21 Top Things to Do in Agra in 2020

Agra, the most popular city of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, opens the gates to the history of Indian Mughal Era. With the perfect blend of History, Cuisine, and Culture, Agra is one of the most popular tourist places of the country and is the part of the Golden Triangle Tour Circuit of India.

Agra is renowned in the world because of the Mughal Heritage Wonder “Taj Mahal“. But apart from catching sight of this historic mausoleum, there are an abundance of things to do in Agra. The intriguing tombs and mosques with exclusive and illustrious craftsmanship, the captivating wildlife sanctuary, sprawling gardens, lively markets, hospitable people, and many more things that’ll keep you bewildered throughout the day.

If you’ve finished gazing at the ancient Islamic monuments, then don’t worry; it’s not over yet Agra has much more to offer to its visitors.
There are many offbeat things to do such as – enjoy the Taj Nature Walk, boat ride in river Yamuna, bird watching at Bharatpur bird sanctuary and take back with you some souvenirs from Shilpgram.

The Agra city also happens to be the destination to find good and variety of leather shoes, rugs, and carpets of all kinds. And at last, don’t miss out the lip-smacking delicacies of Agra, mouthwatering Petha, Dalmoth, and Mughlai Kebabs and curries leaving some indelible imprints on your mind.

This article will further list top things to do in Agra during a stay for either one day or a week.

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Best Places to Visit in Agra

1. Visit Taj Mahal

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Reviews of Taj Mahal – 4.6 Rating by 1,60,041 Reviewers

The ‘Symbol of Love’ Taj Mahal is on the topmost position of every list containing places to visit in Agra. Crafted with perfection, it took almost 21 years and over 20,000 laborers working day and night. Catching a sight of this architectural marvel is the best thing to do in Agra.
The Mughal Emperor Shahjahan built it after the demise of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. The best time to experience the mesmerizing beauty of Taj is on a full moon night when the white marble glows the most. On a regular day, sunrise and sunset are the best time to adore this spectacular monument.
The serene beauty of white marble is losing its sheen; hence, for its prevention, a lot of restrictions and care has been taken while visiting the Taj Mahal.

Visiting Hours 

  • Opening Time: 6:00 am (Sunrise)
  • Closing Time: 6:00 pm (Sunset)
  • Remains closed on Friday except for Muslims in the afternoon to offer prayer

Entrance Fees

Citizens and Children  Fee per person (in INR) 
Indians 50
Foreigners 1100
Children below the age of 15 Free
Citizens of SAARC & BIMSTEC countries 540

2. Visit Agra Fort

#2 Thing to do in Agra - Visit Agra Fort

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Reviews of Agra Fort – 4.5 Rating by 64,833 Reviewers

Visiting Agra Fort is a complete guide to the architect of the Mughal era. The big corridors surrounded by the different section which exhibits the royal and elegant lifestyles of Mughal rulers is a full day trip in itself. Diwan-i am, Diwan -e -Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Jahangir Palace, a huge bathtub of Jahangir, The rampart of Agra fort, and many other attractions inside the massive Red stone fort is what will keep you engaged throughout the day.

Visiting Hours 

  • Opening Time: 6:00 am
  • Closing Time: 6:00 pm
  • Remains open on all days of the week

Entrance Fees

Citizens and Children  Fee per person (in INR)
Indians 20
Foreigners 300
Children below the age of 15 Free
Citizens of SAARC & BIMSTEC countries 90

3. The tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daula

#3 Thing to do in Agra - The tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daula in Agra

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Reviews of Tomb of Itmad -Ud- Daula – 4.3 Rating by 4584 Reviewers

Nur Jahan, the wife of Jahangir, built the tomb for her father, Mirza Ghyas Beg, in the 16th century. The perfectly carved marble jalis with latticework and pietra dura is the first complete marble structure of the Mughal era. The tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daula is believed to be the inspiration behind the mighty Taj Mahal and is also known as Baby Taj. It’s a beautiful place to visit in Agra in 2019.

Visiting Hours 

  • Opening Time: 6:00 am
  • Closing Time: 6:00 pm
  • Remains open on all days of the week

Entrance Fees

Citizens and Children  Fee per person (in INR)
Indians 20
Foreigners 200
Children below the age of 15 Free
Citizens of SAARC & BIMSTEC countries 30

 

4. Tomb of Akbar the Great

Tomb of Akbar the Great in Agra

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Reviews of  Tomb of Akbar – 4.4 Rating by 3867 Reviewers

Located in the outskirts of Agra and spread over 119 acres of land, it is the place where the most renowned emperor of the Mughal kingdom rests in peace. The tomb was built in the 16th century, and the splendid Mughal Gardens surround the Tomb.

It was built with a combination of marble and sandstone with intricate floral designs and calligraphy. Akbar’s tomb was constructed under his own supervision.

Visiting Hours 

  • Opening Time: 6:00 am
  • Closing Time: 6:00 pm
  • Remains Closed on Friday

Entrance Fees

Citizens and Children  Fee per person (in INR)
Indians 15
Foreigners 110
Children below the age of 15 Free
Citizens of SAARC & BIMSTEC countries 15

5. Mehtab Bagh

Mehtab Bagh in Agra

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Reviews of Mehtab Bagh – 4.2 Rating by 3694 Reviewers

One of the most visited tourist gardens in Agra, Mehtab Bagh, is a tranquil park which should be on your bucket list while planning a visit to Agra. Mehtab Bagh offers the most outstanding views of the grand mausoleum and is the best spot to click that perfect picture you can show off. It is the most crowded place at sunset.
On full moon nights, the reflection of the Taj Mahal in the waters of the park is beyond imagination.

Mehtab Bagh is the part of almost every Golden Triangle Triangle Tour including the places, Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra.

Visiting Hours 

  • Opening Time: 6:00 am
  • Closing Time: 6:00 pm
  • Remains open on all days of the week

Entrance Fees

Citizens and Children  Fee per person (in INR)
Indians 30
Foreigners 200
Children below the age of 15 Free
For SAARC members 30

 

6. Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid in Agra

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Reviews of Jama Masjid – 4.3 Rating by 687 Reviewers

Mughal Emperor Shahjahan built Jama Masjid during his reign and dedicated it to his favorite daughter Jahan Ara Begum. The mosque is built of red sandstone and white marble, the popular form of architecture during the Mughal era.
There is a fountain in the center of the mosque, and the inner walls have scriptures written in Persian style.
On Friday, when most of the monuments in Agra are closed for the public, Jama Masjid is the ideal place to visit. Special Prayers are conducted over here on Friday.

Visiting Hours 

  • Opening Time: 7:00 am
  • Closing Time: 6:30 am
  • Entry prohibited: From 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
  • Remains open on all days of the week

Entrance Fees: No fee

7. Tomb of Mariam-Uz-Zamani

Tomb of Mariam-Uz-Zamani in Agra

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Reviews of Mariam- Uz- Zamani Tomb – 3.9 Rating by 466 Reviewers

Jahangir built the tomb of Mariam-Uz-Zamani in memory of his mother. Her tomb is the most closest to the tomb of Akbar and is believed to be the most beloved wife of Akbar.
Mariam-Uz-Zamani, also known as Jodha Bai, was a Rajputi princess who married to Akbar in 1562 CE. Visiting this ancient tomb is a delightful thing to do in Agra besides the Taj Mahal.
The tomb is at the center of the Mughal Gardens with two corridors. It is built of brick and mortar with the exteriors reconstructed with red sandstone.

Visiting Hours 

  • Opening Time: Sunrise
  • Closing Time: Sunset
  • Remains open on all days of the week

Entrance Fees

Citizens and Children  Fee per person (in INR)
Indians 25
Foreigners 300
Children below the age of 15 Free
Citizens of SAARC or BIMSTEC countries 25

8. Savor the Flavours of Mughlai Cuisine

Savor the Flavours of Mughlai Cuisine

The Mughal empire has not only contributed towards the monuments, but the authentic food of this dynasty is also one of the most famous cuisines in the world. Enjoying the delicious flavors of Agra is one of the best things to do. Creamy Flavoured curries enriched with dry fruits, roasted meat, crispy kebabs all stuffed with mixed spices with Persian flavors, and vibrant style of cooking makes the Mughlai cuisine of Agra world famous.

The best places to enjoy the Mughlai Food in Agra –

ITC Mughal – Peshawri The Oberoi Amervillas – Esphahan Pinch of Spice
Address: Taj Ganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, 282001
Contact Number: +91 562 4021700
Opening hours: 12:30 pm-3 pm, 7 pm-midnight
Address: Taj East Gate Road, Fatehabad Road, Tajganj,
Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001
Contact Number: +91 562 2231515
Opening hours: 7 pm – 9 pm, 9:30pm- 11pm
Address: 1076/2, Fatehabad Road, Tajganj,
Vibhav Nagar, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001
Contact Number: +91 93805 06688
Opening hours: Afternoon (12 pm) – to midnight (12 am)

Shopping in Agra

1. Sadar Bazar

Sadar Bazar in Agra

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After sightseeing, shopping is the most fun thing to do in Agra. Located near Agra Cantt railway station, Sadar Bazar is one of the most popular spots in Agra for the shopaholics. Leather bags, Handicrafts, Garments you can shop for everything here.

Best Things to Buy

It’s the best place to shop for leather products. There are various shops here selling good quality leather products at the best prices.
Always do bargaining before buying the product here.

Timings

  • Opening Time: 11:30 am
  • Closing Time: 6:00 pm
  • Remains closed on Tuesday

2. Kinari Bazar

Kinari Bazar

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Kinari Bazar is the wholesale market of the city located behind the Jama Masjid. The narrow streets are always crowded with people. Walking through the streets will help you in experiencing the true colors of the city.

Best Things to Buy

Handicrafts, glassware, rugs, carpets, and marble products are the best things to shop from here.

Timings

  • Opening Time: 11:oo am
  • Closing Time: 9:00 pm
  • Remains closed on Tuesday

3. Raja ki Mandi

Raja ki Mandi in Agra

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The market is near the Raja ki Mandi railway station. The narrow streets of the market are always crowded with people. If you’ve got good negotiating skills, then you’re going to grab some right products at great prices.

Best Things to buy

You may buy garments, jewelry, sweets, and various other items of regular needs from here.

Timings

  • Opening Time: 11:oo am
  • Closing Time: 10:00 pm

4. Subhash Bazar

Subhash Bazar in Agra

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The market is situated near to the Agra Fort and is the best place to shop for garments in Agra.

Best thing to buy

Silk garments and sarees.

Timings

  • Opening Time: 11:oo am
  • Closing Time: 9:00 pm
  • Remains closed on Tuesday

Things to do at Night in Agra

1. Mohabbat The Taj Show