Top 7 Things to do in Agra, India

February 22, 2018 Etsuko Causey

Where better to go for a romantic vacation than to the great testament of love, the Taj Mahal? Built by the grieving Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal’s unrivaled beauty explains why it’s regarded as one of the eight wonders of the world. A visit to India wouldn’t be complete without it. Other must-experience destinations in Agra are two other UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the sandstone Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
Restaurants in Agra

1. Taj Mahal

Agra 282001, India
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Taj Mahal

Reviewed By Pedro-Pete85

We got there for sunrise, which I would definitely recommend. The hotel sorted out tickets out but there were a lot of ticket, tour touts around. They just start walking with you and try to get you to go with them, some said they could beat the lines in the actual Taj it’s self but when I got in there were no formal lines anyway. But if you want a guide it’s probably good.
Even when it was busy you still manage to get the perfect pictures of the magnificent building, (with a few carefully angled pictures) which is more breathtaking than any picture you see.
Defiantly go for sun rise.

2. Agra Fort

Agra Fort | Rakabgani, Agra 282003, India +91 96000 17031
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Agra Fort

An important medieval complex with beautiful mosques and palaces.

Reviewed By Bharat J - Gurugram (Gurgaon), India

Be prepared to walk around for long, and thus plan to be there in the early hours to avoid getting sun roasted. Read about the place before entering to avoid the tout guides and the likes who were cooking up stories on their whims.

3. Wildlife SOS

National Hwy 2 | Agra Bear Rescue Facility, Agra, India +91 96900 09792
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Wildlife SOS

Wildlife SOS - Agra Bear Rescue Facility is a home to 200 rescued dancing bears and Elephant Conservation and Care centre houses 21 abused elephants . Forest Department Admission fees: 500/- Foreigner 50/- Indian.(Only 10 minutes tour by security) DOES NOT GO FOR BEARS BUT GOVERNMENT. Guided Tour - 1500/- per person information & interaction with WSOS staff and guided 90 minutes tour. Wildlife SOS - Elephant Conservation & Care Centre is a home to 21 rescued circus & begging elephants. Guided Tour - 1500/- per person information & interaction with WSOS staff and guided 90 minutes tour.

Reviewed By Claire S

My husband and I have just completed one week’s volunteering at Wildlife SOS. We stayed at the volunteer house just outside Agra and spent half the week with the elephants and half the week with the sloth bears.
We have been travelling in India for two months and we can honestly say that our week with Wildlife SOS was one of the best experiences we have had so far.
Starting with the Sloth Bears; Wildlife SOS have been instrumental in making the practice of dancing bears illegal in India. Their work has not only focused on rescuing the bears themselves but also training people from the Kalandar tribes who used to rely on the income a dancing bear would bring them.
Our work at the bear sanctuary was tough (you don’t volunteer here and just sit around!) but that made it even more rewarding. Our whole group felt like we were really mucking and making a difference to the lives of the bears in the sanctuary. We cleaned enclosures, made enrichment platforms and fed the bears their porridge. It was incredible. Wildlife SOS have succeeded in making a peaceful haven for the Sloth Bears who have experienced huge cruelties during their lives.
At the elephant sanctuary Wildlife SOS have another tough task of trying to end all elephants captivity in India. At the moment, they rescue elephants who are being abused. In order to do this they often have to engage in lengthy and complex legal procedures.
We arrived the day after Lakhi, one of the elephant centre’s female elephants, had suddenly passed away. The sadness of the staff and other elephants was tangible and it really hit home with all of the volunteers what poor health a lot of the rescued elephants are in because of years and years of neglect. While at the elephant sanctuary we helped to distribute fodder and sugar cane, chop fruit and veg (each elephant has their own specific tastes which are catered for by the centre!), cleaned pools, helped bathed the elephants and painted their enclosures. Again, the work was tough, especially in the heat, but it made it even more rewarding.
The whole team at Wildlife SOS were incredibly inspiring; Hari, Bheema, Vijay and Shiva who looked after the volunteers were all fantastic - so dedicated and informed. We left the centre having learnt a huge amount about the plight of captive elephants and Sloth bears and knowing that we will continue to support the invaluable work Wildlife SOS do from the UK. We can’t wait to come back and volunteer again in the future!

4. Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity

Prem Dan | 8 Ajmer Road, Pratappura, Agra 282001, India +91 562 688 8935
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Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity

Reviewed By Kumar M - Bokaro Steel City, India

One should must visit such a place to see the disabled people and donate some amount to those who care for it.Missionaries care for those who are refugees, former prostitutes, the mentally ill, sick children, abandoned children, lepers, people with AIDS, the aged, and convalescent. They have schools run by volunteers to educate street children and run soup kitchens as well as other services according to the community needs. They have homes for women, orphaned children, and homes for the dying, and for those dying of AIDS. These services are provided, without charge, to people regardless of their religion or social status.

5. Sheesh Mahal

Inside The Agra Fort | Near Muthamman Burj, Agra 282003, India +91 88949 15059
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Sheesh Mahal

Reviewed By David D - Devon, United Kingdom

Monday 12th February and we were on a tour of the amazing Agra Fort, one of the highlights was a visit to the incredible Sheesh Mahal, the Hall of Mirrors.
We could not access the Hall, it was closed, this a measure taken by the Indian Archeology Society to stop the site being vandalised by visitors. What a sad thing thing that people would want to deface or destroy something so beautiful.
We did get a brief glimpses of the wonderful glasswork.

6. Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

Yamuna River, Agra 282001, India
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Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

Reviewed By Ricardo B - London, United Kingdom

They call this tomb the Baby Taj because it was built in the same style as the Taj Mahal but in a smaller scale and not as magnificent. Nevertheless it is a joy to visit, very few tourist, great architecture and a look to the river. Certainly worth the additional visit when in Agra

7. Shah Burj

Near Diwan - E - Khas, Agra 282003, India
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Shah Burj

Reviewed By shilpimittal - Chandigarh, India

It is situated inside the Agra Fort. It is said that from the windows/jharokhas of this burj, Shah Jahan used to look at Taj Mahal and remembered his late wife. Visit this place with a guide to hear more stories regarding this place. Unfortunately, this place is closed for public now as public has damaged some of the embedded stones and carvings of this place (as told to us by the guide).

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