Agra, situated on the holy Yamuna, has some historic heritage structures and monuments in India, other than the Taj Mahal. It is a major tourist destination, visited by thousands of tourists every year. As it is close to Delhi, you can reach Agra after a drive of few hours.
The distance between Delhi and Agra
Agra is approximately 230 km from Delhi. By car, it takes around 4-5 hours, depending on traffic and the time of your visit. Driving on Delhi-Agra Yamuna Expressway is the quickest way to reach Agra by road. It takes 2 hours to cover the distance.
If you prefer a train journey, then 12050 Gatimaan Express is the fastest train. This high-speed train runs nonstop between Delhi (Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station) and Agra (Agra Cantt. Railway Station). It departs at 8.10 am in the morning and arrives in Agra at 9.50 am.
How to reach Delhi
Taking trains is the best way to reach Delhi. As Delhi is the national capital, it is connected to all the major cities of India with the excellent railway network. If you prefer air travel, then there are regular flights running between Delhi and other cities of India. Indira Gandhi International Airport, earlier known as Palam Airport, operates regular flights. You can book flight tickets online through online travel portals like via.com.
Taj Mahal Sunrise Tour
Taj Mahal looks beautiful at any time of the day, but it looks awesome at dusk and dawn. The Taj Mahal Sunrise Tour is the best way to see Taj Mahal. The sun rising behind the Taj Mahal, its warm rays making their way through the hovering mists, in the tranquil hours of dawn, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
To go on this ever popular tour, you have to reach Agra at night, stay overnight, hire a cab early morning at 5 am and reach Taj Mahal before the time of sunrise.
Also have a look at Santram Holidays Agra tour packages, where you can plan a complete holiday trip to Agra, including of transportation, hotels, tour guide etc.
Other sites to see in Agra and nearby.
The historical city of Agra is blessed with magnificent forts, Mughal gardens, and other archaeological monuments. Besides the Taj Mahal, the powerful Agra Fort, the lush green garden complex of Mehtab Bagh, and the spectacular ruins of Fatehpur Sikri are the major tourist sites to see in and around Agra. There are others too, like the magnificent tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah, Akbar’s Tomb, Sikandra, and Guru ka Taal Gurudwara, the holy place of worship for the Sikhs.
And you can check out Santram Holidays same day Agra tour by car, which starts from Delhi. Here you can visit all the must see sites in Agra, and come back to Delhi by midnight. I would suggest to start this same day agar tour by 8 am, and then you can also plan time to visit Fatehpur Sikri or temples of Mathura & Vrindavan.
Best hotels for a lavish dinner or lunch in Agra
To cater to the ever-growing influx of tourists, many of the top luxury hotel chains have built 5-star luxury hotels in Agra. You can expect exquisite privileges, best of luxuries and 5-star comforts in these hotels. The unrivalled pleasure of having lunch or dinner at these hotels is a supreme feeling. You can relish on the best cuisines amidst soothing music, flavorful aromas, poolside ambience, and candle-lit décor. Oberoi Amarvilas and ITC Mughal are the best ones in Agra, which will give you a memorable culinary experience.
On friday, Ta Mahal is closed.