Agra
is the majesty of Taj
Introduction
The magical allure of the Taj Mahal draws tourists to Agra like moths to a wondrous flame. And despite the hype, it’s every bit as good as you’ve heard. But the Taj is not a stand-alone attraction. The legacy of the Mughal empire has left a magnificent fort and a liberal sprinkling of fascinating tombs and mausoleums. Agra has three UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort in the city and Fatehpur Sikri 40km away. There are also many other buildings and tombs from Agra's days of glory as the capital of the Mughal Empire. The downside comes in the form of hordes of rickshaw-wallahs, touts, unofficial guides and souvenir vendors, whose persistence can be infuriating at times.The fort and the Taj, 2km apart, both overlook the river on different parts of the bend. The main train and bus stations are a few kilometres southwest.... More
Things you gotta know
Take care of your luggage and watch out for over friendly strangers. They may offer help in the sweetest manner and vanish with your baggage.
Respect the local traditions and try not to offend the people over there. Visiting the Taj Mahal can be overwhelming for all the wrong reasons. Once the tourists reach Agra, the touts start pestering them by claiming that they are guides or taxi drivers.
Tell auto rickshaw drivers which Taj Mahal entry gate you wish to be taken to, otherwise it's likely that you'll find yourself dropped off in the area where expensive horse and cart or camel rides wait to take tour groups to the west gate.
Do not rely on private luxury buses and travel agencies as they are very expensive and may drop you to your destination late. They'll also tell you that the bus is direct to the destination but in reality it's not.
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How To Reach
From Delhi: Yamuna Expressway, the longest expressway in India, connects the 200 km distance from Delhi to Agra. The drive is typically 2 hours. The expressway runs from the city of Greater Noida to Agra. This highway has a toll. NH2 Highway. It is possible to hire a car with a driver (a big car for five persons from/to the Delhi airport costs ₹3,500). Be aware the traffic conditions may increase the drive time significantly. From Jaipur: National Highway 11, a four lane divided highway, connects Agra with Jaipur. The distance of around 255 km can be covered in around 4 hours. From Greater Noida : Perhaps the best route as it connects to Agra directly by the Yamuna Expressway, 165 km, which can be completed in 1.5 – 2 hours because it has less traffic.The road is very smooth.... More
Getting Around

Getting around the city can be done in autos, tongas, electric buses, and tempos are certainly the best way to get to the Taj where no cars are allowed. There are also auto rickshaws and state buses. Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort are quite close to each other, and if it's not too sunny you can just walk between the two. Otherwise, there are a lot of autos and battery-powered rickshaws plying between the two major monuments which charge a minimal amount. An auto rickshaw from Agra Cantonement station to the Taj Mahal is about ₹80 (at least in off season); and a cycle rickshaw from the Taj Mahal to Agra Fort is ₹40. You can also walk between the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, in about 30 minutes.... More