Agra is a destination that is ever present in the back of every Indian’s mind. Home to the illustrious Taj Mahal, Agra also houses a number of other visual treats for its visitors. The bustling city is filled with busy lanes bursting with life. But what if all you have is one day in Agra. Letting an opportunity like that slip out of your hands is not an option. Keep reading and find out what are theplaces to visit in Agra in one day.
There is no doubt that this monument tops the list of places to visit in Agra in one day. Not to mention this is also the best place to enjoy your sunrise in the city of Agra. Located 6km away from the railway station Taj Mahal is also easily accessible to anyone who wants to bask in its beauty. Located in the banks of the Yamuna, it paints a picture of the legendary Mughal architecture.
Spend about 45 minutes exploring this UNESCO heritage site exploring and wandering the hallwaysetched with beautiful carvings. As the sun shines over the city, make your way to the next destination.
Four km away from Taj Mahal is Akbar’s tomb. You can easily find an auto to cover this distance. Located at Sikandra, this masterpiece showcases the excellence of Mughal Architects. Built in the 17th century, this tomb has the 99 names of Allah inscribed on its walls.The structure in and of itself is that of a four tiered pyramid which is also something that is unique to this monument. The intricate designs and timeless serenity of this place secures its spot in this list of places to visit in Agra in one day. Spend about thirty minutes here and grab a quick breakfast after which you can make your way to another tomb which calls Agra its home, the Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb.
This tomb is lovingly called a baby-Taj Mahal. Also located along the banks of the river, it has several similarities to its more famous counterpart. A riverside stroll with the pleasant morning sun is one among the things that can be enjoyed when you stop to visit the tomb. This mausoleum is also lovingly called the “Jewel box” because of its structure and inlay works. Every wall is laden with semi-precious stone decorations that are cut into various different shapes. After admiring the beauty that has been capture in these walls lets have some soul food at Sheroes hangout café.
Sheroes Hangout Café
A mandatory place to visit, the Sheroes café is an ode to the acid attack survivors and an integral part of the #StopAcidAttacks movement. Not only is it a huge encouragement to that group of strong and amazing women, it is also known to be a very vibrant place to hang out at. Fill your belly with local as well as continental dishes and soothe your soul and become a part of the movement. The menu will comes as a pleasant surprise as they have no prices listed and you are encouraged to pay as you deem.
Now that your hunger pangs have quieted down, it’s time to head over to the perfect place to spent while the world gets scorched by the afternoon sun.
Aprestigious and the oldest Mughal garden in the country, this place is built in a way that it is cool all throughout the day. The garden is about 5 km away from the Taj Mahal and was temporarily the tomb of Babur. Interspersed with fountains the garden is a beautiful place to walk through during the mid-day hours.
Agra is not just house to tombs and gardens. We also have four very ancient temples in four different corners of the city. This temple is a perfect spot for some light sightseeing after your haunt at the Ram Bagh gardens. Sweetening the deal, the temple is surrounded by Bazaar’s where you can indulge in your shopping and take home souvenirs from the city.
Sadar Bazaar is one of the most renown bazaars in Agra and is chock full of place from where you can buy classic artifacts like a replica of the Taj Mahal, handcrafted shoes, wood carvings, marble works and other antiques.
Almost as famous as the Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort is your last stop for the day and the best bet to end this list of places to visit in Agra in one day on a high note. The Fort looks timeless in its beauty under the soft evening sun; you also have the added benefit of a light and sound show that happens every day at 7 PM. Housing the Mughals in the 17th century the Agra fort is a slice of history all on its own.
There are several places near the fort where you can get dinner after visiting. Just as an added bonus try “Petha” made from pumpkin the local delicacy plays a symphony on your taste buds that you may not be expecting. End your day with the sweetness of Petha on your tongue and the beauty of Agra on your mind.