Best known as the sight of the seventh Wonder in the World, the Taj Mahal, Agra is a little city situated close to Delhi. The city has never been short of tourists and is always flooded with people from around the world but with the construction of the new Expressway, that seems to have been further increased. With its famous pethas, the glorious Taj Mahal at the centre of it and its warm, friendly people, Agra is definitely a must-visit for anyone who wants to explore culture, architecture and food. While the city is always in season, the summer months do see fewer tourists come its way. If you are planning to make way for the fair city, then make sure you keep these tips in mind to aid you as you explore the place.
Book in advance, well in advance
The city is busy, to say the least, and most of the hotels are booked by large groups of tourists. Since there are a large number of foreign tourists that also flock to the city, you can be sure that they have already booked their stays. Booking in advance might also get you discount on Agra hotels and get packages that will further augment your stay. Most of the hotels are located in the Tajganj area and can be easily accessed online.
The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays
Most of the people who come to the city are there for the glorious Taj Mahal and often have only that one agenda on their itinerary. The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays and you should ensure that you have enough days before or after that to visit the monument. Since the Taj Mahal requires at least half a day to be completely appreciated, make sure you have enough time to visit it. The sunset at the Taj Mahal is a glorious sight to behold and should definitely not be missed.
While Agra does have rickshaws and public buses for the adventurous to get around, it is advisable to book your car rentals before you arrive. Travelling to places like the Fatehpur Sikri or nearby areas will become a lot easier if you have a designated car. Even travelling to places within the city limits like the Amer Fort from your place of stay will require a vehicle. You can opt for the tour packages abundantly found in the city or book for each specific trip. They can also assist you in trips to the local markets like Sadar to but Agra’s famous sweet, Petha or to buy little figurines of marble carvings.
What to wear?
While most places in the city do not enforce a dress code, the complex at Fatehpur Sikri does not allow shorts or skirts inside. The place is considered sacred as it houses the shrine of a very famous Sufi saint, Salim Chisti. The same complex houses the famous Buland Darwaza and should definitely be on your list. In other places, it is more a matter of comfort as there is considerable walking within the complexes of both the Amer Fort and the fort at Fatehpur Sikri.
Shop for Leather!
While Taj Mahal maybe an important landmark for Agra, it is not the only thing that the city is famous for. The city’s leather market is legendary and exports to every corner of the world. With innovative designs and wholesale prices, be sure to keep some room in your bag to carry stylish jackets, bags and shoes. The Sadar market, located close to the Cantonment, is a famous place to buy some good quality leather at very economical prices.
So, avail those discount on Agra hotels and plan a trip to the beautiful city of Agra and explore true tradition, culture and hospitality.