A windswept desert city, Agra lives in both past and present. Filled with ornate mosques, romantic palaces, and some of the world’s most opulent mausoleums, all adorned with the ancient motifs of Persian and Islamic design, it’s also one of the busiest and liveliest places in India.
An expansive wall of red sandstone glows in the warmth of the brilliant Indian sun as it curves for two and a half kilometers around the boundary of a 16th-century imperial city constructed by Akbar the Great. Inside its soaring Delhi Gate entrance lies a paradise of serene gardens, magnificent palaces, and exquisite mosques, including the airy Mussaman Burj palace of a Mughal queen and the awe-inspiring Diwan-i-Khas audience hall.Learn More
Constructed in 1628 for Empress Nur Jahan’s father, the Persian-born treasurer and prime minister Mirza Ghiyas Beg, this masterwork of Mughal architecture marked a transition between the red sandstone of earlier eras and the use of white marble. A precursor to the Taj Mahal, it features the same intricate marble inlay technique, known as pietra dura, and screen-like marble roof seen in its more famous neighbor.Learn More
A grand, red sandstone fort rises along Fatehabad Road, the thoroughfare that leads to the Taj Mahal. Inside lies Agra’s largest handicrafts emporium and cultural center, with 10,000 square meters of artisan Indian goods, including colorful paintings and drawings, rich textiles, handmade rugs, and bronze figurines of Hindu deities. Kalakriti is also home to the renowned Mohabbat the Taj show, a traditional musical and dance performance that tells the story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal.Learn More
As dusk descends, the illuminated waters of a swimming pool merge with the sky, creating a sense of wonder. Combining an Ayurvedic philosophy with opulent Mughal interiors, the 99,000-square-foot Kaya Kalp Spa is more than an oasis of rejuvenation. The country’s largest spa complex, complete with yoga gardens, water therapy rooms, and holistic Ayurvedic treatments, it is a temple to wellness.Learn More
Once the hunting reserve of the Maharajas, this 29-square-kilometer park is a protected refuge where over 300 species of birds reside, including colorful peacocks and India’s own white-breasted kingfisher. Hike, bicycles, or hire a rickshaw guide to explore the paths that wind through these verdant parklands where migratory birds like parakeets and orioles, greyleg geese and majestic Siberian cranes all come to roost.Learn More
Known as the Moonlight Garden, this geometric, manicured park faces the Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna river, offering a different, rare perspective on the world-famous monument. Originally designed by Emperor Babur long before the Taj was built, the gardens have been tweaked in their current incarnation to align with those at the Taj, guaranteeing harmonious views.Learn More
Originally the site of a 1492 tomb for Sikander Lodhi, Sikandra also became the site of the final resting place of the great Mughal emperor Akbar in 1613. A combination of a number of architectural styles, most notably Persian and Hindu, Akbar’s mausoleum is a magnificent monument of geometric engravings, inlays of semi-precious stones, soaring minarets, canopied pavilions, and manicured gardens.Learn More
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, this marble mausoleum is one of the world's most beloved sites. An architectural marvel – with its four soaring minarets, delicately inlaid arches, and dramatic symmetry – the Taj Mahal was built in the mid-17th-century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved late wife, Mumtaz Mahal, next to whom he lies under the central dome. Perched on the banks of the Yamuna river, the monument is surrounded by manicured gardens and a reflecting pool.Learn More
One of Islam’s biggest festivals, Eid al-Fitr celebrates the end of the holy month of Ramadan with feasts, parties, and merriment.
A religious festival held in honor of the Hindu god Shiva, who tradition says appeared at this temple in the form of a stone lingam.
A lively religious fête, Ram Barat celebrates the marriage of the Hindu deity Sri Rama with a three-day street party and a spectacular 12-hour parade.
India’s harvest festival, Pongal is a festival of agriculture and rebirth, celebrated with gifts of food, culinary rituals, and feasts with family and friends.
Agra’s biggest festival, this 10-day carnival celebrates the rich cultural heritage of northern India and the Mughal Empire.
One of India’s best-known festivals, the spring celebration of Holi turns the city into a rainbow of colors and parties.
Explore the hotel's Aga Khan Award-winning architecture and design, inspired by and based on traditional Mughal sites like Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort.Learn More
Treat yourself to the ultimate spa treatment at our Royal Mughal Hamam at the Kaya Kalp Spa, India's first luxury hammam.Learn More
No Mughal palace would be complete without its extensive, lush gardens; stroll through ours, meandering from the bird trail and orchards through the butterfly park and conservatory.Learn More