• Taj Mahal, Agra

Agra Holidays

When most think of Agra, or indeed India, it is the grand domes and pearly walls of the Taj Mahal that come to mind. One of the world’s most fantastical - and famous - mausoleums, the Taj Mahal lives up to every expectation. But an Agra holiday has more than one jewel in its crown. The city’s stint as a Mughal power-centre left a generous splattering of ancient forts and elaborate tombs, and for visitors, a rich history to explore on any Agra tour.

The Taj Mahal’s shimmering walls, architectural finesse and exquisite interiors bring millions to Agra, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, each year. Built by the Mughal emperor Shan Jahan, as a mausoleum for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is as captivating as the love story behind it. Wander the manicured lawns of Mehtab Bagh park for breathtaking sunset views or join a Taj Mahal tour through the glittering splendour.

Discover turrets and terraces on your Agra tour

A domed and turreted landscape makes up the city of Agra, set on the banks of the holy Yamuna River. Every turn promises lavish courtyards, ornate masjids and cavernous bazaars. Enchanting craftsmanship can be found at Agra Fort; a masterpiece in marble and red stone, and one of India’s most impressive Mughal-era forts. Likewise, the Sheesh Mahal palace dazzles with its mirror-mosaic walls.

Wander the city streets to get to experience the local community, join cycling tours and learn about the struggles of some incredibly brave and resilient Indian women at Cafe Sheroes’ Hangout. Head to the labyrinthine city bazaar to satisfy every craving, whether it’s for delicious Indian street food, exquisite marble goods or beautiful leather handicrafts.

We organise an array of Agra tours and thrilling itineraries that allow you to take in all the cultural wonder and historical intrigue of India’s most fascinating locations. Join our iconic Golden Triangle Tour to visit Agra, Delhi and Jaipur. Get in touch with a Destination Specialist to discover more.

Destination Highlights
  • Roam Agra’s heart, the spectacular Taj Mahal - one of the New 7 Wonders of the World
  • Visit Itmad Ud Daulah, the exquisite tomb of Mizra Ghiyas Beg, nicknamed the Baby Taj
  • Enjoy sunset at Mehtab Bagh park, with stunning views of the Taj Mahal shimmering directly opposite
  • Explore impressive Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest capital’s of the Mughal Dynasty

Time Zone

GMT +5.5 hours

Currency

INR - Indian Rupee

Visa Information

Irish citizens are required to obtain a visa from the Indian embassy prior to arrival.

Language

Hindi and English are widely spoken.

Health Information

Some vaccinations are recommended when travelling to certain areas in India. Please contact your GP for vaccination requirements.
  • Robert, Destination Specialist

    Robert

    Destination Specialist

    “Pair your Agra experience with a tour of Kachpura Village, where you can meet locals and gain insights into the real life of Indian villages. For an authentic cultural experience, you can have dinner with an Indian family, allowing you to interact with locals and try some exceptional home-cooking."

  • Barbara, Destination Specialist

    Barbara

    Destination Specialist

    “We recommend visiting the Taj Mahal for sunrise, as this time is less crowded and much more peaceful, and the sun rising above the domes and turrets is a sight to behold.”

  • Taj Mahotsav

    An enthusiastically celebrated festival, the Taj Mahotsav is an annual 10-day event from 18-27 February, celebrating the rich cultural history of Agra. It begins with a grand procession, reminiscent of the magnificence of the Mughal-era - with brightly decorated elephants and camels, drum beaters and glittering dancers. The festival gives Indian craftsman a platform to showcase their talents and there are numerous dancing and singing performances.

  • Petha

    Petha is a transparent soft candy, made in Agra from the ash gourd vegetable. There are numerous different varieties and flavourings - such as coconut or nut - of the much-enjoyed sweet.

  • Paratha

    Paratha is an iconic dish of Mughlai cuisine, and Agra is well-known for its specialities. Parathas are made with pan-fried flat wheat bread, stuffed with fillings such as potatoes, cauliflower, carrots and cheese and spiced with traditional Indian flavours.

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