Visit Agra – Short Guide and Quick Tips For a Trip to Agra

Visit Agra: Travel tips to the land of the Taj Mahal

India has a diverse set of options as a tourist destination from historical sites to warm, sandy beaches to refreshingly cool hill stations. But for the tourist who is into history, then a must-visit is the Delhi, Agra, Jaipur region. But given the paucity of time and a multitude of sites within this region, it is necessary to be thoroughly informed and prepared and to plan well in advance.

Agra, the land of the Taj Mahal is one of India’s foremost heritage cities. But Agra is also (in)famous for its touts and conmen who dupe tourists daily. Adequate preparation and planning is required not to fall into the clutches of these touts and conmen.

The length of a visit to Agra depends on whether the traveler wants to restrict his or her trip to the Taj Mahal alone or visit all the other historical sites in the vicinity, including Fatehpur Sikri. It also depends on the kind of shopping that has been planned as part of the trip.

Most places are well connected and a wealth of information is available, so the decision to hire a guide, is left to the tourist who is seeking additional information or a quick tour through Agra. It is advisable to go to government approved guides and not to engage with touts.
No trip is complete without sampling the local cuisine and here again, it is essential that the tourist visits restaurants and eateries, which are renowned and clean.

Agra is best visited in the winters and makes a nice weekend getaway from New Delhi. The place has a lot of history, great cuisine and some well known hotels for short vacations.

Brisbane City Guide

City Guide! Visit this beautiful city

Rich in beauty , culture and natural attractions, we trust your time in Brisbane in rewarding and hope your next visit is not far away. During your stay , carry your copy of Informations on Brisbane with you as it provides valuable up-to-date information, things to see and do, choices, recommendations and just about everything you will need during your stayThis vibrant shopping and lifestyle precinct lies at the hart of Brisbane City and is arguably Australia’s most successful pedestrian mall.

Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall has long been considered the centre of fashion and retail in Queensland. This vibrant shopping and lifestyle precinct lies at the hart of Brisbane City and is arguably Australia’s most successful pedestrian mall, playing host to over 26 million visitors a year.
The Queen Street Mall offers an unrivalled mix of local, national and international labels and flagship stores. Some 700 retailers have made their homes here- many enjoy mall and street frontage, others are tucked away inside world-class centres and heritage-listed arcades.
A visit to the Queen Street Mall guarantees a complete leisure encounter. There’s free live entertainment virtually every day of the year. Restaurants, cafés, bars, cinemas, salons and day spas, four and five-star hotels and a grand casino sit right on the mall, as does the Brisbane Visitor Information&Booking Centre for tour bookings, brochures and general tourist advice. A five minute stroll from the mall will see you exploring Brisbane City’s galleries and museums, parklands and vibrant riverside. Enjoy your guide to the Queens Street Mall and the experience of its exciting surrounds.

Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall is home to over 700 retail outlets. Explore, in any one visit, close to a dozen uniquely themed shopping centres and arcades, not to mention Queensland’s most sought after flagship stores.

Brisbane Arcade
The heritage listed Brisbane Arcade is one of Queensland’s most stunning and historically significant shopping destinations. Built in 1923 and packed with architectural features befitting traditional European shopping gallerias, it is the time-honoured home of some of Brisbane’s most successful designers and manufacturers. Brisbane Arcade is a superb destination for designer and antique jewellery , unique gifts, homewares and accessories.

Broadway on the Mall
Locating between Brisbane Arcade and Country Road’s Queensland flagships store on the Queen Street Mall, is renowned for its impressive range of contemporary fashion outlets and computer and electrical superstore Harvey Norman.

MacArthur Central
It is a modern three level shopping centre and the CBD’s only Woolworths supermarket and Big W which are complemented by convenience retailers and a high-end-fashion precinct on Edward Street which includes national and international retailers.

QueensPlaza
The Queen Street Mall’s newest shopping centre, QueensPlaza is located on the corner of Adelaide Street and Edward Street. Australia’s largest one-location David Jones outlet, which officially opened to much fanfare in February 2008.

The Myer Centre
The Myer Centre lies at the very heart of the bustling Queen Street Mall, occupying an enormous block bound by George, Elizabeth, Albert and Queen Streets, celebrated its 20th anniversary in March 2008. The Myer has over 180 specialty stores.

Wintergarden
Wintergarden offers a complete shopping experience. It incorporates the five-star Hilton Brisbane Hotel where you can rest your weary head after a day spent shopping.

Some of Australia’s favourite independent retailers enjoy exclusive frontage on the Queen Street Mall. A few of our shining stars….

City Beach – Thousands of surf and leisure items.

Country Road- Queensland’s Flagships store.

General Pants Co- Stocks over 60 labels including Lee and Havaianas.
Major Events

The Queen Street Mall ‘Live”program delivers an exciting and diverse line-up of entertainers and special events year-round. Over 400 events are staged on the mall over the calendar year.

-Brisbane Festival
-Hilton Masterclass Weekend
-Brisbane International Film Festival
-Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane
-RiverFestival
-Brisbane City Romp
-Christmas in the City

If you are a visitor to town after unique souvenirs or you are a local sending gifts abroad there are plenty of interesting ideas across the city centre. Try the following….

Specialty and Indigenous gifts
Quilpie Opals offers a vast selection of specialty gifts that showcase renowned Australian Opals. Australian Indigenous Tribal Gallery is another must visit. Here you can purchase authentic indigenous artworks.

Brisbane Markets
Every sunday from 8am until 4pm Brisbane city’s Eagle Street precinct comes alive with the Riverside Markets. You can spent the day fossicking and at the time enjoy the riverfront beauty of this part of town.

South Bank a ten minute stroll across the Victoria Bridge from the Queen Street Mall, is another great destination for market shopping.
Museum of Brisbane

Museum of Brisbane located in Brisbane City Hall, is an integrated social history, visual arts, craft and design museum presenting contemporary culture as well its heritage.
Heritage & historical sites

City Guides Are a Great Idea

Whether you’re going to a big city or a small town, a city guide is the best way to discover any area. They can refer to two different things; a book guide or a person guide.

Book guides for big cities can be available in big book stores all over the world. Guides for places like New York, Sydney, Paris, and Buenos Aries can all be available in the same small book store. For smaller regions, city guides will be available in a book store in that area. These guides will have maps, both areas and street maps, as well as information about city parks, nature walks, cinemas, caravan parks, and hotels.

Hiring a person as a guide is a great way to have a personalised vacation to anywhere you want to go. A local city guide is a person who knows the area and who will be able to take you anywhere you want to go. Depending on how much you want to spend, you can hire a guide to pick you up from the airport and take you to wherever you want to go. By telling them the type of holiday that you want, they will pick a list of destinations for you. You tell them which one you want to go to, and they’ll take you there.