Garden Villa Homestay
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGarden Villa Homestay Agra
In a gated community and very quiet. Owners friendly and obliging. Breakfast simple and sufficient. Roomy accommodation with all you need. Backup battery power as the electricity kept going off during the night. Some of the lights and the fan work on battery backup. Unfortunately the air cond goes off. However, power usually not off for too long.
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Well we had to make our way to Agra and the famous Taj Mahal. To get there we took our first Indian train (having got a travel agent to book it for us so we could avoid the admin involved this time). The journey and breakfast service on the train was fab – Southern Railway at home could certainly learn a thing or two from the Indians. The …
... that you can hire audio guides at the gate so you don't need a guide at all, let alone one of these chancers. So we just stride on either ignoring them or telling them to go away.
One of the shopkeepers is particularly persistent. Let's call him Ali. He's wearing a skull cap and has a beard which is died bright red with henna. He starts giving us lots of advice about where to get the bus, that we don't need a guide and so forth and all he asks in return is that ...
This morning was once again a beautiful day and we had already known we were in for a treat from our first glimpses of the Taj Mahal yesterday the majestic domed structure. We ventured from the hotel around mid morning crossed the road to haggle with the rickshaw driver. After a couple of minutes we were on our way to the taj. We entered from the east gate which we were told was the quietist but it was still really busy. A few touts tried to get us to buy the tickets from them but ...
... and postcards, finally farewell to sad faces as we extracted ourselves. Couldn't believe we fell for it!
The recommended hotel was Tourist Guest House, reasonably described in Lonely Planet, a bit like our place in Amritsar, except no dripping water, with an inhouse garden restaurant. For birthday dinners we had fried potatoes and potato curry, with milk tea on the side. Unfortunately, there hadn't been bright sunlight ...