Weekend Getaways in India

Weekend Getaway from Delhi to Agra, Distance by Bike Route

  • Starting Point:

    New Delhi

  • Destination:

    Agra

  • When to Visit:

    October to March

  • Type of Bike Required:

    Any bike in good condition will be comfortable for the journey

  • Cuisine:

    Mughlai cuisine

  1. New Delhi - Faridabad - Hodal - Mathura - Sikandra - Agra Via Mathura Road, NH19/NH44

    200kms

    Approx. 5 Hours

  2. New Delhi - Bajidpur - Surir - Raya - Magna - Bainpur - Sikandra - Agra Via Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, Taj Expressway

    207 kms

    Approx. 5 Hours

  3. New Delhi - Greater Noida - Sarol - Surir - Suraj - Muzaffarpur - Malupur - Agra Via Taj Expressway/Yamuna Expressway

    213kms

    Approx. 4 Hours

‘AGRA!!!!’ the city of love. One of the world’s most charming and attractive destination of India, host to 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this city is an example of true beauty with history. Agra is connected to New Delhi via Yamuna Expressway which is a smooth and obstacle-free road. One can enjoy their journey without any hassles. The city is the home of variety of architectural marvels. Monuments like Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikhri, Akbar’s Tomb, and various other parks describe the beauty of this historical city.

Historical Background

The history of this fascinating city “Agra” has monuments that hold memories dating back to centuries ago. This city is as ancient as time can be. The amazing mythical tales of Mahabharata has no specific dates about its origin and mythological times. It was regenerated when the Mughal Rule took over in the 15th Century. The Mughal ruler called Sultan Sikandar Lodi the only creator of the world-famous tourist attraction called Agra. This beautiful city was founded long back in the year 1504.

Agra carries forward to attract many tourists from around the world. People come all the way to visit the world famous Taj Mahal known for its symbol of love. Agra is one of the most momentous cities in the history of India. Based on the banks of the river Yamuna, this beautiful city gained public interest when Sikandar Lodi decided to make Agra the capital city. After the independence, Agra developed into an industrial city and a world’s famous tourist destination. Some of the most popular monuments were also listed under UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.


Option 1: New Delhi – Faridabad – Hodal – Mathura – Sikandra – Agra

  • Starting point: New Delhi (Delhi)
  • Ending point: Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
  • Via: Mathura Road, NH19/NH44
  • Distance: 200 Kms
  • Duration: Approx. 5 Hrs

The road to Agra via NH19/NH44 is a pretty good ride. The highways are a smooth and un-obstructive one. This allows the rider to enjoy their journey to the fullest. It may require a rider approximately 5 hours to complete the journey through the following route.


Option 2: New Delhi – Bajidpur – Surir – Raya – Magna – Bainpur – Sikandra – Agra

  • Starting point: New Delhi (Delhi)
  • Ending point: Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
  • Via: Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, Taj Expressway
  • Distance: 207 Kms
  • Duration: Approx. 5 Hrs

The following route passes through Taj Expressway. The well maintained condition of the route keeps ups the joyful mood of the biker. It may take about 5 hours for a rider to reach the destination through the following route.


Option 3: New Delhi – Greater Noida – Sarol – Surir – Suraj – Muzaffarpur – Malupur – Agra

  • Starting point: New Delhi (Delhi)
  • Ending point: Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
  • Via: Taj Expressway/Yamuna Expressway
  • Distance: 213 Kms
  • Duration: Approx. 4 Hrs

The following route to Agra crosses via Yamuna Expressway. The long stretch of 213 km provides the riders a freedom to enjoy ample time with their scramblers. The well maintained Yamuna Expressway let the rider dig in the adorable vibe of the journey and enjoy it to the fullest.


Places to Stay

For tourists, it is always important to choose the perfect hotel. It would be superior to have some comfort, and a convenient location from where you can easily get to the Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort, the palace of Shah Jahan and all other places that you have planned in your mind to visit.

So, reach Agra by early morning and check into your hotel. Then, head on to Fatehpur Sikri, the capital of Akbar the Great during the 16th century. Taj Mahal attracts millions of visitors to Agra yearly; it has raised the standards of the city into one of the biggest tourist destinations in India. You can also choose a guest house located to a distance of 2-3 km away from Agra, where you can enjoy spacious rooms with traditional western quality.

Types of Accommodation Available

All the attractions are scattered over the city, and the distance between them is considerable, you can’t really take a walk to reach one destination or the other. And in this case, the distance of accommodation is secondary. But the best option is, staying closer to your planned places which will be convenient for you to visit each and every corner of Agra.

Places to Visit

Taj Mahal: Existing majestically on the banks of River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is synonymous to love and romance. The name “Taj Mahal” was acquired from the name of Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal, which means “Crown Palace”. The purity of the white marble, the exquisite ornamentation, cherished gemstones used and its picturesque location, all make a visit to the Taj Mahal progress to a place amongst the most sought after tours in the world. The Taj Mahal is known for Crown of Palaces in the Persian language. It arises from the dust-beaten earth of Uttar Pradesh, but even the wildest imaginations leave visitors underprepared for this world wondering.

Fatehpur Sikri: Indexed among the World Heritage Sites, Fatehpur Sikri ranks among the most visited spots in India. Located at an easy distance from the city of Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Fatehpur Sikri is an essential specimen of the Mughal dynasty. Going for tours to this historical site, you can feel the richness of the historical culture of medieval Mughal India. Fatehpur Sikri was made as the political capital of the Mughal Empire by Emperor Akbar from the period of 1571 to 1585. The capital was later moved to the city of Agra. It is easily accessible as it is very well connected with other parts of the country. Fatehpur Sikri is well chosen as one of the architectural legacies of Emperor Akbar. It consists of various beautiful palaces, halls, and mosques.

Agra Fort: An era prominent by invasions and fortifications, where power was symbolized by grand palaces and grander forts during such time was built named “Agra Fort”. The defense has always been and still is one of the choices of mighty; the dividing line between the ruler and the ruled. Agra Fort is one of the most precious monuments built by the Mughal’s and has richly decorated buildings. It is the perfect example of the Mughal style of art and architecture and is one of the most frequent visiting tourist spots in Agra. Constructed purely out of red sandstone, this expansive architecture stands out against the soft azure of the sky.

Jama Masjid:  Jama Masjid at Agra also known as the “Friday Mosque” is a seventeenth-century structure and is one of the largest mosques created by the Mughal’s in India. Constructed under the reign of Shah Jahan in 1648, Jama Masjid is devoted to his favorite daughter Jahan Ara Begum. The art composed inside Jama Masjid is unique with a fountain at the center and supported by four kiosks in the courtyard. The interior walls have scriptures in the Persian style composed of words of praise for Shah Jahan and Jahan Ara.

Taj Museum: Located inside the Taj Mahal complex, the Taj Museum was established in the year 1982 on the western ends of the Taj Gardens. From the main gate of the mausoleum the Jal Mahal, the museum provides the remarkable opportunity to have a close look at the blueprints, arts, and artifact used in the composition of the world-class monument.

City Shopping: Agra is home for people like Artisans, Jewelers, embroiders, carpet makers and weavers who come here to showcase their precious talent. Agra has one of the largest markets for embroidery and textiles. Major shopping complexes are situated near the Taj Mahal; the most famous ones are Sadar Bazaar, Kinari Bazaar, and Munro Road.

Places to Eat

Veg: 

Even if you love the spicy Chaats or you have a sweet tooth, Agra never ceases to fascinate. You can have well known Special Agra Chaats including Aaloo Tikki, Pani Puri, Samosas, Kachori, etc. Also, do not forget to taste the lip-smacking Pethas; a soft candy made from ash gourd is almost synonymous with Agra’s cuisine. Another popular snack found here is Dalmoth, which is a spicy lentil mix.

Non-Veg:

The cuisine of the town also offers countless North-Indian and Punjabi dishes with a distinct influence of Mughlai cuisine.

Best Time to Visit

The best month to visit Agra is from October to March. During this time the weather here is cool and pleasant throughout the day, and you can easily visit all the tourist attractions without any discomfort. However, most of the tourists make a visit during these months, so that they can enjoy the places without more crowds.

 

The main attraction of city, Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful and enormous structure of Agra. Being one of the Seven Wonders of the World this monument is not only famous among the Indians, but the people from around various parts of the world as well. Taj is also loved to be visited in monsoon when the beauty of the monument shines and sparkles in the water drops of rain. Another most visited spot of the destination is ‘Red Fort’. At a distance of about 2 km from Taj Mahal this Monument has its own beauty and history. The fort is made out of red sandstone and is an example of splendid art and history.

‘Mehtaab Bagh’ built on the banks of Yamuna River, accounts another spot of tourist attraction of the city. The park is a bliss for nature and photography lovers. The two main monuments, Taj and Red Fort are clearly visible from Mehtaab Bagh. Taj Museum is also one of the famous spots of the city. It is located within the premises of Taj Mahal and is an attractive spot for history lovers. Taj Museum is all about the tales and history of Taj.

Agra is a paradise for food lovers. May it be a child or an adult, the spicy lovers or one with sweet tooth, this city has something to savour the taste buds for all its visitors. One of the famous sweet delicacies of Agra is ‘Petha’. One’s journey is incomplete if Petha wasn’t a part of it. The city has a lot of food options for street food lovers too. Street snack items like Pani Puri, Papdi Chaat, Samosa, Kachori, and the never-ending list just goes on. The city offers a variety and wide range of rich Mughlai cuisine like Kebabs and Biryani. The meat lovers can enjoy a variety of dishes in Agra.

Hope, BforBiker was able to give some useful information about the city of monuments and food.