The Taj Mahal is a "most see"
Beware of begars and people selling stolen goods
Absolutely breathtakingly beautiul
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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.
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!
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...
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....more
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...more
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...more
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...
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...more