Top things to do in Agra & the Taj Mahal

Top Choice Historic Building in Agra

Taj Mahal

Poet Rabindranath Tagore described it as 'a teardrop on the cheek of eternity'; Rudyard Kipling as 'the embodiment of all things pure'; while its creator, Emperor Shah Jahan, said it made 'the sun and the moon shed …
Top Choice Fort in Agra

Agra Fort

With the Taj Mahal overshadowing it, one can easily forget that Agra has one of the finest Mughal forts in India. Walking through courtyard after courtyard of this palatial red-sandstone and marble fortress, your am…
Top Choice Historic Building in Agra

Itimad-ud-Daulah

Nicknamed the Baby Taj, the exquisite tomb of Mizra Ghiyas Beg should not be missed. This Persian nobleman was Mumtaz Mahal’s grandfather and Emperor Jehangir’s wazir (chief minister). His daughter, Nur Jahan, who m…
Top Choice North Indian in Agra

Esphahan

There are only two sittings each evening at Agra's finest restaurant, so booking ahead is essential, especially as non-guest tables are limited. The exquisite menu is chock-full of unique delicacies, with the modern…
Top Choice Park in Agra

Mehtab Bagh

This park, originally built by Emperor Babur as the last in a series of 11 parks on the Yamuna’s east bank (long before the Taj was conceived), fell into disrepair until it was little more than a huge mound of sand.…
Top Choice Dhaba in Agra

Mama Chicken

This superstar dhaba (casual eatery) is a must: duelling veg and nonveg glorified street stalls employ 24 cooks during the rush, each of whom handles outdoor tandoors, grills or pots. They whip up outrageously good …
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Agra

Subhash Emporium

Some of the pieces on display at this renowned marble shop are simply stunning (ask to see the 26 masterpieces). While more expensive than some shops, you definitely get what you pay for: high-quality marble from Ra…
Top Choice Modern Indian in Agra

Pinch of Spice

This modern North Indian superstar is the best spot outside five-star hotels to indulge yourself in rich curries and succulent tandoori kebabs. The murg boti masala (chicken tikka swimming in a rich and spicy gravy)…
Top Choice Historic Building in Agra

Akbar’s Mausoleum

This outstanding sandstone and marble tomb commemorates the greatest of the Mughal emperors. The huge courtyard is entered through a stunning gateway decorated with three-storey minarets at each corner and built of …
Mosque in Fatehpur Sikri

Jama Masjid

This beautiful, immense mosque was completed in 1571 and contains elements of Persian and Indian design. The main entrance, at the top of a flight of stone steps, is through the spectacular 54m-high Buland Darwaza (…