It was the only trip in 4 years of graduation we had which included both boys and girls thanks to one of our friend who convinced the girl’s parents. There were 7 people initially but at night before departure I somehow convinced two of my best friends to come along. So we three left by car as bus tickets were nit available and rest by bus.
We left in the morning from Greater Noida which took 2.5hrs to cover 200km via Yamuna Expressway. It was amazing to drive with a little cloudy weather One can stopover in the public conveniences on the way for refreshments.
On reaching we checked in to a hostel close to Taj Mahal named BONEFIRE HOSTEL which was nice and cheap. After a little rest we left to watch the symbol of love TAJ MAHAL.
TAJ MAHAL is one of the seven wonders of the world situated on the banks of Yamuna in Agra, India. Sha Jahan got it built up for his eternal love Mumtaaz. In the main tomb is kept her body. The next we headed from there was to the AGRA FORT.
AGRA FORT had an amazing built up structure and the view from the top of fort was majestic. Make sure to instruct the Autorickshaw driver to drop you at Agra Fort and not the railway station of the same name which is close to the fort.
It was eve and we headed back to the hostel and made arrangements for night party in the small lobby outside the room. One can also enjoy the bonfire on terrace in winters. Then we headed for dinner and on my suggestion entered a restaurant named THALIWALA which other members found quite costly so the situation became a bit embarrassing the way they reacted. I seriously had ni idea something like this would happen. So we just ordered coffee and they had choco milk😶. Then they sat at a dhaba for dinner beside four of us who went to Pind Baluchi for nice dinner as it was the first meal of the day we had so something delicious was must.
The next day we checked out and the three of us returned back to home by our car while picking up the very famous sweet PETHA. Do buy from the original shop of Panchi Petha Wala and beware of the others claiming that they are original.
All in all the trip was amazing and costed us 1600 per pax including stay, car fuel, dinner and some misc expenses excluding the sweets.
Glad to see that you enjoyed the two icons of Agra, the Taj Mahal and Petha, never mind the slight issues that you faced. That is what travel is all about, new experiences, and not all of them are necessarily good.
Sounds like a great day trip and thanks for the tip about the fort vs. railway station! Was it very crowded?
No, though there was a lot of visitors but being spreaded all over the fort the place was too easy for the wanderers to enjoy..
Never been to Agra but have tasted the petha, its a sweet sin.These impromptu road trips are what travelling and living life is all about.
Very true. Travelling teaches us a lot about this world
Undoubtedly travel is the best teacher.
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Ahhhh so jealous you got to visit Agra and saw the Taj Mahal. It is on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing your experience. I think the bonfire in the winter on the terrace would be really lovely.
Well there is nothing to be jealous about. I also have not visited a lot of places that you would have. So instead of feeling bad think positive and always look towards the brighter side.
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I’d love to see the Taj Mahal someday! I don’t think I’ve heard of the Agra Fort, so thank you for that suggestion! What is the best time to visit, maybe when fewer people are there?
You sure should make a visit. Its an all season spot but it would be great to be there in colder days to save yourself from scorching heat while in line. Don’t visit in weekend to stay away from crowd.
We are heading to India in 2 weeks, and of course Agra is on the planned route. I look forward to it soooo much.
Thanks for sharing.
I wonder if there is any day you can visit Taj Mahal without that many people. I see bloggers’ posts when they visited and my the crowd is always overwhelming. I learned about Taj Mahal when I was a kid through a book, since then I’ve always wanted to go.
Ya there is always some amount of rush but you can avoid overcrowded by visiting on a weekday and nowhere around vacations.
Unplanned travel is most enjoyed!
Pethas are now available every where, hard to say which is original which is not.
I’ve always wanted to visit Taj Mahal. And I’ve never heard of Agra yet so thanks for this!
I have been to Taj and it still fascinates it. Want to visit at a full moon night 🙂 as I have heard its beauty is at its highest then. Nice to know there are hostels around to stay, seems like the concept is catching up in India
Ya too got to know about the hostel for the first time on this trip. It surely would look amazing on full moon
Taj Mahal were written in my history books in elementary,,, and I still long to visit this place as one of the 7 wonders. Hope to see it at night when the moon is full 🙂
ya the full moon is the best time to witness the taj in its full beauty
One of my dream destinations, I’m really looking forward to visit India soon. Taj Mahal is so grand and beautiful!
You definitely visit and let me know if need any help…..
I’ve always wanted to see the Taj Mahal. I wonder when is the low season? Is a day enough for visiting the Taj? Unplanned trips are always a joy to do.
Yes a day is more than enough for taj and also you can visit the agra fort the same day. Keep another day for fatehpur sikri too. You cannot afford to miss that.
Good schedule, I’d love to see Agrarian one day! Maybe it’s because of all the Bollywood film I’ve seen hahaha
Though those sites are rich in art and history, it must have been awesome!
Ya thats awesome if you love art
Getting the to the 7 wonders is on my bucket list. I hope to head to Taj Mahal soon. I bet it is even more beautiful in person.
It is definitely. Let me know if needed any help on your visit
I still have to see this great wonder of the world. Great to read about your experience here. Will keep in mind the tip about the Pethas.
Ya and you may let me know if any difficulty in finding the original one….
the best thing about the tag mahal is all the little details inside, that was my favorite part. amazing post, thank you for sharing
Ya very fine art has been done all over
Taj Mahal is in my bucket list (and i’m sure in everybody’s) and I wonder if I can visit the place soon enough. Anyway, sounds like you had a great trip! Do wish for you to share more photographs, though!
Sounds like a fun trip!
It sounds like a great place. Looking forward to visit there soon.
Sure must give it a visit
i have heard about Taj Mahal but I have never been to it. Someday, I will visit thia place.
Ya you will love it…must visit
I have always wanted to visit India! Who is PETHA? Is that a famous actor/artist there?
The Taj Mahal is One of those stunning places in absolutely desperate to visit but just haven’t got around to yet! Beautiful post and pics!
Thanks and make sure to visit…
Agra is really a great place to visit in India. Hope you enjoyed it a lot
Yess you should and i did had a great time there
One of the places that I wanted to see. Surely in my bucketlist.
Yes…you should definitely
Sounds like an awesome trip with friends. How did you find Agra fort? I pushed myself through to the Taj, but I had to skip out on the fort when I was in Agra due to an unfortunate stomach bug 🙁
It was nice to spend about an hour..but I guess fatehpur sikri would be far much better than this
I love India, Agra was an awesome place to visit! I have written a blog post on it myself actually it would if you could check it out also!
India has a special place in my heart and I will definitely be going back to explore more corners of this country. What other places have you seen?
Yes, that’s true. India has something special in it that it makes a room in everyone’s heart..
I have been to Jaipur, Nainital, Rishikesh, shimla, manali, ladakh, spiti, dhramshala, MCLEODGANJ, amritsar, chandigarh…
Well i am from Agra and i can tell you Agra has much more to offer than historical monuments. It also offers one of the best street foods.
that’s good to know….i would love to try some on my next visit
I’m sure this is of great help to anyone planning to visit Arga and let’s face it every visitor wants to do that. I love “in a day series” because often when travelling that is all we get. Great post.
thanks…glad you liked it and think I should start doing more of the ‘in a day series’
Wow what an amazing experience to see the Taj Mahal! The bonfire sounds amazing.
yaa…the hostel was definitely a good option specially the dorm