Hotels in Agra

Hotels in Agra

More About Agra

Agra is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northe state of Uttar Pradesh. It is famous all over the world for being home to The Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is a major tourist destination because of its many grand Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

With numerous 5 star hotels, it caters to every need of the tourists. There is a semi-high speed train that reaches Agra in 105 minutes from Delhi. There are a large number of 5 star hotels in Agra which are perfect for the disceing traveller. The Taj Mahal is a monument that needs no introduction as it’s popularity is already vast.Due to the presence of the Taj Mahal and other historic monuments, it has a tourism industry as well royal crafts like Pietra Dura, marble inlay and carpets. Today 40% of the population depends largely on agriculture, and others on the leather and footwear business and iron foundries. Agra is the second most self-employed city in India in 2007, behind Varanasi, followed by Bhopal, Indore and Patna. It is also home to the Dainik Jagran newspaper. which is the most read Hindi newspaper in India. Other newspapers that are widely read include Amar Ujala, Aaj, Hindustan, The Sea Express. The English dailies published are The Times of India, Hindustan Times, Economic Times, The Pioneer, etc. There is also the Hindi and English mixed newspaper tabloid I-NEXT. Places of interest are Sikandra, I’timad-ud-Daulah, Mankameshwar temple, Ram Bagh and Dayal Bagh. 5 star hotels in Agra include Courtyard Agra, ITC Mughal Agra and Hotel Clarks Shiraz which have a wide range of amenities.

The historical and heritage city also has a number of 4 star hotels so that there is no limitation for the tourist because of his or her budget. Agra is known for it’s culinary delights as well. There are a number of 4 star hotels in Agra that serve one of the best ‘Mughlai’ food dishes. Agra hotels in the 4 star category include Four Points By Sheraton Agra, Bhawna Clarks Inn and Hotel Marina. Another aspect that makes this city more fun is the number of fairs and festivals. There are quite a few 4 star hotels in the vicinity. Combining it’s food with it’s rich heritage and culture, this city is a must visit!

3 star hotels in Agra are Grand Hotel, Crystal Retreat and Hotel Amar. Whilst being the perfect destination away from home it also brings a sense of awe to every tourist. Festivals like the “Taj Literature Festival”, “Gangaur Fair” and “Taj Mahotsav” are a must go. Unforgettable memories and beautiful moments are awaiting you. So take advantage of this opportunity and try out one of the 3 star hotels in Agra. This city which is famous for it’s history, food and monuments is also home to a number of good colleges. The high point is definitely the spectacular Taj Mahal. Apart from that several 3 star hotels in Agra are available making it more convenient to visit. There are various destinations where a tourist can spend quality time. The city center place at Agra has jewelry and garments shops. Whilst being a city of a lot of fairs and festivals Agra also has a large number of sightseeing spots and hotels.

The Mughal city has a lot to offer, to make your holidays a dream vacation.

Places Of Interest

Taj Mahal

Those of you who have read patiently, scrolling down only to know about the pride of India, here it is. TajMahal is one of the seven wonders of the world and also a UNESCO Heritage Site. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his favourite wife MumtazMahal. The TajMahal complex is built on the south bank of Yamuna and it can also be observed from the Agra Fort. This massive building of historical importance took 22 years to completion. Designed by the Persian architect, it was perfectly executed by the 20,000 best labourers hired from all the corners of the world. The Makrana marble structure rests on a massive marble platform built on a sandstone one. The walls have been inscribed with verses of the holy Quran and decorated with the fine inlay works beautified by the semi precious stones.

Agra Fort

Famously called the Red Fort of Agra, this fort-cum-palace is a World Heritage Site on the UNESCO list. The fort was renovated by Akbar in 1565. Later, his grandson, Shah Jahan turned it into the Mughal palace. One can see the Mughal craftsmanship with red sandstone and marble, decorated beautifully by the pietradura inlay. The biggest attractions waiting for you within the premises are the Moti Masjid, Diwan-e-Aam and Diwan-e-Khaas.

Sikandra

The resting place of the third Mughal emperor in India, Akbar the Great, is just 13 kilometers away from Agra Fort. The Mughal emperor had himself planned his mausoleum and the site of construction. The construction was completed by the his elder son and his heir to the throne, Jahangir in 1613 AD.

Fatehpur Sikri

The capital of the Mughal emperor Akbar for a duration of 14 years, derives its name from a small village Sikri. The land also marks the victory of Babar over RanaSanga. The Sikripremises has the mausoleum of Sheikh SalimChisti. Most of the locales believe hat the Chisti lineage still lives in the premises. The beautifully designed Fatehpur has many attractions like the PanchMahal, AnoopTalao platform, Diwan-e-khas, Diwan-e-aam, IbadatKhana, Birbal's house and BulandDarwaza.

I'timad- ud- Daulah

Built by the Mughal Empress Noor Jahan, is the tomb of her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg, also a chief minister in Jahangirs court. The tomb has some spectacular artwork in terms of inlay designs and construction. One can see the extensive Marble use in the complex, which was replicated in the construction of Taj Mahal.

Mankameshwar Temple

Located on one of the corners of Agra, the temple provides a perfect example of religious confluence. Only a few kilometres away from the Jama Masjid, this ancient temple is one of the four worship places dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Ram Bagh

One of the oldest Mughal gardens in India, was built by Babar in 1528AD on the bank of Yamuna. Previously, the garden was known as Aram Bagh, as the Mughal emperor used to relax in the garden during his leisure time.

Dayal Bagh

The area is the spiritual centre of Agra. Here the followers of the Radha Swami religion have preserved the holy ashes of the founder of the faith. The marvel of sculpting lies on the walls of the marble building. The lively marble carvings on the wall are inspired by the nature. The temple is under construction for more than 100 years.

How To Reach

Air
Agra Airport is about 12.5 km (8 mi) from the city centre.

Road
Idgah Bus Stand, Taj Depot, Ford depot and Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) are the major Bus Stands in Agra, connecting it to most of the bigger cities in North India. It is major junction of highways with 3 National Highways and 1 Expressway originating from Agra. Another national highway passes th

Rail
Agra is on the central train line between Delhi (Station Code: NDLS) and Mumbai (Bombay) (Station Code: CSTM) and between Delhi and Chennai (Station Code: MAS)

Best Time To Visit

Agra weather is extreme-daytime temperatures can rise up to 40 degrees centigrade in the shade during the summer season, while in winters the temperature can plummet to a chilly 4 degrees centigrade. It is recommended that the traveler should avoid the blazing summer (April to June) and the rainy, wet season (July to September).