Explore the Lanes of Old Agra

Allison Sodha

Agra, the Mughal capital for nearly a century, is one of India's most visited cities. Together with Delhi and Jaipur, it is part of the popular Golden Triangle tourism circuit and known for its marble and stone inlay handicrafts. The city also houses the famed and majestic Taj Mahal, considered one of the most worldly photographed symbols of love.

In addition to the Taj Mahal, many Agra tour programs also include visits to the following:

Agra Fort – An impressive fort with royal pavilions, courtyards, marble carvings, and palaces

Sikandra – Akbar’s tomb that blends Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jain, and Buddhist elements

I'timad-ud-Daulah - Often called the Baby Taj, this mausoleum is considered a draft of the Taj Mahal

Fatehpur Sikri (25 miles from Agra) - A deserted and perfectly preserved red sandstone city

Agra Fort

Sodha Travel also recommends exploring the hidden spaces of the city, and we are pleased to offer two unique tour programs in Agra. The first is an Agra Mughal Heritage Walk. Stroll through alleys, discover local temples, and observe the daily life of the locals. This tour is also part of a community development program that seeks to build sustainable livelihoods for women and children from low-income neighborhoods. We also recommend The Lanes of Old Agra. Very few travelers have an opportunity to visit the more historic districts of the city. After your tour of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, take a rickshaw or tonga ride to Old Agra. As you explore the narrow lanes, visit with local artisans, browse the local crafts, peep inside shops, and enjoy a cup of chai while reliving the times of a city that has an enduring history. Both of these half-day tour programs are available year round, though please remember that for the Lanes of Old Agra, the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.

Indian Artisan in Agra

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Allison Sodha

Written by Allison Sodha

As the President of Sodha Travel and author of Go! Girl Guides India, Allison has spent almost two decades exploring South Asia. She has a passion for creating experiences fueled by a deeper understanding of local communities.