Non-Veg food Agra

Agra also offers non vegetarians a delightfull journey, Pahalwan’s Mutton Stew, Kheema Kalejee, Capri’s Mutton Palak mince , Chawla’s Chicken Tikka and Mama’s Chicken Franky is very popular amongs the local people, if you get a chance you should definetly visit these joints.

Price- 100/- Rupees per serving to 650/- Rupees

Types of Agra Petha

With growing demand and perhaps innovations, more and more varieties of the original preparation are available i.e. Plain Petha, Angoori Petha, Angoori Kesar Petha, Kesar Petha, Pan Petha, Gulkand , Orange petha, Chocolate petha, and many more. There are some other variations based on content, one with coconut mixed, another with some nuts put into it. Sometimes kewda essence is used to flavor petha.

Cherry Mango Petha

Cherry Mango Petha

Coconut petha

Coconut petha

Angoori Petha

Angoori Petha

Kesar Elaichi petha

Kesar Elaichi petha

Orange petha

Orange petha

Shahi Angoor Petha

Shahi Angoor Petha

 

Agra Petha

One of the must buy Agra product is Petha , The petha is a sweet that many believe was invented to provide instant energy to thousands of workers involved in the making TajMahal, you can find numerous shops all across Agra , various types of Petha, the most popular is the Saada Petha, or Plain PETHA, that is white translucent , rectangular piece,  It is made from the “Ash Gourd” vegetable (also known as winter melon or white pumpkin, or simply petha in Hindi.

Process of making Petha :- Ash Gourd is washed and peeled and cut into big chunks about 2 inches in size, then pierced with fork from all sides and then boiled in water for 4 hours, after that it is taken out and dried under fan for an hour and then put into hot sugar syrup and boiled for another five minutes. this is how Petha is made
With growing demand and perhaps innovations, more and more varieties of the original preparation are available i.e. Plain Petha, Angoori Petha, Angoori Kesar Petha, Kesar Petha, Pan Petha, Gulkand Petha etc. There are some other variations based on content, one with coconut mixed, another with some nuts put into it. Sometimes kewda essence is used to flavor petha.

Price – 80/- Rupees to 250/- Rupees per Kg

Agra-Jaipur Tour Packages

Tour Packages for Free Individual Traveler

Day 1, Arrive at Agra (Railway Station, Bus Stop) by Morning, Pick Up and Transfer to Hotel, Freshen up , followed by Visit to Itmad-ud-daula’s Tomb , Mehtab Garden, Lunch , Visit Red Fort and Tajmahal , Dinner, Overnight Stay at the Hotel.

Day 2, Check out from the Hotel andEarly Morning Departure to Fateh pur Sikri, Have breakfast at Fatehpur Sikri, depart to Jaipur by noon, reach Jaipur by Evening , Check in the Hotel, Evening Shopping Time, Dinner and over night stay at the Hotel.

Day 3, After Breakfast, Visit Birla Temple, National Meuseum, City Palace, Lunch, followed by visit to Amer Fort, Kanak Garden , lake Palace and drop at Railway station/bus stop, board train/bus to your destination.

The package includes Local transportation (Ac Car), Accommodation (Ac Room), Sightseeing, Guide Service, one complimentary breakfast and excludes Lunch, Dinner, monument entry fee  and any other expenses of personal Nature

The package Starts from 6000/- per person on Twin Sharing

Tour Packages for Group Traveler

Day 1, Arrive at Agra (Railway Station, Bus Stop) by Morning, Pick Up and Transfer to Hotel, Freshen up , followed by Visit to Itmad-ud-daula’s Tomb , Mehtab Garden, Lunch , Visit Red Fort and Tajmahal , Dinner, Overnight Stay at the Hotel.

Day 2, Check out from the Hotel and Early Morning Departure to Fateh pur Sikri, Have breakfast at Fatehpur Sikri, depart to Jaipur by noon, reach Jaipur by Evening , Check in the Hotel, Evening Shopping Time, Dinner and over night stay at the Hotel.

Day 3, After Breakfast, Visit Birla Temple, National Meuseum, City Palace, Lunch, followed by visit to Amer Fort, Kanak Garden , lake Palace and drop at Railway station/bus stop, board train/bus to your destination.

 

The package includes Local transportation (2*3 BUS), Accommodation (NON AC Room, Triple Sharing), Sightseeing, Guide Service, one complimentary breakfast and excludes Lunch, Dinner, monument entry fee  and any other expenses of personal Nature

The package Starts from 1500/- per person for a minimum of thirty people

Special rates are available for School Students , kindly dial us to Find out the details

 

Agra-Gwalior Tour Packages

Tour Packages for Free Individual Traveler

Day 1, Arrive at Agra (Railway Station, Bus Stop) by Morning, Pick Up and Transfer to Hotel, Freshen up , followed by Visit to Itmad-ud-daula’s Tomb , Mehtab Garden, Lunch , Visit Red Fort and Tajmahal , Dinner, Overnight Stay at the Hotel.

Day 2, After Breakfast Depart for Gwalior, Visit Sun Temple, Museum, Lunch, Gwalior Fort, Zoo , followed by Journey back to Agra, over Night stay at the Hotel.

Day 3, After Breakfast, Visit Radha-soami Temple , Sikandra, lunch followed by Visit to Fateh Pur Sikri, and drop at Railway station/bus stop, board train/bus to your destination.

The package includes Local transportation (Ac Car), Accommodation (Ac Room), Sightseeing, Guide Service, one complimentary breakfast and excludes Lunch, Dinner, monument entry fee  and any other expenses of personal Nature

The package Starts from 5500/- per person on Twin Sharing

Tour Packages for Group Traveler

Day 1, Arrive at Agra (Railway Station, Bus Stop) by Morning, Pick Up and Transfer to Hotel, Freshen up , followed by Visit to Itmad-ud-daula’s Tomb , Mehtab Garden, Lunch , Visit Red Fort and Tajmahal , Dinner, Overnight Stay at the Hotel.

Day 2, After Breakfast Depart for Gwalior by Train, Visit Sun Temple, Museum, Lunch, Gwalior Fort,  followed by Journey back to Agra, over Night stay at the Hotel.

Day3, After Breakfast, Visit Radha-soami Temple , Sikandra, lunch followed by Visit to Fateh Pur Sikri, and drop at Railway station/bus stop, board train/bus to your destination.

The package includes Local transportation (2*3 BUS), Accommodation (NON AC Room, Triple Sharing), Sightseeing, Guide Service, one complimentary breakfast and excludes Lunch, Dinner, monument entry fee  and any other expenses of personal Nature

The package Starts from 1200/- per person for a minimum of thirty people

Special rates are available for School Students , kindly dial us to Find out the details

Agra-Mathura Tour packages

Tour Packages for Free Individual Traveler

Day 1, Arrive at Agra (Railway Station, Bus Stop) by Morning, Pick Up and Transfer to Hotel, Freshen up , followed by Visit to Itmad-ud-daula’s Tomb , Mehtab Garden, Lunch , Visit Red Fort and Tajmahal , Dinner, Overnight Stay at the Hotel.

Day 2, After Breakfast Depart for Mathura, Visit Krishna Janam Bhoomi, Guru Dev Temple, Akshya Patra, Iskon temple, Bankey Bihari Temple followed by Journey back to Agra, over Night stay at the Hotel.

Day 3, After Breakfast, Visit Radha-soami Temple , Sikandra, lunch followed by Visit to Fateh Pur Sikri, and drop at Railway station/bus stop, board train/bus to your destination.

The package includes Local transportation (Ac Car), Accommodation (Ac Room), Sightseeing, Guide Service, one complimentary breakfast and excludes Lunch, Dinner, monument entry fee  and any other expenses of personal Nature

The package Starts from 5000/- per person on Twin Sharing

Tour Packages for Group Traveler

Day 1, Arrive at Agra (Railway Station, Bus Stop) by Morning, Pick Up and Transfer to Hotel, Freshen up , followed by Visit to Itmad-ud-daula’s Tomb , Mehtab Garden, Lunch , Visit Red Fort and Tajmahal , Dinner, Overnight Stay at the Hotel.

Day 2, After Breakfast Depart for Mathura, Visit Krishna Janam Bhoomi, Guru Dev Temple, Akshya Patra, Iskon temple, Bankey Bihari Temple followed by Journey back to Agra, over Night stay at the Hotel.

Day3, After Breakfast, Visit Radha-soami Temple , Sikandra, lunch followed by Visit to Fateh Pur Sikri, and drop at Railway station/bus stop, board train/bus to your destination.

The package includes Local transportation (2*3 BUS), Accommodation (NON AC Room, Triple Sharing), Sightseeing, Guide Service, one complimentary breakfast and excludes Lunch, Dinner, monument entry fee  and any other expenses of personal Nature

The package Starts from 1000/- per person for a minimum of thirty people

Special rates are available for School Students , kindly dial us to Find out the details

 

 

Agra Tour packages

Tour Packages for Free Individual Traveler

Day 1, Arrive at Agra (Railway Station, Bus Stop) by Morning, Pick Up and Transfer to Hotel, Freshen up , followed by Visit to Itmad-ud-daula’s Tomb , Mehtab Garden, Lunch , Visit Red Fort and Tajmahal , Dinner, Overnight Stay at the Hotel.

Day 2, After Breakfast, Visit Radha-soami Temple , Sikandra, lunch followed by Visit to Fateh Pur Sikri, and drop at Railway station/bus stop, board train/bus to your destination.

The package includes Local transportation (Ac Car), Accommodation (Ac Room), Sightseeing, Guide Service, one complimentary breakfast and excludes Lunch, Dinner, monument entry fee  and any other expenses of personal Nature

The package Starts from 3000/- per person on Twin Sharing

Tour Packages for Group Traveler

Day 1, Arrive at Agra (Railway Station, Bus Stop) by Morning, Pick Up and Transfer to Hotel, Freshen up , followed by Visit to Itmad-ud-daula’s Tomb , Mehtab Garden, Lunch , Visit Red Fort and Tajmahal , Dinner, Overnight Stay at the Hotel.

Day 2, After Breakfast, Visit Radha-soami Temple , Sikandra, lunch followed by Visit to Fateh Pur Sikri, and drop at Railway station/bus stop, board train/bus to your destination.

The package includes Local transportation (2*3 BUS), Accommodation (NON AC Room, Triple Sharing), Sightseeing, Guide Service, one complimentary breakfast and excludes Lunch, Dinner, monument entry fee  and any other expenses of personal Nature

The package Starts from 600/- per person for a minimum of thirty people

Special rates are available for School Students , kindly dial us to Find out the details

Street Food of Agra

Bedai- Jalebi (Morning 7 a.m to 11 a.m)

If you are in Agra, this is one which you should try for breakfast , consists of two parts: one spicy and one sweet. 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 whorls, then soaked in hot sugary syrup. Freshly made and consumed one after another on a crowded street corner, together they’re the definitive balanced breakfast of Agra.

  • Bedai- 5 Rupees to 8 Rupees per piece
  • Jalebi- 10 Rupees to 20 Rupees per 100 gm

Two to three bedai along with 100 gm jalebi is sufficient for an Adult .

jalebi

jalebi

bedai

Bedai

 

Samosa and khasta Khachori (2.00 p.m to 6 p.m)

Agra Samosa is one of the best samosa in Northern India,  it  is a fried pastry with a spiced potato filling, and usually eaten in evening hours with green chutney or sweet and sour chutney, where as Khasta Khachori is small, crisp, golden puri, stuffed with a dry, spiced filling, the fillings are of lentils or potatoes served with spicy green sabji

  • Samosa- 5 Rupees to 8 Rupees per piece
  • Khasta- 5 Rupees to 8 Rupees per piece
Samosa

Samosa

khasta-kachori

khasta-kachori

Agra Fort, Agra

Agra Fort is located (270 10’ 47’’N & 780 1’ 22’’ E) on the right bank of the river Yamuna in the city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the most important and robustly built stronghold of the Mughals, embellished with number of richly decorated buildings encompassing the imposing Mughal style of art and architecture. It was constructed by the third Mughal emperor Akbar on the remains of an ancient site known as Badalgarh. Sikandar Lodi (1487-1517) was the first Sultan of Delhi to shift his capital from Delhi to Agra. After Sikandar Lodi who died in 1517, his son Ibrahim Lodi held the fort for 9 years until he was defeated and killed in the battle of Panipat in 1526. Several palaces, wells and a mosque were built in the fort during the Lodi period.

When Babur sent his son Humayun to Agra, he captured the fort and seized a vast treasure, which included the world famous ‘Koh-i-noor’ diamond as well. Babur built a baoli (step-wall) here. Humayun was coronated here in 1530. Nazam, a water-carrier (saqqa), who had saved Humayun from drowning, was crowned here as an emperor for half-a-day. After Humayun’s defeat at Bilgram in 1540, Sher Shah of the Sur dynasty occupied Agra fort and garrisoned it.

Akbar arrived in Agra in 1558. He ordered to renovate the fort with red sandstone. Some 4000 builders daily worked on it and it was completed in 8 years (1565-1573).

The fort, semi-circular on plan, is surrounded by a 21.4 m high fortification wall. Double ramparts have been provided here with broad massive circular bastions at regular intervals. There are four gates on its four sides, one of the gates was called “khizri-gate” (the water gate) which opens to the river front, where ghats (quays) were provided .The fort has survived through the onslaught of time, nature and men. The fort spreads over an area of about 94 acres of land. At present, there exist more than two dozens of monuments in the Fort.

Abul Fazl, a court historian of Akbar, records that 5000 buildings were built here beautifully in Bengali and Gujarati style. Most of these buildings have now disappeared. Shah Jahan himself demolished some of these in order to make room for his white marble palaces. Later, the British destroyed most of the buildings for raising barracks. Hardly 30 Mughal buildings have survived on the southeastern side. Of these, the Delhi-Gate, Akbari-Gate and ‘Bengali-Mahal’, are representative of buildings raised during the reign of Akbar.

Jahangir mostly resided at Lahore and in Kashmir, though he visited Agra regularly and lived in the fort. Shah Jahan, a great builder, raised white marble palaces here. He also built three white marble mosques in it: Moti-Masjid, Nagina-Masjid and Mina-Masjid.

Aurangzeb imprisoned Shah Jahan, his own father, in the fort for 8 years until he died in 1666 and was buried in the Taj Mahal. The barbicans around the two gates and on the riverside were built by Aurangzeb to strengthen its defences.

Though Shah Jahan had formally transferred his capital to Delhi, in 1638, he continued to live here. But after his death, Agra lost its grandeur. Aurangzeb remained busy in the regional conflicts and wars. Yet, time and again, he lived here and held the durbar. Shivaji came to Agra in 1666 and met Aurangzeb in the Diwan-i-Khas. Aurangzeb died in 1707 and 18th century history of Agra Fort is a saga of sieges and plunder during which it was held by the Jats and the Marathas and finally the British captured it from the latter in 1803.

Open from sunrise to sunset

Entrance Fee:
Citizens of India and visitors of SAARC (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives and Afghanistan) and BIMSTEC Countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar) – Rs. 10 per head.

Others:
US $ 5 or Indian Rs. 250/- per head (ASI);
Rs. 500/- per head as Toll Tax (Agra Development Authority) (Fridays free entry by ADA)
Rs. 500/- ticket of ADA is valid for the monuments of Agra Fort, Itimadi-ud-daula, Akbar’s Tomb, Sikandara and Fatehpur Sikri

(children up to 15 years free

Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal, the pinnacle of Mughal architecture, was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (1628-1658), grandson of Akbar the great, in the memory of his queen Arjumand Bano Begum, entitled ‘Mumtaz Mahal’. Mumtaz Mahal was a niece of empress Nur Jahan and granddaughter of Mirza Ghias Beg I’timad-ud-Daula, wazir of emperor Jehangir. She was born in 1593 and died in 1631, during the birth of her fourteenth child at Burhanpur. Her mortal remains were temporarily buried in the Zainabad garden. Six months later, her body was transferred to Agra to be finally enshrined in the crypt of the main tomb of the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is the mausoleum of both Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan.

The mausoleum is located on the right bank of the river Yamuna at a point where it takes a sharp turn and flows eastwards. Originally, the land where the Taj Mahal presently stands belonged to the Kachhwahas of Ajmer (Rajasthan). The land was acquired from them in lieu of four havelis as is testified by a court historian, Abdul Hamid Lahauri, in his work titled the Badshah-Namah and the firmans (royal decrees). For construction, a network of wells was laid along the river line to support the huge mausoleum buildings. Masons, stonecutters, inlayers, carvers, painters, calligraphers, dome-builders and other artisans were requisitioned from the whole of the empire and also from Central Asia and Iran. While bricks for internal constructions were locally prepared, white marble for external use in veneering work was obtained from Makrana in Rajasthan. Semi-precious stones for inlay ornamentation were brought from distant regions of India, Ceylon and Afghanistan. Red sandstone of different tints was requisitioned from the neighbouring quarries of Sikri, Dholpur, etc. It took 17 years for the monument complex to be completed in 1648.

In all, the Taj Mahal covers an area of 60 bighas, as the terrain gradually sloped from south to north, towards the river, in the form of descending terraces. At the southern point is the forecourt with the main gate in front and tombs of Akbarabadi Begum and Fatehpuri Begum, two other queens of Shah Jahan, on its south-east and south-west corners respectively called Saheli Burj 1 and 2.

On the second terrace is a spacious square garden, with side pavilions. It is divided into four quarters by broad shallow canals of water, with wide walkways and cypress avenues on the sides. The water channels and fountains are fed by overhead water tanks. These four quarters are further divided into the smaller quarters by broad causeways, so that the whole scheme is in a perfect char-bagh.

The main tomb of the Taj is basically square with chamfered corners. The minarets here are detached, facing the chamfered angles (corners) of the main tomb on the main plinth. Red sandstone mosque on the western, and Mehman-Khana on the eastern side of the tomb provides aesthetically a clear colour contrast.

The Taj has some wonderful specimens of polychrome inlay art both in the interior and exterior on the dados, on cenotaphs and on the marble jhajjhari (jali-screen) around them.

Open from Sunrise to Sunset

Friday closed; open for offering prayer in the mosque between 12 Noon to 2 P.M.

Night viewing on Full Moon Day and two days before and after it, excluding Fridays and in the month of Ramzan

Entrance Fee:
Citizens of India and visitors of SAARC (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives and Afghanistan) and BIMSTEC Countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar) – Rs. 10 per head.
Others:

Rs. 250/- per head (ASI);
Rs. 500/- per head as Toll Tax (Agra Development Authority)
Rs. 500/- ticket of ADA is valid for the monuments of Agra Fort, Itimadi-ud-daula, Akbar’s Tomb, Sikandara and Fatehpur Sikri
(children up to 15 years free)

Fee for night viewing
Citizens of India

Know about Night Viewing Dates of Full Night Moon (2012 – 2013) with Fee etc.

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