If you are looking for a nice and cheap place to stay in Agra, then I would recommend Backpacker Panda Friends, where I stayed a few days ago.
I am as we are speaking, cycling across northern India and I stay in a new place almost every night. A few nights ago I decided to give it a couple of extra nights in Agra though, as I was staying in a really nice little backpacker place. So I thought I would give that place a mention here on my blog, in case you are going to Agra and want a cheap and nice place to stay.
I actually found Backpacker Panda Friends purely by chance. I came rolling in to Agra on my bicycle and there were plenty of places to stay, as Taj Mahal drives thousands of visitors to Agra every day. I have become pretty good at judging places though, just by looking at the from the outside and as I was cycling through a fairly quiet little street with a few backpacker minded place, I decided that Panda Backpacker friends looked like my kinda place, so I checked in there.
Now this is a backpacers, so you have dormitory accommodation there, but they also have private rooms, which is what I opt for these days. I am 47 years old and like my privacy at night and I like a big bed, which my room had at the Backpacker Panda Friends. I also had a private bathroom, which was simple, but functional.
The place was managed by a very friendly and pleasant guy who seemed to be very professional at his way of running the place. There was a nice little restaurant upstairs, where I ate several times, as i was very happy with the food. They also have a rooftop terrace, where you can sit and enjoy the view over town. It was a little too cold to do that when I was there though, as it was quite foggy during the evenings I had there. They also had a little book exchange, where I got myself a new book in exchange for another one.
The place has a very hippie vibe in it’s decor and that reflects most of the guests staying there quite well. I am quite happy with that myself, even if I don’t have dreadlocks and smoke pot. These kinda places tend to be very calm and chilled and I like that.
So if you are looking for simple, cheap and friendly accommodation while in Agra, then I would recommend Backpacker Panda Friends.
The place is located in a small street called Shilpgram Road, near the east gate of Taj Mahal.
The website of the place is Here
And do not forget to visit Taj Mahal while you are in Agra.