We were in desperate need of finding a good place to stay in Agra that was super cheap and close enough to the Taj Mahal without being in a busy area. We found the Friends Paying Guest House online and reserved a room the night before we arrived.
After being cheated earlier in my trip I was initially hesitant about the hotel and the staff of this budget Agra Guest House. Thankfully the family who run the place were the nicest people we met on the trip and unfortunately I didn't really get a chance to talk to them properly until my last day there which was a shame.
The atmosphere was very comfortable, with cheap and tasty homemade food available any time. There is free Wifi with a TV in the main dining room. The rooms were not bad at all, especially considering the price being paid. It was clean and hot water was available if requested. The local area has some handy shops to buy water and souvenirs.
The Taj Mahal and Agra Fort are about a 20 and 30 minute walk, respectively, down the main road from the hotel. In the other direction is a shopping mall with a cinema and McDonalds.
I would definitely stay here again when I come back to Agra in the future.
Thank you to the whole Khan family: Yusuf, Bilal, Junate, Ilma Reshma and the head of the family Mr. Viqar Khan.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Explore the epitome of love and one of the most visited destinations of the World: Agra, with all home-like comforts and exceptionally customer friendly services..... Backpacker Panda, one of the finest hostels to enjoy and experience the fascinating historical Mughal city, always on its toes to serve you the best! Located just a stone's throw away from jaw-dropping splendid white marble mausoleum, Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of world! Just believe! Neat and clean dorms with cozy mattress, a multi cuisine restaurant with finger-lickin' food, well-equipped kitchenette, coffee and tea making facility, fast and reliable Wi-Fi, friendly and immensely helpful crew, clean and hygienic washrooms, safe abode, pure drinking water......Perfect for relaxation after exploring the magnificent city of love! So come, stay and live your backpacking moments! " ... more less
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