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Visit Agra

Its allure is the majestic Taj Mahal, but the city of Agra has so much more to offer. This cultural and historical centre of India possesses an indescribable beauty and historical splendour that is simply irresistible. Situated in Uttar Pradesh, in Northern India, Agra holds a strategic defensive position, sitting as it does on a curve of the sacred Yamuna River. A vast array of stunning monuments mark the city’s rich heritage and its historical importance in India’s defence system. When you visit one of the most famous tourist cities in the world you will, of course, see world-famous sights. However, on your trip to Agra you have the opportunity to get under the skin of this chaotic city; beneath the exquisitely constructed façade you will discover a city that is bustling, vibrant, and representative of the real India. Welcome to Agra.

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1Direct Flights to Agra

Direct flights to Agra will bring you to New Delhi Airport, which is 2-3 hours by train from the city.

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2When to Visit Agra

Agra has two seasons: hot and (you guessed it!) hot and wet. April – June see temperatures soar, averaging at 40 degrees and often reaching the mid-forties. With July’s drop in temperature comes the rainy season. Meanwhile, October – March are slightly cooler, with temperatures hovering around the mid-twenties. If you are looking for cheap flights to Agra and monsoons don’t dampen your holiday spirit, plan your trip for September. In fact, you are likely to find good deals any time outside of the main school holidays; whether you choose searing heat or the odd torrential downpour depends on your preferences.

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3Famous Monuments

At every turn, you will behold stunning architecture built to protect Agra and its inhabitants over the last 4 centuries. On your trip to Agra you can choose to spend all of your time exploring these monuments; however, if you are limited for time, it is worth researching the options available and planning accordingly. Your first stop on your trip to Agra will undoubtedly be the Taj Mahal. One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal is perhaps the most famous monument in all of India. It may be a cliché, but it is one that won’t leave you disappointed: the Taj Mahal’s creator, Emperor Shah Jahan, said that the building made “the sun and moon shed tears from their eyes”, and he could well have been right. The result of one of history’s greatest love stories, the Taj Mahal was built to entomb Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Matal, who died in 1631 during childbirth; when Shah Jahan died in 1666, he was buried alongside her. Today, the exquisite building welcomes 20,000 visitors a year, each coming to witness its serene splendour, incredible architecture and beautiful gardens. Situated in the shadows of the Taj Mahal you will find Agra Fort, one of India’s most notable Mughal forts. Construction of the fort started in 1565 and the structure was embellished by Shah Jahan, using his favourite medium – marble. The vast sandstone and marble fortress is a labyrinth of exquisite courtyards; only as you venture from one to the other does the incredible scale and workmanship of the fort sink in, overwhelming even the most seasoned traveller. The Akbar Mausoleum was built for Akbar, the greats Mughal Emperor. The breath-taking courtyard is accessed by a huge gateway and is flagged at the corners by four three-storey minarets, endowed with intricate patterns in red sandstone and white marble. The mausoleum is in Sikandra, accessible by taxi or bus from Bijli Ghar bus statio

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4Shopping

s you might expect, the shopping in Agra is an incredible experience. Crafts, spices, souvenirs and stunning silks are available in abundance; choose from small shops and boutiques or brave the bustling markets, where your haggling skills will be richly rewarded. Not surprisingly, the quality and price of objects will vary between different markets and shops, and while it is worth noting that the more expensive shops and products are not necessarily the best, be aware that if a price seems too good to be true, it probably is! At the famous marble shop, Subhash Emporium, you will find higher prices, but the price tag accompanies exquisite quality. If you are looking for a memento of your trip to Agra that encapsulates the serene beauty of classic Mughal architecture, beautifully crafted, top quality marble from Subhash Emporium is the perfect gift – for someone else, or for yourself! Subhash Bazaar is located in Jama Masjid and is an ideal place to browse, barter, and (of course) buy beautiful silks and saris. Jama Masjid itself is known as Kinari Bazaar, after Kinari Road, the central lane from which all the other winding roads seem to lead, with a brightly coloured maze of shops and bazaars exploding with jewel-rich colours. Among its packed streets you will find delicious street food alongside handmade shoes, jewellery, crafts, fabric and spices; a veritable feast for the eyes. As always, if you are venturing deep into crowded bazaars, don’t carry valuables, and don’t flash your cash (or for that matter, your camera or phone). Be assertive, avoid pushy touts and don’t be afraid to say “no”.

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5Food and Drink

Indian food is enjoyed in most countries across the world, but on your trip to Agra, you will have the opportunity to explore real Indian cuisine. You may not think that there can be that much variety in rice with different spices, but Agra’s cuisine never fails to delight. Food is packed with rich spices, ranging from fiery hot chilli to more subtle cumin, fenugreek and turmeric; many dishes are vegetarian but Chicken frequently features on the menu, too. Snack on samosas, freshly cooked by street vendors as you wander through Agra taking in the stunning architecture and vibrant communities. Indulge in tooth-achingly sweet dishes laden with dairy, coconut, strawberries and apricots. And, of course, a meal in Agra wouldn’t be complete if it wasn’t washed down with a cup of tea, or chai, laden with cardamom, cloves or ginger, and lashings of milk. If you want to sample the delights of Agra’s most well-known restaurant, Esphahan, make sure you book a table first. The restaurant offers only two sittings: one at 18.30 pm and the other at 21.30 pm. Getting a table can be a challenge but it is worth it for the vast array of choice which celebrates regional specialities. One thing is certain: your trip to Agra will delight all of your senses. Once you experience the scents, sights, tastes of this incredible city, you will never forget them. Do you want to take a trip to India? Travangelo can help you find cheap flights to Agra.

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