Best of Agra: top places, hotels, map, images and video

Agra is by far one of the most visited and unique tourist destinations in India.  Indeed being home to the world famous Taj Mahal and numerous other splendid heritage sites such as the Agra Fort, the city attracts millions of visitors each year, both from India and internationally.  With a great railway connection from the capital, many choose a quick day trip to visit the key sights, but a good couple of days is recommended to fully experienced everything the city has to offer, as well as the attractions located nearby such as Mathura and Fatehpur Sikri.  This grandiose city located within the northern part of the Uttar Pradesh state, is part of the golden triangle, along with New Delhi and Jaipur, and often considered the main places to visit for a first trip to India.   Agra, established in the 16th century was at the heart of the Mughal empire, today best remembered for their architectural legacy of fascinating forts, tombs and other majestic buildings.

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Map of Agra

View the top sights and best rated hotels on our interactive map of Agra, with an image slideshow and video player.  It includes some of the region’s most sought after sights such as Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar’s Tomb, Mariam’s Tomb, Jama Masjid

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Best hotels in Agra

Agra has plenty of hotels to choose from, from budget accommodations to luxury 5 stars establishments.  The following are some of the best establishments in Agra as voted by the users, divided into 5 Stars, 4 Stars, 3 Stars and budget accommodations. 

Agra top 5 Stars hotels

The following are some of Agra most luxurious accommodations offering the highest level of service in idyllic surroundings:

  1. Oberoi Amarvilas, 5 Stars Hotel
  2. Trident Agra, 5 Stars Hotel
  3. The Gateway Fatehabad Road, 5 Stars Hotel
  4. Clarks Shiraz Agra, 5 Stars Hotel 
  5. Wyndham Grand Agra, 5 Stars Hotel 

Agra top 3 Stars hotels

The following are some of Agra best value for money 3 stars accommodations.

  1. Hotel Taj Resorts, 3 Stars hotel 
  2. Hotel Amar, 3 Stars hotel 

Agra top budget hotels

The following are some of Agra top hotels for more budget conscious travellers looking for a pleasant stay.

  1. Sai Home Stay, budget Bed & Breakfast
  2. Hotel Sidhartha, budget hotel 
  3. Hotel Taj Plaza, budget hotel 
  4. Taj Home Stay Hotel, budget hotel 
  5. Hotel Deviram Palace, budget hotel 

Top sights in Agra

Agra as one of India’s most visited city has a variety of attractions to offer its visitors including three UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort are by far the most popular sites within the city limits, but Fatehpur Sikri or the Ghost City is the favourite desination in the outskirt of Agra.  Some of the most famous sites in Agra include:

  1. Taj Mahal
  2. Agra Fort
  3. Fatehpur Sikri
  4. Akbar’s tomb
  5. Mariam’s Tomb
  6. Jama Masjid
  7. Baby Taj

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal proudly sitting next to the sacred Yamuna river is consider one of the 7 wonders of the modern world.  It is a breathtaking mausoleum built over 20 years, between 1631 and 1648, from beautiful and rare white marble.  It was constructed by the grandson of Akbar, Shah Jehan, one of the greatest Mughal emperors, as the mausoleum for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.   The Taj Mahal is today a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it is one of the most photographed and easily recognisable Indian attractions. It is considered one of the country’s best preserved and architecturally interesting sites, putting India at the forefront of the world’s top cultural destinations.

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Agra Fort

The Agra fort is the second most visited attraction in Agra.  This red sandstone palace and defensive structure is a remarkable piece of architecture, often considered a much better preserved version of the Delhi’s Red Fort.  It was built by the Emperor Akbar between 1565 and 1571 as a testament of his power.  The fort was later improve by Shah Jahan, the grand child of Akbar, but ironically ended up as a prisoner. 

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Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri, often referred to as the ghost city, is one of the most important sites outside of Agra.  Located some 40kms west of the city centre; it is the perfect example of the richness of the Mugal civilization.  Built at the end of the 16th century the complex is comprised of a variety of buildings including Mosques, Tombs and Palaces.

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Akbar’s Tomb

The Akbar tomb, located in Sikandra, a couple of kilometres north of Agra, is entirely dedicated to one of the greatest Mugal Emperors.  The tomb complex is at the heart of a beautiful garden and surrounded by four red sandstone gates.

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Mariam’s Tomb

The Mariam Tomb is a beautiful white marble grave, built by Jahangir for his mother Mariam Zammani.  The complex is also home to a school and a church built by Akbar in the memory of his Christian wife.

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid is a large mosque built in 1648 during the reign of the father Shah Jahan.  It is famous for its unusual dome and absence of minarets.

Baby Taj

Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb, often simply referred to as the Baby Taj, was built by the Empress Nur Jehan for her father, the Chief Minister of Emperor Jahangir.  It uses white marble and is surrounded by a lovely garden.

Agra images

The following are some of the best photographs of Agra including some of the most sought after attractions such as the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Jama Masjid, Baby Taj, China Ka Roza, Ram Bagh Gardens, Akbar’s, Mariam’s Tomb and Fatehpur Sikri.

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Agra video

HD Film created by Mat Siems about Agra’s most important sights such as the famous Taj Mahal as well as other world heritage site including the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.