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“Inconsistent but good overall”
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Indian Homestay
Ranked #12 of 206 Agra B&B and Inns
Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

I think Agra is a difficult place to negotiate and we were fairly happy with our choice here.

First the space:
We found the room comfortable and clean and thoughtfully decorated. We were warm and didn't go without anything. It was fairly good value for money for the city I think.

We were provided with breakfast at any time which was basic but fine and we could have seconds of anything we wanted.

The homestay is an auto rickshaw or taxi ride away from the Taj Mahal but this was totally fine for us as we prefer somewhere peaceful and the area near the Taj where many tourists stay was hectic!

Now the issues:
Mahatma (the owner) and his assistant (sorry can't remember his name) helped us out a great deal, but we were sure what was going on between them and taxi drivers.

Mahatma arranged for us to be picked up at the station at 3am at no extra cost - great! We thought it was a rickshaw but it ended up being a taxi.

The drivers who picked us up at the station waited for us outside of the house even though we had not asked for this. They were angry at us for sleeping in late (we went to bed at 4am) and demanded money and it seemed not negotiable even though we had never asked for a tour! The assistant got in touch with Mahatma by phone and he was helpful but there were a lot of heated negotiations (regarding costs and taxi versus rickshaw) and we weren't sure of the assistants role in all of this.

Eventually Mahatma made a deal with the drivers for them to take us around for a day for no extra cost on top of our accommodation. We weren't sure about sticking with these drivers as we did not like/trust them. It ended up being ok. The drivers were nice enough. But we were always on our guard as the tried to up sell (e.g. another day of touring, going to shops). They talked us into a restaurant that was over priced where they clearly got a cut from their mares.

Perhaps other tourists who are not so concerned with money and prefer convenience would have been fine with this situation. We found it annoying and exhausting. We just wanted a basic auto rickshaw ride to the Taj and would go from there (we prefer to see things at a slower pace rather that be rushed to lots of things) and it had all become so complex!

During our stay, Mahatma was nowhere to be seen except by phone while his assistant helped up with everything directly. Mahala materialised the night before we left bearing sweet spot and hung out with us for breakfast before we left and was very friendly and accommodating and we appreciated his attempts to smooth over the situation.

Having said all this, this is kinda how things work in India and given that Agra is known to be a bit dodgy we were happy after all. It could have been worse and we were never really unsafe or at risk.

  • Stayed: February 2014
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4  Thank Michelle G
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

I had been to Agra and stayed at Indian Home Stay from 27 Nov 2013 - 29 Nov 2013. The stay experience was excellent. Mahatim Singh the owner gave us a very warm welcome as if we know him from years. He is very friendly and helping nature kind of a person. Driver Rajesh was also very nice. He took us to Delhi and Agra city tour. All arranged by Mahatimji with affordable rates. The cook is also very nice guy. He use to keep ready parcel every morning before we left for the sight seeing. The best stay home experience and highly recommended.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank hardikdoshi1985
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

Had been to Agra and got a chance to stay in this home stay accommodation. It had been a very warm experience being away fro home and still feel at home. The interiors of all the rooms are very aesthetically done. And the rooftop is a lively place due to all the greenery and terracotta artifacts. Breakfast is simple and provided from a live counter. Overall a pleasant experience. And the credit goes to owner , Mr. Mahatim Singh, who has taken care of every minute detail.

Room Tip: rooms upstairs are very good.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank Mamta710
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

The rooms are comfortable and staff is friendly and always willing to help.The owner, Mr Mahatim Singh oversees things in a friendly and easy way.The food is clean,healthy and simple .like at home,a welcome attraction for those who hate the oily and spicy stuff served at hotels.Guests would appreciate if the old television sets are changed and DTH is made available

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Ravindra M
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

If you travel to Agra, I recommand you to stay at this nice guest house. Good prices, very friendly staff, and the owner can book you a driver for the day.

By the way, the guest house is not far from the 3 main touristic sites (Agra fort, Taj Mahal, baby Taj).

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank Christophe M
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

My sister and I spent a couple of nights at this comfortable homestay while visiting Agra. We were warmly welcomed by Monty, the owner, and well cared for by Billy, our cook and attendant. The food was well prepared and the dining area and rooftop terrace and garden were pleasant for eating and resting. You are separate from the family for meals but we chatted a little with the owner during our visit. Our experience was different at other homestays in India where we ate and cooked with the family and shared a common area to visit and learn more from the locals about customs and sights. It was a bit more like staying in a hotel though Monty's family is very welcoming and kind and gathered to see us off. We did get a few mosquitoes but found that true in other locations as well. The location was fine for touring as we had a driver to pick us up. Overall a pleasant place to stay.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Mary B
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

We arrived Agra from Udaipur on 1st March 2013 and reached the Indian homestay at around 12 PM. We were welcomed by the property owner's family and soon they guided us to a room of our choice on the top floor. We had our lunch prepared by Vimlesh, who was a great help during our stay. We originally planned for just one day stay at Agra but this beautiful, cozy and peaceful place lured us to stay for more. Next 2 days, we did some usual sight seeing and explored the Agra City. During our stay, Indian Homestay let us prepare our own food and also prepare food for our 7 months old son in their kitchen. I strongly recommend this place to fellow travellers who need affordable stay and like DIY. We preferred Akbar room as it had direct access to terrace and outside sitting. One downside with room is that it does not have attached bathroom but we did not mind using the bathroom next door as the complete floor was like reserved for us

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank AmritanshuBhardwaj
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Additional Information about Indian Homestay

Address: 71 Gulmohar Enclave | Shamshabad Road, Agra 282001, India (Formerly Col. Lamba Indian Homestay)
Region: India > Uttar Pradesh > Agra District > Agra
Amenities:
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 206 B&Bs / Inns in Agra
Price Range: £12 - £28 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Indian Homestay 2*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Family running homestay in Agra ,Set in a downtown area , our homestay is situated in a calm and quiet place in a residential township Gulmohar Enclave at Shamshabad Road with all modern amenities and facilities. Me and my family staying on the same house ,Our home stay near Taj mahal 2.5 kms distance , its 6 individual room with en suite bath all are air-conditioned with LED TV , 24 Hrs hot / cold running water , room service with all modern facilities and amenities. ... more   less 
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