Agra + Uttar Pradesh

Hotels in Agra + Uttar Pradesh

Since the Taj Mahal is such a magnet for tourists, you'll find a wide range of hotels in Agra. The closer you are to the Taj Mahal, the more expensive these hotels become - although if your accommodations offer a dynamite view, it may well be worth the extra money. Travelers on a budget should consider booking hotels south of the Taj Mahal, in the Taj Ganj area or around Sadar Bazaar or Fatehabad Road. Here are some of our favorite Agra hotels:
Jaypee Hotel: Located less than two miles from the Taj Mahal, this upscale hotel features a Mughal-inspired interior and offers a wealth of luxurious perks, including its own shopping mall, a large outdoor pool, and an Ayuryedic spa with a Turkish bath.
Mansingh Palace: This moderately priced option on Fatehabad Road channels a Mughal fortress - and at least its views offer a peek of the Taj Mahal.
The Oberoi Amarvilas: This is the ultimate bucket-list hotel in Agra - every room has a great view of the Taj Mahal, and a Moorish-meets-Mughal aesthetic dominates the hotel's interior, as well as its outdoor fountain courtyard and swimming pool.

Taj Hotels won us over last year with the Umaid Bhawan Palace, so we couldn’t wait to see how they’d transform another former maharajah’s palace, this one in the holy city of Varanasi.

Inspired by the Mughal designs of Agra’s princely-era, this stunning 35-acre property scored the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2010. Accommodations feel like miniature palaces with pastel interiors bordered by jharokas, intricate, over-hanging balconies.

The Taj Mahal, the epic monument less than half a mile away, is undoubtedly the focal point at this 102-room luxury resort.