24 Hours in Agra, India
Most people visit Agra to see the Taj Mahal. However, there are more places to see when visiting Agra. Here is how you can spend your day in the historic city.
Sunrise at the Taj Mahal:
Try waking up early to see the sunrise at the Taj Mahal (I know it’s painful to wake up at 4.30am, but it’s worth it). The early morning is the best time of the day to see the Taj Mahal: There are fewer crowds, and the white marble will shine in beautiful golden tones. Plan around three hours for your visit to the Taj Mahal as there is a lot to see. To better prepare for your visit to the Taj Mahal, you might be interested in reading What you should know before visiting the Taj Mahal.
Breakfast at Hotel:
After seeing the Taj Mahal, head to your hotel for breakfast. We stayed at the ITC Mughal, which is one of the better accommodations in the heart of Agra. Even though it’s a five-star hotel, don’t expect anything crazy. However, the hotel is good enough for a night in Agra and one of the better choices. If you are looking for something extraordinary, you should stay in the Oberoi Hotel – definitely the best address in Agra. Each room here has a direct view of the Taj Mahal.
Lunch at a traditional Indian restaurant:
If you’re looking for a lunch place, you can check out the restaurant “Pinch of Spices”. It’s one of the best-rated restaurants in Agra, serving traditional north Indian food.
Agra Red Fort:
After lunch, head to the Red Fort, a UNESCO world heritage site you shouldn’t miss. The Red Fort was the primary residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638 when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. It was also the prison of King Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal in the loving memory of his wife. The king housed over 5,000 women in the Agra Fort – no other men were allowed. It was a place of splendor and entertainment: Agra Fort had its secret vineyard (alcohol wasn’t allowed in those days) and was an opium paradise.
Afternoon tea at the Oberoi:
I love afternoon tea – even more, if it comes with a direct view onto the Taj Mahal. Visit the Oberoi hotel for a well-deserved break from the crazy Indian city life and enjoy the luxurious atmosphere of the Oberoi Hotel. I loved every second of it!
Sunset with views onto Taj Mahal:
Head to the Moonlight garden to see the sunset with direct views onto the Taj Mahal. If you want to find out more, visit 10 Tips for visiting the Taj Mahal .
Dinner at an award-winning restaurant:
It’s time for dinner. If you haven’t been to the ITC Bukhara restaurant in Delhi, it’s now time to experience this award-winning restaurant in Agra. As per tradition, the restaurant will recommend guests to eat with their hands instead of cutleries – quite an experience.
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