Agra Life and Visitor Travel Tips

(Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India)

Picture of the crowds around the Taj MahalA city with landmarks of epic proportions and famous the world over, tourists travel to Agra from every part of the planet. However, to be sure that you really make the absolute most of your holiday in Agra, do be sure to always use your commonsense and try to act a little streetwise.

Some of the main things to remember when visiting Agra include bargaining hard, avoiding touts, not visiting shops recommended by taxi drivers, tip at your discretion, avoid unofficial travel agencies, and always try to visit the Taj Mahal as early as possible, before the crowds descend. Travellers visiting Agra will find that a great way to sightsee is to hire an auto rickshaw for the day. If possible, do try to end up at the back of the Taj Mahal, where the sunsets and views from the river bank are particularly outstanding.

Auto Rickshaws found in the city

Useful Contact Details

Tourist offices and travel agencies are a good place to further your knowledge of the area, although always stick to official outlets and use only those that belong to an accredited association, such as those listed below.

Foreigners' Regional Registration Office
Address: Fatehpur Sikri Road, Agra, India, IN
Tel: +91 0562 226 9563
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 10:00 to 16:00

India Tourism Office
Address: 191 The Mall, Agra, India, IN
Tel: +91 0562 222 6378
Featuring a range of brochures about attractions all over India. This is also a good place to find an official guide to Agra.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 17:30, Saturday - 09:00 to 14:00

UP Tourism Office
Address: Agra Cantonment Train Station, Agra, India, IN
Tel: +91 0562 242 1204
A further branch of the UP Tourism Office is located at 64 Taj Road (Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00), while the branch at the Agra Cantonment Train Station is a good place to contact the local tourist police and also offers a service outside of the main hours.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours

Main Post Office
Address: The Mall, Agra, India, IN
Tel: +91 0562 222 6437
The 'post restante' service at the post office is not recommended.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 18:00

Language and Dialect

The official spoken and written languages in Agra and throughout Uttar Pradesh are both Hindi and Urdu, although most people involved with the tourism trade will be able to speak English at some level. Bring a pocket-sized phrasebook if you intend to communicate with the locals in Agra in their own tongue. Basic Hindi phrases are shown here.

Hello - namaste
I do not understand - mai nahii samajta hu
Where can I find... - kahan milenge...
Thank You - dhanyavaad
Please write it down - zara likh dijiye
Right - dahine
Left - bayen
Excuse me - shamma kare

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