I would actually consider the Baby Taj more beautiful than the big Taj at an up close perspective. The detail is just extraordinary. The Baby Taj isn't big and won't take long, but you shouldn't leave Agra without visiting.
Simply the most exquisitely beautiful building in India, perhaps the whole world. I had high expectations and they were surpassed. Go at dawn and bring your camera--truly an awesome sight and experience. Spend a few hours there, go back if you need to....more
A very cool and spooky cemetery in Calcutta. It is a piece of British history that remains in the city. It's free to walk around and adsorb the creepy atmosphere. Too bad it closes every evening at around 5pm or you could really give yourself a spook....more
Shimla is a classic hill station, favored more by Indians than foreigners. That said, it is still an enjoyable place to relax while the rest of India is sweltering in the heat of the monsoon. Know that it is a tourist town, but a visit to Shimla will show you the diversity of India. Also worth noting is the...more
Hotel Renuka is a good budget hotel in the lower city of Jaisalmer (outside the fort). Rooms are cheap and clean. Rooftop cafe has great views but the food is only so-so. The tour agency books good-quality camel safaris into the desert.