Places To Visit In Agra

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Agra is synonymous with the Taj Mahal! There is though a ‘world’ beyond this magnificent monument which provides immense fuel for sightseeing activities in Agra. Here is a list of various places to visit in Agra and its vicinity that will make your tour truly meaningful. These include multiple Mughal era buildings, forts and monuments with their strong historical heritage both in the city of Agra and in the adjoining suburbs. Agra forms a part of the Golden Triangle with the cities of Delhi and Jaipur and has a strong fervour for the old with a dash of the modern.

20 Best Places to Visit in Agra

There is no dearth of places to see in Agra. Emperor Shah Jahan had created so many gems in the city during his reign which, to this day, attract tourists in large numbers. Admire the rich Mughal architecture and learn riveting historical facts about Agra and Fatehpur Sikri. Here is a list of the tourist attractions in Agra which you must explore during the trip to this beautiful city.

1. Agra Red Fort

Famous Fort in Agra

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A UNESCO world heritage monument, Agra Red Fort stands as a glorious tribute to the erstwhile Mughal Empire’s heydays. Spread over a gigantic area of 3,80,000 sq. meters, this fort was built by Emperor Akbar in the year 1556, and later renovated in 1573 with red sandstone. The fort, which is at a distance of 2.2 km from Agra, is an absolute fortress, fortified on all sides with 70 feet high compound walls. Visiting Agra Fort is one of the foremost things to do in Agra.

Referred to as the Walled City, Agra Fort has four gates on the four sides which the most famous being the Delhi Gate and the Lahore Gate. This fort hosts numerous palaces and notable among them being the Shish Mahal and Khaas Mahal. Reception rooms Diwan-i-Khas and Diwan-i-Aam to several historic Masjids like Moti Masjid and Nagina Masjid are other worth seeing spots in this fort.

Location: Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003
Timings: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Built by: Mughal Emperor Akbar
Built in: 1565

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2. Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri

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Fatehpur Sikri is one of the must-visit Agra destinations. It is a historical town in the District of Agra and had been the erstwhile capital city of many Mughal Emperors including Akbar. Before being the capital city, Sikri was a decrepit village. It was given the present name in commemoration of the victory of Emperor Akbar over Gujarat in the year 1573.

Fatehpur Sikri town is situated on a rocky ridge that is 3 km long and 1 km wide and is styled in the architecture of Persia, India and Islamic heritage. Red sandstone, which was locally quarried, was used in the construction of the town. The town has seven gates with a boundary wall of 6 km. UNESCO declared this town as a World Heritage site. It ranks as one of the top tourist places in Agra which every visitor must add to their itinerary.

Location: Fatehpur Sikri, Agra District, UP
Timings: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Built by: Emperor Akbar
Built in: 16th century

3. Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid

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The list of notable places to visit in Agra will be incomplete without mentioning Jama Masjid. Though a religious monument, it is known for its astounding loftiness and also its architectural richness which appeals to everybody. This four minaret Masjid, which can easily accommodate up to 25,000 people to pray at a time, has three gateways. Agra Red Fort is on the eastern side of Jama Masjid. Both the monuments give a majestic look.

The lofty dome, imposing archways and stunning tapestry in redstone lends an aura to this place. This World Heritage site sports the golden inscriptions on the royal blue colour background and is a must-see attraction of the place. This 17th-century mosque is popularly known as the “Friday Mosque”.

Location: Jama Masjid Rd, Subash Bazar, Kinari Bazar, Hing ki Mandi, Mantola, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003
Timings: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Built by: Shah Jahan
Built in: 1648 A.D.

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4. Moti Masjid

Moti Masjid

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Talking of masjids, there is another one called the Moti Masjid which is also one of the best places to visit in Agra. The famous Moti Masjid is one such monument that is known for its architecture and one which should not be missed out. Built by Mughal King Shah Jahan, Moti Masjid is also known as the Pearl Masjid due to its spotless white facade that shines like a pearl in the sunlight. The emperor had it built exclusively for the members of the Royal Court.

The interiors of the Moti Masjid are in the resplendent white colour scheme. A white marble tank is a centre of attraction in the courtyard. The sundial made out of marble pillars stands as testimony to the architectural wonder of the past era. Multiple arches lead to the large prayer hall of the mosque while the main entrance to the mosque is located on the Eastern side. It is a treat to view the Yamuna River from the precincts of the Moti Masjid.

Location:  State Highway 62 Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003
Timings: 8:00 6:00 p.m.
Built by: Shah Jahan
Built in: Shah Jahan

5. Sikandra Fort

Sikandra Fort

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Sikandra Fort is one of the most historic spots and also considered one of the important places to visit in Agra. This deep red sandstone structure is an outstanding one for its timeless architectural beauty and showcases the glorious past of the region. Located in a place called Sikandra, the fort is the tomb of Emperor Akbar. This majestic fort stands tall amidst the lush green gardens on all sides enclosed within high walls.

The garden is divided into four smaller portions which are in tune with the landscaping traditions of the times. Several fountains add beauty to the edifice. Famed to be personally supervised by the Emperor Akbar, Sikandra Fort has five levels, with the intricate carvings adorning the walls. This well-preserved monument is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Agra which a tourist mustn’t miss.

Location: Tomb of Akbar The Great Area, Sikandra, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282007
Timings: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Built by: Akbar
Built in: 1605-1613

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6. Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb

Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb

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Itmad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb mausoleum is an architectural wonder in Agra after the famous Taj Mahal. Its elaborate carvings and artistic inlays are a treat to watch. It is referred to as the “Baccha Taj”- a smaller version of the Taj- and considered the draft of the Taj Mahal itself. This red sandstone tomb is one of the worth visiting places in Agra near Taj Mahal which should not be missed from the itinerary.

This pure white tomb located on the banks of Yamuna River is a perfect reflection of the Islamic style of architecture and the layouts. The ornately sculpted arches, immaculate minarets, intricate inlay work, stunning floral works and artistic use of marble to accentuate the beauty of the edifice are seen to be believed.

Location: Moti Bagh, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282006
Timings: 8: 00 to 12:00 a.m.
Built by: Mughal queen Noor Jahan
Built in: 1622 – 1628

7. Jodha Bai Ka Rauza

Jodha Bai Ka Rauza

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Also known as Jodha Bai’s Palace, it was the abode of the first Rajput consort of Emperor Akbar. A simple yet sophisticated structure, the palace of Jodha Bai is close to the Jahangiri Mahal. The edifice is a strong example of the Indo-Mughal style of architecture, reflecting the architectural nuances of Gujarat and Gwalior to a very large extent.

The Rauza or the Palace is at a distance of 6 km from the Agra Fort. The interiors of the palace have fine slits through which a glimpse of the Taj Mahal can be seen. Situated in Fatehpur Sikri area, this palace is a standing example of the religious tolerance of Mughal Emperor Akbar. The plethora of mural designs depicting lotus, elephants, peacocks and the like are a symbol of the unity of both religions.

Location: Arjun Nagar, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Built by: Akbar
Built in: NA

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8. Mehtab Bagh

Mehtab Bagh

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Located to the north of the complex of the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh is a square-shaped garden complex on the banks of the River Yamuna. It is in perfect sync with the Taj Mahal on the opposite bank of the Yamuna River. It is a popular spot for photographers for a captivating view of the sunset. It is one of the top places to visit in Agra in the evening thus remains flocked by travelers throughout the year.

This spectacular garden sports four towers right at each corner of an octagonal tank. The reflection of the Taj Mahal in the tank, particularly on full moon nights, is a sight to behold. Blooming flower plants and medicinal herbs besides fruit-bearing trees abound the garden. It is a perfect symbol of the Mughal architecture with a layout of 4 gardens. The large water tank on the east of the structure ensures that the whole area is properly irrigated.

Location: near Taj Mahal, Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Nagla Devjit, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001
Timings: 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Built by: Emperor Babur
Built in: Early 1500s

9. Traditional Bazaars

Traditional Bazaars In Agra

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No tour of Agra is complete without shopping in the numerous shopping areas of the city. The traditional bazaars are home to a large variety of rare artefacts, extinct handicrafts and souvenirs. Of particular importance is the hot-selling replica of the Taj Mahal in marble.

The main bazaars in the city include Subhash Bazaar, Kinari Bazaar, Raja ki Mandi and Sadar Bazaar amongst others. Of these, Sadar Bazaar is a standout. It is one of the top places to visit in Agra in evening time. The dazzling varieties of leather products, handicrafts and garments are a special attraction for tourists. You could also taste the famous street food in Agra.

Best Markets: Johari Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar, Chandpole Bazaar, Kinari Bazaar
Things to buy:
Handicrafts, pottery items, jewellery, traditional textiles

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10. Taj Mahal

Beauty of Agra

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Well, there we are! Finally come to the most important places to visit in Agra—the Taj Mahal. In fact, most tours are organized with the Taj Mahal as the main attraction. Being one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a perfect showpiece of Mughal architecture, it had been built under the instructions of Shah Jahan in commemoration of his love to his beloved spouse Arjumand Bano Begum.

Both the interiors and the external edifice of the Taj Mahal are exquisitely designed in white marble. Shaped like an octagon the interior chamber is inlaid with precious gems. Matching their richness is the exterior gardens, flush with greenery and fresh air. Exuding immense Mughal charm, the Taj Mahal makes one of the best historical places in India.  

Location: Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001
Timings: 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Fridays closed
Built by: Shah Jahan
Built in: 1631 – 1648

11. Chini Ka Rauza

chini ka rauza agra

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Chini ka Rauza is another one of the places to see in Agra if you are visiting Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb. The tomb is dedicated to Allama Afzal Khan Mullah who used to be a famous Persian scholar and poet during Jahangir’s reign. He was later promoted to wazir. Built in 1635 A.D., the tomb is an example of Indo-Persian architecture. The central chamber is in octagonal shape and the structure is glazed with tile works. Overlooking Yamuna River, the tomb is set in picturesque settings.

Location: Katra Wazir Khan, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282006
Timings: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Built by: Allama Afzal Khan Mullah
Built in: 1635 A.D

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12. Akbar’s Tomb

akbar's tomb agra

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Built-in 1605-1613, Akbar’s Tomb is where the immortal remains of Emperor Akbar are replaced. Located in Sikandra, Akbar himself ordered the construction of the tomb while he was alive. When Aurangzeb came into power, his army looted all the gold, silver, jewels, and from the tomb Yet it remains one of the most beautiful tourist places in Agra. It can be entered through the southern gateway that leads to a huge garden arranged in Charbagh style.

Location: Tomb of Akbar The Great Area, Sikandra, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282007
Timings: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Built by: Jahangir
Built in: 1605–1613

13. Anguri Bagh

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Anguri Bagh is one of the Agra tourist places that is located on the premises of Agra Fort. The lavish gardens were constructed in 1637 so that Shah Jahan could take leisurely strolls in the evening. The garden is constructed in Charbagh style characterized by four compartments and intricate geometrical patterns. The garden used to grow the juiciest grapes in those times that were used to make wine for the emperor. He sure had a fine taste.

Location: Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003
Timings: 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Built by: Shah Jahan
Built in: 1637

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14. Machhi Bhawan

macchi bhawan agra

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Macchi Bhawan is a double-storeyed complex surrounded by a lavish garden and is characterized by the arched galleries. The reason why it is called machi Bhavan is that it was adorned with marble tanks and fountains in which gold and silver fishes were kept. This place used to be the Golden throne of Shah Jahan that allowed him to have the entire view of the court. One of the best places to visit in Agra, it is located opposite to Diwan-i-Aam in Agra Fort.

Location: Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003
Timings: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Built in: NA
Built by: Shah Jahan

15. Diwan-I-Aam

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As the name suggests, Diwan-i-Aam used to be the place where general meetings and public gatherings were conducted. This is where Shah Jahan used to hear the complaints of the common crowd. The massive hall was originally built in red sandstone and is divided into three sections. The throne of the emperor was separated from the courtiers with the help of golden railing in the front and silver on the rest of the three sides. The ceremony where the emperor addressed the audience was called Jharokha Darshan.

Location: Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003
Timings: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Built by: Shah Jahan
Built in: 1631-40

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16. Khas Mahal

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As the name suggests, Khas Mahal was a place built by the emperor for his daughters Roshnara and Jahanara. The heavily adorned ceilings and alcove in the walls are treat to eyes. No wonder it took 9 years to build this private palace. On top of it, Khas Mahal is flanked with Yamuna River on one side and Anguri Bagh on another. Take a stroll around the palace and soak in the beautiful architecture and enchanting views.

Location: Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003
Timings: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Built by: Shah Jahan
Built in: 1631 – 1640

17. Diwan-I-Khas


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Well, there was a separate private section where Shah Jahan met with special guests like kings, ambassadors, and nobles. This place was called The iwan-i-Khas. It is situated at the backside of Macchi Bhawan. It is here where the famous Takht-i-Taus (Peacock Throne) was kept before it was moved to Red Fort in Delhi. In the hall, you can find Persian inscriptions laid inside the blacks tone

Location: Musamman Burj, SH 62, Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003
Timings: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Built by: Shah Jahan
Built in: 1635

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18. Nagina Masjid

nagina masjid agra

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One of the most beautiful places to see in Agra, Nagina Masjid was built by Shah Jahan during 1631-1640 AD for the royal ladies. The private mosque was constructed using white marble with asture architecture and decent decoration. The mosque is also characterized by admirable arches and wonderful domes. The prayer chamber is located on the western side of the private mosque.

Location: Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003
Timings: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Built by: Shah Jahan
Built in: 1631

19. Mariam-Uz-Zamani Tomb

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One of the most popular Agra tourist places, Mariam-uz-Zamani is the mausoleum of Jodha Bai, the Hindu wife of Akbar. She is known by a lot of names in history and Mariam-uz-Zamani is one of those names. The tomb is located on the west side of Akbar’s Tomb. The mausoleum was built by Jahangir in fond memory of his loving mother. The tomb is constructed with red sandstone and is surrounded by lavish Mugha gardens. It is one of the most spectacular places to visit in Agra.

Location: Mathura Rd, near Pathwari Mandir, Kailash Mode, Mahadev Pur, Sikandra, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282007
Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Built by: Jahangir
Built in: 1542–1623

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20. Radha Soami Samadhi

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One of the most iconic Agra destinations, the ornate building of Radha Soami Samadhi cannot be missed. It is one of the most prestigious places of worship for people of Radha Soami faith. The building is characterized by a large dome in the centre and pillars surrounding it. The temple is the mausoleum of Huzur Swamiji Maharaj who established Radha Soami faith. You will be surprised to know that the construction of the temple began in 1904 and continued for 100 years.

Location: Soami Bagh, Poiya Ghat Rd, Swamibagh, DayalBagh, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282005
Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Built by: NA
Built in: NA

Agra has its historic importance and it is indeed a global city that brings into fore the enlivened Mughal era through several monuments. Every day and throughout the year, this city witnesses the flocking of domestic and international tourists  as there are a lot of places to visit in Agra. Indeed, it has much to offer to the tourists especially history lovers to find in the precincts the live depiction of the golden era during which this city used to be the site of power, politics, and royal helm. Book a trip to Agra and have a great time exploring all these interesting tourist attractions.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit In Agra

Which are the best places to visit in Agra?

Some of the best attractions where you can visit in Agra include Agra Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Jama Masjid, Moti Masjid, Sikandra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb, Jodha Bai Ka Rauza, Mehtab Bagh, Traditional Bazaars, Taj Mahal, Chini Ka Rauza, Akbar’s Tomb, Anguri Bagh, Machhi Bhawan, Diwan-I-Aam, and more.

What are the most popular things to do in Agra?

There are a lot of places in Agra that a tourist can explore and also there are many popular activities that the traveller can indulged into. These things to do include:
1. Visit the the spot Mehtab Bagh.
2. Get soaked in the beauty of Taj Mahal.
3. Explore the wonder of Jahangir Mahal.
4. Experience the spectacular dance show called, Kalakriti.

What are covid safety measures initiated by the resorts of Agra?

The safety measures include:
1. They have introduced a contactless we-check in the facility for the guest’s book rooms in these resorts
2. The frequency of disinfecting and sanitizing the rooms of the guests has been increased tremendously
3. There is a contactless temperature screening facility has been incorporated for the all the guests and the hotel staffs arriving at the property.

Which part of the year is ideal to visit Agra?

It is ideal to visit Agra during the months of October to December. Being in the hot zone of the country, summers between June to August are extremely hot.

Are tourist guides available at the Taj Mahal and other important monuments in and around Agra?

Guides are available in plenty at all the tourist places in Agra. Guides can be hired right from the railway station or bus stand for the entire package or they can also be availed at the monument site itself.

Is it safe to move around at night in Agra?

The city of Agra is safe for movement at night. The famed shopping bazaars teem with people during the evening hours.

What kind of cuisine is best in Agra?

North Indian and typical Punjabi food are abundantly available here. Street food is a favourite of one and all. Sweets of different varieties, particularly the famed Petha, are very much popular in Agra which every tourist buy.

What kind of hotel accommodation can be found in Agra?

From budget to 5-Star hotels, Agra has a wide range of decent hotels to stay.

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