Synonymous with the Taj Mahal, India’s most famous and romantic monument, Agra is a must do on most peoples’ first visit to India. Most people say to visit at sunrise or sunset for the changing hues on the marble but this is when the monument is very busy, aim for an hour after sunrise when there are fewer people. Also, Agra has many monuments which would make Agra worth visiting as a destination in its own right without the Taj. Visit Sikandra and the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daula, with its river side location and fine filigree work, in some ways it is finer than the Taj. For something different, take half a day to visit Wildlife SOS, an NGO which provides homes for rescued sloth bears and elephants.