Day Trips from Agra

March 1, 2013 by

Day Trips, Local Recommendations, Suggested Itineraries, Things To Do

Taj Mahal in all its glory.

Taj Mahal in all its glory.

Agra is home to India’s most significant attraction, the Taj Mahal. What many visitors don’t realize is that there’s plenty more to see and do in and around Agra, so if you decide to stay in the area, you have a couple options for day trips from Agra to other notable destinations in the vicinity.

Day Trip from Agra: Agra Fort

The Agra Fort is located quite close to the Taj Mahal and can easily be visited in a half-day. The red sandstone fortress is one of the best preserved in all of India, and it was from here that Shah Jahan died in captivity, gazing at the mausoleum he built for his late wife.

Day Trip from Agra: Mathura

Located in the Land of Eternal Love, Mathura was established as a major Buddhist center up until the eighth century. Today, the city attracts Hindu pilgrims from across the country to its temples and shrines. It only takes 90 minutes by bus to reach Mathura, one of India’s seven sacred cities, where you can visit temples and watch daily life unfold along the ghats.

Day Trip from Agra: Akbar’s Tomb

If you’re making the trip to Mathura, stop at Akbar’s Tomb, located on the outskirts of Agra, on your way. This impressive sandstone and marble mausoleum contains the tomb of one of India’s most important emperors.

Day Trip from Agra: New Delhi

While most visitors base themselves in New Delhi and make a day trip to Agra, it’s possible to do things just the opposite. It takes a little less than four hours by road, so while it’s possible to leave early, see some sights in Delhi and be back at night, it’s probably a better idea to make it an overnight excursion.

-Lydia Schrandt

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