Agra Bucket List: Top 15 Best Things to Do in Agra, India

What are the Top Tourist Attractions to Visit in Agra?

Beautiful Taj Mahal in Agra by Sylwia Bartyzel via Wikipedia CC

Popular Activities, Best Tourist Spots, and Amazing Places to Visit in Agra, India

Located along the Yamuna River in Uttar Pradesh Province, Agra is famous for its various UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, and Agra Fort. But besides the Taj Mahal, there are also plenty of other attractions in this city, despite many tourists seemingly wanting to leave the moment they see the Taj Mahal. Agra has an array of things to do and see, whether you are a historian or nature lover.

Beautiful Taj Mahal in Agra by Sylwia Bartyzel via Wikipedia CC
Beautiful Taj Mahal in Agra by Sylwia Bartyzel via Wikipedia CC

Next, you are in Agra, make sure you stick around to explore the flowing attractions.

Admire the majestic Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal Mausoleum in India photo via DepositPhotos
Taj Mahal Mausoleum in India photo via DepositPhotos

Renowned for its symbol of unreserved love, the Taj Mahal is the most visited attraction in India. It was built during the reign of Sha Jahan in the 17th century as a dedication to his wife number three, Mumtaz Mahal. The emperor’s wife died in childbirth and her grave is located in the complex.

Taj Mahal is also among the Seven Wonders of the World and is commonly referred to as the “Jewel of Muslim artistry.”

Its construction took more than two decades and required around 20,000 workers.

Being one of the most visited landmarks in the world, if you want to visit this mausoleum, it would be wise to get there very early in the morning.

Explore the Agra Fort

Agra Fort
Agra Fort

Rivaling the Taj Mahal as the jewel of the city of Agra, the Agra Fort is known for its mind-blowing magnificence.

Sitting on more than 94 acres, the fort competes with “Mumtaz Mahal” in every aspect. They are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites and share a huge chunk of the number of visitors in the city.

This regal structure is a true manifestation of the strength of the Hindu architecture as well as Mughal styles.

Agra Fort is open every day from 6 am to 6 pm.

Wander around the city of Fatehpur Sikri

Buland Darwaza, the 54-metre-high (177 ft) entrance to Fatehpur Sikri complex by Marcin Bialek via Wikipedia CC
Buland Darwaza, the 54-meter-high (177 ft) entrance to Fatehpur Sikri complex By Marcin Bia?ek – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

The last UNESCO World Heritage Site in Agra, after the first two attractions in this list, the sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri is a must-visit for anyone who finds themselves in Agra.

It was founded by Emperor Akbar of Mughal and displays a perfect blend of Islamic, Hindu, and Jain architectural style. The city was built using only red sandstone and features 9 gates – Chor Gate, Gwalior Gate, Ajmeri Gate, Delhi Gate, Lal Gate, Agra Gate, Birbal Gate, Chandan Pal Gat, and Tehra Gate.

This sandstone city is located around 39 kilometers away from Agra.

Get spiritual at Jama Masjid

Tourists visiting Jama Masjid mosque in Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, India photo via Depositphotos
Tourists visiting Jama Masjid mosque in Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, India photo via Depositphotos

Jamal Masjid is one of the most imposing mosques in India. Constructed by Shah Jahan, the same Mughal Emperor built the Taj Mahal, but this time, he dedicated the mosque to his daughter Jahanara Begum.

Admire the splendor of Jahangiri Mahal

Jahangiri mahal palace photo via Depositphotos
Jahangiri mahal palace photo via Depositphotos

Visit the Jahangiri Mahal palace, built for Akbar’s wife of the same name, to experience the remarkable Islamic architecture. This palace is one of the most visited sites in the city of Agra and it is not hard to see why.

The highlight of the palace is the massive bowl called Hauz-i-Jahangiri, which sliced from a rock and serves as a holder of scented rose water.

The palace itself has beautiful statuettes that are worth exploring.

Interact with elephants at a conservation center

Rescued elephants at the Elephant Conservation and Care Center by Rhealopez168 via Wikipedia CC
Rescued elephants at the Elephant Conservation and Care Center By Rhealopez168 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, CC

For a long time, animals have been treated in a cruel manner in India, leading to numerous organizations to form rescue programs.

One of these programs is the Elephant Conservation and Care Center, which rescues abused elephants, about 30 kilometers from Agra city center.

The sanctuary is home to more than 20 elephants and you can even help prepare meals and feed them.

Elephants are common in India and honestly, you don’t have to visit a center to interact with them, but that is the only ethical way.

Watch birds in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Peacock at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Peacock at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Get up close with some beautiful species of birds in their natural setting at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, about an hour drive from Agra.

The reserve features over 230 colorful bird species, including cranes, open bill, rosy pelicans, egret, painted stork, and peacock among others.

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This is one of the best bird sanctuaries in Agra and opens throughout the year.

Check the Old City

Street Performer at Red Fort Road Agra by Luqman Hariz via Unsplash
Street Performer at Red Fort Road Agra by Luqman Hariz via Unsplash

To experience the authenticity of Agra, you need to visit its old city. Learn about the history, culture, and architecture on a two-hour excursion around the old town.

Though it seems there is very little going on, Agra’s Old Town has some vibrant markets and beautiful temples.

If you want to make the most of your tour, you should use a local guide. The guide will also show you the best vantage point to view numerous city’s landmarks.

Go boating at the Yamuna River

Yamuna River beside Taj Mahal
Yamuna River beside Taj Mahal

The city of Agra sits on the banks of the Yamuna River. While the river is used for many things, the highlight is boating.

Many tourists that spend a few days in the city enjoy floating along the peaceful river as the sun sinks like a ball of fire.

The boat ride also allows you to spectate the Taj Mahal from a different perspective.

Chill at Anguri Bagh

Khas Mahal and Anguri Bagh Grape Garden, Agra Fort photo via Depositphotos
Khas Mahal and Anguri Bagh Grape Garden, Agra Fort photo via Depositphotos

The expansive Anguri Bagh is a popular site for tourists to soak up the sun. It is also one of the biggest open spaces in the city and was designed in the Charbagh style. It is designed with stunning flowers and plants.

The garden was commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan.

Savor the Indian delicacies

Indian beef madras curry photo via Depositphotos
Indian beef madras curry photo via Depositphotos

Savoring the mouth-watering Indian delicacies is one of the must-do things in Agra. The city is known for its Mughlai Cuisine, which includes chicken and mixed with other dishes.

There are arrays of restaurants where you can experience the tinge of these delectable meals.

Stroll in Mehtab Bagh

View towards the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh by g.kaustav via Wikipedia CC
View towards the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh By g.kaustav – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

Mehtab Bagh is located along the holy River Yamuna and across from the Taj Mahal.

Stretching some 24 acres, this garden provides a great spot to stroll and relax as you admire the Taj Mahal from a distance.

Shop at Kinari Bazaar

Kinari Bazaar India via Depositphotos
Kinari Bazaar India via Depositphotos

Kinari Bazaar is the melting pot for the city’s exotic products. You can buy virtually anything in this market – dupattas, lehengas, kurtas, sherwanis, salwar kameez, and many others.

Spend your evening at Kalakriti Dance Drama Show

Kalakriti Dance Drama Show photo via FB Page
Kalakriti Dance Drama Show photo via FB Page

After touring Agra during the day, spend your evening watching the famous Kalakriti Dance Drama at Mohabbat The Taj.

Though the venue opens as early as 10 am, the best time to enjoy the dance is from 6 pm to 815 pm when it closes.

Stroll the streets of Agra

Food Trip in Agra photo via Depositphotos
Food Trip in Agra photo via Depositphotos

The city of Agra has numerous markets selling all sorts of indigenous products. Wandering through these streets provides a chance to buy a souvenir to take home.

Agra Travel and Tour Packages

To help you plan out your visit to Agra, we listed places to visit and other amazing activities to do in Agra. We also listed some of the best travel and tour packages, as well as excellent flight deals and accommodation.

Searching for the best hotels, resorts, and affordable flights in the nearby Cities? Check out our list of affordable Agra hotels and resorts via Agoda, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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