was the mother of Mughal emperor Jehangir, also known as Hira Kunwari, Mariyam’s Tomb is one of the popular sightseeing places in Agra. It is located a few km away from Akbar’s Tomb in Sikandra. The tomb was built by Jehangir in 1623 AD. It is a must visit tourist destination if you are interested in knowing the history. The Mughal Gardens, Mughal style domes with a lotus on the top and the fascinating Chhatris will overpower your senses. It is a beautiful tourist attraction to explore in Agra.  

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Akbar’s Tomb

Akbar Tomb Agra

You cannot miss this amazing and important tourist attraction in Agra named as Sikandra as it houses the tomb of the most favorite rulers of Mughal empire- Akbar. Moreover, it is a beautiful place to behold.  The amalgamation of beautiful Hindu and Muslim architecture looks so amazing. It also represents the secular outlook of Mughal emperor Akbar. The most interesting fact about this place is that the tomb was built by Akbar but he couldn’t complete it. It was later finished by his son Jehangir.

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Mehtab Bagh

Mehtab Bagh Agra

Located in the western banks of River Yamuna and spreaded over 300 acres, Mehtab Bagh is a popular heritage tourist attraction to explore in Agra. It is said that the Mughal emperor Babur built 11 pleasure gardens and this Bagh is the last of them. You can also view the Taj Mahal from this beautiful garden. It is a wonderful place for leisure strolls. Beautiful walkways, fountains and pavilions increased the charm of this place. There is an interesting story about this place. It is said that Shah Jahan decided to build black Taj Mahal in exact alignment to white Taj but his dreams of building it remained a dream as his son Aurengajeb imprisoned him till death.

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Chini Ka Rauza

Chini Ka Rauza Agra

Don’t miss this Indo- Persian architecture style marvelous monument known as Chini Ka Rauza. It is dedicated to Shah Jahan’s prime minister Afzal Khan Aalami built in 1635 AD in Etmadpur. Decked with mesmerizing gardens and the blue glazed tiles which is known as Chini Mitti (Porcelain) at that time will take your breath away. The floral designs on the monument are of Persian style and the most striking feature here is the beautiful tomb which resembles the style of Afghan Tombs. It is an interesting tourist place to explore in Agra for history lovers.

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Ram Bagh

Ram Bagh Agra

Built by Babur and renovated by Jehangir’s wife Nur Jahan, Ram Bagh is the oldest and the most beautiful Mughal gardens to explore in India. It is also one of the must visit destinations in Agra. It used to be known as Aaram Bagh and was built for the purpose of seeking pleasure amidst nature. It is one of the best masterpieces of Islamic architecture which you must behold if you are an architecture and history lover. Pillared Pavilions, beautiful waterways and decorated footpaths make it a wonderful place for nature walks.

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Radhasoami Samadhi

Radhasoami Samadhi Agra

Radhasoami Samadhi is a must visit serene tourist attraction to explore in Agra. This beautiful headquarters is a tribute to Radhasoami faith. It is believed that a dedicated service to this community purifies one’s soul and removes all the karmic backlogs from life. It houses the tomb of ‘Swamiji Maharaj’ who is a founder of Radha Soami Sect. It is actually not a religion to follow but a sect which has been led by various Sadgurus for many years.

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Keetham Lake

Keetham Lake Agra

Located inside the Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, Keetham Lake is one of the must visit places to visit with family and friends in Agra.  It is home to various cheerful migratory birds. It houses around 105 species of migratory birds. Purple Heron and Pintail are some of the most prominent bird species found here. The lake is of Pentagonal shape and you can enjoy mesmerizing views of nature. You can also enjoy boating here. There are beautiful man-made islands in this Sanctuary which offers scenic views of nature for photography and bird watching. It is a wonderful getaway in Agra to enjoy some leisure time with family.

  • Best Time to Visit- November to March
  • Time– 6:00am to 6:00pm

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Motilal Nehru Park

Motilal Nehru Park Agra

To enjoy the best of Uttar Pradesh Tourism you must visit Motilal Nehru Park. It stretches from Agra Fort to Taj Mahal which makes it one of the best tourist attractions for leisure walks. You can also enjoy a picnic with your friends and family here. It is a fun place to visit for couples also. Holding each other’s hands and walking and talking to each other makes every moment blissful. Hence it is also one of the best tourist attractions to visit for couples in Agra.

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Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid Agra

Built in the 17th century, Jama Masjid is a must visit heritage tourist attraction to visit in Agra. It is also known as Friday Mosque. Jama Masjid is dedicated to Jahanara the daughter Shah Jahan. This red sandstone and white marble structure look visually very appealing. The intricately carved inner walls depict the praise of Shah Jahan and Jahanara and also the lovely relationship between them. Every Friday a special prayer is held and tourists from all across the globe come here to get divine blessings. The twelve inner domes at the lower level makes it quite gorgeous to behold.

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Anguri Bagh

Anguri Bagh Agra

Known as the Garden of Grapes, Anguri Bagh is the top traveling places to visit in Agra. decked with red sandstone in south, north and west and attractive Khas Mahal on the east side makes it an enchanting tourist destination to visit. It used to be a place for the leisure strolls of the royal ladies of the Mughal empire. There are around 85 symmetrical gardens, a beautiful fountain and a charming pool which makes this place beautiful. There is a courtyard with blissful tanks, hamams and gardens which makes it a pleasurable sight for nature sightseeing in Agra. It was built by Shah Jahan in 1637 AD.

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Gurudwara Guru Ka Taal

Gurudwara Guru Ka Taal Agra

It is one of the most popular spiritual attractions to explore in Agra. It is a prominent Sikh pilgrimage attraction. It is dedicated to Guru Teg Bahadur Ji who was the ninth of the 10 Sikh Gurus. He sacrificed himself and willingly offered himself for arrest by Aurangzeb. According to him everyone has a right to practice his or her faith. There used to be a water reservoir for the conservation of water in the reign of Jahangir but later a Gurdwara was built here. Today it is one of the most popular spiritual attractions to explore in Agra.

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Agra Tourism has a lot to offer to tourists looking to revel in the charm of history. There are so many historical heritage attractions to explore in Agra, the beauty of which will definitely elevate your Agra Travel experience to another level. Indeed, Visiting Agra would be one of the best choices for a traveler looking for a wonderful getaway for a 2-3-day trip. Do share your memorable experiences of Agra Tourism in the comment section of this blog.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Agra is famous for?

Agra is a popular tourist destination for Taj Mahal as it is one of the most iconic heritage structures of India. It is also one of the seven wonders of the world which makes it worldwide popular destination. Tourist from all over the world come to see Taj Mahal in Agra. Agra is also one of the most popular attractions for historical monuments belonging to Mughal Period.

What is the best time to Visit Agra?

October to March is the best time to visit Agra as the weather will remain pleasant for sightseeing as summer makes it quite unbearable for the tourists to explore tourist attractions but winter makes the sightseeing in Agra blissful.

What are the top things to do in Agra?

Some of the best things to do in Agra to make your Agra sightseeing tour interesting are –

  • Sightseeing of Historical Monuments
  • Savor lip smacking cuisines of Agra
  • Shopping at Kinari Bazaar
  • Explore Restaurants and Cafes
  • Visit Taj Museum
  • Boating
  • Bird Watching

What is the opening & closing times of Taj mahal for tourist?

  • Opening Time of Taj Mahal – 6:00am Before Sunrise
  • Closing Time of Taj Mahal – 6:00pm 30 minutes before sunset
  • Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays

How many days are required to explore best of Agra tourism?

Three days are ideal to enjoy the wonders of Agra Tourism. You can explore all the historical tourist attractions in three days. First day will be dedicated to Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort and the other two days are enough to explore other historical attractions in Agra. /p>

Which are the nearest airports & railway station to Agra?

  • Nearest Airport to Agra – Indira Gandhi International Airport Delhi
  • Nearest Railway station to Agra – Agra Cantt Railway Station

Published: 12 May, 2022

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