The sights of Agra
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From the rooftop terrace of our guesthouse we had a view of the Taj Mahal. We stood on the roof and watched the sunrise. Then, at around 8am, we headed out to visit it. We were practically the first people there, and so we got to see the monument at our own pace, and with a clear view. This is definitely to be recommended. The only downside is that it was freezing cold! Northern India was experiencing some of its coldest weather on record when we were there; it got down to 0.7ºC (33ºF) in Delhi. So we went out kitted out in our coats and hats. (Our room, like all the ones we'd been staying in, had no heating, and a window that didn't close properly, so we have to make us of our sleeping bags and sleep with our hats on!)
I'd heard so much about the Taj Mahal and how wonderful it was that there was always a danger that we'd be disappointed with it.
The entry fee of Rp750 (about US$20) was well worth it, even though it was by far the most expensive thing we paid to go into in India. I'd consider going again if I went back to northern India.
The Taj Mahal aside, there are some other fantastic sights in Agra. Chief amongst these is Akbar's mausoleum. This is located a little out of the centre, so we got an autorickshaw up there.
In the centre of town there is Agra fort, which is not the most spectacular fort ever, but OK for spending an hour or so. A large part of the fort is inaccessible because it's still used as a military base. Behind the fort is the Jama Masjid, the main mosque, which is supposed to be like a small version of the mosque in Delhi (which we didn't see).
There is certainly plenty to see and keep you occupied in this city. I imagine that it's hard to do all of this if you just come on a tour from Delhi. Independent travel gives you many more options.