This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Agra. To help you make friends with Agra before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
We all know the main reason everyone comes to Agra -- it's the Taj Mahal, without a doubt one of the most beautiful sights in the world. For many, this is their sole inspiration for visiting India. Agra’s wealth of other historic sights and the quality of Agra hostels should make all travelers think twice about trying a very long day-trip from Delhi to visit this breathtaking location.
Obviously, the main attraction in Agra is the Taj Mahal, so you’ll want to ensure your Agra hostel is within the sight’s close vicinity. Pictures certainly don’t do it justice; the sheer beauty of the Taj Mahal overwhelms tourists. Despite the crowds, there is often an atmosphere of tranquility and silence, as pilgrims from around the world bear witness to the majesty of this Mughal shrine. To really appreciate the Taj Mahal, plan on spending most of your day here. Sit in the gardens or under an archway. Find a quiet corner and just appreciate this beautiful monument to romance.
Make sure to hold onto your Taj Mahal ticket, as this will ensure discounts at Agra’s other grand sights. It would be a real shame to come to Agra and miss visiting Agra Fort, Itimad-ud-Daulah, and Akbar’s Mausoleum. Whilst smaller than the Taj Mahal, these sights are equally magnificent. And best of all, you’ll often have the place to yourself. Your Agra hostel will surely be able to help with organising transport. For those travelers with some extra days to spare, ask your Agra hostel about tours to Fatehpur Sikri, the grand ancient city approximately an hour outside of Agra.
Travelers should note that the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays to non-Muslims, so plan accordingly. Agra dorms are available all year-round, but due to the high concentration of visitors, early bookings are recommended. Whilst the Taj Mahal is the shining star of Agra, do not make the mistake of not leaving enough time for Agra’s other sights. The accommodating Agra hostels await you!
Written by local enthusiast for Agra hostels@dhersz