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Agra - Fatehpur Sikri

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal and capital of the erstwhile Mughal Empire. Agra is also the gateway to the legendary Braj region, the land of Lord Krishna.

Agra has been immortalized as the City of the Taj. Yet, it doesn’t take much for the roving eye to discover that there’s more to Agra than just the fabled Taj Mahal. The city is a virtual gateway to a world of discovery….. a freeze-frame from a resplendent era that’s long since gone by.

In the great epic ‘Mahabharat’ the region of Agra is described as ‘Agraban’ (an integral part of the Braj Bhumi or the land of Lord Krishna). The latter part of Indian history outlines the origin of Agra to 1475 A.D., the reign of Raja Badal Singh.M

Agra came into limelight during the rule of Afghan King Sikandar Lodhi – who had made it the capital of his empire. Later in 1526 A.D., the Mughal Emperor Babar took upon himself the task for rendering Agra, a unique character and beauty of its own.

The visionary that he was and great patron of the arts, Emperor Babar brought in a change in the culture and life-style among the people of Agra, which then brought forth some of the finest craftsmen, artists, statesmen, warriors and nobility, this part of India had ever witnessed, The golden age of Agra’s history, thus began to set in.

The next few hundred years of Agra witnessed the rise of the pomp and pageantry of three great Mughal monarchs – Emperor Akbar, Jahangir and ShahJahan – all of whom lavished on this fabled city, their love and riches immeasurably to transform the land into one of the great centers of art, culture, learning and commerce.

Much of the city’s impressive past lives is a witness of the majesty of the buildings, the exquisite arts and crafts and not to forget, the lure of an exceptional cuisine…. All, cherished as priceless legacies of a nostalgic past.

The older city of Agra has impressively retained much of its resplendent history…… captivating every visitor with fond memories to take back home. Today, luxury and modern convenience also exist adjacent to tradition – luxury hotels, shopping malls and plazas, wide avenues and a superb choice of venues for recreation, business, sports, pleasure, education and the arts.

The Yamuna river flows by Agra and this ancient city sets the right mood to embark on a journey on the Heritage Arc.

The Taj Mahal is a shining monument in marble, a tribute to the imagination of a great emperor who gave a symbol of eternal love to the world.

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Agra Fort

About Agra

The Taj Mahal gives untold opportunities to the visitor to explore the architecture, stone work, inlay work, marble embroidery, woodwork and other examples of man’s artistic ingenuity that has gone into its making.

  • A visit to this majestic monument is an unforgettable experience and makes you want to come back again and again.
  • Get wonder-struck at the awe-inspiring architecture of the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, both World Heritage monuments.
  • Take a memorable walk through the gardens, the lanes where art and craft takes shape of the buzzing bazaars.
  • Agra’s memorable sights, excellent hospitality, exquisite art and great food give you a taste of the vast attractions that lie beyond.
  • Almost next door to New Delhi, Agra is a must-do for those seeking to revisit history.

Just a little beyond the Arc



  • A little ahead in the serene green paradise of nature, north India’s only Lion Safari is located at Etawah.
  • Along the Chambal river the National Chambal Sanctuary is home to Gangetic dolphins & Crocodiles.
  • At Sur Sarovar in Keetham, a huge and chirpy gathering of migratory birds will make you forget your fatigue.

Overview of Agra - Fatehpur Sikri


By Air

Kheria airport in Agra is 13 km from Taj Mahal.

By Rail

Agra is connected through railways to all major cities of India. There are long-distance trains to all major cities besides short distance. Railway stations: Agra Fort, Agra Cantt., Agra City, Raja ki Mandi, Idgah, Yamuna Bridge.

By Road

Agra is well-connected to Delhi by Agra Express ways and also to other cities like Mathura, Delhi, Chandigarh, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Jhansi, and Chitrakoot, etc. by National Highway and other roads.

Road distance from main cities: Delhi 203 km, Khajuraho 393 km, Gwalior 118 km, Jaipur 237 km, Kolkata 1287 km, Varanasi 657 km, Mussoorie 417 km, Mumbai 1204 km.

Local Transport

Taxies : Air Conditioned/non air-conditioned taxis are available, without meter, at the railway stations, airport, hotels and at travel companies.

Other transport : Meter-less auto-rickshaws, tongas and cycle rickshaw are available, rates of which are negotiable.

Agra Railway Station
Fatehpur Railway Station

Fatehpur Sikri

By Air

Kheria Airport at Agra – 40 km

By Rail

Agra Cantt Railway Station 40 km (see Agra for rail connections)

By Road

Fatehpur Sikri is connected to Agra and neighbouring centres by regular bus services of UPSRTC & other state bus services.

Some of the major road distances are:

Bharatpur – 25 km.

Jaipur – 200 km.


Agra is a district headquarter and also a Divisional Headquarter of Agra division. Visiting hours of the Taj Mahal are 30 min. before sunrise to 30 min. before sunset & it remains closed on Friday. You can visit other monuments of Agra from sunrise to sunset.

  • Area : 188.40 Sq. km.
  • Population : 16,38,757 (2011 Census)
  • Altitude :169 metres above sea level..
  • Season : October - March
  • Monuments Visiting Hours :Taj Mahal opens 30 min. before Sunrise and closes 30 min. before Sunset. Other monuments are open from Sunrise to Sunset.
  • Clothing (Summer) : Cottons
  • Clothing (Winter) : Woollens / Heavy Woollens.
  • Language : Hindi, Urdu, English
  • Local Transport : Bus/Tempo/Auto Rickshaw/Taxi Tonga/Cycle Rickshaw
  • STD Code : 0562
tomb of akbar the great
fatehpur sikri fort

Fatehpur Sikri

Perched atop a rocky ridge 37 km west of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri came into being four centuries ago when the Emperor Akbar, not yet 28 years old, created the first planned city in Indo-Islamic style.

  • Area : 8.0 Sq. km. (approx)
  • Population : 32905 (2011 Census).
  • Altitude : 169 metres above sea level..
  • Season : October - March
  • Visiting Hours : Sunrise to Sunset.
  • Clothing (Summer) : Cottons
  • Clothing (Winter) : Woollens / Heavy Woollens.
  • Language : Hindi, Urdu, English
  • Local Transport : Buses, Cycle-rickshaws, Tonga's, Taxis.
  • STD Code : 05613


Travel Agents

  • Uptours, Tourist Bunglow, Raja ki Mand, Ph - 2850120 / 7409347000.

Note : Apart from above government travel company there are many private travel companies available in Agra. Information about such companies can be obtained from Tourist Offices.

Airlines Offices

Kheria airport is 6 km from Agra town. Ph- 0562 - 2400569 / 2400044

Conducted Tours

Tours to Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri are conducted by UP State Tourism Development Corporation daily (Friday Closed) from 10:30 to 18:30 hrs. and Fatehpur Sikri (only) daily from 10:15 to 15:00 hrs.

Bookings and Reservation can be done at UPTOURS, Rahi Tourist Bunglow, Raja Ki Mandi Railway Station, Agra or Tourist Information Counter, Agra Cantt. Railway Station or, and also at UP Tourism, 64, Taj road, Agra. Ph - 0562-2421204. / Online- www.uptourism.gov.in


'Kalakriti' live show 'Mohabbat The Taj' at kalakriti Cultural and Convention Center, near Taj east gate road.

Guide Services

Government approved tourist guides can be contacted at India Tourism Office, Mall Road, Agra and UP Tourism Office 64, Taj Road, 2226378 Agra or U.P. Tourism office - 64, Taj Road, 2226431.

Agra Travel Desk
Fatehpur Sikri Travel Desk

Fatehpur Sikri

By Air

Nearest Airport, Kheria-Agra- 40 km.

By Rail

Convenient rail service is available from Agra Cantt. Railway Station- 40 km.

By Road

Fatehpur Sikri is connected to Agra and neighbouring towns by regular bus services of UPSRTC & other state by bus services. Some of the major road distances are : Bharatpur- 21 km., Agra-37 km., Mathura-60 km., Vrindavan- 75 km. Gwalior- 150 km., Delhi- 210 km. Jaipur- 225 km. Jhansi- 259 km.


  • Petha / Gajak / Namkeen Dalmoth / Kabab / Korma

Fatehpur Sikri

  • Mutton Biryani / Veg Biryani / Dum Biryani / Chaat / Ghewar


Agra is known for its fabulous handicrafts, made of marble and softstone inlay work. The Mughals were great patrons of arts and crafts. Empress Nur Jahan took personal interest in handicrafts and was an accomplished artist herself in zari embroidery work.

Agra's other handicraft products areLeatherware, Brassware, Carpets, Jewellery and Embroidery work. Agra is also well known for its sweets like petha and gazak and also salted snack.

Main shopping areas of the city are : Sadar Bazar, Kinari Bazar, Raja-ki-Mandi, Sanjay Place, Fatehabad Road, Munro Road, Shilphaat, Shilpgram and the West gate Taj Mahal Complex, Gokulpura, various shopping malls.

Information about Emporia and shopping malls can be obtained from Tourist Offices.

Nearest Tourist Information office:

  • U.P. Govt. Tourist Office, 64, Taj Road, Agra, Ph - 0562 - 2226431.
  • Tourist Information Centre, Agra Cantt. Railway Station, Ph - 0562-2421204.
  • Govt. of India Tourist Office, 191 Mall Road, Agra, Ph - 0562-2226378, 2226368.
  • Email - agrauptourism@gmail.com

Shopping Malls

Cosmos Mall Sanjay Place

Souvenir Shops

The city has a number of Souvenir Shops details of which can be had from the local Tourism Office :

Agra Shopping
Agra Shopping

Fatehpur Sikri

Nearest Tourist Information office:

  • U.P. Govt. Tourist Office, 64, Taj Road, Agra, Ph - 0562-2226431.
  • Tourist Information Centre, Agra Cantt. Railway Station, Ph -2421204.
  • Govt. of India Tourist Office, 191 Mall Road, Agra, 2226378.


Kailash Fair (Aug. / Sep.)

Held at Kailash, 12 km. It is major fair celebrated in honour of Lord Shiva who is believed to have appeared here in the form of a stone lingam.

Sheetla Fair (Jul./Aug.)

It is held near Delhi Gate.

Bateshwar Fair

This month-long festival is held annually during the month of Oct/November at Bateshwar, situated at a distance of 70 km from Agra. It is one of the oldest and largest cattle fairs in northern India.

Urs (Fatehpur Sikri)

This fair is organised at Sheikh Salim Chishti's Dargah, during the month of Ramzan.

Celebration of Shah Jahan’s Urs (Death Anniversary) takes place in Taj Mahal every year on 25th, 26th and 27th day of Islamic month ‘Rajab.’ For exact English dates please contact Tourist Offices.

Taj Mahotsav

A festival of art, craft, culture and cuisine organised by U.P. Tourism. It is held every year between February 18 and 27.

Gallery of Spiritual Love & Wisdom (9 Km)

The Brahma Kumaris have created this gallery to share the Experience of God's love. They teach positive values and ethical living in its 6000 service centers spread over 90 countries. The Brahma Kumaris Organisation teaches Rajyoga Meditation for Stress free living and Peace of Mind. The Brahma Kumaries hold general consultative status with the Economic & Social Council of the United Nation as well as the UNICEF. Devoted to awakening spiritual love & wisdom. Art Gallery shown through picture/models vision on - Meditation with Supreme Power, Self Mastery, Model of Heaven, Peace experience, values, Laws of Karma, Time Cycles, Symbol of Perfection etc.This Gallery is located on Eastern Taj Road (old Fatehabad Road).

Timings - 8.00AM to 8.00PM