Tuesday, January 22, 2013

How To Reach Agra

Chockablock with a plethora of breathtaking tourist hotspots, a slew of archaic bazaars, and a spate of local eateries offering lip-smacking Mughlai fare, Agra truly inspires awe among its visitors. Tucked away in the northern part of Uttar Pradesh, close to the banks of River Yamuna, Agra apparently ranks high among the top most populated cities in India. Despite of its frippery and commercialism, Agra has managed to capture the imagination of many with its impressive array of architectural wonders like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fathepur Sikri and Jama Masjid that offers a dynamic view of the city's past splendor. What's more, from Agra you can plan a quick daytrip to the nearby cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Gwalior that hosts a hatful of attractions for the tourists. Tourism being one of Agra's prime sources of revenue generation, the city is well-linked to most of the Indian cities by excellent transport facilities. Be it road, rail or air, Agra is connected to the rest of the country by an impressive network of transport. To know how to reach Agra comfortably and conveniently, trail the article below and have a safe trip to the city.

Traveling To Agra

By Air 
The Agra Airport is a military airbase that is maintained by the Indian Air force and is open to commercial airline carriers too. The Agra airfield is said to one of the largest military air strips in the country. The airport is located 12.5 km away from the city. Although, the airport does not link to any international destinations, the city is connected to all the major cities of India by domestic air carriers. However, if are looking for the closest international airport, then Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, which is located 200 km away from the city, is your best option. 

By Rail 
If you plan to travel to Agra by railways, then Agra has a plethora of trains to take you to the city comfortably. Agra has three important railway stations where several trains make a scheduled stop. Agra Fort Railway Station, Agra Cantt and Raja ki Mandi are the three main railway stations that connect the city to the popular cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune, Indore, Jaipur, Lucknow and many other cities in India. 

By Road 
The national highways connecting Agra and other nearby cities are well maintained and in good condition. So you can be assured of a smooth comfortable journey as you head to city. If you are traveling from Delhi, then the fastest route would be the NH 2. The distance between Agra and Delhi is just 200 km and can be covered within a span of 4 hours. For those who are commuting from Jaipur, it is usually suggested that you take the NH 11 as it is the best four-lane freeway that connects Agra via Bharatpur. As for people travelling from Mumbai and Gwalior, NH 3 is a good option. The NH 2 and NH 25 are used by passengers journeying from Lucknow and Kanpur.

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