9 Romantic Things to Do in Agra That’ll Have You Falling in Love
Love has no boundaries and romance can be found in the most unexpected times. Traveling is all about exploring the place and soaking in its culture. Travelling with a partner doubles all the fun and excitement, nurses your love for each other and the city, helps you grow as an individual and as a couple. There is no escaping the romance of the love city Agra, situated on the banks of the River Yamuna. Are you planning to travel to Agra with your better half? Say no more! This article has everything you can do to spice up your love life while you’re travelling in Agra.Here is a list of 9 romantic things to do in Agra that will have you falling in love.
1. Capture your love with a backdrop as spectacular as the Taj Mahal
Every year, millions of tourists visit Agra to visualize the eternal symbol of love. Your trip to Agra is incomplete without visiting the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Words fall short to express the beauty of this marvel. Taj Mahal not only brings glory to the city but also the world. Emperor Shah Jahan built this structure as an ode to his dear wife, Mumtaz and the monument has become an epitome of true love and passion. The arch of the gateway is built in such a way that the white marble structure seems to move away as you walk towards it. This is one of the finest architectural masterpieces of the Mughals and surely one of the romantic things to do in Agra. The central dome, octagonal chambers, elegant minarets at each of the four corners, lush green gardens and pools leave you in awe!Ticket price: For foreigners Rs. 1100 + Rs. 200 (for visiting main mausoleum)
For Indians Rs. 50 + Rs. 200 (for visiting main mausoleum)
For citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC countries Rs. 540 + Rs. 200 (for visiting main mausoleum)
Timings: Opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes before sunset. To anyone not attending the prayers at the mosque, the mausoleum remains closed on Fridays.
2. Walking the mighty Agra Fort
While the Taj Mahal is the symbol of love, Agra Fort is a symbol of strength, power and resilience. Located 2.5 km northwest of Taj Mahal, the massive fort served as the main residence of the Mughal emperors before the capital was shifted to Delhi. Built from red sandstone, the fort houses halls like Diwan-e-Khas, a place where the eminent ministers and the Emperor would meet and discuss administration, Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience), a place with numerous pillars was where the emperor used to address his subjects and compensate their grievances. Mosques like Nagina Masjid and Mina Masjid, palaces like Macchi Bhavan, Khas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Shah Jahani Mahal and markets like Zenana Meena Bazaar highlight the beauty of Mughal architecture. Walking the mighty fort that takes you back in time, strengthening the bond between you and your loved one is one of the romantic things to do in Agra.
Ticket price: Rs. 550 (Foreigners), Rs. 40 (Indians)Timings: Sunrise to sunset
3. Watching the sun go down from Mehtab Bagh
Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden) was planned according to the Mughal craft invented by Babur, founder of the Mughal dynasty. It is said that Emperor Shah Jahan identified this place as an ideal viewpoint for Taj Mahal, a monument that is always flooded with tourists. It is situated across the river Yamuna, on the other side of the Taj. Strolling through the garden with pools and fountain, watching the blue skies slowly turn yellow, orange and then red with the Taj in the backdrop, can it get any more romantic?
Ticket price: Rs. 100 (Foreigners), Rs. 15 (Indians, SAARC and BIMSTEC countries)Timings: 6:00 AM to 7 PM
4. Romantic boat ride in Keetham Lake
Located within the Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, just off the Agra-Delhi National Highway, the lake is home to a variety of migratory and resident birds. The aquatic birds seen here include Night Heron, the Black Necked Stork, Bar-headed goose, Spot-Billed Duck and many more. You could simply sit and soak in the beauty of the lake or drive through the sanctuary observing birds in their natural habitat. Paddling the boat in the middle of the lake with picturesque backdrop is what one can count on for a romantic thing to do in Agra.
Ticket price: Rs. 30 (Indians), Rs. 350 (Foreigners)Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
5. Indulging in the City’s Street foodA visit to Agra is incomplete without a visit to Sadar Bazaar. Snacking on piping hot Samosas on a pleasant evening with the love of your life can be truly exciting and it is one of the most romantic things to do in Agra. Did you know Chaats originated in the royal kitchen of Emperor Shah Jahan? Be it panipuri, Aloo Tikki, Dahi Papdi, Chaat or Pav Bhaji, you have to taste them all! After tasting the magic of spices, it’s time to get your hands on Jalebi, Gulab Jamun, Kulfi, and Petha, the iconic sweet made of Pumpkin. Panchhi Petha is a well-known shop for buying Petha in Agra.
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6. Shop ‘til you drop
Hidden behind the architectural wonders are the shopping streets of Agra. It is almost impossible for tourists to go empty-handed from a city that serves to be one of the largest markets for textiles and embroidery. Sadar Bazaar, Kinari Bazaar, and Munro Road are the buzzing streets that make your visit worthwhile. From junk to bridal jewellery, fashionable to traditional clothing, handicrafts, shoes to souvenirs, the markets have everything to offer.
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7. Fancy a good night stay at Oberoi AmarvilasLocated just a few hundred yards away from the Taj, Oberoi Amarvilas is one of the best hotels in Agra in terms of hospitality and luxury. Nothing can be more magical than spending the night with your loved one, with a view as spectacular as the Taj. A bottle of champagne and a variety of cuisines to dine, enhance the beauty of the night in a city that inspires love in all its glory.
8. Strolling through the gardens of Ram Bagh
Located 5 kilometers northeast of the Taj Mahal, Ram Bagh is one of the oldest Mughal gardens built in Persian style. Ram Bagh depicts an important element of Islamic architecture where the garden is divided into four parts with the help of water canals and pathways. Strolling through the pathways of this lovely garden makes you experience love in its form. This place is a popular hideout for young and budding romance.
Ticket price: Rs. 200 (Foreigners); Rs. 15 (Indians, SAARC and BIMSTEC countries)Timings: 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM
9. Take a trip to Fatehpur Sikri
A city with a confluence of Hindu and Muslim architecture is also known as the City of Victory. Buland Darwaza was built by Akbar to honor the victory of one of his campaigns. The complex inside Fatehpur Sikri is home to Buland Darwaza, Jodha Bai's palace, Jama Mosque, and a Tomb of Salim Chisti. The city is built using red sandstone. Couples can wander around the complex that takes them back in time, to the days when the city was beaming with glory.
Ticket price: Rs. 35 (Indians), Rs. 550 (Foreigners)
Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Open on all days.