Mode of Transport: Hire a vehicle for whole trip. It makes travelling around the city hassle-free. Agra receives huge influx of tourists across the globe, transportation can create some problems if not arranged beforehand. Arranging a taxi or auto can be done from any hotel or at railway stations.
Tour Guides: If you want to be accompanied by a tour guide ensure that they have licenses approved by Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India.
Eastern Bank Sightseeing
10:00 AM – 01:00 PM
Agra has developed predominantly on the western bank of Yamuna River, however there are a couple of spots on the eastern bank which shall not be missed and makes an ideal place to begin your excursion.
Located at a distance of 6 km from Taj Ganj, Itmad-Ud-Daula Tomb is the mausoleum of Mirza Ghiyaz-ud-Din, father of Nur Jahan and father-in-law of Emperor Jahangir.
The structure made of white marble bear resemblance to the Taj Mahal, built much earlier though. Localities know it as Bachha Taj. The premise is quiet and peaceful and has fewer visitors than other attractions in the city, making it an off-beat place!
Time duration: 30 – 45 mins
Next stop is 3 km from Itmad-Ud-Daula Tomb and perfect site for photographers, Mehtab Bagh.
Mehtab Bagh offers astonishing views of Taj Mahal. The majestic grandeur of the Taj can be felt here. The garden has an intriguing history. This is garden was built by the first Mughal Emperor Babur. Historians and archaeologists have developed a theory that a Black Taj Mahal was being planned at this very garden by Shah Jahan which failed to take-off.
Time duration: 30 – 45 mins
Next, cross over to the western bank of the river Yamuna and head towards the 17th century mosque, Jama Masjid.
Jama Masjid offers a splendid display of Mughal architecture. Ethnic wears are necessary to pay a visit.
The area is also a favourite place for shoppers. Kinari Bazaar is wholesale market offering wide ranges of products from clothes, leathers, marbles, spices and many more.
Time duration: 45 – 60 mins
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Luncheon, Fort Tour and Taj Sunset View
02:00 PM – 08:00 PM
For lunch, we recommend Mama Chicken Mama Franky House at Sadar Bazar, Agra Cantt, and 3 km from Jama Masjid.
They are popular for serving exquisite non-veg dishes at a reasonable price.
Price range: Rs. 600 – 800 for two.
Post lunch, a 5-minute drive will take you to Agra Fort, the administrative centre and residence of Mughal emperors.
An UNESCO World Heritage site, Agra Fort is also known as Red Fort of Agra. It takes you back in time where you get the feel of Mughal era. The fort is a major attraction in Agra and manages to draw crowds in large numbers.
Time duration: 2 – 3 hours
Next you head towards to the one of the seven wonders, Taj Mahal.
The reason for visiting the Taj at close of day is to get breath-taking views of the Taj at sunset. The edifice reflects the dusky colour of the sky making it a treat for the eyes. This is also an UNESCO World Heritage site.
Entrance from the Eastern Gate is recommended.
More information can be found at https://www.tajmahal.gov.in/
If time permits then there is point at the backside of Taj Mahal where you can enjoy boat rides on the Yamuna and get mesmerizing views of the Taj.
Shops for souvenirs and Taj Mahal miniatures are present in large numbers. These shops has showpieces of multiple designs and beautiful artwork on display.
Time duration: 1 – 2 hours
After a long day, to spend some chilled out time in the evening, we highly recommend to visit Sheroes Hangout.
A beautifully decorated café with a vision to celebrate life in true sense. The café is run by real life heroes who have won their battles against acid attack. The place has gained popularity lately.
Price range: Rs. 200 – 400 for two.