What to do and where to stay in Agra?

#1 Feb 29th, 2004, 22:05
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Am considering to visit Agra during my next journey in India. I would like to visit Taj Mahal, but what others things would you recommend me to do? Also tips on accommodation would be appreciated!

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Sorry, not Agra, but in that neck of the woods, make sure you see Fatehpur Sikri (my favourite palace). It's only Rs17 by bus from Agra and definitely worth seeing. You can then get a bus on to Bharatpur for about Rs12 to visit the Bird Sanctuary at Keoladeo National Park, before travelling on to Jaipur (or wherever).
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Hotel Shhela if its not hot and see the small sites other than the Taj (numerous)..
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Ya,near Agra,Fatehpur Sikri must see place,then Mathura worth to see .
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Thank you all for this info!

How many days would be enough to spend there?
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You can see Fatehpur Sikri in a few hours, but if you want to stay in the town overnight the Goverdhan Tourist Complex is pretty good and as close to the palace complex as you can get, for Rs150-450.
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I reckon the Hotel Kamal is a good place.
It has an uninterrupted view over the Taj and is pretty cheap.
The staff are very helpful and appear to be honest as well.
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Rob, how much is the Hotel Kamal per night?

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I can't remember exactly but I think it was only about 150rps a night. It may have even been a bit less - perhaps 100rps.
It was pretty good value. All rooms have a bathroom and toilet - although cold water only. That was for a double room as well.
One of the main benefits was the fact that the manager and staff weren't trying to tell you how good their 'brother's' gem factory was or anything like that. Friends of mine reported the manager was very helpful when they had problems with the sharks in human form that masquerade as rickshaw drivers in Agra.

Hope that helps,

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I would say Hotel Safari, it was spotlessly clean with 24-7 hot water and cable TV + the peeps where friendly and don't pay commission and didn't try to flog anything. It was Rs350. No views of the Taj but withing walking distance and about 5 mins or so to Pizza Hut! Also worth maybe checking are the Fort and Akbars Tomb but agree that FS is defo not 2 b missed and even more so son't miss the food at Ajays hotel , pretty damm good
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I would also recommend visiting the "Baby Taj," aka Itimad-ud-Daulah's Tomb. It's a lot less crowded than the Taj Mahal and very peaceful. I also really enjoyed the trip across the bridge just to get there.
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I recommend spending as little time in Agra as possible. I didn't mind the touts, drivers, or other tourist sycophants that much but the air literally is not fit to breathe. It's like putting yourself in a garage, shutting the door and turning your car on. Except worse.
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I kinda agree with mdchachi.. Agra is not the nicest place to visit in India. Although, the Taj Mahal is definately worth seeing!
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Thumbs up AGRA

Apart from the Taj and Etmad-ud-Daulah, Agra also has the Sikandara, Dayal Bagh and the massive fort. All these are worth seeing.

As far as eatables go, Agra is famous for the sweet called "Petha", made from dried Pumpkin.

There's a lot more to Agra than the Taj !
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I must admit I think Agra is an absolute tragedy as a place. I can't think of too many places on earth which have so much extra-ordinary history all over the place. Sadly the place is a total sh1thole and the Archeological Survey of India's management of the sites is appalling. Rip-off entries fees that probably line someone's pocket rather than for maintainence of the monuments, excrutiatingly slow restoration work, etc, etc, etc.
For example, Akbar's Masoleum - a stunning and bizarre building but at least one of the gates is an appalling state of disrepair. Next to Akbar is another tomb that is literally rotting away - nobody is even touching it.
In the Taj itself - the 'reflection' of the mosque is need of a great deal of repair. Thankfully, the mosque itself is in good condition. I swear the Taj itself is looking a little on the yellow side.
There are Moghul relics all over the place and so many of them are just left to rot away.
The Agra fort - you can't go into the Pearl Mosque in Agra Fort because it's an ARMY AREA! WHAT THE **** IS THAT ALL ABOUT!?!?!
It's a disgrace.
Perhaps a couple less new nuclear warheads, stopping wasting a million US per day keeping the army on the Siachan glacier and removal of all the smelting works and coke and Agra would be a much nicer place to visit. (Or maybe a bit more interest from whoever doles out UNESCO' development cash).
Still, see the stuff in Agra before it hasn't all turned to dust.

Rant over.

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