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Enjoy a sneak peek into daily life in India by staying at a haveli or in a homestay. If only for a few nights, you will be welcomed into a family, enjoying traditional Indian hospitality, sampling home-cooked food and exploring the path less travelled. Staying at one of these unique lodgings will give you an incredible insight into real India, and you will be welcomed with open arms by hosts whose wealth of local knowledge knows no bounds. Coming in all shapes and sizes, from plantation bungalows to historic houses, majestic forts and charming cottages, a short stay in one of these unique properties allows you to immerse yourself in India rather than simply visit it.
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Coral Tree Homestay
Best for: Culture History, Family, Food Drink
Cora Tree Homestay is a family-run accommodation, offering four traditionally decorated large double bedrooms set within garden surroundings. It is also conveniently located only 600m from the east gate of the Taj Mahal, in the cultural heart of Agra.
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This bungalow style home, run by Gopal Singh and his delightful family, is set in a beautiful green location just six minutes’ walk from the world-famous, Taj Mahal. Surrounded by shops, restaurants and shopping malls, as well as the Taj nature walk, the Coral Tree Homestay has an incredibly convenient location.
The bungalow has four unique large rooms, each with modern amenities and free Wi-Fi, beautifully decorated with local Indian silks and fabrics. The rooms have verandas that open out into the beautifully manicured garden. The homestay has a library where you will find books about Indian history, culture and cooking. It is here that you will also enjoy delicious home cooked and authentic meals. Breakfast and dinner is provided and there is parking in the vicinity, which is handy if you are on a self-drive trip.
Not only is the Coral Tree an excellent place to stay if you wish to explore the Taj Mahal and the rest of the delights that Agra has on offer, but it is also a haven for birders, as over 100 bird species have been seen in the surrounding area. The Singh family are nature lovers and would be happy to take you on the Taj Nature Walk. The homestay provides golf carts for you to take to the Taj Mahal.
When to go
December to March is the perfect time to visit Rajasthan and the North when rainfall is minimal and temperatures are pleasant during the day. It can get cold at night, so make sure to pack a few extra layers when visiting at this time. Summer starts mid-March and can get very hot getting into May and June. The monsoon period follows directly after from July to September, where humidity is high and the region receives the majority of its rainfall, although still very minimal amounts. The months of October and November after the monsoon season are also a great time to visit the region as it experiences warm and dry weather during the day with cooler temperatures at night.
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Things to do
Agra Fort and Taj Mahal
Enjoy a day tour with your local specialist guide visit and stunning Taj Mahal & Agra Fort to learn about their origins and history.
Visit Agra Fort
Agra fort is one of the finest Mughal forts in India and well worth visiting with an entertaining private guide. The interior of the fort features stunning white marble reminiscent of the nearby Taj Malal and belies the stark red sandstone battlements.
Visit Bateshwar Fair
The Bateshwar Fair, a bustling and vibrant festival in honour of Lord Shiva is a fascinating insight into Hinduism and its accompanying rituals. This day trip is available between October and November.
The Old Agra walking tour
The Old Agra walking tour is the perfect way to combine Agra’s famous old monuments and the hustle and bustle of the heart of the medieval town.
The Mehtab Bagh is Agra's famous park that sits just across the Yumana River from the Taj Mahal. From the park there are incomparable views of the mauseoleum and it is a lovely place to relax.
Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
Visit the magnificent deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and discover the history of the Mughal Empire.
Sunrise at the Taj Mahal
Visit the stunning and historic Taj Mahal at sunrise for a breathtaking experience.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Shahpura, Jodhpur, Deogarh, Udaipur
This two week itinerary includes the highlights of Rajasthan alongside some of our favourite homestays to make you feel right at home as you discover the beauty and history of this princely state.
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Barli, Jodhpur, Narlai, Udaipur
Discover Rajasthan’s essential highlights on this diverse and good value itinerary. Explore culture rich cities, iconic landmarks, and rural villages whilst staying at some simple yet characterful boutique accommodation.