Agra is home to the Taj Mahal and is therefore a worthy stop on the map. Unless you have no interest in seeing another classic building (and I do feel you there, visiting “sites” can get old), it truly is worth the trip. However, this jewel in India’s crown has also been Agra’s undoing. Group tours will rush in harried tourists who just want to spend 2-3 days in India, enough time to snap pics of the Taj and say they’ve been there, done that. The package tourists have a bit of a rep for being obnoxious and this has sullied the relationships between tourists and locals here in general. In turn, the number of tourists are now almost outnumbered by pushy touts who want to sell you fake Taj Mahal tickets (you can only get them at the gate), over-priced water and expensive taxis. It can all get a bit stressful, so after you’ve visited the Taj take some time out to visit a quiet restaurant, wander around the less-touristed areas and maybe catch a Hindi movie.
Pros: Taj! Taj! Taj! It’s a monument to love, and it’s even better in real life than the photos.
Cons: the touts. And pickpockets. And obnoxious tourists who look dressed and ready to explore an undiscovered land.