An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. Source: Unesco
The more you talk about this mausoleum of love the less it is. Except being the symbol of love to which 130 crores Indians swear by it has a unique story about how it was built with a huge cost and how it is an architectural masterpiece. There are rather no monuments in the world that can challenge the grandeur of the Taj. Through this blog, we will share how you can easily visit the city of Agra to complete your Taj Mahal Visit.
Agra is part of the state of Uttar Pradesh and is easily accessible from Delhi by road, rail & air. Depending on how much time you have to spare & how much you want to spend you can choose any of these options. India has been improving its road infrastructure and as a result, you can even do a day visit to Taj Mahal from Delhi by starting early however we still recommend spending at least one night in Agra. We will share the reason why!
Most Convenient Agra Trip for a solo girl from Delhi
Book a woman driven cab from Sakha Cabs. This is a unique startup that employs female drivers who cater only to wandering women like you. However, this might be slightly costly as the car will be exclusively with you. This would indeed be the safest & most comfortable option for any female solo traveller going for a 1-day trip / 2 day trip to Agra.
Cheapest safe option for a solo girl to visit Agra from Delhi
Book a super luxury bus ride from Delhi to Agra using UPSRTC. It is highly recommended that you book only with UPSRTC and not any local bus vendor for security & quality purpose. This is a government-run service that provides the best services recommended for solo female travelers. P.S Book both sides, the seats fill up real fast. You can block your seat with online payment through credit card/ debit card/ net banking or Team Wander Womaniya can help you make the arrangements.
Where to stay in Agra?
Agra has an amazing range of accommodation options starting from backpacker hostels to luxury 5-star hotels. Some of the recommended accommodations are as follows:
Luxury 5 Star: The Oberoi Amarvilas
Yes, Agra is all about the Taj Mahal and that is exactly what makes Amarvilas the most unforgettable accommodation option for solo female travelers & couples alike. It is located just 600 metres from the Taj and each room gives unobstructed views of the majestic Taj Mahal.
Affordable Luxury: Radisson Blu Agra
Spread across 4.5 acres, this hotel is a kilometer away from the Taj Mahal. It has 140, rooms, with the Radisson Suites offering expansive views of the Taj from their large terraces.
Upscale: Sterling Agra
Sterling Agra is at a convenient distance from the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and many other popular destinations. It is comparatively a smaller hotel with only 52 rooms but the room size & services are good for their cost.
Budget/ Backpacking: GoStops Agra
Featuring a garden, a terrace, and a shared lounge, goStops Agra (Stops Hostel Agra) is located in Agra and is 2.5 km from the Taj Mahal. Located around 6 km from Agra Fort, the hostel is also 7 km away from Jama Masjid. goStops is a young brand that has recently started with building quality backpacker hostels across India co-founded by Ms. Pallavi Agarwal. Being a female herself she understands the concerns of girls travelling solo and ensures there are no loose ends with respect to the safety & comfort of the wander women.
What to do in Agra other than the Taj Mahal
Built during the second half of the 16th century by Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid.
A café run by acid attack survivors. Yes, that happens in India, Indian girls face a lot of uncomfortable advances from Indian men who consider themselves superior and consider it their right to punish a girl who rejects them. Thanks to many NGOs and government strictness this problem has more or less been reduced to the bare minimum but there are still many young girls who face this act of brutality.
The Agra Fort, also known as the “Lal –Qila”, “Fort Rouge” or “Qila-i-Akbari”, is the highlight of the city of Agra, then capital of the Mughal Sultanate. A symbol of power, strength, and resilience, as it stands till today. It was here that the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his own son after the coup.
We hope we have covered relevant information for you girls travelling solo to plan their solo trip to visit the Taj Mahal, Agra. We can be reached out to firstname.lastname@example.org for any further questions regarding solo trips for girls in India, Nepal, Bhutan & Sri Lanka.
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