Travelstick Agra Uttar Pradesh India

Travelstick Agra Uttar Pradesh India

Agra

The area immediately surrounding the Taj mahal is known as Taj Ganj. Here there is a wide selection of budget hotels starting from around 10USD, as well as plenty of restaurants.

The main train station is Agra Cantonment, about 6km west of Taj Ganj. Foreigners must purchase their train tickets at window number 1 (See "Useful Info" for train timetable information). At the station there is a prepaid autorickshaw booth charging 130INR (1.70USD in 2020) from the station to Taj Ganj. Rickshaw drivers know this price and will charge the same whether you use the booth or not.

Travelstick Uttar Pradesh in India and stand in awe infront of the Taj Mahal

The Taj mahal stands in the centre of the busy Taj Ganj area of Agra, but stroll around its outer walls and you can find some surprisingly quiet and unvisited areas just a stones throw from the crowded streets. Just North of the Taj Mahal's main eastern entrance, up a flight of steps on your right is a secluded garden containing a domed octagonal tomb. This is the resting place of Shah Jahan's first wife, Qandhari Begum, a princess from Iran. Just opposite the tomb is the Sandli Masjid (Mosque).

On the western side is the Fatehpuri Mosque. Just a few meters above the busy street the peaceful courtyard of the mosque also offers a view of the Taj Mahal through the trees. Continuing north towards the river brings you to the Taj Mahal Park, another little oasis of calm. Walk all the way up to the river and look to the right for another glimpse of the Taj.

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