Agra Fort – all you need to know for ultimate fun
Trip to New Delhi, India
I still have a lot of stories to share about our trip to New Delhi, Agra and Himachal Pradesh in India. One thing I would love to share with you is, that I visited India during the festival time after 18 years. This was 1st Diwali for the kids too. So it was so much fun, that I can’t explain in words. We had shopping, we traveled, we enjoyed fireworks and our overall trip.
One thing I want to clear with you is that the pollution in Delhi skyrocketed during Diwali. Just because we cracked some fireworks doesn’t mean we were responsible for the smoke all over Delhi.
On that note, let me take you to Agra (home of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort) again. It was our day long trip which we would’ve easily extended or visited Jaipur. Due to time shortage, we decided just to visit Agra and kept Jaipur for our next trip.
How to get to Agra from Delhi
You can take a train, bus, taxi or even a tour bus. Your choice, but let me tell ya’all, each mode of transportation has some adventures with them.
India’s train system is huge. Train journey from New Delhi to Agra is like 4 o 6 hours. You get to see the cities and people who live around train tracks.
The bus is my least favorite mode of transportation. The good thing is buses stops on the way, just like cruises where you get to stop, stretch and buy refreshments and look around. Depending on the weather, it can be really hot or cold on the bus. However, the fun and experience you can get on a bus, no other transportation mode can offer.
is what we used. The driver picked us up like 0630 in the morning from home. So no worries of going anywhere as the taxi would come to your home to pick you up. The taxi coming to your home is a good perk and one can enjoy the trip.
You can use the tour bus but you don’t get any exposure to local life when you are on a tour bus. The bus will treat you like a foreigner and you start from Point A (your meet up place) and reach point B (Agra). In between the points you can see life through your bus windows but can’t experience the life outside the windows. This might be the most convenient way of experiencing Agra, but no fun, in my opinion. Don’t use this option if you want to experience local culture first hand.
No matter which mode of transportation you use, it would take you anywhere from 4 to 6 hours to reach Agra from Delhi. Just don’t leave in the afternoon. Try leaving in early morning hours and you will miss morning traffic. If you are leaving afternoon then expect to stay overnight or return late night.
- If you are planning to go to Agra on a full moon night, then leave in the afternoon. Because full moon night the Taj Mahal shines and shines a lot. It is a totally different experience than going on a regular day.
- When you are at the Agra Fort and Taj Mahal, make sure to use services of a guide. Ask them to show you their Government ID as a proof of their job.
We stopped at a couple of places for breakfast and snacks etc. It was a lot of fun on Yamuna Expressway. We paid toll few times but it was worth it. More in our next post filled with photos.
When you reach Agra, you have the option of going to Agra Fort or Taj Mahal. We visited Fort first and someone later recommended, we should have gone to Taj first. Because from Delhi, Taj comes first. And, chances are you will have less crowd at Taj in the morning compared to any other time of the day.
Anyhow, we went to Agra Fort first. Outside there were a lot of guides and what not. But we didn’t hire one until we passed the entrance gate. We paid INR 300 (+ tips) for a guide. Make sure they have ID card from the Tourism Board of Agra. Boy, it was the best decision we made that morning. Let’s see some photos and you can read the explanations.
This was a security area. Can you imagine entering the fort at night as an intruder? The gates are closed, no other way to enter. The only way you could enter is by swimming through waters and realizing being chased by a hungry crocodile or few.
When horses walk here, these stairs made a loud noise which one can hear far away. Once there was a noise, the army would get ready to fight with intruders. In the next post, I will show you something cool here.
I will stop here and publish another post for your reading buds this weekend. Stay tuned for more. If you want to leave a comment, please do so, at the bottom of the page. Thank you for reading.