Visiting the Taj Mahal and More in Agra, India
Judy & Glenn Tudor
Arts & Culture
Agra, India is well-known for being the home of the famous Taj Mahal. As part of the popular Golden Triangle tourist circuit of India, many visitors come to see the Taj Mahal and then leave without seeing the any other local sites. While Agra has fewer attractions than the other two Golden Triangle cities, Agra also has a different feel and culture that makes slowing down and experiencing it worthwhile.
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Where to stay in Agra, India
ITC Mughal, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Agra
Sprawled over Mughal-style gardens, with the characteristic use of water channels, fruit trees, flowers and shaded walkways, this resort is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past.
The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
Considered as one of the best hotels in Agra, The Oberoi is inspired by Mughal palace designs with fountains, terraced lawns, reflection pools and pavilions.
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Things to do: in Agra, India
Taj Mahal: The main (and perhaps only) reason people visit Agra, the Taj Mahal is one of the most impressive landmarks we have ever seen in all of our travels. Many famous landmarks do not live up to their reputation, but I can assure you that the Taj Mahal does. An absolute must see and a top of a bucket list item.
Agra Fort: A massive and imposing fort made of red sandstone, this fort was built over 450 years ago and is very impressive to see. It's surrounded by a moat, the walls of which are 70 feet high. The entire length of the fort walls is over 1.5 miles long. As Agra was the capital of the Mughal empire (the empire that built the Taj Mahal,) the fort was their royal residence.
Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb: More commonly known as the Baby Taj, this tomb preceded the Taj Mahal. Covered in white marble with semi-precious stones, this landmark is worthwhile exploring.
Sadar Bazaar: Great area to shop for leather products, handicrafts and garments. This is also an opportunity to taste the famous street food in Agra.
Akbar International: This place specializes in handmade marble items with semi-precious stones. Watching these artisans create these works of art, using techniques that were used in creating the Taj Mahal, is very fascinating. This is a great option to find an authentic hand-craft souvenir, much better than the mass-produced Indian tourist items most people buy.
Places to eat & drink in Agra, India
Esphahan: Serving traditional Indian fine-dining, specializing in north Indian cuisine, this restaurant is delightful. And being inside the Oberoi Amarvilas, you know that the Oberoi service will be flawless.
Peshawri: Focusing on kebabs and tikkas that are cooked in clay tandoors, this outstanding restaurant really delivers on the flavorful food. With a charming interior and an open kitchen to watch the chefs, this is a very enjoyable experience.
Deviram Sweets & Restaurant: Perfect stop for snacks and treats, this well known spot works well if you feel like something sweet or want to pick up something to take back home.
Sky Grill: A rooftop restaurant with views of the Taj Mahal. The ambiance, views and extensive menu that focuses on grilled food will make this a memorable dining experience.
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