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Agra is one of the best tourist destinations in India. People come to Agra from all over the world. It is located at a distance of 231 kms from Delhi via the Yamuna Expressway and about 236 kms from Jaipur making the famous tourist golden triangle. It has so many good places nearby which fall within 3 to 4 hrs of driving making it easy for someone to make a day trip successfully. Some of the places for one day trip from Agra are listed below.
Fatehpur Sikri is just 36 kms away from Agra on Agra-Bikaner Highway via AH-1 and NH-2. It is reachable within an hour with your own conveyance or the state and private transport services available frequently on this route. The destination is a city lost in the pages of history but still alive in the form of the indestructible fort of Sikri. It was built by Mughal King Akbar the Great in 1564 A.D. It is said that the city was founded by a grateful emperor in honour of Sheikh Salim Chishti. Akbar is said to have gone to him for his blessings to get a son. When a boy was born, Akbar named him Salim and founded the city of Fatehpur Sikri. The place was later abandoned due to lack of water and the proximity of Akbar’s capital city to warlike tribes of the area. It has a beautiful fort worth using a day to visit. The splendour of its architecture, Dargah of Sheikh Salim Chishti, palaces of Akbar’s queens, the Buland Darwaza to the fort and many more wonderful sites will transport one into history and bring it alive to watch with fascination.
How to Reach Fatehpur Sikri from Agra
Drive via Agra-Bikaner road/ NH11 for 41kms. UP/ Rajasthan buses from interstate Bus Terminus are regularly available. Taxi services are available for Sikri for tourists.
Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary
Situated right on the Agra-Bikaner Road / NH 11, the sanctuary is about 53 kms from Agra on the outskirts of the town of Bharatpur. It is a world-heritage site. The place is a man-made haven for more than 230 variety of bird species found on the wetlands of the sanctuary. It is a virtual heaven to visit during summer when migratory birds abound. The place was declared a protected area in 1971.
How to reach
Drive via Agra-Bikaner road/ NH11 up to Bharatpur. At the highway roundabout take the second exit to reach the sanctuary at 3.5 km. All the buses going to Jaipur connect the sanctuary at Bharatpur. Taxi services are available directly for tourists.
The pink city and capital of Rajasthan is only 236 kms form Agra on Agra-Bikaner road/ NH-11. This is a well known tourist destination close to Agra, which is, at a distance of about 4hr drive with own conveyance. Jaipur is still a city with the flair of old and magnificent. Some of the places to visit during a day trip will be Hawa mahal, Amber fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Rambagh Palace and Albert Hall Museum.
How to reach
Drive via Agra-Bikaner road/ NH11.Regular UP/ Rajasthan buses are available from interstate Bus Terminus. Good tourist packages are available from tourist transport companies.
Bateshwar is situated on NH 2 at a distance of about 70 kms from Agra. The place is Famous for its 101 Shiva temples which were built by Raja Badan Singh Bhaduria. The place is associated with legends of Mahabharata also when it was known as Shouripur. It is also the birth place of Lord Neminath, the 22nd tirthanker of the Jain faith. Dhaulpur is about 84 kms from Bateshwar. The places to visit at Dhaulpur are varied in nature and magnificence. Nihal Tower, Shergarh Fort-built by Sher Shah Suri, The waterfall in Sarmathura, Talab-e-Shahi built in 1617 by Shah Jahan and maintained by the rulers of Dhaulpur, Ramsagar Sanctuary-famous for the aquatic migratory birds in winter and national Chambal wildlife sanctuary of Indian muggers and ghariyals are only some of the fantastic places to visit during the day trip.
How to reach
Drive via MDR 77W and AH1/NH2. Take regular buses going especially for the temple complex/ Dhaulpur. Taxi services/ tourist packages are also available.
The Bird sanctuary of Soor Sarovar is at a distance of only 15 kms from Agra. It is on the Mathura-Agra Highway. It is a small area of barely 4.5 square km but the wetland has been a protected place under the wildlife act 1990 due to its ecological importance. It is worth visiting especially for those who are interested in local ecology, the only heronry of breeding water birds like the rare black-necked stork and wildlife. Soor Sarovar is the only protected sanctuary in UP. It is famous for its Rock Python. Situated at a distance of 55 kms from Agra, right on NH-2 is the world renowned town of Mathura.
How to reach
Drive via AH 1/NH 2 for 21 kms up to Arsena to reach the Soor Sarovar sanctuary. The same route further goes for 31 kms to reach Mathura.
This is going to be a tour to tread the route of lord Krishna’s childhood life. The first stop in the tour should be Govardhan. The town of Govardhan is about 79 kms from Agra via AH-1/NH-2. Here is the famous Govardhan hill that Lord Krishna hoisted up one of His fingers to save the people from the wrath of Indra, the lord of rain. 19 kms away from Govardhan is the town of Barsana. This place is a must visit by all those who worship Radha, one of the paramours of Krishna. She is considered the incarnation of goddess on earth. She spent her childhood here. The town is a sacred place of pilgrimage for Vaishnava sect of Hindus. Next on the agenda would be the town of Nandgaon via MDR 143 W at a distance of about 8 kms from Barsana. This is the town of Nand Baba at whose place Lord Krishna spent his turbulent childhood. Many of the places mentioned in the books of mythology can still be found here. The next to visit on this trip will be Gokul which is 53 kms from Mathura on the return journey to Agra. The place is only 9 km from Mathura on Agra-Mathura road. The place is famous for its association with the childhood of Lord Krishna. It is here that Krishna danced on the myriad heads of ‘Kaliya naag’ in the river Yamuna.
How to reach
Drive via AH 1/NH 2 for 79 kms for reaching Govardhan. Drive via MDR 143 W for 19 kms to reach Barsana from Govardhan. Further on the same route at a distance of about 8.2 kms is Nandgaon. Gokul is on way back to Agra at a distance of about 15 kms from Mathura on AH 1/ NH 2 at a distance of about 9 kms.
Delhi is merely 3 hours drive from Agra via the link of the Yamuna expressway. It is now possible to have a day trip from Agra to Delhi and visit some of the most splendid tourist sites in a quick sojourn to the capital of India. The places to visit on the day trip will be Jantar Mantar, Birla Temple, Vijay Chowk, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament house, India gate, Qutab Minar, Lotus temple and Raj Ghat. Those who know Delhi can do it on their own but Scores of day trip packages are also available from Agra to Delhi.
How to reach
Drive via the old Delhi route AH 1 for 233 km or take Yamuna Express way for 263 km. A number of one day trip packages are being offered by tourist companies.
Sariska National Park
Situated in District Alwar, the Sariska Tiger Reserve is one of the best places to go for a day trip from Agra on Agra-Bikaner road /NH 11 at a distance of about 209 kms. The place was once the private hunting ground of the rulers of Alwar. It was declared a wild life sanctuary in 1995 and a tiger reserve in 1978.The area is full of dry deciduous forests and an ideal place for wild life. One of the great aspects of the reserve is the tiger rehabilitation/ relocation programme undertaken successfully here. This is a wonderful wild life sanctuary only 100 kms from Jaipur and 200 from Delhi.
How to reach
Drive on AH 1 up to Mathura and turn on MDR 94 to reach Govardhan. Turn right on MDR 70. After 13 km from Govardhan take RJ SH 14 also called Alwar Bharatpur Road at Nahar. Drive via RJ SH 25 from Alwar. Turn on to Pratapgarh Burja Road after 31 km to reach Sariska.