Ever had a whole day free and you have no idea what to do and can see the sun slowly rise and fall leaving you in a crippling state of frustration? Well, we have the perfect plan for you! Here is all you can do in a day trip to Agra and still make it back home on the same day for bedtime!
Get on the Gatimaan Express which leaves Hazrat Nizamuddin station at 8:10 am. You’ll spend about INR 1,500 on a round trip for first class and you can easily buy the tickets online or on the IRTC app or your friendly neighbourhood travel agent. The Gatimaan is clean and comfy and you are served breakfast while going and dinner when you’re on your way back to Delhi with both vegetarian and chicken options. Get off at Agra Cantt station at 9:50 am. The return train leaves the station at 5:50 pm so be there by 5:30 pm for a relaxed and stress free journey back!
The Taj Mahal should be the first place to visit as the marble gets very hot to walk on as the day unfolds and the sun is at its peak. If you have not booked a cab, then hop onto an auto rickshaw! But, from personal experience, I suggest you walk out of the station and get an auto from the main road as the auto rickshaw drivers at the station are crooks and thugs!
Do not pay more than 200 rupees for the auto ride to the Taj Mahal. The East gate entrance to the Taj Mahal is the best option, you will need to buy the tickets for entry at the parking lot area.
Ticket prices for Indian nationals are INR 45 and for foreign nationals it is INR 1,050, make sure you carry shoe covers which saves you from walking on bare feet. Positioned about 100 meters before entering the Taj, stop at the Dhabha(Restaurant) on your left to eat an Agra Breakfast staple of Bedai Bhaji and Jalebi. The bedai (sometimes spelled berahi) is a fried, puffy bread, much like kachori, served with a bowl of spicy green sabzi dotted with hunks of potato and a dollop of curd, The jalebi, is a sticky-sweet dessert made of fermented batter that’s fried into ropy whirls, then soaked in hot sugary syrup. Freshly made and consumed one after the other, together they’re the definitive balanced breakfast of Agra. Alternatively, Deviram, Netram Halwai and GMB are other options for getting your bedai Bhaji and jalebi score!
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India is known not merely for its cultural heritage, but it is also on origin of variety of foods. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Breakfast is considered as an important meal in India and every Indian state is known for its unique breakfast dish. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Bedai and aloo ki sabji is a much liked breakfast delicacy in Uttar Pradesh (UP) and widely famous in Agra, Jhansi, Mathura and other cities of UP. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Bedai is crunchy and crispy dal puri much like kachori served with spicy aloo ki sabji •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• In the frame: बेड़ाई और आलू की सब्ज़ी •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Place: Dauji Sweets, Agra (UP) •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Taste: 5/5 Value for money: 5/5 for Rs. 10 per piece •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• PS: With every bite of this you feel a burst of flavours in your mouth; crunchy, crispy, spicy and a lot!! • • • Tag all bedai lovers here!! • • • Follow @foodexplorer_ajmer for such mouth watering food updates • • • • #bedai #alookisabji #bedaiandalookisabji #morning #breakfast #agra #uttarpradesh #up #crunchykachoris #spicysabji #mouthwatering #flavoursome #yummy #awesome #food #foodvarieties #india #indianfood #indianfoodvarieties #indianfoodvariations #indianbedai #indiansabji #ajmer #ajmerfoodbloggers #indian #indianfoodbloggers #agrafoodbloggers
You don’t need more than 2 hours at the Taj. Post the Taj, if you’re in a spending mood after, The Oberoi Amarvilas is just 600 meters from the Taj Mahal which is well on your way back is a great option for a delicious lunch. The hotel serves both ala carte or buffet options with impeccable service.
Next, you could visit the Agra Fort.
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The Agra Fort known for its unique history, a beautiful mix of architectural styles and you will notice many similarities it shares with the Red Fort in New Delhi, also built by Akbar. A Royal residence and military stronghold, the Indian army still possesses a large part today.
Itmad-Ud-Daula’s tomb was build to commemorate Jahangir’s (Akbar’s son) chief minister. This was the first tomb in India built entirely in white marble and was the inspiration for the Taj Mahal later built by Shah Jahan.
Fatehpur Sikri is about an hour’s drive one way! And traffic can increase travel time, but taxis and “OLA” cabs are easily available. Built by Akbar, it was the imperial city of the Mughal Empire between 1571 and 1584. It is a sprawling city built by the Salim Chisti’s tomb is a magnificent display of mixed architecture styles and Akbar’s tolerance. Later abandoned, the reason is still a matter of mystery.
I would suggest you only do maximum two monument visits, which will leave you time to shop for some world class leather shoes! Agra is famous for leather products and some of the world best brands make their shoes in Agra! There is a saying that the Mughals came to Agra first to buy some shoes and then decided to stay on. “Guddu Bhai”, the man I personally buy shoes from, has a dusty shop in the middle lane of Sadar Bazaar. Be patient and he’ll show you some great shoes. I bought my dad and my sister a few pairs and the quality is great and all cost between 1500-2000. Or, you could go to the many other equally good if not better stores but keep an eye out for “Rexine” or imitation leather.
If you still have time left, then you are truly a star and deserve a reward of jalebis!
Enjoy the dinner snack on your train journey home and get some cake from the platform if you’re a reminiscing person!