Saturday, September 26, 2009

Location of Agra

Situated in the extreme southwest corner of Uttar Pradesh, Agra stratches across 26° 44' N to 27° 25' N and 77° 26' E to 78° 32' E. Its borders touch Rajasthan to its west and south, the district of Firozabad to its East and the districts of Mathura and Etah to its North. Situated at the banks of River Yamuna, it has limited forest area sporting trees of Babul, Ber, Neem and Peepal. Agra suffers from extremities of climate with scorching hot summers and chilly winters. Monsoons offer some relief but the lanes within the city become very dirty and slippery during this season. However, the main road that stretches across the tourist area is good enough in any season. The best time to visit the city is from the Spring Season to the Autumn Season, i.e., from the months of March to October.

Agra Weather & When to Go

The climate of Agra is extreme and tropical. India has three seasons, the dry season, monsoon season and winter. Summers are extremely hot and the maximum temperature can be as high as 45 degree Celsius/ 113 degrees Fahrenheit; it is hot in April through to June. It is not hard to imagine thus why it is unpopular to visit Agra during this time. In the summer, Agra is dry, dusty and rather sticky and unpleasant for visitors.

Heavy rains and high humidity mark the monsoon season. During Monsoon season, which lasts from July to September, there can be electrical storms, short rainstorms and dust storms. One must bring fully waterproof clothes during this time. Though it doesn’t rain all day, it does rain every day. Regardless of the rain, it is still very hot and humid. It is not recommended to travel during this time.

In September, the monsoon season ends and the weather gets more bearable. However, even in the winter, the climate remains rather tropical. The average winter day is around 88.7 degrees Fahrenheit. Thus, it is advised to visit Agra during the winters, after October to April. During the winter, though at night it can get quite frosty, the days are sunny but more mild, without the sticky

Agra map

A map is one of the most effective ways to explore and know about a place or city. In the same way, the map of Agra city will help you to explore Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal in a much better way. No matter which part of the Agra city you are in, the tourist/road map of Agra will guide you to reach your destination in a smooth and better way. The following road map of Agra will help you plan and execute your tour in and around the Agra city in an easy manner. The map of Agra also highlights important tourist destinations of the Agra city including the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort.

Shopping in Agra

There are lots of handicraft emporiums that offer a variety of sandalwood and rose wood items along with brass decorative pieces and stone carved images. The fine work done by the local artisans in the city is notable and the markets of Agra are the best place to explore exquisite piece of fine Zari embroidery work, stone inlay work, durries and carpets. One can find most of the big emporiums concentrated in the Gangotri at Taj complex, Taj Mahal Complex, Kinari Bazar, Raja Mandi and Sadar Bazar areas. These shopping areas are worth visiting in Agra. TDI mall and Big Bazaar at Fatehabad road are also good places for shopping. These places contain a variety of products as well as qualitative products. .These places are also containing the culture of Agra. At the time of festivals, these markets are flooded with variety of clothes, jewellery, and house hold items.

Banks and Money Exchangers in Agra

State Bank of India, Main Branch Chipitola, Agra: 0562-2252078

Allahabad Bank, Hotel Clarks Shiraj, Taj Ganj, Agra:0562-2226179

Ahdhra Bank, Taj Road, Sadar Bazar, Agra: 0562-2226675

Central Bank of India, M.G. Road, Agra: 0562-2366788

Bank of Baroda, M.G. Road, Agra: 0562-2364345

Canara Bank, Sadar Bazar, Agra: 0562-2227161

Centrum Forex, Fatehabad Road, Agra: 0562-2231640

Thomas Cook, Fatehabad Road, Agra: 0562-2330550

Tour Operators and Travel Agents in Agra

Many travel agents are present in Agra to operate Tours for Agra and the places surrounding Agra. Below is the list of some Tour Operators and Travel Agents –

  • Ashok Travels and Tours, Hotel Agra Ashok, The Mall, Tel.: 0562 - 361223-31
  • Rainbow Travels, Hotel Mansingh Palace, Fatehabad Road, Tel.: 0562 - 360605.
  • Mercury Travels, Hotel Clarks Shiraj, 54 Taj Road, Tel.: 0562 – 360282

  • Royal Holidays Inc., Sanjay Place, Tel.: 0562 – 352367, 350537.

  • Sita World Travels, Sadar Bazar, Tel.: 0562 – 363922, 363181.

  • Travel Corporation (India), Hotel Clarks Shiraj, Tel.: 0562 – 361121, 361122, 361123.

  • Travel House, Welcomgroup Mughal Sheraton, Tel.: 0562 – 361701-62

Offices to Be Known By Visitors in Agra

Visitors arriving Agra need to known about some offices which can help them in need. They can avail the help which they seek in Agra from government authorities. List of some offices is given below-

Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office

Address: Fatehpur Sikri Road, Agra
Tel: +91 0562 226 9563
Timings: Monday to Friday - 10:00 to 16:00

India Tourism Office

Address: 191 The Mall, Agra
Tel: +91 0562 222 6378
Timings: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 17:30, Saturday - 09:00 to 14:00
A range of brochures about attractions all over India are available here. This is a good place to get knowledge about the city as well as country. An official guide can also be found from here.

UP Tourism Office

Address: Agra Cantonment Train Station, Agra
Tel: +91 0562 242 1204
Timings: 7 days and 24 hours
This office is good place for contacting the local tourist police. You can find help easily here if, you are in problem.
One more branch of the UP Tourism Office is located at 64 Taj Road
Timings: Monday to Saturday - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Main Post Office

Address: The Mall, Agra
Tel: +91 0562 222 6437
The 'post restate' service at the post office is not recommended.
Timings: Monday to Saturday - 10:00am to 6:00pm