Agra is often associated with Taj Mahal built in 17th century as is the main tourist drawing monument in the city and in whole country. People swarm here attracted to it like a bee to honey. City is situated on the banks of the Yamuna river in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Taj Mahal shares Agra with some also interesting, however, not so well-known monuments including magnificent 16th century-built Agra fort, a legacy left by Mughal empire constructed using massive red sandstone for its walls and therefore earning “Red fort” name. Both monuments are designated in UNESCO World Heritage list. On top of that there is a chance to experience some fun in the fussy bazaars.

Even though Agra is clearly a city closer to capital with quite developed infrastructure, meaning streets and even sidewalks in some parts of the city. The downside of the city comes in form of highest discrimination of foreigners throughout whole country in terms of prices (for instance, in Taj Mahal foreigners need to pay 25 times the normal price), hordes of Tuk Tuk drivers, touts, unofficial guides and souvenir vendors, whose persistence can be infuriating at times.

Helpful tips

Restaurants. After traveling through India, we gathered experience and tips from locals which we want to share with everyone who will be reading this. If you come to India for a short period of time it is good to know that here certain bacteria are in almost every food, water and even air which can put you to bed for couple days if you have too much of it. To adapt to it, your body needs time and small amounts of the bacteria.

First, it is better to avoid eating too much of street food as it contains quite a lot of bacteria even though it is so cheap. We do not say that you should not eat street food at all, just keep it small quantities at a time. If you cannot wait to try and eat all sorts of street food just try it little by little and not everything on one go.

Second, when choosing a place where to eat, pay attention to other travelers’ reviews of the place. It is very important how the people from abroad felt about the food rather than locals.

Third, if there are any doubts regarding the hygiene of the place, we encourage to eat vegetables and avoid meat dishes.

We are well aware that everyone is different, and you feel your body the best. So, do what you want to do and keep in mind that these recommendations worked for us, we did not get sick while in India even for a day.

Markets. Prices in grocery shops are the same as through whole India, prices are printed on the packages, thus, you never need to wonder whether someone is taking advantage of you.

We would advise against drinking tap water in whole India, especially if you come just for a short time (couple weeks) as your body needs time to adjust to certain bacteria which is everywhere and taking too much of it at the same time can put you bed for couple days. Even though in some sources you could find that water is safe to drink, or that filtered water is alright we suggest to double check with your host or locals before you do that. We did not risk it too much, especially in the beginning of the trip, however, we did drink quite a lot of filtered water which was kind of alright just had a bad taste in most places.

Transportation. To get to Agra you can use plane, train, bus or car. As it is a large city and close to New Delhi it has great accessibility, on top of that you can use any other transport you feel like using.

In the city it is common to use public transportation such as buses, taxies or Tuk Tuk’s which are the fastest way to get around the city. Tuk Tuk’s are a quick and cheap option where you must bargain though or use Ola which is amazing by the way and almost twice cheaper than Uber. Most of the time we used Tuk Tuk’s for big trips from one end to another and walked as it helped to get to know the city and see not only the touristic places and we recommend you do the same if you have a chance.

Best of luck planning your holidays in India!

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