Some places in India will always be inspiring, and Agra is one of those cities. Agra is home to one of the seven wonders of the world, multiple religious monuments and the birthplace of many Indian arts and philosophies. You might find a cheap flight to Agra, but your experience in this city will be rich.
Situated in the State of Uttar Pradesh, Agra offers visitors a chance to experience three world heritage monuments and a glimpse at India’s finest craftsmanship. From leather to glassware and jewelry to embroidery, visitors to Agra will savor in the various Indian arts. But Agra is more than a city of carpet weaving and artifacts.
Many visitors book flights to Agra on far more personal journeys. The Taj Mahal, Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri are just three places that welcome travelers on the journey to another land. The most famous of them is undoubtedly the Taj Mahal. Built in 1648 C.E by the Muslim Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal remains today one of the most striking structures in the world. Built entirely of white marble, some say the Taj actually glows in the moonlight and looks like it’s floating on a foggy day.The perfectly symmetrical monument took 22 years to construct, and many travelers opt for flights to Agra to seek solace in the Taj Mahal’s peace pools and landscaped gardens. Whatever the reason for travel to Agra, visitors are sure to leave with lasting memories.
Agra’s tropical climate brings 110 degree temperatures in June, and combined with the high rate of pollution in the city, most travelers book Agra flights as things cool down. June (and sometimes July) is also known for heavy rainfall and even monsoons. Chilly temperatures come in the winter, but range widely from 40-90 degrees (Fahrenheit).
Most travelers book flights to Agra between October and March, when the weather is dry and cool.
Peak Season: Booking flights to Agra in between October and December affords you the most mild and temperate conditions, avoiding too much heat, or debilitating rain.
Off-peak Season: July-September is the hottest and driest time, when dusty desert winds make outdoor activities difficult for anyone booking flights to Agra.
Hire a car and driver for your day in Agra and travel worry free. There are also many private tours in the area. The U.P. State Tourism Development Corporation offers tours at all the major sites. If you’d rather cut out on your own, don’t rent your own car. Driving in any Indian city is not recommended. Instead, travel by taxi or rickshaw – auto or bicycle. Make sure your haggling skills are sharpened before you board though. With the high number of tourists in Agra, drivers often quote ridiculously high prices. Don’t be afraid to argue. Also watch out for unplanned stops along your route. Drivers sometimes get a commission for bringing their passengers to local shops. Rent a bike and try pedaling your way around Agra. There are rental shops all over and powering your own way around the city can be helpful since motorized vehicles are not allowed in the Taj Sanctuary.