Agra is located in Uttar Pradesh, the northern state described as a ‘world in itself' by the Indian writer Ruskin Bond. Agra is best loved for the architectural wealth of the imperial palaces, tombs, forts and gardens which dot its riverine landscape, sublime evidence of the imperial Mughal court seated here during the 16th and 17th century before it was moved to Delhi. Of these, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and emperor Akbar's nearby abandoned capital of Fatehpur Sikri are the most revered.
The Taj Mahal is one the most famous buildings on earth, a magnificent expression of eternal love, an architectural masterpiece and, quite rightly, one of the wonders of the world.
The exquisite tomb and Islamic inspired gardens always captivate, while the daily play of light across the Taj's marble walls is a sight to behold.
The Taj Mahal's perfect proportions, distinct feminine touches and ornamentation make it India's most visited attraction.
The impressive Agra Fort was commissioned by emperor Akbar in 1565 and built on the remains of existing Rajput fortifications.
The fort's forbidding exteriors hide an inner paradise of courtly buildings, the colonnaded arches of the Diwan-I-Aam (Hall of Public Audience) and the exquisite Moti Masjid mosque - a pearl-shaped white marble building ordered by Shah Jahan.
The abandoned red walled city of Fatehpur Sikri outside Agra was the Mughal capital for 14 years and is now a World Heritage site.
A blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, the former royal complex has defined public and private areas, imposing gateways and evidence of plundered treasures.
The Neemrana Fort Palace in Rajasthan is one of India's oldest heritage resorts. It is located roughly halfway between Agra and Jaipur and is an excellent alternative to staying in Agra itself if you plan to explore the Golden Triangle.
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Chaotic, colourful and captivating, the Indian cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, collectively known as the Golden Triangle, are home to some of the country's most resplendent architecture, vibrant street life and fascinating cultural heritage.
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Explore India's princely state on this luxury tailor-made holiday, staying at Taj hotels throughout. Witness Delhi's big-city bustle and the Taj Mahal's white-marble glow before delving into the glittering palaces and towering forts of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur.
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The Maharajas Express is the latest word in luxury train travel in India. In a country renowned for its majestic opulence, this palace on wheels is the perfect way to experience the many sights and sounds of this remarkable country in total comfort and style.
Top itineraries in Agra
The Golden Triangle, made up of the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, is classic India at its very best. This tantalising triumvirate serves up everything you'd expect from a country with such a rich and varied history and a reputation for chaos and conformity in equal measure.
This luxury India holiday will illustrate the beautiful essence of Rajasthan, from its warm and welcoming people, to its bustling cities, antiquated villages, and regal heritage.
This tailor-made escorted tour will see you experience the rich traditions, festivals and rituals of India. You'll discover the delights of Delhi and Mumbai alongside experiencing Holi Festival with locals, exploring the Taj Mahal and staying in luxury hotels throughout.
Top places to stay in Agra
At the leading luxury hotel in Agra you can wake up and experience your own private moment with the world's greatest monument to love, the Taj Mahal, as each room, suite, lobby, bar and lounge offer breathtaking views of the monument.
The Maharajas’ Express combines some of India’s most enticing destinations with a raft of Raj-like experiences, from champagne breakfasts at the Taj Mahal to travelling by canopied camel cart for sundowners in the sand dunes of Bikaner.
Proud staff and decadent interiors make the Palace on Wheels – India’s answer to the Orient Express – the ideal way of seeing the forts and desert landscapes of historic Rajasthan.
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