Agra + Uttar Pradesh

Agra + Uttar Pradesh Travel Guide

Agra was once the capital of India, and today is a big, bustling city that might not be an obvious for travelers, were it not for one huge draw: the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum that Shah Jahan, a 17th century emperor during the Mughal dynasty, built for his beloved third wife. This UNESCO World Heritage site is considered one of the wonders of the world, but you'd be cheating yourself if the Taj Mahal were your only stop during your visit to Agra. Many people travel to Agra in just one day, but you might find that you're shortchanging yourself on the city - and signing on for a pretty long and tiring day - if you try to pack everything into 24 hours. Located a little over a hundred miles from Delhi, Agra features several over architectural marvels worth visiting, many of which also date back to the Mughal dynasty.

Things Not to Miss in Agra

Read our Agra travel guide to make the most of the city's can't-miss attractions, including:

• The Taj Mahal

• Akbar's Tomb

• The Agra Fort

• Etmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb

When to Go to Agra

The ideal time of year to visit Agra is in winter, when the days are cool but sunny and dry. Consider making your Agra travel plans between October and March for the best temperatures. Winter in Agra might actually feel chilly in December and January, especially at night, so pack a sweater if you visit during these months. Summers in Agra are extremely hot, and monsoon season - which brings heavy rains and high humidity - lasts from July until September.

Articles about Agra + Uttar Pradesh

Top 10 Hotels Overall: City 1. Park Hyatt, Milan 98.95 2. Stafford London by Kempinski 98.40 3. Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest 98.07 4. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi 97.50 5. Milestone Hotel, London 97.39 6. Olissippo Lapa Palace, Lisbo...
Top New Bridges No. 1 Grand Canyon Skywalk, Arizona No. 2 Henderson Waves Pedestrian Bridge, Singapore No. 3 Millau Viaduct, Millau, France No. 4 Ponte della Costituzione, Venice No. 5 Langkawi Sky Bridge, Langkawi, Malaysia No. 6 Puente de la Mu...
Even for those who weren’t reared on Rudyard Kipling stories, the phrase "living like a maharajah" tends to conjure certain images: ornate marble palaces edged by splashing fountains and strutting peacocks; sumptuous silks, plush rugs, and piles o...
See our slideshow of the 45 Best New Hotels of 2009. In compiling Travel + Leisure’s fourth annual It List, our editors once again visited hundreds of new hotels around the globe. What makes 2009 different?Properties closer to home really caught ...
See our slideshow of 6 Great Hotel Boutiques.
once-in-a-lifetime trips for a once-in-a-lifetime moment The Jet Set Ring in the new millennium with a sonic boom. Aboard the Concorde, on Intrav's Ultimate Trip, you and 95 other passengers will hop your way around the globe in 18 days, touc...
See the slideshow of Dazzling Spa Debuts. How do you make The Plaza Hotel, already famous for its decadent Oak Room, its caviar-stocked Champagne Bar, and its vaunted, glass-ceilinged Palm Court (where precocious Eloise once took tea among white-...
“In every collection I have done, there is always an Indian inspiration,” says Jean-Paul Gaultier, who has been amassing a vast library of intensely colored textile swatches since his first visit to Calcutta and Puri in the 1970’s. For his Hermès ...
A friend called, one distant New Year's Day. She was in Rajghat, at the Krishnamurti Foundation and Study Centre in Benares, India, at the very last ghat, or pier, on the Ganges. "You cannot imagine the beauty of this place," she said. "The light,...
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express—a reconstruction of the train that inspired Agatha Christie's famous mystery—glides from Paris to Istanbul in six days and five nights, past bustling European cities and through the snowcapped Alps. Aboard the O-E...