10 Best Places to visit with kids and family in Agra
If you have planned a trip to Agra, located at the northern belt of India, you will have plenty of places where you can enjoy with your family. Travelling with kids means going to places that capture their imagination and be fun and not boring. Agra has all the marvels that will not let the feeling of boredom cross the kids.
Here are the 10 best places in Agra to visit with kids!
- Agra Fort
The Agra Fort, also known as Lal Qila, is one of the major highlights of Agra. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Agra Fort or Qila-i-Akbar, can be a great history lesson for the kids. The red sandstone fort was built by Akbar after ascending to power and was used as a military base as well as a residence. The rich Mughal history of Agra is well displayed through the Agra Fort, spread over 94 acres. It is said that about 5000 buildings were built on the fort premises, of which only 30 have remained. Visit the Bengali Mahal, Delhi-Gate, and Akbari-Gate built under Akbar’s dynasty, and the marble palaces and mosques built by Shah Jahan. Absolutely check out the Shish Mahal and Jahangir Mahal. The entry is free for kids under the age of 15 at the Agra Fort.
- Fatehpur Sikri
Another of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, Fatehpur Sikri is a ghost town, which was once an important Mughal political capital. Located about 39 km from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri is known for the beauteous palaces, mosques and halls built under the Mughal dynasty. Your kids will be awestruck by the sheer beauty of the Mughal and Persian architecture. Check out the Panch Mahal, a five-storeyed palace which was once home to royal women and mistresses. The roof of the building provides an amazing 360-degree view of the city. You can also take your kids to see the Birbal Bhawan, the house of Birbal. Birbal was Akbar’s favorite and their amusing stories still strike a chord with the kids. Kids will be able to resonate with the stories they have heard of Birbal and it will be a great learning experience.
- Sur Sarovar (Keetham) Bird Sanctuary
Take your kids to the Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary where they can spend some time in the lap of nature. You can spot more than 165 species of migratory and resident birds at the bird sanctuary. The Keetham lake or Sur Sarovar is located within the Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary. Located 20 km from Agra, this is a must visit place for bird watchers and adventure lovers. The Sur Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary is also the biggest bear rescue center of India and is home to more than 300 dancing bears. The sanctuary also has hundreds of snakes including pythons. The Wildlife SOS is home to rescued sloth bears, moon bears, leopards, and elephants. Your kids will have a great time at the open spaces and learn about animal conservation.
- Taj Nature Park
An initiative of the Social Forestry Division of Agra, the Taj Nature Park is a 9 km trail which offers a glimpse of the flora and fauna of the city. Beat the heat, the traffic and the commotion of the city, and take your kids to the Taj Nature Park. You can spot birds and animals, take in the scenic beauty of the plants and trees and just relax in nature’s shade. There will be plenty of photographic opportunities so keep your camera ready. Your kids will enjoy in the park while you enjoy the beautiful background of the Taj Mahal, which is about 500 metres away. The entry fees for kids for the Taj Nature Walk is Rs 5. So take your kids for a nature walk in Agra!
- Taj Museum
The Taj Museum is a must visit place if you are in Agra. Located within in the Jal Mahal or Naubat Khana, which is in the Taj Mahal premises, the museum has various galleries and exhibit worth a visit. The museum showcases the construction of the Taj Mahal and the miniature paintings of the Mughal dynasty, manuscripts, calligraphy, arms, plans and blueprints of the Taj Complex and the day to day items like utensils. Your kids will love the history the museum offers about the Mughal era and the Taj itself. There are also paintings of Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz. In winters when there is fog, the Taj Museum is a great indoor option. The architect will amuse the young eye and the displayed artefacts will open a vast world for the kids to enjoy.
- Mehtab Bagh
The Mehtab Bagh is in perfect alignment with the Taj Mahal and gives a great view of the historic monument. The garden is a nice choice to spend time with your kids as you can just sit around and enjoy while they play around. You can click some amazing pictures in the garden with its picturesque beauty. Enjoy the architecture of the Mughal era garden built by Emperor Babur. The beauty to the garden is accredited to the plaster walkways, pavilions, scenic fountain and pools and the fruit trees and beautiful plants. The Mehtab Bagh is also known as The Moonlight Garden with a myth surrounding it of a Black Taj. The entry is free for kids under the age of 15, while adults need to shell out Rs 15.
- Motilal Nehru Park
Take your kids to the Motilal Nehru Park in Agra for a good time. The garden is replete with beautiful flowers and trees and you will surely find a calm in the lap of nature. You can go to the Nehru Park either for a morning walk or in the evening with kids. The kids can play in the park which is well maintained. It is called the green lung of Agra and for good reasons! Located close to the Agra Fort, you can visit the Nehru Park after a hectic day and just wind down with your family. Don’t forget to capture the scenic beauty that the park offers. If possible, pack a meal which you can eat at the park and have a small picnic with the family.
- Anguri Bagh
Agra has an abundance of Mughal gardens and Anguri Bagh is one such beauty that you should not miss on your visit to the city. Built by Shah Jahan in 1637, this Grape garden is near the Khas Mahal. It is named after the grape harvests and flowers. It used to be a private area of relaxation for royal women. The kids will love the exquisite beauty of the garden and the fountain place in the middle. The geometric patterns give it the architectural beauty which is completed by wall paintings from the Mughal era. There are royal bath houses or hamams at the northeast side of the Anguri Bagh. The garden is open between 6 AM and 5:30 PM daily.
- Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity
Visit the Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Agra and let your kids know about the work done by this Roman Catholic nun and missionary for children. The place is for orphaned children and you will bring a smile to their face by visiting them and striking up a conversation. Your kids will love the place and will have a greater learning experience. The nuns at the historic site will give you a tour of the premises and you can also choose to donate to propagate the good work done by the institution for the children. The children in the charity home vouch for a familial atmosphere which is both touching and uplifting.This is one of the best places to take your kids in Agra as it will open up their minds and enlighten them.
- Taj Mahal
The list is incomplete without the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, and a tourist favorite. Take your kids to see the beautiful Taj Mahal which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and where tourists flock every year in hundreds of thousands. The The Taj Mahal, made from the iconic white marble, was a loving gesture of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz. Your kids will be awestruck by the historical building’s beauty and the aura surrounding it. There are plenty of activities to choose from at the Taj Mahal including a live show called Mohabbat’d Taj, a Taj Ballooning Festival, Taj Mahotsav, Heli Prikrama Goverdhan and the Bateshwar Fair. The entry is free for kids under the age of 15. So, take your kids to the Taj Mahal in Agra for a visit of a lifetime!
So, plan a trip to Agra today with your kids and visit these places with them. Your kids will enjoy their visit to Agra as it has a lot to offer their hyperactive minds and will give them good history lessons in the process! They can proudly say that they visited one of the seven wonders of the world in Agra.