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How to Spend 1 Day in Agra

How to Spend 1 Day in Agra

Although Agra is best-known for the Taj Mahal, the area is home to two other UNESCO World Heritage sites, both of which are excellent examples of Mughal architecture. Here’s the best way to see all three in one day and still have time left over for dinner and a show.

Morning: The Taj Mahal

Wake up before the crack of dawn and make your way to the Taj Mahal, Agra’s principal attraction. Lines begin to form early, so it’s best to book a skip-the-line ticket or tour package to avoid long waits (though you’ll still want to get there early for the best photography conditions). Spend your morning exploring the beautiful Mughal gardens that lead to the Taj before entering the ancient mausoleum. Audio guides are available, but going with a guide is useful if you want a more in-depth understanding of the story behind the Taj (or help getting great photographs). 

Afternoon: Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri

Grab lunch before making your way to nearby Agra Fort, the city’s other UNESCO World Heritage Site. Made primarily of red sandstone, this gargantuan fortification was the primary residence of generations of Mughal emperors, and Shahjahan (who built the Taj) was imprisoned here by his own grandson. After your visit, head to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fatehpur Sikri, a magnificently preserved ghost town that served as the capital of the Mughal empire for 14 years. It’s a 25-mile (40-kilometer) drive from Agra, and while you can hire guides right at the site, it’s easiest to book a tour from Agra that includes transportation. 

Night:Mohabbat the Taj at Kalakriti

Wrap up your day in Agra with dinner and a show. Held on most nights at the Kalakriti Cultural & Convention Center,Mohabbat the Taj is a theatrical performance, complete with music and dance, that recounts the story of Shahjahan (the emperor who commissioned the Taj Mahal) and his beloved wife Mumtaz, in whose honor the monument was built. It’s an entertaining way to learn about the history behind the Taj. Grab dinner after the performance, or, for the best value, book a combo tour that includes theater tickets, dinner, and hotel transfers. 

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Sunrise Taj Mahal Agra Private City Tour

Sunrise Taj Mahal Agra Private City Tour

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Pack in three UNESCO World Heritage sites into one day on this private Taj Mahal sunrise tour. Not only do you see the Taj Mahal at one of the most stunning times of day—at sunrise—but you also visit both Agra Fort and the ghost town of Fatehpur Sikri. Along with lunch, this private tour comes with round-trip transport from your hotel for added convenience.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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Taj Mahal entrance ticket with optional add-ons

Taj Mahal entrance ticket with optional add-ons

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The Taj Mahal draws visitors from all over the world, and during busy season, wait times in line can last up to three hours. This special, skip-the-line Taj Mahal admission ticket saves you the time waiting in line, and gets you inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site so you can explore it at your own pace. This admission ticket also offers two different pickup options, as well as a guided tour upgrade for ultimate convenience.
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  • 3 hours
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Half Day Sunrise Tour of Taj Mahal by TUK TUK

Half Day Sunrise Tour of Taj Mahal by TUK TUK

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Enjoy an early morning ride from your hotel to the Taj Mahal by Tuk Tuk. Experience the beauty of the Taj Mahal at sunrise, then follow your guide through this UNESCO World Heritage Site, learning about its construction, architecture, and the love story that inspired its creation. Have breakfast before touring the Agra Fort built of red sandstone. Return to your hotel in Tuk Tuk to conclude your half-day tour.
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  • 4 hours
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Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Skip-the-Line E-tickets & guide

Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Skip-the-Line E-tickets & guide

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Choose between two convenient options for this tour: admission only for the Agra Fort or admission and transfer service from your accommodations in Agra. These two options make it easy to accommodate your schedule and budget, depending on your needs. Skip the long lines and explore Agra Fort on your own to learn about the history of the imperial city of the Mughal rulers.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$13.74
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Skip-the-Line Taj Mahal Entrance Ticket with Tour Guide

Skip-the-Line Taj Mahal Entrance Ticket with Tour Guide

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The Taj Mahal is one of the most visited landmarks in India, and it's usually never left off a Delhi or Agra itinerary. The palace receives roughly eight million visitors annually, so it can be a real challenge to navigate the crowds and long entrance lines. This skip-the-line admission ticket allows you to avoid spending hours waiting in line while visiting the Taj Mahal with a private guide. Plus, you can upgrade your experience to add round-trip transport from Agra or Delhi for convenience.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-Day City Tour of Agra visit The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri

Full-Day City Tour of Agra visit The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri

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Experience the wonders of India’s Mughal Empire including the iconic Taj Mahal during this private tour from Agra. Check out three UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri ‘ghost town.’ You also have time to shop for souvenirs from Agra’s amazing handicraft artisans and to enjoy an included buffet lunch.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.00
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Private Full-Day Taj Mahal Sunrise and Agra Tour

Private Full-Day Taj Mahal Sunrise and Agra Tour

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Get a comprehensive experience in Agra, combined with personalized attention, on this private tour. You'll be able to check all the must-see stops off your list, traveling at your own pace and asking plenty of questions along the way. Highlights include the Itmad-Ud-Daula, the Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh, and the Taj Mahal.
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  • 1 day
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$16.00
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