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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 North Indian in Agra

Esphahan

There are only two sittings each evening at Agra's finest restaurant (6.30pm and 9.30pm), so booking a table is essential. The exquisite menu is chock-full of unique delicacies and rarely seen regional heritage dish…
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 is a must: duelling veg and nonveg glorified street stalls employing 24 cooks during the rush, each of whom is handling outdoor tandoors or other traditional cookware. They whip up outrageously …
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 countr…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Agra

Subhash Emporium

Some of the pieces on display at this renowned marble shop are simply stunning. While more expensive than many other shops, you definitely get what you pay for: high-quality stone and master craftsmanship. Some of t…
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…
Palace in Agra

Khas Mahal

Shah Jahan was imprisoned inside this white-marble octagonal tower and palace for eight years, until his death in 1666 – from the windows he could gaze out at the Taj Mahal, the tomb of his wife. When he died, his b…
Bar in Agra

Amarvilas Bar

For a beer or cocktail in sheer opulence, look no further than the bar at Agra’s best hotel. A terrace opens out to views of the Taj. Nonguests can wander onto the terrace, but staff can be funny about it.