Mumbai to Agra by Train: An Overnight Journey Plan to Reach Taj Mahal
Mumbai, the center city of Maharashtra, has a wide network of railways bridging the long journey of the corners in the city to the capital of monuments, mausoleums and Mughal remnants - Agra.
Agra has three railway stations - Agra Fort, Agra City, and Agra Cantonment, which cater as the mode of transport via the railways from Mumbai to Agra. You’ll find Mumbai-Agra trains for Agra Fort and Agra Cantonment stations. Agra City Railway Station is mostly deserted and only a few trains (none from Mumbai) stop there.
On a weekly basis, a total of three trains travel from Mumbai to Agra Fort. The first train is 14313 Bareilly Express, which travels from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus to Agra Fort in 23 hours and 45 minutes and covering a distance of 1,344 kilometers (835.1 miles). This train also halts at Agra Cantonment Railway Station and operates only on Monday.
The second train is 19037 Avadh Express which travels from Bandra Terminus to Agra Fort on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday in a time span of 23 hours and 10 minutes. The train is the 19039 Avadh Express which travels on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
Around nine trains cover the journey from Mumbai to Agra Cantonment Railway Station in a week. And, the 4 trains transit regularly includes:
• 19041 - Bandra Terminus Ghazipur City which completes the journey to Agra Cantonment in 19 hours and 35 minutes. The train departs at 11:25 PM from Bandra, Mumbai, and reaches Agra Cantt at 7 PM. You can board the train either from Bandra Terminus or Borivali.
• 11057 - Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Amritsar Express which finishes the journey in 24 hours and 31 minutes is another train you can board from CSMT at 11:30 PM, Dadar Central (11:42 PM), Thane (12:07 AM), or Kalyan (12:30 AM).
The other popular trains are 22221 Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express which completes the journey from Mumbai CSMT to Agra Cantonment in just 15 hours and 35 minutes. The train runs on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 4:10 PM from CSMT and reaches Agra Cantt. at 07:45 AM next morning. 12161 - Lashkar Express which covers the rail journey from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus to Agra Cantonment in 21 hours and 25 minutes is also a good train if you want to board a train from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Kalyan, or Thane. The train departs from LTT station at 4:25 PM and reaches Agra Cantt. At 1:50 PM next day.
How to go to the Taj Mahal from the railway station in Agra?
Agra has a number of options in terms of public transport, such as buses, taxis, rickshaws which connect the railway stations to all the corners of the city.
The Taj Mahal is at a distance of 6.5 kilometers (4.3 miles) from the Agra Cantonment Railway Station. The journey time will be around 18 - 20 minutes via roadways. The distance between Agra Fort Railway Station and the Taj Mahal is around 3.1 kilometers (1.9 miles). The travel time via cab will be around 10 minutes.
The city has a definite network of buses, apart from the apt transportation services provided by taxis and rickshaws. Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation has an extensive network of buses connecting the city areas. Various other bus operators are the private bus operators and some buses from the Rajasthan State Transport Corporation (RSRTC) which cater to tour over the city.
Taj Mahal & Places to Visit Around
On the southern banks of Yamuna River, standing still is the Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan as a token of love for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal and the epitome of Mughal architecture. The beauty behind the labor of 20,000 pairs of arms, it has a tinge of architectural essence from Persia, Ottoman Empire, and Europe. The Taj Mahal Complex comprises of the core elements which are the central gateway, a luscious garden, mosque, tomb which is enclosed with the four minarets and jawab, which is a structural building having the reflection of the Taj Mahal. The purity that reflects out of the hue of the marble, the collection of rare and beautiful gemstones and the charisma and radiance of the scenery and riverfront around it, makes it the classic tourist destination for people from around the country and the world.
If you get some time after completing your tour to the Taj Mahal, there are a number of historic places within the same area as the Taj Mahal. Some represent the Mughal iconic structures such as Akbar’s Mausoleum at Sikandra, Itmad - Ud - Daulah Tomb, called as ‘Baby Taj’ which was built by Nur Jahan as a token of immense love and respect which she had for her father. Also, Aram Bagh built by Babur initiated the element of having lavish gardens in the Mughal structural and architectural layout. Humayun’s mosque is another Mughal piece, which is a mausoleum built under his memory.