The tales of Agra
Delhi to Agra Distance - 212.9 km i.e. via Taj Express Highway/ Yamuna Highway.
Best Time to Visit- Winter (October- March).
Best suited Car- Toyota Etios, Honda city, Ford Figo Aspire. Though you can choose one according to your own convenience.
Along the banks of Yamuna, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, a city known for its eternal love story of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and her beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. People all around the globe escape to this place to witness the love that they felt for each other. But Agra is not just about Taj Mahal, the place has this amazing aura that would mesmerize anybody and convince them to stay a little more.
It is really convenient to reach Agra these days. To the people living in Delhi, experience a drive to Agra. Rent a self-drive car from Volercars and hit the road. Take the newly constructed 6 lane Yamuna Expressway and glide through air. The maximum speed limit on the expressway is 100kmph. That is some fabulous news for the people. The roads are smooth and you would reach Agra just in approx. 3hr 33mins. You at least need a day or two to know all about Agra. It is perfect for a weekend trip though.
You would never ever miss out a meal on the way as you would find plenty of delicious food. You might get confused by what should you try. There are numerous Dhabas, not forgetting Murthal of course and even Food joints like KFC and McDonalds. Pick your favourites.
On reaching Agra, you can find plenty of hotels that perfectly fits your budget. You may stay at Hostels and Dorms like the Backpacker Panda Friends or the Zostel Agra. Even the Hotel Seven Hills Tower is a good option if you want a comfortable stay, yet is not that pricy.
Check your to-do list.
So it completely depends on you where do you want to start from. Though it always good to plan your day by sorting out the best places to visit during what time. You would behold the most spectacular view and the perfect shot this way. Organise your visits and you would never miss a thing.
Architectural Grandeur - You need to cover up a lot if we mention architecture. Starting right in the morning with the Taj Mahal. It opens in the morning at six, so you would never want to miss this. Try to avoid visiting the place on Friday as it remains closed. The ivory beauty turning to gilded gold. It looks surreal when the rays of the sun reach the surface of the tomb and it turns metallic yellow. Like the sun is King Midas of Greek Mythology who has the ability to turn everything into gold with its touch.
Now that you have seen the seventh wonder of the world, it's time to check out other architectural wonders of the city. Like the Agra Fort, Akbar's Tomb, Jahangir Mahal, Jama Masjid, Jodha Bai ka Rauza and many more. Basically all of these have the amalgamation of Mughal, Persian and Indian architecture. The blend of Indo- Islamic style. You should definitely visit Fatehpur Sikri to explore more. It is just 45mins from Agra.
Eat - You would have countless options to choose from. It's a paradise for food lovers. The Shakar Ji Restaurant is famous for its curries and parathas. Joney's Place for Lassi and Malai Kofta. Jahapanah for best tikkas and Kababs. Not to be missed is the Sheroes Cafe Hangout, the place build and run by the Brave Hearts. Do not miss the Agra Petha in all this fuss, if you have a sweet tooth.
Buy - Be sure about the things you want to buy. The most popular places to shop is the Sadar Bazar, Subhash Bazaar, Kinari Bazaar, Shoe Market. Agra is famous for its leather products. You would get some really good leather stuffs for affordable prices if you only could find the right place.