agra Travel Guide

It is in Agra that the Taj Mahal, the pride of India is sheltered. Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Therefore, tourists from all around the world visit the historic city of Agra to admire the beauty of ethereal monument of love. Apart from this, Agra has many monuments, all of which portray the finest Mughal architecture. These are not only architectural marvels but also boast of the vast history of the country. Furthermore, Agra is renowned for petha (a sweet dish prepared from pumpkin) and leather and stone products. To be precise, Agra is one of the best destinations that you must visit during a tour to India. Here is all the tourist information that you may need about Agra.

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agra Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

  BEST TIME TO VISIT

  • Q.Which is the right time to visit Agra?
    A.
    October to March is suitable for Agra visit.

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  CLOTHES

  • Q.Clothes to carry to Agra?
    A.
    Summers are very hot and arid, so cotton clothes are a must while travelling to Agra. For winters, warm clothing is required as temperature might drop to 7⁰c and below.

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  • Q.Suitable clothing for the religious places?
    A.
    It is advisable to wear clothes that cover the shoulders and knees while visiting religious places. Additionally, carry a scarf to cover head.

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  DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

  • Q.For domestic flights how much baggage is allowed?
    A.
    For check-in baggage – 15 kg, For cabin baggage – 7 kg

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  • Q.Are domestic flights safer to travel? Are they expensive?
    A.
    Yes, they are safe to travel. If you book your tickets early, from low-cost carriers, the tickets might come cheap.

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  • Q.Do the airlines operate on time? Are they safe to travel?
    A.
    Most Indian airlines try to operate on time. Yes, Indian domestic airlines are safe to travel.

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  • Q.Do the domestic airlines offer meals or snacks?
    A.
    For low-cost airlines, you have to buy meals and snacks onboard. Premium carriers offer complementary meals/snacks and non-alcoholic beverages for their passengers.

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  • Q.When does the airport counter for domestic airlines?
    A.
    2 hours

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  ELECTRICITY

  • Q.What type of power points/plugs/sockets is used in Agra?
    A.
    In India, sockets are available in Type C, Type D and Type M plugs, with a voltage of 230 Volts. Travellers coming from countries with a standard voltage of 110 Volts will need a converter and a Type D power adapter.

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  FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

  • Q.Must visit fairs & festivals in Agra
    A.
    Taj Mahotsav – 18th February to 27th February

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  FOOD

  • Q.Will you cater to specific dietary requirements?
    A.
    Yes, we do. Please reach out with your requirements early, so that we can help you better.

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  • Q.Is eating raw fruits and vegetables in the streets of Agra?
    A.
    Yes, you can do that.

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  • Q.Is the food to spicy in Agra?
    A.
    The food is mildly spicy at Agra. But, you can request the cook to tone down on spices to suit your taste.

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  • Q.Can I get vegan or vegetarian food in Agra?
    A.
    Although a number of vegan restaurants in Agra is limited, you can get vegan options at certain restaurants. For vegetarian food, you will have plenty of options.

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  • Q.Is meat or fish readily available in Agra?
    A.
    Definitely. You will find a lot of options in non-vegetarian dishes.

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  • Q.Is Kosher food available in Agra?
    A.
    The Chef Club serves Kosher food to its Kosher observant guests.

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  • Q.Can I get Halal observant food in Agra?
    A.
    Yes. You can easily get Halal food in the Agra.

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  • Q.I am looking for non-spicy European food. Can I get that in Agra?
    A.
    There are plenty of options available for European food in Agra.

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  • Q.Are there Pizza Huts/Dominos/Mc Donald in Agra?
    A.
    Yes. You can find multiple outlets of Pizza Hut/ Dominos/ McDonalds within the city.

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  GENERAL

  • Q.What /how should I pack when travelling to India?
    A.
    Pack essentials: Lightweight, preferably, cotton clothes and comfortable shoes. Additionally, include sunscreen, portable charger, medication, and water bottle. Rest of all is easily available.

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  • Q.Rules of etiquette I must be aware of while travelling to India.
    A.
    Dressing up modestly in India is important. Also, public display of affection is a big no-no. While visiting someone’s home, always leave your footwear outside.

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  • Q.Is the Taj Mahal wheelchair friendly?
    A.
    Yes. The monument has ramps, making it accessible for differently-able visitors.

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  • Q.Where can we experience the beauty of Indian villages near Agra?
    A.
    The Korai village, on the Agra-Fatehpur Sikri highway, offers a glimpse of Indian villages.

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  • Q.Is it safe to offer money to beggars or children on the streets in Agra?
    A.
    It’s advisable not to offer money or buy souvenirs from the children on the streets. It prevents the children from accessing the support services, created to keep them safe and healthy.

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  • Q.Some Hindi words I should remember whole travelling to Agra?
    A.
    • Hello – Namaste (Na-mas-stay)
    • Water – Paani (Pa-knee)
    • Food – Khana (Kha-na)
    • Yes – Haa (Haa)
    • No – Nahi (Na-He)
    • Thank you – Dhanyawad(Dha-nya-waad)

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  • Q.List of religions practiced in India.
    A.
    India is a secular nation - Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism are major religions practiced here. Apart from that, followers of Christianity and Buddhism are also found here.

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  • Q.In India, will I find water closet toilets?
    A.
    You can find both squatting pan toilets as well as European water closet at Agra.

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  • Q.We are a gay couple shall we face issues while travelling to India?
    A.
    Although India is a hospitable country, one must follow certain rules of etiquette for a safer and comfortable travel.

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  • Q.Some offbeat experiences at Agra?
    A.
    You can do a lot of things at Agra, besides visiting the Taj Mahal. Go shopping at Kinari Bazaar or Sadar Bazar for exclusive handicraft jewelry shopping. Try the succulent Petha (famous dessert of Agra) or the special Mughlai cuisine from the popular eateries of the city. Also, if possible, do visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary or the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary.

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  • Q.Is it safe to travel to India with family?
    A.
    Yes. India is a family destination and completely safe to travel. However, beware of pick-pockets and bag-snatchers. Also, refrain from carrying a large amount of cash while travelling around in India.

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  • Q.Is Agra a polluted city?
    A.
    Unfortunately, yes. The city is polluted and air quality is unhealthy.

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  • Q.Do locals stare at international tourists?
    A.
    Sometimes, yes. Locals might stare at you or coerce you to take selfies. Try to wear modest clothes that cover your knees and shoulders, so that you can some-what avoid unwanted attention.

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  • Q.Can I approach the tourist police with complains?
    A.
    Yes. You can surely do that. Dressed up in sky-blue uniforms, you can find them at Fatehabad Road or the Tourist Facilitation Centre.

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  • Q.Can I interact with snake charmers, or bear tamers?
    A.
    In India, under the 1972 Wildlife Protection Act, taming wildlife animals is illegal. Therefore, the chances of encountering a snake charmer or bear tamer are very slim.

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  • Q.Will there be stray animals in Agra?
    A.
    You can find stray animals or cows walking freely on the streets of Agra.

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  GUIDES

  • Q.Can you provide an English speaking guide for my Agra tour?
    A.
    Yes, we can surely provide that.

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  • Q.Can you provide female guides while travelling to India?
    A.
    Yes, you can book a female tour guide for your Agra trip.

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  • Q.Which is a better option – audio guide or normal guides while touring in Agra?
    A.
    You can book an audio guide while travelling to Agra. But, interaction with a professional guide is more fruitful.

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  HEALTH, WELLNESS AND HOSPITALS

  • Q.Good hospitals in Agra.
    A.
    Agra has a wide number of multi-speciality hospitals for treating serious ailments.

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  • Q.Do hospitals in Agra have specialties like dentistry, or cosmetic surgery?
    A.
    Yes, many hospitals have these specialities. One can expect quality healthcare facilities in these medical units.

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  • Q.Can I buy over the counter medicines for common ailments?
    A.
    Yes, you can buy common medicines from medical counters, without prescription.

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  • Q.I am looking for some certified Ayurveda Treatment Centers in Agra. Can you suggest me some?
    A.
    Agra has some certified Ayurveda Treatment Centers in Agra that offer treatments for chronic illness and other disorders. For more information, you can always reach out to our representatives.

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  HOTELS

  • Q.I need to book some international brand hotels in Agra. Can you recommend some?
    A.
    Some of the biggest international hotels chains have are available in Agra. Depending on your budget, and preferences you can book your hotel accordingly.

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  • Q.Can I find some budget hotels in the city?
    A.
    You will be able to find hotels and accommodations suiting your budget and preference in Agra. Pre-book the hotel to get suitable discounts.

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  • Q.Estimated cost for accommodation?
    A.
    On average, a budget room can cost you somewhat around 1,000 – 2,300 INR. There are some economy and luxury hotels available in the city as well. You can always choose your Agra accommodations in accordance with your budget, and preference.

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  • Q.Can I stay at heritage hotels in Agra?
    A.
    Yes. You can stay at the popular heritage hotel of Agra that offers a surreal view of the city as well as its prime landmarks. You can reach out to our representatives for more insight on the matter or visit http://www.india-tours.com/.

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  • Q.Do hotels in Agra offer modern amenities?
    A.
    Yes, most hotels in Agra offer modern amenities and hygienic rooms. You will have a comfortable and memorable stay over there.

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  • Q.Are the hotels in Agra safe for travelers?
    A.
    Yes, most hotels in Agra are safe for lodging. You can approach our representatives at http://www.india-tours.com/.

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  • Q.Can I find secured hotels for solo women traveler?
    A.
    Many Agra hotels welcome solo women travellers. The rooms are clean and full of modern amenities that ensure a comfortable stay.

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  • Q.Can I find handicapped friendly hotels in the Agra?
    A.
    Yes, there are several comfortable options in accommodation for differently-able travellers to Agra.

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  • Q.I am a paraplegic from waist down, and travel with my wheel chair. Can I find handicapped friendly toilets the Agra hotels?
    A.
    Hotels with dedicated rooms for differently-able guests have suitable toilet arrangements as well. However, outside the designated hotels the guests might find it difficult to locate suitable toilets.

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  • Q.Will there be only squatting down toilets in the hotels of Agra?
    A.
    No. Most standard hotels have western-style toilets.

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  • Q.How is the night life of Agra? At what time do bars and restaurants in Agra shut down?
    A.
    Agra has some of the most preferred bars in the area with great options for food and cocktails. Most bars close down by 11 pm at night.

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  • Q.I want to book a beautiful hotel or a holiday home for my stay in Agra. Can you help me with that?
    A.
    We can definitely arrange your accommodations and travel in the city. Please visit http://www.india-tours.com/ to know more.

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  INSURANCE

  • Q.Do I need medical or travel insurance for traveling to Agra?
    A.
    Travelling with travel insurance protects you from the unwanted health hazards as well as covers you in the event of trip cancellation or stolen luggage. Prevention is always better than cure, and it is always advisable to have travel insurance while travelling.

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  LANGUAGE

  • Q.How will I communicate in Agra?
    A.
    Most Indians understand some amount of English, so the conversation would not be a barrier. However, you can always take the help of Google translator for the job.

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  MONEY AND CREDIT CARDS

  • Q.Will I be able to withdraw Sterling Pounds from the ATM kiosks?
    A.
    Most ATM machines in India accept international debit and credit cards but will dispense Indian currencies.

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  • Q.Can anyone recommend suitable places for exchanging foreign currencies in Agra?
    A.
    You can always get in touch with our representatives for exchanging the foreign currency during your Agra tour.

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  • Q.I need to exchange US Dollars in the banks or hotels in Agra. Is it possible?
    A.
    Yes, you can do that, just carry valid ids for verification purposes.

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  • Q.Are Indian hotels, shops and restaurants secured for credit card usage?
    A.
    You can definitely use your credit cards at Indian hotels and restaurants without the fear of online theft. But be cautious on sharing sensitive information regarding your card or the CVV number.

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  MONUMENTS

  • Q.When does Taj Mahal open for the tourists?
    A.
    Taj Mahal opens up at 6 am and closes at 7 pm. Except for Fridays, the monument is open rest of the week. The other landmarks of the city like Fatehpur Sikri or Agra Fort are open throughout the week.

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  • Q.Can I avail public conveniences for traveling to the monuments in Agra?
    A.
    Yes.

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  • Q.Will I be able to get wheel chairs at the tourist places in Agra?
    A.
    Most tourist places in Agra have wheel chair accessibility. For further information, you can always reach out to our representatives.

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  MOVING AROUND

  • Q.Which is the suitable way to travel around Agra?
    A.
    Auto rickshaws are the best way to commute in Agra. You can also avail public transports vehicles or book private transport according to your preference.

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  • Q.Will I be able to rent a self driven car?
    A.
    Yes. You can get a self-drive car in the city.

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  NIGHT LIFE

  • Q.Can I enjoy some cultural events or classical programs at Agra in the evening?
    A.
    Agra is an important cultural hub of India, well known for its magnificent and diverse art forms. You can go to a movie or enjoy several cultural events that are being organized throughout the year.

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  PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Q.Is photography allowed in the public places?
    A.
    Yes, it is.

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  RELIGIOUS PLACES

  • Q.Can I pray at local mosque in Agra?
    A.
    Yes. There are plenty of religious places where you can offer your prayers. Some of the most beautiful mosques of the city include Jama Masjid and Moti Masjid.

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  • Q.Should I follow certain dress code while visiting religious places in Agra?
    A.
    While visiting the religious places, it is advisable to cover your head, shoulders, and knees. Apart from that, before entering the religious sites do remember to open your footwear.

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  • Q.Can foreign tourists enter religious sites?
    A.
    Usually, yes. However, any specific restrictions would be mentioned in the official website of the given landmark.

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  SAFETY

  • Q.Is Agra a safe destination for solo female travelers?
    A.
    Yes, however, it is advisable to carry the number of the local police station for emergency purposes.

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  • Q.What should I do if young boys ask for selfie with me?
    A.
    If you are not comfortable sharing your photograph with strangers, then you can always say no. In dicey situations, you should always keep your keep cool and use the presence of mind.

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  • Q.If invited by locals, should I visit them at their residence?
    A.
    Indians are usually friendly and amicable people and are very cordial towards their guests. However, accepting an invitation from strangers might not be a good idea.

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  SHOPPING

  • Q.What should I buy from Agra?
    A.
    You can exquisite leather items, or marble works from the local stores at Agra. Apart from that, Agra is well known for its stores selling quality silk dress materials and other handmade items.

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  • Q.Is haggling permitted at the Agra shops?
    A.
    In India, haggling is permitted and is a social custom. However, many high-end stores and mid-range stores have a no-haggling policy.

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  • Q.Is smoking permitted in Agra?
    A.
    You can get cigarettes in almost all the roadside stalls and supermarkets in the city. However, public smoking is banned in India since 2008, and you might be fined heavily if found smoking otherwise.

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  • Q.Is it wise to visit the stores suggested by the driver?
    A.
    You can always visit the stores recommended by the drivers or your guides, but before making the purchase do visit the other local stores. You might be able to crack a better deal.

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  • Q.What can I get from Agra? What are its specialties?
    A.
    You can get marble replicas, intricately designed carpets and mats, and fine leather work. Apart from that, you can get the famous hand embroidery textiles from the city.

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  • Q.Do the shops in Agra sell genuine items?
    A.
    While buying from a local shop, always use your discretion. Instead of going for cheap products at a roadside stall, go for a brick and mortar store. Apart from that, the government-run stores and co-operatives tend to sell genuine products.

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  TELEPHONE AND MOBILE/SIM CARDS

  • Q.Is it easy to buy sim cards in Agra?
    A.
    There are multiple service providers available in India who offers different calling packs to their customers. You can either go for a post-paid or a pre-paid pack. You will need a valid identity proof for getting the Sim cards.

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  THINGS TO DO

  • Q.What to expect on a visit to a local markets?
    A.
    Agra local markets are full of colours and different sounds. You can buy local vegetables other items from the local sellers.

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  • Q.Can I visit the culinary classes in Agra?
    A.
    If you like cooking and your travel time permits, then you should definitely visit some culinary classes at Agra. The city is well-known for its Mughlai cuisine, and you can surely learn a thing or two of this rich gastronomical art.

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  • Q.I want to attend a certified wellness program at Agra. Is it possible?
    A.
    Yes. Reach out to our representatives at http://www.india-tours.com/ for more insight.

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  • Q.What can do at Agra?
    A.
    Agra is a popular tourist place well known for its historical monuments. Apart from visiting tourist landmarks, you can go for shopping or relaxing at local pubs or malls.

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  • Q.Can I visit the local NGOs for charity activities?
    A.
    Yes. For more update, you should reach out at http://www.india-tours.com/.

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  • Q.Is it possible to learn classical dance at Agra?
    A.
    Yes, you can get more updates from our representatives at http://www.india-tours.com/.

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  TIPPING

  • Q.What is the usual norm for tipping the drivers or the airport representative in Agra?
    A.
    Usually, 5% - 7% of the total bill can be added as a tip for the driver or the airport representative. However, some restaurants charge 10% of the total bill as ‘service-charge’ (not to be confused as government levied service-tax). In these cases, you might skip the tip.

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  VACCINATIONS

  • Q.Some of the mandatory vaccines required traveling to Agra?
    A.
    Guests are advised to complete the common course or booster course of Hepatitis A, Diphtheria, Typhoid, and Tetanus. Additionally, guests can get the vaccines for Japanese Encephalitis and Cholera as well.

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  • Q.What are the recommended vaccines for Agra tour?
    A.
    Guests should get the routine vaccines including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, polio vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, and the yearly flu shot. For more information, reach out to the representatives of http://www.india-tours.com/.

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  • Q.Medicines that I should carry on my Agra tour?
    A.
    You should carry medicines for diarrhea, antacids, antihistamine, cough drops and decongestant, and motion sickness.

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  VISA

  • Q.Can I arrive at Agra with an E-Visa?
    A.
    Residents of more than 160 countries are allowed to visit the Indian cities on arrival visa. Some of the countries include UK, USA, Thailand, Canada, the Philippines, and so on.

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  • Q.What is the validity of E-Visa?
    A.
    Such a visa is valid for one year from the date of issue.

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  WATER AND DRINKS

  • Q.Will drinking bottled offend someone?
    A.
    Certainly not.

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  • Q.Should I drink tap water in Agra?
    A.
    Preferably, drink water from taps marked with ‘drinking water’ on them.

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  • Q.Is bottled water available in Agra?
    A.
    Almost all roadside stalls, as well as eateries, sell bottled water. You will not find it difficult to get hold of one.

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  • Q.Is it advisable to brush our teeth with tap water in Agra?
    A.
    Well, you may do that, provided you do not drink the water.

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  • Q.Can I buy whiskey or other drinks at Agra hotels or restaurants?
    A.
    Yes, you will get plenty of options in alcoholic beverages.

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  • Q.Should I drink tea and coffee from roadside stalls at Agra?
    A.
    Yes, you may.

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  • Q.Will I get unadulterated milk at Agra?
    A.
    Yes.

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  WEATHER

  • Q.What is best time to visit Agra?
    A.
    October to March.

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  • Q.Can I get reliable updates on Agra weather?
    A.
    Weather during the summer is mostly dry and arid, while the monsoons are very humid. Fall and spring are some of the most beautiful time of the years in Agra.

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  • Q.What can I expect during monsoon?
    A.
    Agra receives a spell of moderately heavy rainfall during the monsoons.

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  • Q.When do monsoon arrive in Agra?
    A.
    Mostly during the end of July.

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