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... clothes; it was a perfect postcard photo. From there the reality was another. It was actually a place where the poorest people of Agra worked and lived. The place was filthy and people worked really hard there.
The washing process starts with huge barrels of water which is boiled with fire set underneath. Then they put clothes together with some chemical compound in the barrel. From there they take it to the river where they finish the washing. I have to add that ...
... anyways. We were thinking high 20's instead of mid 30's, not the 12-16 degrees we've been experiencing - and that's day time temps! At least the air quality is "better" here, as I'm getting a nasty cough at this point.
Badly needing a shower and some laundry done, we start talking to the tuk tuk drivers, who swarm us once outside, to see who would give the best price. The phone number for the homestay isn't working so we have no choice. Note that it's recommended to grab ...
... which was usually a difference of 10 to 15 times more for a foreigner. That being said, foreigners also had a faster line when entering these sights so they skipped past lines of locals. We bought our tickets (one foreigner and one Indian ticket). As we got to the line to enter, it had hundreds of Indian tourists waiting but because I was obviously a foreigner, I was waved to the front by the ticket taker, and since Deep was with me, he was waved up ...
... in the rickshaw in Old Delhi was unforgettable. The seven of us dodged horses and motorbikes, weaved through alleys of beggars and butchers. When we finally arrived, I needed a King Fisher (India's premium beer), which was not an option at Karims since it is Muslim. The food though, was fantastic. Manav ordered, thankfully, and we had everything. I ate 1-2 bites of each dish to make sure I didn't overdue it. Trying to avoid Dehli belly at all ...
... arriving to the East Gate. We filed ourselves in the line for "Gents" and all seemed to be well. There was a separate line for woman to pass through the security check, a theme in multiple places on this journey. We had maybe only 30 people in front of us. Air pollution worked in our favor this time. The city has shut down some of the roads around the Taj to vehicular traffic because emission gasses are damaging the marble stone of the Taj Mahal. Our hotel is on one of ...
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Other places to stay in Agra
Taj Ganj, Agra | 5 star hotelfrom $69
- Beautiful hotel
- A Sheraton with a view of the Taj Mahal
- Good hotel though slightly disappointing...
Fatehabad Road, Agra | 5 star hotelfrom $71
- Only average
- So-So Experience
- Horrible excuse for a luxury hotel
54, Taj Road, Agra | 5 star hotelfrom $49
- Better than Clarks Jaipur
- Quite satisfactory
- Very Servicable Hotel
Fatehabad Road, Agra | 4 star hotelfrom $67
- Comfortable hotel, elegant rooms, lovely setting, excellent food and service
- Quite nice..
- Another decent Hilton
Taj East Gate, Agra | 5 star hotelfrom $327
- Definitely worth the expense
- The Only Place to Stay in Agra(vation)!
Taj Ganj, Fatehabad Road , Agra | 3 star hotelfrom $65
- Loved the Taj i
- Perfectly adequate & good service
- A Good Deal
181/2 Fatehabad road, Agra | 3 star hotelfrom $43
16/2/8, Commercial Complex, Agra | 3 star hotelfrom $47
Fatehabad Road, Agra | 3 star hotelfrom $44
- Great Hotel
- Howard Park is an oasis in city of chaos.
- Good value for the money
Fatehabad Road, Agra | 2 star hotelfrom $17
Fatehabad Road, Agra | 1 star hotelfrom $28
137, Station Road, Agra Cantt, Agra | 3 star hotelfrom $19
Fatehabad Road, Agra | 3 star hotelfrom $58
6B The Mall Road, Agra | 2 star hotelfrom $47
263 Station Road, Agra | 2 star hotelfrom $10
Near TDI Mall, Opp Hotel Trident, Agra | 3 star hotelfrom $26
181/1, Tourist Complex Area, Agra | 2 star hotelfrom $13
V.I.P Road to Taj Mahal, Agra | 2 star hotelfrom $38
Tourist Complex Area, Agra | 3 star hotelfrom $21
Pratappura Crossing, M.G. Road, Agra | 2 star hotelfrom $23
Shaid Nagar Crossing, Shamshabad Rd, Agra | 2 star hotelfrom $16
1, Amarlok, Taj Link Road, Near Shilp Gram Parking, Agra | 3 star hotelfrom $28
Western Gate, Agra | 1 star hotelfrom $10
Block-36, Agra | Hotelfrom $39
East Gate, Taj Ganj, Agra | Hotelfrom $4
Chowk Kagziyan,South Gate, Agra | Hotelfrom $14