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(Agra Itinerary) – How To Spend 3 Wonderful Days In Agra?

It goes without saying that Agra is the perfect destination for all kinds of travelers. The primary reason to love this city is the presence of Taj Mahal, the monument of eternal love.

Agra is a heritage city located just 233 km away from Delhi, the capital of India. It’s a sneak peek into the architectural history with other UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.

Well, a 3 Days (i.e 2 Nights and 3 Days) trip is just enough for those who are planning a trip to Agra. Many people will say that a one-day or two-day trip is enough to visit Agra.

But, if you fully want to enjoy a good trip to Agra that also includes your leisure activities in the city than you should consider a 3-Days trip to Agra.

But, how do you plan your itinerary if you have just three days to explore Agra, the epitome city of culture, heritage, and history.

This post is completely dedicated to the perfect itinerary that you will need in order to have an awesome 3 days trip to Agra.

Many of the travelers often get stuck with this. Well, we have got you covered here in this post.

Whether you are an avid traveler or just want to spend your vacations then, this is the perfect itinerary post to go reading right now.

Just follow the itinerary as said from start to end and you will enjoy the best of Agra.

So, without any further ado, let’s get started…

3 Days Agra Trip Itinerary Overview

Day 1 in Agra:

  1. You will arrive in Agra.
  2. Next, Check-in to your hotel. If you haven’t booked one then, you can book if from (Booking.com) at pretty affordable rates.
  3. Freshen up yourself, and get ready to explore Agra.
  4. First, visit Mehtab Bagh and enjoy your leisure time there.
  5. Second, take a leisure walk to the nearby areas and the markets.
  6. Shop for handicrafts and leather shoes at Sadar Bazaar.
  7. Later, return to the hotel and have your Dinner and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 in Agra:

  1. This full-day you will dedicate it to the complete Agra tour.
  2. First, visit the Taj Mahal. Early morning after breakfast you should visit the Taj Mahal. Early morning is the best time to visit the Taj Mahal.
  3. Second, visit Jama Masjid located nearby.
  4. Have Lunch at the hotel and rest for some time.
  5. Third, visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-daulah. It is often described as a “Jewel box”, sometimes called the “Bachcha Taj”. This tomb is regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal.
  6. Fourth, in the evening time, you can visit the Agra Fort.
  7. Return to the hotel and have your Dinner and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 in Agra:

  1. The third day of your tour should begin with a two-hour drive to Fatehpur Sikri.
  2. Spend the day exploring Fatehpur Sikri’s historic ruins.
  3. Explore the Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaza, Jodhabi Palace, Jama Masjid, and the tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti there.
  4. Next return back to the hotel in Agra.
  5. On Day 4 check-out of your hotel room depart back to your hometown.

Day 1 in Agra

Itinerary for Day 1 in Agra:

  1. You will arrive in Agra.
  2. Next, Check-in to your hotel after 1 pm.
  3. Freshen up yourself, and get ready to explore Agra.
  4. Visit Mehtab Bagh
  5. Take a short leisure walk to the nearby areas and the markets
  6. Visit Sadar Bazaar
  7. Return to the hotel

Visit Mehtab Bagh

LocationNear Taj Mahal, Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Nagla Devjit, Agra
Distance from the main town6 km away
Type of placeGarden
Duration of visit1-2 hours
Entry feeRequired
Visiting time6 AM – 9 PM
Good forRelaxing, Sightseeing, and spending some leisure time
Mehtabh Bagh
Mehtabh Bagh g.kaustav / CC BY-SA

Mehtab Bagh is a very beautiful square-shaped garden complex. This one is located to the north-complex of the Taj Mahal.

The very beautiful Mehtab Bagh is the last existing Mughal Gardens. It is located just north to the Taj Mahal and overlooking the Agra Fort and Yamuna river on the opposite side.

Spread across 25 acres of the land area this place is well-renowned for offering stunning views of the Taj Mahal.

It is a very interesting fact to note that the Taj Mahal facing towards the Mehtab Bagh is actually the front-side of the Taj which people consider as the backside.

We all know that Shah Jahan built the while Taj Mahal for Mumtaz Mahal and her tombstone is located there. The Mehtab Bagh was actually the incomplete foundation of a Black Taj where Shah Jahan wanted to place his own tombstone after his death.


Visit Sadar Bazaar

LocationAgra Cantt, Idgah Colony, Agra
Distance from the main town3 km away
Type of placeMarket
Duration of visit2-3 hours
Entry feeNo entry fee
Visiting time11:30 AM to 6 PM,
Tuesday closed
Good forShopping, walking, and city tour
Sadaar Bazzar

Sadar Bazaar is the one-stop-shopping destination in Agra. It is one of the most famous shopping spots in Agra situated near the Agra Cantt Railway station.

This place has everything ranging from handicrafts, sweets, garments to leather bags all showcasing the vibes of the Agra city.

In addition to that, you also get to see some of the vegetable markets, delicious street foods, old and modern city heritage, etc.

Above all, this is a very well-known place to shop for handicrafts and various other leather products like shoes, bags, etc.

You can also buy ethnic clothing, footwear, and various other accessories. You need to visit this place if you love shopping.


Recommened Hotels To Stay In Agra

Budget-friendly Hotels:

  • Hotel Atulyaa Taj: This hotel features a rooftop that overlooks the very beautiful Taj Mahal. There is a well-maintained swimming pool. The rooms are well-equipped with awesome facilities. Free WiFi access is available in all areas.
  • Hotel Taj Resorts: It has a rooftop pool with a view overlooking the Taj Mahal. Rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV and tea and coffee-making facilities.

Premium Hotels:

  • Radisson Hotel Agra: Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Radisson Hotel Agra. The rooms are provided with a minibar. You can enjoy city view from the room. And there are many more premium facilities.
  • Courtyard by Marriott Agra: This is yet another very premium luxury hotel in Agra. It offers an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and a spa and wellness centre. You will love your stay. the facilities are all awesome.

All the above hotels are recommended from Booking.com. It’s highly suggested that if you want to book your stay then book it from Booking.com. They offer free cancellation on nearly all rooms, good reviews to check, and clear pricing with no hidden fees in the hotel price.

Day 2 in Agra

Itinerary for Day 2 in Agra:

  1. Visit Taj Mahal
  2. Visit Jama Masjid
  3. Have Lunch at the hotel and rest for some time.
  4. Visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-daulah.
  5. Visit Agra Fort
  6. Return to the hotel

Visit Taj Mahal

LocationDharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra
Distance from the main town km away
Type of placeMausoleum of white marble,
A UNESCO World Heritage Site
Duration of visit2-3 hours
Entry feeRequired
Visiting time06:00 AM to 06:30 PM,
Fridays closed
Good forHistory and architecture lovers, sightseeing

Who doesn’t know the Taj Mahal? It’s the epitome of eternal love.

It’s the symbol of the everlasting lovestory of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal.

Taj Mahal is the pride of India. This popular Mughal architectural monument is the most beautiful and attractive one that attracts a lot of visitors in India.

The Taj Mahal is famous for its majestic white-marble mausoleum, Muslim art, incredible masterpiece, for being one of the 7 wonders of the world, UNESCO Heritage Site, renowned Mughal architecture, and for being the most visited tourist place in India.

It gets a lot of footprints all-day around. More than 6-7 million tourists visit the Taj Mahal every year to get astonished by its eye-catching beauty.

One awesome thing about this monument is that the white marble of the Taj Mahal is adorned with an assortment of 28 types of precious and semi-precious stones and gems that will cost more than USD 1 billion at present-day.


Visit Jama Masjid

LocationJama Masjid Road, Kinari Bazar, Hing ki Mandi, Mantola, Agra
Distance from the main town1.5 km away
Type of placeMosque
Duration of visit1-2 hours
Entry feeNo entry fee
Visiting time8 AM – 6 PM
Good forReligious place, and Architecture lovers
Jama Masjid, Agra
Jama Masjid, Agra Jonathan Freundlich / CC BY-SA

This Jama Masjid is also popularly known as the Jami Masjid or “Friday Mosque”.

It is one of the largest mosques in India. People often call this place the “Holy heart of Agra.”

The Jama Masjid is a 17th-century structure and is one of the largest mosques built by the Mughals in India. It was constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1648.

This is one of the most beautiful Mughal monument that showcases the art of Persian architecture a lot.

The very design of the Jama Masjid is just unique. It is built mainly of red sandstone and white marble that stand as a testimony to the magnificent Mughal architecture.


Visit The Tomb of Itmad-ud-daulah

Location Moti Bagh, Agra
Distance from the main town 4.6 km away
Type of placeTomb
Duration of visit2 hours
Entry feeRequired
Visiting time6 AM to 6 PM
Good forSightseeing and Architecture
Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah, Agra, India
Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah, Agra, India

The tomb of Itmad-ud-daulah is often termed as the Baby Taj. It represents the same as the baby version of the Taj Mahal.

It is a Mughal mausoleum and in fact, it is the first tomb in India made entirely of marble.

It is the tomb of Mir Gheyas Beg (later known as Itimad-ud-daulah), who was a minister in the court of Shah Jahan.

This Mughal monument is often called the Jewel Box of Agra. Why? Because, if you take a bird’s eye of Itimad-ud-daulah Tomb, it looks like a jewel box set in a garden.

This place is full of many inlays and detailed exquisite designs. A majority of its designs were incorporated into the Taj Mahal which was built later.

Although it’s small but, its design and construction of is far superior than the Tajmahal. Above everything else, the architecture of this place is just too awesome.

The design of the tomb is influenced by the Persian style of architecture that can be seen in the various structures in Agra, even in the famous Taj Mahal.


Visit the Agra Fort

LocationRakabganj, Agra
Distance from the main town3 km away
Type of placeFortress
Duration of visit2-3 hours
Entry feeRequired
Visiting time6 am to 6 pm
Good forSightseeing and Architecture

You can call the Agra Fort as the Red Fort of Agra. It was built using red sandstone by the Mughal emperor Akbar in the year 1573.

This is now declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Inside the fort, there are mosques, halls, beautiful palaces, towers, and courtyards. You can witness the spectacular views of the Taj Mahal from this fort.

This is a very beautifully designed and crafted monument. The fortress comprises many palaces namely, Jahangir Palace, Khas Mahal, Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, Pearl Mosque, Naubat Khana, Golden Pavilions, and so on.


Recommended tours & activities you can try in Agra

All the above tours and activities are recommended from Viator.com. The best part is that they offer free cancellation. So, you’ll receive a full refund if you cancel your booked activity at least 24 hours in advance of most experiences. So, what to worry about! Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets.

Day 3 in Agra

Itinerary for Day 3 in Agra:

  1. A two-hour drive to Fatehpur Sikri
  2. Visit Panch Mahal
  3. Visit Buland Darwaza
  4. Visit Jodhabi Palace
  5. Pay a visit to the tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti
  6. Visit Jama Masjid
  7. Return back to the hotel in Agra

Take a 2-hour drive to Fatehpur Sikri Complex from Agra

LocationFatehpur Sikri, Agra
Type of placeA complex of various monuments, mosques, and temples
Duration of visit3-4 hours
Entry feeRequired
Visiting time6 AM – 6 PM
Good forReligious place, sightseeing, architecture, history lovers
Fatehpur Sikri Complex Map
Fatehpur Sikri Complex Map (Image Source)

One of the major attractions near Agra is the Fatehpur Sikri. It is an imperial fortress city that incorporated cultural elements from the entire Mughal Empire.

The distance between Agra and Fatehpur Sikri is about 40 km somethings. You can easily take a bus from the Idgah Bus Terminal which can take you to Fatehpur Sikri is about an hour and a half.

This place very well-known amongst the tourists who have visited Agra.

Fatehpur Sikri used to be a former capital of the popular Mughal emperor Akbar and is now a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This place is popular for its very beautiful sandstone structures which should not be missed.

Here, you will visit many important monuments, mosques, temples, palaces, etc. and explore this culturally and historically rich city.

Places to visit inside the Fatehpur Shikri Complex are:

  • Panch Mahal
  • Buland Darwaza
  • Jodhabi Palace
  • Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti
  • Jama Masjid, and many more attractions and carving architectures.

Read more about these places below…


Visit Panch Mahal

LocationInside Fatehpur Sikri Complex
Type of place5 storied-monument
Duration of visitless than 1 hour
Entry feeRequired a joint ticket for complete Fatehpur Sikri Complex
Visiting time6 AM – 6 PM
Good forSightseeing, architecture, history lovers

Panch Mahal is a 5 storied-monument that is built in a pyramidal structure which is being supported by a total of 176 columns as a whole.

It is built of red sandstone giving it a distinct reddish look. It is an amazing piece of Mughal architecture and a lot of historical facts are associated with every part of this palace.

This is the prettiest building in Fatehpur Sikri. The whole building is in a rectangular shape horizontally and follows the pyramidal structure vertically, comprising five levels of terraces that are open on all sides.

The columns are carved out of sandstone with detailed carvings. And, there you will find a big ornamental pool in its southwest corner.

The main purpose of this structure was to provide a stage for various theatrical, musical and dance performances.

It was used as a harem and place of entertainment and relaxation.


Visit Buland Darwaza

LocationInside Fatehpur Sikri Complex
Type of placeGateway
Duration of visitLess than 1 hour
Entry feeRequired a joint ticket for complete Fatehpur Sikri Complex
Visiting time6 AM – 6 PM
Good forSightseeing
Buland Darwaza, Fatehpur Sikri
Buland Darwaza, Fatehpur Sikri Marcin Białek / CC BY-SA

This is a 54-metres high gate that was built by the Mughal emperor Akbar in the year 1602. The architecture of this doorway is extremely unique and the craftsmanship is super-brilliant.

In fact, Buland Darwaza is the highest gateway in the world. If you see from the inside it looks super-duper amazing.

There you will find three arches and the whole structure having various intricate designs and carvings along with various Quranic verses inscribed on the walls.

From the inside one can see the roof which has intricate projections as well.

It is the main entrance to Jama Masjid and has the influence of both Hindu and Persian architecture.

The Buland Darwaza is also called “Door of victory” because it was built by Mughal emperor Akbar to recall his victory over Gujarat in 1602.

This 54-metres high gateway has about 42 steps. On rising the steps one can see an awesome panoramic view of the city.

This is the prime symbol of Fatehpur Sikri.


Visit Jodhabi Palace

LocationInside Fatehpur Sikri Complex
Type of placeLiving Palace/Quarter
Duration of visitLess than 1 hour
Entry feeRequired a joint ticket for complete Fatehpur Sikri Complex
Visiting time6 AM – 6 PM
Good forSightseeing and Architecture
Jodhabi Palace
Jodhabi Palace
Photo by solarisgirl, CC BY-SA 2.0

This is also known as the Jodhabi Bai Palace. It was the living quarter of the Mughal Queen Jodhabai. Jodhabi was the wife of Mughal emperor Akbar.

This is a pretty awesome building. Jodhabi along with the other wives of Akbar stayed in this building.

This building is like a large courtyard surrounded by various living quarters. It is designed in a very distinctive style of Indo-Islamic architecture including the multi-level pavilions.

Here you will see various beautiful carvings around the arches with the various minaret style structures on the top.

The entire Jodha Bai Palace is built using red sandstone along with various intricate designs on the walls.


Visit the tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti

LocationInside Fatehpur Sikri Complex
Type of placeMausoleum
Duration of visitLess than 1 hour
Entry feeRequired a joint ticket for complete Fatehpur Sikri Complex
Visiting time6 AM – 6 PM
Good forReligious place, architecture, sightseeing
Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti
Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti (Image Source)

This is the only white-marble structure seen inside the Fatehpur Sikri complex.

The tomb of Seikh Salim Chisti is also essentially the most important building in the palace complex.

It was built between 1580 and 1581 using both the Hindu and Mughal architecture and is surrounded with intricately carved marble screens known as ‘Jaalis’ from all sides.

The mausoleum belongs to the Sufi saint Salim Chishti who lived at a ridge near the city.

Mughal emperor Akbar was a devotee of Salim Chisti and it is believed that Akbar’s son i.e the next Mughal Emperor Jahangir was born after his blessings only.

This place is well-known amongst the childless women who come here to make a wish for a child with tieing a thread near the tomb.


Visit Jama Masjid

LocationInside Fatehpur Sikri Complex
Type of placeMosque
Duration of visitLess than 1 hour
Entry feeRequired a joint ticket for complete Fatehpur Sikri Complex
Visiting time6 AM – 6 PM
Good forReligious place, sightseeing
Jama Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri

Jama Masjid is the only main mosque inside the Fatehpur Sikri complex. This was the central mosque that was built by Akbar under the directions of Saint Salim Chishti.

The structure is rectangular and is made with carved red sandstone and so appears red in color.

The tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti is just located beside the entrance of the Jama Masjid. You will see the Buland Darwaza just opposite to the tomb.

Exploring the place can see many graves on the right side. Females during those times were buried inside the premises and men were buried outside in the open.


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