Agra, the city of Taj, is one of the most fascinating places for any fantasy lover who wishes to have a love story as sweet as Shah Jahan and Mumtaz's. But even being in city of Taj can get quiet monotonous and you may long for a weekend in some other place not so far away from Agra. There are many places that you can reach within a day from Agra to experience something entirely new.
So, here are top 10 weekend getaways one can visit around Agra.
Fatehpur Sikri is one of the best places you can visit if you want to see the ancient glory of the Mughal culture and architecture. With many historical attractions, such as grand palaces, beautiful temples, gardens and minarets, Fatehpur Sikri is indeed one of the most entrancing historical places you can visit. How about being at Fatehpur Sikri and exploring the remains of the Mughal era?
For all those who enjoy the tales of Lord Krishna, Mathura is definitely one place you would love to go. The spectacular artwork all over the temples in the birthplace of Lord Krishna is one thing anyone could be charmed by. Mathura is one place where you can attain the most divine happiness and solemn peace with an overwhelming experience at each and every step.
If birdwatching is an activity you enjoy, then Bharatpur is definitely a place you should be in. Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur is home to more than 370 species of birds and is one of the world's largest grounds for bird breeding as well as feeding. Bharatpur also has places like Lohagarh Fort and Ganga Maharani Temple, which are a perfect blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture.
Be it relaxing or exploring historical corners, whatever you prefer, Gwalior is definitely a place you should put on your must-visit list. It is most famous for the Gwalior Fort, a pearl amongst the fortresses of India, which is a hilltop fort. It is a place which can be considered as a haven for history lovers and architect enthusiasts. Apart from its rich history, Gwalior is definitely a beautiful spot for relaxation. You can enjoy birdwatching or boating at Tiger Dam, which is just 23 km away from Gwalior.
Jaipur, also known as Pink City, is unarguably a cultural and historical hub. With breathtaking forts and palaces made of red sandstone and marble, it is undoubtedly the best place to explore history. Just like a cherry on top, the culture in Jaipur is also very vibrant and you can treat yourself to various cultural performances.
Vrindavan is a place of love, peace and spirituality, where Lord Krishna grew up and spent the golden days of his childhood. It is the place where Lord Krishna had childish fun with his friends and romanced Radha. It is definitely a place that will bring a winsome smile on your face throughout your stay. All the temples is this holy place are a sacred blend of Gaudiya Vaishnavism and Hinduism.
If you have a sweet tooth and love to explore historical places, Kanpur is one place you shouldn't miss. Famous for the best soan papdi, Kanpur also has many majestic temples and the serene Ganga river. From history to serenity, Kanpur has all that a tiny city could ever offer.
If you have heard about Jhansi ki Rani or Rani Laxmi Bai, you definitely would not want to miss out on visiting Jhansi, a perfect weekend getaway. Jhansi is an incredible historic city with forts, palaces and temples.
Delhi is more than just a capital of India with the best of facilities and fast-moving lives. It was a major trade and political centre even during the Vedic period and definitely has so much history to share. Amidst great malls and fun parks, Delhi also has many great temples, forts, palaces, buildings with stunning architecture and more.
Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places in India and if you are around Agra, it is one of the most peaceful places you can visit. It presents a kaleidoscopic view into the Indian culture and development and is one of the most spiritual places you can visit. So, how about taking a dip in the holy waters of Ganga and getting rid of all your sins?