Known as the city of the Taj Mahal, Agra was the capital of the Mughal Empire during its golden age, between 1526 and 1658. Nestled in a bend of the holy Yumuna River, the UNESCO-listed Taj Mahal might be the city’s focal point but there is plenty more to explore. This includes two more World Heritage Sites in Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri (located just outside of the city), earning it its place as one of the apexes of India’s golden triangle alongside Delhi and Jaipur. You’ll find the legacy of the Mughal Empire spread along the banks of the Yumuna, an ever more extravagant string of tombs and mausoleums, building up to the Taj Mahal itself, built between 1631 and 1648 as the empire slowly crumbled away.
The best time to visit India is from October to March. Each season offers a different climate depending on where in India you are visiting. During May to September, the weather can be quite hot and humid as well as in monsoon season which is June to September. During the winter months of November to January, the temperatures can drop and the weather can become cooler.
The food offered on all of our India tours is locally sourced cuisine so that you can get a real taste for authentic ingredients and recipes, especially spices! Local delicacies from markets can also be tried as well as street food from places like Delhi. On request, western food is easily available. India is the ultimate foodie country and each city offers its own significant dish and a different range of flavours, textures and ingredients. Vegan and vegetarian dishes are in abundance with a huge choice for other dietary requirements as well.
India is now an extremely diverse place and most types of clothing are not restricted, however, women are expected to cover up when visiting places of religious significance like temples. Items such as knee length skirts and shorts are suitable for women (and shorts for men) and these types of clothes are widely accepted. It is always recommended to carry a light cardigan/shawl/pashmina when travelling as well as shoes that are easy to take on and off such as flip flops to be prepared to enter a religious building (some sites will require you to enter bare foot).
The local currency is Rupees which can be obtained in the UK. Smaller denominations are recommended for taxis, rickshaws, tipping and comfort breaks etc.
This is highly dependent on where you are travelling to, but distances could vary from 2 – 4 hours. Traffic is extremely busy in a lot of areas of India but on our tours we will always try to travel outside peak times.
We all enjoy a good fact or two - here are a few useful ones about Agra:
Agra offers a wealth of wonderful sights and experiences. What better way to explore them than on a Wendy Wu tour?