From Delhi, India, to visit the historic Taj Mahal in Agra is nearly 200 km, so I decided to do something different this time instead of taking the train planned to go by road. After all, a new Yamuna Expressway highway was built since the last time I traveled. I am traveling solo this time, so I have plenty of time to pay attention to details and take pictures without worrying about annoying others. I rented a car with a driver for three days and two nights. The plan was to stay overnight at Agra, then another night at Jaipur, and head back to New Delhi on the third day.

New Delhi to Agra, India
Yamuna Expressway from New Delhi to Agra, India

Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah

My journey started at 8:00 in the morning from New Delhi. Luckily got out of the city before the morning rush hour. The toll expressway was not crowded, so it did not take more than 3 hours to reach historical Agra.

Agra India
Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah is a Mughal mausoleum in the city of Agra

Visit Agra Fort

Yes, Agra is the home to the Taj Mahal. Can you believe I am there visiting one of the most famous and visited places in all of India? This is a popular day trip destination from Delhi so expect crowd during weekend and holidays.

Agra, India
Diwan E Aam, Inside Agra Fort, Agra

I was staying overnight there, so I had all the time in the world to spend, and obviously did most of the touristy things (I didn’t manage to get off the beaten path so much like I usually do); it was a good amount of time to see some genuinely breathtaking historical attractions.

Agra India
Large Mughal palace decorated with carved sandstone & inlaid white marble, built by Akbar the Great

The Taj Mahal

One of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and its majestic beauty lived up to every bit of my expectations and even surpassed a few. The smoothness and precision of the marble bricks, the minakari on the marble slabs, and the symmetry offer different perspectives to view this mausoleum. Moreover, the beauty of the memorial of love is even more enhanced during dawn and dusk.

Agra, India
The Taj Mahal, Agra

Mughal Architecture is undeniably something to be proud of. However, Agra’s history has more than just the Taj Mahal. The charm of the city extends not just to the numerous monuments and the Agra Fort in the city but can be seen in every alley and household in Agra. Agra also houses two other UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. During the Agra trip people usually add Jaipur to their Itinerary.

The Sattais Katcheri, Jaipur
The Sattais Katcheri Hall in Amber Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Agra, India
Historical Taj Mahal, India

Where to stay in Agra, India

The Coral Court Homestay, Agra

The Coral Court is located in Agra, 2,300 feet from the Taj Mahal and 1.1 mi from Mehtab Bagh. Certain units include a seating area where you can relax. All rooms are fitted with a private bathroom. Extras include slippers and free toiletries. The Coral Court features free WiFi. The homestay also offers car hire. Not far from the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, only 2.1 mi from The Coral Court, while Agra Fort is 2.2 mi from the property.

DoubleTree by Hilton Agra

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Agra, is 4.3 mi from Agra Cantonment Railway Station and 8.7 mi from Agra Airport. The Taj Mahal is 2.5 mi from the hotel, while Agra Fort is less than 3.1 mi away. In addition, Sadar Bazaar is over 3.1 mi from the hotel, and Akbar’s Tomb is about 11 miles away. The hotel has Kebab-e-que, an Indian specialty restaurant with live cooking stations and a special tandoori kitchen. Other options include North 27, the all-day dining restaurant; Plush Bar, the 24-hour lounge bar and Food Store, the all-day cafe.

My Opinion and Last Word

Have you been to Agra, India? Any cool tips to share?

loved being in Agra, India, and want to go back again. I hope my story has motivated you to visit India.

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