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Famous the world over as the home of the Taj Mahal, this dusty city in the north of India is a must for every visitor. All hotels in Agra offer easy access to the Taj Mahal, which is rightfully at the top of most visitors' itineraries. Aside from the Taj, Agra also has Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Once in the city, there is a wide choice of Agra hotels ranging from backpacker-styled guest houses to opulent resorts offering an international standard of luxury.

Booking a Taj Mahal tour with a reputable agency in Agra is highly recommended. Once inside the Taj, it's important to have a knowledgeable guide to point out the finer aspects of this magnificent building. Commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife, the Taj Mahal is an awe-inspiring example of Mughal architecture. Many days can be spent soaking up the atmosphere of the Taj Mahal, and an Agra hotel nearby would be sensible for those wanting to make multiple visits.

The Agra Fort should not be missed, either. Built entirely from red sandstone, this well-preserved fortress is considered far superior to the Red Fort in Delhi. If choosing an Agra hotel overlooking the fort, visitors will be rewarded with spectacular sunsets.

Be sure to check out the interactive map of Agra for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.