Agra Travel Guide

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Agra Things to Do

  • Taj Mahal

    What can you say...Went with a group, so have no idea about the ticket process etc..Must say do a good job of keeping away the touts and beggars from here, you will however find them all at the Fort.

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  • Not just the Taj Mahal

    Of course every visitor must go to the Taj Mahal, but it is also worth visiting the Agra Fort, further down the Yamuna river from Taj.Also about 1 hour drive out of Agra is Fatiphur Sikri.The Agra Fort is a beautiful fortress built with views looking down the river towards the Taj Mahal. Unfortunately this was the last resting place for the...

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  • Outdoor laundry in Mumbai

    Ok, Mumbai is a long way from Agra, but since most foreign tourists stop in Mumbai first...The outdoor laundry will make you appreciate washers and dryers like nothing else. Laundry is picked up from businesses and homes, brought to the laundry, washed and ironed and returned...all within a few days, for pennies, I was told. It was amazing to see...

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  • When you're in Agra, go see...

    When you're in Agra, go see the Red Fort. There is so much to see in it. Several other buildings are inside so you at least need two or three hours to see all this!

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  • The Taj Mahal, what else?! You...

    The Taj Mahal, what else?! You must come in the early morning. Not too many visitors then and the sunset is beautiful.Come on friday (or was it thursday?) then the entrance is free. On other days it will cost you 25 dollars to get in.

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  • The entrance of the Red Fort....

    The entrance of the Red Fort. It doesn't cost you anything to visit the fort. So this also is the place to be when you travel on low budget ;)

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Agra Restaurants

  • Go to Zorba the Buddha for...

    Go to Zorba the Buddha for dinner. Everywhere you can eat vegetarian food, but this restaurant is simply the best. Everything is so clean here! The restaurant is even known outside India. It also has a website: www.zorbathebuddha.net/.org/.com Never forget that tomatoesalad I got for starters, yummy! And I normally don't even like tomatoes. Also...

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  • Go to one of the rooftop...

    Go to one of the rooftop restaurants. The view is exellent and breakfast is really tasty here (omelets, toast, fruits and tea). This rooftop restaurant is very near the Taj Mahal.

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Agra Nightlife

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    by sandravdp Written Sep 7, 2002

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    There is not a lot of that here. I guess you can go to a concert or cinema to enjoy yourself later in the evening. A late dinner is also always okay.

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Agra Transportation

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    Bikericksjaw, taxicab...
    On the picture: travelfriends just negociated about the price to pay. It's very normal to do this in India. The best is to talk about the price before you take the service of a ricksjawrider.

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Agra Shopping

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    Organised tours inevitably bring the tourists to certain cottage industries, where they show off the local customs and handicrafts.
    Whilst they always want to sell their goods these tours can be very interesting.
    Of course, when in Agra you have to visit the factory shop where they show you how they make the intricate marble inlayed souvenirs. The semi-precious stones are hand cut to size and then very carefullly laid into a hand-cut piece of marble, sealed and polished to give a beautiful work of art.

    What to buy: Undoubtedly the main thing to buy in Agra is marble, with inlaid semi-precious stones.

    Jewellery is also very good and considerably cheaper than in the UK, with some unusual designs.

    What to pay: You can spend a lot of money on some of the beautiful items- but just consider how much hard work has gone into making the item- then have it valued back home to find out the real cost and you should be pleasently suprised!

    Handcrafted marble plates
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    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture

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Agra Local Customs

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    Make sure that you wear long sleaves, trousers or a dress. You'd better don't were shorts or small skirts. People will look at you with disregard then...

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Agra Warnings and Dangers

  • street sales rep's

    You will be faced with "street rep's" offereing to take you (for free) to there Fathers, or Grandfathers workshop where they do Marble inlays etc.... Also carpet/rug making is another favourite along with wooden carving. When you arrive the person who took you will disappear for a short time leaving you stranded talking to a high pressure salesman....

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  • Save your self from Cheaters

    Agra is the place where is lot of Tourist cheaters.Dont Belive them if they tell you this stories1. We have showroom in your coutrny and want to send some carpets. but due to save export duty you carry ityou buy from here and deliver in our showroom in your country and get twice price even they will give you address and phone no.. but all will be...

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  • Don't drink tabwater! Drink...

    Don't drink tabwater! Drink water from cealed mineralwater bottles. The brands Evian, Yes and Bislieri are fine.

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Agra Tourist Traps

  • You want to buy my granny?

    Agra is a very poor place, and the people on the streets want to sell everything they can to the tourists- including their granny!Beware, they are like flies around a honeypot. The "marble" they will try to sell you is not actually marble but a very cheap inferior alternative- if you do but anything make sure you get the cheapest possible price. If...

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  • Everybody tries to sell...

    Everybody tries to sell something. Watch out for people who try to rip you off. Especially the ricksjawdrivers try this.

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Agra What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: Bring along your backpack!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: See cultural tips!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring along a bottle of suncream, a mosquitonet, anti mosquitospray, take those malariapills and bring along pills against diarhoea!

    Photo Equipment: Film you can't get everywhere. Watch the expiredates carefully though! Develop the films at home...

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Agra Off The Beaten Path

  • Fatehpur Sikri

    Fatehpur Sikri is a fortified city which was completely abandoned in 1598 due to water supply problems. The city is well preserved and the Moghol architecture is some of the best of it's kind. Its a good place for a day trip from Agra.To get there you can take a local bus or organise a trip with a private car or taxi from Agra (most hotels will...

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  • Go to Fatehpur Sikri, the lost...

    Go to Fatehpur Sikri, the lost city! The city has several buildings and gardens on a big square. Every building is red. The sculptures are wonderful! You can find out more about this place on my INDIAPAGE!

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  • for stay

    Agra is Expensive to stay and not clean town to stayif you can go 75 Km out there is place Mathura and Vrindhwan there is cheap and resonable hotelsand this is place where lord krishna bornyou will love that town also and save some money to stay there.. and nice food

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  • Memorable

    The Taj Mahal is truly breathtaking. You'll need to wander around and view it from every angle to truly appreciate it.

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