Jun 18, 2019 - Jun 19, 2019
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Where to stay in Agra
Located in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh around 200km from New Delhi, the city of Agra is known for the magnificent Taj Mahal but is also home to two other UNESCO World Heritage sites in the shape of the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
The city features a number of other tombs and buildings that hark back to the days when Agra was the capital of the Mughal Empire with a number of hotels perfectly placed to cater for the thousands of tourists who flock to the city to see the sights. Visitors should be aware that outside of the cultural entertainment packages put on by the hotels and restaurants, there is very little in the way of nightlife in the city.
Trains, taxis and public buses are readily available for getting around although you may wish to brave the heat and go down the tourist route with a ride on either a bicycle or motorized rickshaw once a suitable fee has been agreed. Taxis can be found at major public areas for those who prefer their transport in a cooler setting.
Hotels in Agra
A truly luxurious choice in Agra, the Oberoi Amarvilas Agra enjoys the perfect location just 600m from the majesty of the Taj Mahal. Every room enjoys unrivalled views of the iconic monument with guests able to dine in its shadow, relax in the magnificent swimming pool with a signature cocktail or allow themselves to be pampered in the idyllic spa.
Located just 3 km from the railway station, the mid-range Mansingh Palace overlooks the Ana Sangar Lake and offers modern rooms as well as family suites with state-of-the-art facilities, a gym and a multi-cuisine restaurant.
Although a four-star hotel, the Seven Hills Tower offers lower priced accommodation with 30 well-appointed rooms, three suites and a roof-top restaurant that overlooks the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort. The hotel also features a wide range of cuisine choices and a stay here will also have you close to the city’s attractions.
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The Taj Mahal with its matchless magnificence would be of great interest to fans of history, culture, architecture as well as for enthusiasts of romance, poetry and folklore.
The city in it self is not much to stroll around in. But is absolutely worth a visit because of Taj Mahal, Agra Fort (Red Fort) and to get to Fathepur Sikri. I've been to Agra 2 times. The first time, in 2001, we went to Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fathepur Sikri. The second time, in 2008, we did some more planning for nice views of Taj Mahal. * Got a room with Taj-view at Shanti Lodge. * Early up for Taj-queue. * Went to the other side of the river for reflextion and an other angle.
OK, I admit I don't love Agra as a city. It is crazy, crowded, and has lots of very aggressive touts vying for your business as soon as you step out the door of your hotel. That said, this is the home of the Taj Mahal. And that, my friend, makes all the difference. It is more beautiful than you can imagine. Come early for sunrise and stay to see the palace in different lights.
I wouldn't say I like the city of Agra, but it does have some great sights...starting with the extraordinary Taj Mahal. Argra Fort and the Baby Taj are certainly highlights as well. See the sights and get out of this dusty, hectic city.