When I visited Taj!
After so many years in my life when I finally had the chance to visit one of the wonders in the world, how could I let it go. I recently got an opportunity to visit the city of the world-famous Taj Mahal. About 200 km from Delhi lies the city Agra, home to the iconic Taj. Taj Mahal was constructed by the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan in the 17th century as a symbol of love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Two or three days in the city will allow for plenty to see the sights. Here’s what to see, do, and discover in my quick guide to Agra City.
POPULATION: 1.5 M
CITY KNOWN FOR: Mughal era buildings and many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
CLIMATE: Mild Winters and hot and dry Summers
Once here, if you have your personal vehicle then you have nothing to worry about, but if you’re travelling on a budget then there are many others modes of public transport available as well like cabs, auto and even buses.
Even if you have your own vehicle you would have to walk around quite a bit, the parking can be far away from any monument entrance. Though you can hire horse carriages and camel carriages, electric carts are also available for big group of tourists but walking is a more sensible option.
All the monuments open very early at sunrise and gets closed at sunset (6 AM to 6 PM), so if you’re visiting Agra in the summers it’ll get very hot as the sun is going up so I’ll suggest you don’t waste time sleeping in and get out early roam around.
WHAT TO SEE
Like to see some ancient architecture? Then you’ll go bonkers here in agar. Here are some point of interest that cant be missed: Taj mahal, agar fort, Akbar’s tomb , Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah, Fatehpur sikhri, mehtab bagh.
Want to do some street shopping? Head over to Kinari Bazaar.
WHAT TO EAT AND DRINK
Though all types of foods are available here, Agra is famous for its Petha. You can find this world famous petha in many Panchi Petha stores all over the city. There are so many options to choose from but my favourite is the Kesar Petha. So if you are ever in agra don’t forget to taste this hell of a sweet bomb.
Ready to see Agra beyond the chaos and craziness of Taj!? If you have a day to spare, consider taking a day tour to nearby Mathura and Virndawan. You’ll not be disappointed.
To Watch my whole experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkTT6KwKMiY