Agra

Agra is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna, where a majestic and iconic Taj Mahal is located, which was built in the 1600s.  The city was first mentioned in the epic Mahabharata. Each visitor is powerfully charmed and attracted by the allure of this magnificent installation. Agra is the main destination for tourists in India, first of all, because of a wide variety of the Mughul-era structures. The most known among them are Agra Fort,  Fatehpūr Sikrī and Taj Mahal. Moreover, all three are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

SAFETY INDEX

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Generally, the city is very polluted and the traffic jams might be horrendous, however, the city is filled with a vibrant nightlife and wide variety of the sites, that will impress even an experienced traveler. Level of crimes is moderate and Agra is relatively safe for tourists. The most common types of crime are theft, armed robbery, and rapes. Agree on all fares and payments in advance and being told that you can pay “as you like” is a bad sign. While travelling in the transport and in general never accept any food or drinks as they might be spiked. The hawkers around famous monuments can be very aggressive, and in 99% there will be an attempt to rip you off. So, make sure you haggle for a good price. In order to make your trip safe. SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip to Agra and be aware of all potential dangers. Agra is the 123rd safest country in the world, based on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : HIGH

Agra is relatively safe country. Though, there is need to be vigilant all the time, first of all, because of the highest density of slum neighbourhoods in the country.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

This is a real pain of Agra. Pickpocketing and bag snatching are very common, especially on public transport and near the main tourist destinations.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Kidnapping almost doesn’t exist. Mugging is not common.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : HIGH

Unfair individuals or group of them desire to take an advantage of distracted tourists. Scams in India are the worst in the world, Agra is not an exception, thus be vigilant in order prevent ripping off.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Taxi drivers know that you are a foreigner and do not acquaint with the local taxi fares used to refuse to switch on the taxi meters and call the price they deem relevant to call for their service. Be aware of pickpockets in the public transport, particularly while getting on the transport in the big transport hubs. Be especially vigilant on the overnight trains and buses. Do not accept any food or drinks as it may be spiked. Driving the rented motorcycle may be dangerous because the traffic is chaotic, driving standards is poor. If you decided to rent a motorcycle, be very cautious and use a helmet.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH

India is very exposed to natural dangers. Earthquakes, flooding, and severe storms are the main perils. If a natural disaster occurs, follow the advice of local authorities.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

India continues to experience terrorist and insurgent activities which may affect tourists directly or indirectly. Anti-Western terrorist groups are active in India, including Islamist extremist groups such as Harkat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami, Harakat ul-Mujahidin, Indian Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Lashkar-e Tayyiba. However, Agra is safe in terms of risks of terrorism.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : HIGH

Sexual assaults do occur very frequent both day and night. Try not travel alone at all. Be in a group, avoid poorly illuminated streets and bars with intoxicated individuals.

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WHAT TO DO?

Taj Mahal

One of the seven wonders of the world. The best timeframe of visiting this magnificent 360 – year-old tomb is 2 hours before sunset, in order to capture so-called, the “Golden hour” when the view is the most spectacular. The area is safe, however,  a big flow of tourists attracts pickpockets and scammers. Also, in recent years, there have been rumors, among locals that the foundation of the structure has cracks and might collapse, though this information is officially unconfirmed.   

Agra Fort

The fort is a scenic restored palace complex. Gardens, pavilions, frescoed rooms are astonishing. The safety level is high in the neighborhood, though taking into account high rate of the rapes in India, it’s worth to keep vigilance, and avoid visiting surrounding areas at night, particularly for individual female visitors.

Fatehpur Sikri

A majestic city founded in 1569 by Akbar. It’s located an hour outside of Agra, though undoubtedly worth to visit. Use the service of a trustworthy company. Travelling by bus, be aware of pickpockets and drink spiking.

Slums

Exploring the city of Agra, be aware of the areas with poor living conditions. There are numerous slum areas scattered all around the city.  

Useful Information

You’ll need to get a visa before travelling to India. You can find further information about how to apply on the Indian High Commission website. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return.
500 and 1000 Rupee banknotes were withdrawn from the circulation. The official currency in Vietnam is Dong. In order to obtain the best currency exchange possible, try to exchange your money in banks, post offices or in some large hotels. The convenient currency exchange rate also can be found at the international airports. Be aware of swapping in the local currency exchange offices.
There are several climatic regions in India. The most pleasant weather is from November to March.
Kempegowda International Airport is the busiest airport in India. For more information visit its official website: http://www.bengaluruairport.com/
As in any country, we advise travellers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical issues, but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.