Reader Mail: Hello Trisha, thank you for all your blog posts. I went to Taiwan last year and all your content helped me through! Now I am continuing my journey in Asia. My next stop is India. I am in Agra now and I was wondering what restaurants with the best views of the Taj Mahal you can recommend? I hope you can share. Thank you!
– Ralph Baader, Germany
I don’t know if you do it but every time I travel, I browse the “places” feature of Instagram where you can see all photos taken in a particular place. As a content creator, it is very necessary to make a plan of action before visiting a place to maximize time and energy.
However, upon looking at pictures on Instagram, I only see images that are taken from inside the palace. I’m sure there is a lot of pictures from these rooftop views I am about to share with you but without prior knowledge of the names of the hotels (where they are probably tagged on Instagram), you will have no idea where good photos will be taken.
I discovered these places only when I arrived in Agra so today, in the hopes of you to get amazing photos, I am sharing with you the best restaurants with Taj Mahal view:
Restaurants with Taj Mahal view
Hotel Saniya Palace
Not only that Saniya Palace has the best view of the Taj Mahal but also the ambiance of the restaurant is very good! This rooftop restaurant is surrounded by plants and the interior is better than the other places I’ve been to.
Food is slightly more expensive (between 150 INR ($2.17 USD) to 300 INR ($4.34 USD). This is compared to the other restaurants in the area, not the whole of Agra.
However, this price deserves the quality of the food you will be receiving. The dishes here are very tasty and have medium portions.
There is also a roofed seating area but the Taj is not that visible. The photo above is taken in the outdoor area but the sun is too strong when I visited – I don’t really recommend sitting there to have a meal. It was really hot!
This restaurant is best for having breakfast. They have a wider variety of breakfast sets that cost around 200 – 220 INR ($2.89 – 3.18 USD). You will get coffee/fresh juice of your choice with these sets. Indian and Continental breakfasts are the best-sellers.
Hotel Saniya Palace is also a hotel but they welcome non-guests to the restaurant.
I booked a stay in Sai Palace because this was the only place I found on Booking.com that has actual photos with the Taj Mahal view.
The rooms are very clean and the people here are super kind! The stay cost us 800 INR ($12 USD approx) per night for a private room with air-conditioning.
They also have non-AC rooms for 600 INR ($8.86 USD) but please do check the prices as I came here during the low-season (August).
We kind of got into trouble here by taking off the drone on their rooftop but everything was sorted out. Apparently, flying a drone in India is illegal most especially in busy places like the Taj Mahal.
This has the farthest view of the Taj among all the restaurants I am recommending in this post but it still looks gorgeous! From Jaipur, I arrived here in the evening and immediately took photos.
The night pics here are gorgeous! Even if you are not staying in their hotel, you are welcome to come to the restaurant to dine.
They are open till late so this is your best midnight snack option. Mind you, the Taj is still visible even in the dark!
I loved Hotel Kamal because the staff are super friendly and will even sit with you during the sunrise! There is one waiter here who will say he takes the best pictures so go ahead and let him do it. He’s really funny!
This is also the first time I encountered the red Kingfisher beer (for some reasons, I always get the green one) that has 8% alcohol! The beer was a bit pricier (250 INR = $3.62 USD) but I prefer the red over the green.
Our evening here was very fun even if there were fewer people. We got the best seat in the house! There is only one table facing the Taj view but you can have the staff set up additional tables for you.
This rooftop restaurant has a lot of monkeys so be careful with your stuff and food! They also have a low barrier on the terrace where monkeys can easily reach you.
By looking at the pictures of all three, I consider Hotel Kamal as the best restaurant with the Taj Mahal view.
All the restaurants on the list are searchable via Google maps and are very close to each other. If you want really amazing and good Indian food, you need to go to Pinch of Spice in Agra, a slightly expensive restaurant (from 400 INR = $5.79 USD). They don’t have the best view as it is about 8km from the Taj Mahal area but you need to go have dinner here!
Trisha is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak, and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers. She’d like to believe she’s not traditionally traveling but she just chooses to be somewhere else all the time. In no particular order, her favorite cities in the world are Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Tel Aviv.