Agra Fort Railway StationSituated in Agra, the city with one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal, welcomes a lot of travelers as a daily routine. People come to visit a number of historic monuments, mausoleums, and bazaars in the city. One of the most accessible and economical ways to reach the city is by the railways.
The North Central Railways is the tirelessly working wing of the Indian Railways catering to different regions of North India and connecting to various routes in the western, southern and eastern regions of the country by the three distributions of Agra, Jhansi, and Allahabad.
2 Major Railway Stations in AgraAgra has two major railway stations - Agra Cantonment Railway Station and Agra Fort Railway Station. Agra Cantonment Railway Station is located in the Dhanauli region and both stations are separated by a distance of around 4-6 km (2.5-3.7mi).
With the Railway Station Code ‘AF’, the Agra Fort Railway station has four executing platforms. The station was structured in a manner that it was inclusive of both broad gauge and meter gauge till the line to Jaipur was transitioned to broad gauge. Operational in the year of 1874, this standard on-ground railway station is considered as the first railway station built in Agra by the demarcation of Tripolia Chowk, which was the intermediate connecting pathway between Jama Masjid and Agra Fort. It also remarked and believed as one of the oldest railway stations the country is having.
Railway Network of Agra Fort Railway StationThe Agra Fort Station is connected to the important cities of the country from the north, south and western areas particularly such as Kolkata, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Gorakhpur Junction, Muzaffarnagar junction, Ahmedabad, Patna, Bandra Terminus, Howrah, Barmer, Guwahati, Okha, Ranchi, Ajmer, Bareilly, Sealdah, Kasganj, Udaipur city, Kota Junction, Lucknow, Lokmanya Terminus, Indore, Kanpur, Rajgir, etc.
The major trains travelling through the Agra Fort Railway Station are Howrah Junction - Jodhpur Junction Express which is a daily mail covering the journey of 32 hours, Aii Af Intercity which travels from Ajmer Junction to Agra Fort in a span of 6 hours and 30 minutes, Sdah Ajmer Express which covers a journey of 27 hours 40 minutes from Sealdah to Ajmer Junction, Agra Superfast travelling from Ahmedabad Junction to Agra Fort in 15 hours and 25 minutes, Bikaner Howrah Superfast which transits from Bikaner Junction to Howrah Junction in 33 hours and 15 minutes, and the reverse journey of the trains also crosses through Agra Fort station.
The aforesaid trains are daily mails or expresses which travel through the Agra Fort Railway Station on all seven days of the week. Various other trains like Marudhar Express also pass through Agra daily, but it has a different train route.
Agra City Connect from the Agra Fort StationAgra is having a definite network of city buses and taxis for travelling throughout the city and to the adjacent cities in Uttar Pradesh and neighboring states under the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation.
The nearest bus stop to Agra Fort Railway Station is the Idgah bus stand. The estimated distance from Agra Fort Station to Idgah bus stand is 3.5 km (2.2mi). Idgah bus stand is one of the main buses stands like Taj Depot, Fort Depot and Inter State Bus Terminal which connects the city areas.
There are also lines for taxi services to the city areas from the station and from the various city areas back to the station.
Nearby Attractions:Agra, being the center of the Mughal dynasty in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, has a number of magnificent architectural pieces reflecting the Mughal style, vibrant bazaars, and serene mausoleums.
• Jama Masjid: Jama Masjid is the sanctified mosque with a peaceful environment at a distance of 200 m (219 yd) from the station.
• Itmad-Ud-Daulah: The tomb reflecting the love Nur Jahan had for her father, Itmad-Ud-Daulah, who was the chief minister in Jahangir’s court, can be witnessed at a distance of 2.5 km (1.6mi) from the station. Also, popularly known as ‘Baby Taj’.
• Taj Mahal: The white marble beauty built by Shah Jahan, an epitome of love is only at a distance of 3.1 km (2mi) from the railway station.
• Akbar’s tomb: Constructed at Sikandra, at a distance of 9.1 km (5.7mi) from the railway station, is the grand mausoleum of one of the greatest rulers in the history, which is worth admiring with regard to the minute intricacies.
• Fatehpur Sikri: At an hour’s drive from the city, one can explore the rich Mughal architecture and its heritage built by Akbar.
The Agra Fort Railway Station has all the basic amenities a railway station has including canteen, telephone booth, luggage and waiting room, water coolers, restrooms and stalls having books, magazines and has a number of delicious restaurants serving authentic Mughlai cuisine.
With thousands of passengers using the Agra Fort Railway Station to commute to and from Agra, it is a vivacious center in the North Central Railways which opens up to the major tourist attractions not just in India, but also worldwide.