An Offbeat Guide to Agra India

Travel to Agra: Well Agra is the most famous and most visited destination from Delhi. It is the topmost tourist destination in India, both for Indians and for foreigners visiting India. Taj Mahal, being one of the Wonders of the World, attracts millions of tourists every month. But there is more to Agra than the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

An Offbeat Guide to Agra, India

So, the first step would be to search online to book a cab with a licensed taxi service in Agra with transparent rates and good reviews. One can book a cab either online or offline. Choose a provider with executives that are helpful and fully understand your needs, and are able to suggest the travel plan and package according to your requirements. They even provide doorstep pick-up and drop facility.

Overview and daily activities:

For an offbeat Agra visit, book a good quality cab from Delhi to Agra with an experienced driver and enjoy the sights without the hassle of traffic in the crowded city. The driver will pick you up from your instructed place at the exact time you decide. 

Then, one can either take the Yamuna Expressway to go to Agra or take the road passing through Greater Noida and Mathura. Yamuna Expressway is a smooth road with negligible traffic and fast speed. One can reach Agra within three hours from Delhi by taking this route. 

The other one passes through villages and towns and has a lot of local traffic. Though at places, it becomes a bit congested and one can stop at various stops en route for local tea and snacks. The Expressway too has many eateries on the way, but the charm of roadside tea and dhaba food is unparalleled and the experience unique.

First time visitors to Agra should start with Taj Mahal. The tonga ride to Taj Mahal is not worth missing. Enjoy the beautiful Taj Mahal and its gardens. Click loads of pictures and admire the exquisite craftsmanship and intricate inlay work of Taj Mahal. The red sandstone Agra Fort is another favourite attraction built on the banks of River Yamuna.

For an offbeat Agra experience, visit the Mehtab Bagh behind the Taj Mahal, on the other side of river Yamuna. Seeing the Taj from the other side, is a different kind of feel, far from the maddening crowd. It is nowadays famous as the backdrop for many movies and photography of Taj. 

The Tomb of Mariam Zamani is also a must visit with its grand monument and beautiful gardens. The Tomb of Akbar is a huge complex with gardens, Kanch Mahal and the tomb of Sikander Lodhi. The tomb has beautiful engravings and wall paintings but the main attraction is a wilderness patch where one can see peacocks, black buck and spotted deer.

Chini-ka-Rauza is not a well-known place. But a must visit as it is India’s first building with glazed tile work. It’s a Persian style tomb of Afzal Khan, made up of many coloured tiles. Kacchpura, a small village almost 8 km from Agra, is fast gaining fame due to sanjhi Art. The houses in this village are adorned with art form using natural colours. The Braj culture here makes it a memorable trip.

Sheroes Hangout The café is also must visit. It is a café run by acid attack survivors and has the concept of "Pay what you like". The beautiful, serene café, fills you with tranquillity.

A visit to Agra is incomplete without shopping for marble souvenirs, Taj Mahal miniature or leather footwear and juttis. One can shop at the stores near Taj Mahal or in the various markets of Agra.

How to reach Delhi from Agra: 

There are many ways to reach Agra from Delhi. One can take a bus or train or take one’s own car. But if one decides to book a good quality cab from Delhi to Agra with an experienced driver, then they are free from all hassles and relax on the way, enjoying the journey. 

There are a lot of cabs to Agra, which one can book. The vendor we decided on offers many positive features. They have a transparent billing system, zero cancellation charge, a wide range of vehicles to choose from, courteous chauffeurs- an expert in road trips and a clean car/ taxi.

Distance and time taken:

If one decides on booking a cab to Agra, then depending on where one starts from, the distance and time taken will vary. From Delhi, the distance by road is around 235 kilometres and the journey takes roughly three and a half hours. 

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