We visited Agra as one of our final destinations in India, the reason being the World Wonder, The Taj Mahal being there.
The Taj didn't let us down either, it was absolutely amazing to see in real life. For me the most impressive thing about it was the complete symmetry on all sides and the immaculate marble it was made from. All of this built so long ago, it was constructed at a similar time to Machu Picchu in Peru and although that was also amazing being built on a tropical mountain top, the difference in technical building work is vast.
Although (as with all of India so far) the heat was pretty fierce, as we were in low season the crowds were less intense so it made seeing it and taking a few pictures much easier. Next to the monument is also the Taj nature walk which is really nice to get away from the city chaos and see the Taj from a distance over greenery.
We had a few days in Agra but not too much else planned. We managed to catch the first England game of the Euros on the tv in our hotel room, a disappointing draw but was surprised it was even on! A 30m walk down from our hotel was also a 5* hotel owned by the Sheraton group which had an amazing roof top pool area looking over the city and Taj. Acting as if we were supposed to be in the hotel we managed to sneak in for the day, first time we've had a pool since we'd been in the crazy Indian heat!
The hostel across the road from us was managed by a young lad we met on the first night and he invited us over for a beer. One led to another and a crazy night ensued... I think we'll end up being invited to his wedding in a few years and as his dad is an influential MP and business man I'm sure it will be one to remember!
Our final day was spent at a Starbucks and Pizza Hut! Followed by a 12 hour night bus to our final destination, Varanasi...