More about Agra
Why go to Agra?
Bucket-list destination for Taj Mahal
Insane crowds at peak times; mosquitoes at dusk and dawn
A trip to the Taj Mahal is something you'll remember forever; make it count
Good to Know?
Tap water, even in major hotels, is undrinkable. Since 80 percent of the diseases in India are spread through bad water, avoid tap water and only accept bottled water from your hotel or from a known tour provider. Brush your teeth with bottled water and avoid ice. You'll also want to stay away from unpeeled fruit and anything that is uncooked.
Wear mosquito repellant with a high concentration of DEET and cover up. You'll also want to wear socks or get booties for your shoes, as they're not allowed inside the Taj Mahal.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
Currency in Agra is the Indian rupee. Bring cash, in crisp dollar bills, and exchange at the airport when you arrive. Check www.xe.com for current exchange rates. ATMs, while prevalent, do not always have money and withdrawal amounts are often controlled by the government. Luxury hotels will often exchange small amounts. Credit and debit cards are accepted by major hotels and shops, but cash is preferred for small vendors and markets.
Hindi -- the country has more than 1,500 dialects -- and English are the official languages. Almost everyone in the tourist trade speaks the latter.