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When to Visit Agra, India and the Taj Mahal

This November was my third visit to Agra, India.  The two main attractions for visitors and photographers are the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.  I had previously visited Agra in March and July.  The temperatures were very hot on both of these prior trips.

Lines at the Taj Mahal

The weather during my November trip to Agra was comfortable (around 85 degrees Fahrenheit).  However, the crowds were very large and the traffic was extremely busy.  November is a peak tourist season for Agra since it is after the monsoon season and before the start of the hot temperatures. 

I also visited on the week following Diwali where many of the children are still off of school. This also added to the crowds and congestion. Diwali falls between Mid-October and Mid-November so make sure you take that into account when making your travel plans.

Agra is still one of the premier destinations to visit in India.  Some of my top photo ops in Agra are:

  • Taj Mahal
  • Agra Fort
  • Street photography in Agra.  Even though it is one of the top tourist destinations in India, Agra is still a rural community which makes for interesting street photography with tractors, livestock drawn carts, and bicycles making deliveries on the road.

Crowds at Agra Fort

When making your travel plans to Agra, you will need to decide whether to brave the heat during the Indian summer (March thru July), the monsoons (August thru October), or the crowds during the pleasant weather of winter (November thru February). 

My favorite time to visit Agra was during March.  The weather was hot but not overbearing.  It was also crowded in March but not as crowded as when I visited in November.  It also helps to visit the Taj Mahal in the morning or evening when it is a bit cooler and the sun is not beating down on the white marble.

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