The first name that comes to mind when someone ask about India is definitely the 'Taj Mahal'. This white marble tomb of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, is the biggest and the most popular travel attraction of the country. More and more visitors come here every year, to see and to experience the magic of this brilliant architectural marvel. Earlier getting to Taj Mahal was a kind of difficult job, but now with so many options for transportation, reaching Taj Mahal is quite easy these days. Here is list of numerous ways to reach Agra the Taj Mahal city.
Reaching Taj Mahal City By Air
Air route to Taj Mahal is one of the safest and the most easiest way to reach Agra. Take flight from the Delhi's IGI airport, and land at the Kheria airport in Agra. Once there you can hire a private taxi/local bus/or even rickshaws to reach Taj Mahal. For the convenience of the visitors all the major international flights like Emirates, Swiss air, air Sri Lanka, Bangladesh Biman, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic Ocean, Air France, Lufthansa, KLM etc connects IGI with all the important cities of the world.
Indian Airlines has two offices :
-- Hotel Clarks Shiraz, Taj Road, Agra.
-- Kheria Airport.
Reaching Taj Mahal City By Rail
Railways the life line of India's transportation is another easy way for reaching Agra. There are frequent trains from all the major cities of India to Agra Cantt Station. This is the most comfortable means to reach Taj without traffic chaos and in very less time. Here is a list of some trains that you can board for your journey:
August Kranti Rajdhani Express
Bhopal Shatabdi Express
Palace on Wheels(for those who want luxurious journey).
Railway Stations :
These are the list of stations and their enquirer number.
-- Agra Cantt Rly Stn, Enquiry: 131, 133. Reservation: 364611
-- Raja-ki-Mundi Rly Stn, Contact: 354477
-- Agra Fort Rly Stn, enbquiry: 132, 135 Reservation: 364131
-- Tundla Rly Stn on Ferozabad Rd (for changing trains) 05611-22631
Reaching Taj Mahal City By Road
With the construction of Delhi to Agra Mathura Road, reaching there via road has become much more convenient. You can take the luxury Volvo buses from Delhi, Mathura, Fatehpur Sikri for Agra. Or if you want to enjoy the natural beauty of India then a car ride is the best thing. And soon by December 2011 Yamuna Expressway is also getting ready which will reduce the distance between Delhi and Agra.
Local Transport around Taj Mahal
Once you are in Agra you can take the local means of transport like Auto-rickshaws, tongas and taxis to roam around the city. In-fact you can also hire A/C and non A/C Coaches and Tourist taxis local sightseeing. About a kilometer before Tajmahal Main Gate one gets battery operated buses, auto rickshaws and horse carts or men drove rickshaws (all pollution free) that charge reasonable rates. So enjoy your trip to Agra and Taj Mahal.