Accentuated by minarets, mausoleums, and a bustling market, Agra is a burgeoning city which is located at a distance of 217 kilometres from Delhi. The sleepless city is, more often than not, characterized by stifling heat, congestion, noisy rickshaw pullers and tongawalas, and famous pickpockets; however, Agra still faces no dearth in the number of tourists that flock the city. Consequently, the allure of Agra lies not only in its history, culture, and tradition but also in its disruption and haphazardness. The city definitely has a soul and can offer countless perspectives to travellers. Nobody comes back from Agra with a clichéd outlook or the same reviews!read more
The inimitable Taj Mahal—one of the Seven Wonders of the World—situated on the banks of river Yamuna, has certainly put Agra on the world map but these days tourists eye Agra from a broader perspective. When in Agra, you’ll get a feeling of discovering more, even after visiting the historical monuments such as Agra Fort, Akbar’s Tomb, Jama Masjid, etc. And staying in even the most luxurious hotel is not quite the best option if you want to explore the city. You need to get under the skin of the city (literally speaking) if you want to capture the spirit of the city. And you can only do that if you stay like a local.
But can you live like a local? Yes, you can with guest houses in Agra.
But would these guest houses be in proximity of interesting places? Definitely!
Well, at the places mentioned below:
Taj Ganj is the central area in Agra that houses many such accommodation options. The place surrounds the area around Taj Mahal. It is a touristy place and also the shopping hub of the city. The Taj Ganj area also has many restaurants serving delectable cuisines such as Peshawri, Kesar Restaurant, The Silk Route Restaurant, etc. Moreover, Agra Fort, Moti Masjid, and Shah Jahan Park are located close to Taj Ganj. The most interesting aspect about staying at Taj Ganj area is that you can interact with locals and tourists from different walks of life. Taj Ganj is the most multi-cultural area of Agra, thereby making it the most happening area of Agra. Guest houses in Taj Ganj are reasonably priced and comfortable. Some of the accommodations in Taj Ganj are also pretty luxurious.
The price range of rooms in Taj Ganj starts from as low as Rs. 575!
Agra Cantt is one of the best areas to find good guest house accommodation as it is in close proximity to the famous Sadar Bazaar of the city. This bazaar is a market that is well-known for leather artefacts and articles, handicrafts, fabrics, ‘Agra Shoes’, marble and petha (soft candy from North India). The bazaar houses renowned shops such as Panchhi Petha and Agra Taj Leather World. However, vacation rentals are also available in Sadar Bazaar, if you wish to experience the buzz of the city.
Agra Cantt and Sadar Bazaar are quite close to Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Another interesting shopping destination close to Agra Cantt is Loha Mandi. As the name suggests, Loha Mandi is a market known for iron-based products.
The prices of guest houses in Agra Cantt and Sadar Bazaar begin from ₹700 and ₹1000 respectively.
Namner Road/ Crossing
If you want to stay in the heart of Agra, then you must consider staying at Namner Road or Namner Crossing. The area is close to the tourist office, railway station, shopping malls, Idgah bus stand and airport. So, staying here will ensure convenience and relaxation.
The prices of guest house accommodations in Namner Road/Crossing begins from Rs. 500.