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Going to Delhi and Agra to visit Taj Mahal - hints/tips?

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I'm going on my own with my Mum for a week at the beginning of March, i'm planning 2 nights in delhi, 3 nights in agra (via train) to visit taj mahal and then 2 nights back in Delhi for shopping befor… Read More
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6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
I'm going on my own with my Mum for a week at the beginning of March, i'm planning 2 nights in delhi, 3 nights in agra (via train) to visit taj mahal and then 2 nights back in Delhi for shopping before flying home.

Have booked our virgin flights, just got to get hotels and train tickets. Anyone done this? advice/tips would be greatly appreciated, it's our first proper time in India (did do Goa, but it was all inclusive and didnt leave the resort!!)

Visa is sorted but what a palava that was!!!
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6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
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3 Likes #1
No.......just jealous. Sounds fantastic
banned#2
Good for you - never been so no tips.
Just enjoy yourselves!
1 Like #3
'I am going on my own' .........'With my mum'

Conflicting statement?

Enjoy though :D
banned#4
Enjoy.

Lucky you.
#5
Learn bit Hindi. 'Dhanyavad' means Thanks.
#6
going to be boiling hot, take plenty of suncream, mini fans, watermist sprays, hats anything to shade you from the sun. In agra, they don't let you take the video camera in only a normal still camera is allowed. Take plenty of bottled water from uk,
Shopping in Delhi - it helps if you take a local person, who knows the best sights to see - india gate, gandhi's resting place, lotus temple, etc and of course will be able to negotiate the prices for you when shopping. Crossing the road is a nightmare in central delhi, if you are standing at a pedestrian crossing, don't expect the cars to stop, they just drive straight over the pedestrian crossing. Mcaloo tikki in McDonalds is nice - you might want to try it!
Have fun
1 Like #7
Watch idiot abroad for tips "ive done a lot, I've seen a lot, I've shat a lot" and contemplate what the man who had the taj Mahal built did to his wife.
#8
take lots of immodium!!

and have a great time! :)
#9
pack lots of bog roll
#10
asayer
'I am going on my own' .........'With my mum'Conflicting statement? Enjoy though :D

Apologies, means without my children!!
#11
flowery
going to be boiling hot, take plenty of suncream, mini fans, watermist sprays, hats anything to shade you from the sun. In agra, they don't let you take the video camera in only a normal still camera is allowed. Take plenty of bottled water from uk, Shopping in Delhi - it helps if you take a local person, who knows the best sights to see - india gate, gandhi's resting place, lotus temple, etc and of course will be able to negotiate the prices for you when shopping. Crossing the road is a nightmare in central delhi, if you are standing at a pedestrian crossing, don't expect the cars to stop, they just drive straight over the pedestrian crossing. Mcaloo tikki in McDonalds is nice - you might want to try it!Have fun

Many thanks, I didn't think it would be too hot at that time of year? Have a video on my camera so hopefully can use that and have heard about the roads....although need to brush up on my haggling skills!!

Thanks all for your lovely wishes...it's one of my Mums dreams to visit the Taj before she gets too old (she's a sprightly 62 lol)...i'm just lucky she chose me to tag along!!

Edited By: chas76 on Dec 29, 2010 22:42
#12
Immodium is available at all chemists in India at a fraction of the price here and their bottled water is fine as long as you don't buy it on the street. As it is only a week a good plan would be to take one immodium a day regardless of whether you need it. I would have thought that 2 nights in Agra would have been plenty with an extra night in Delhi. Unless you have some get some currency before leaving airport and take official taxi. I expect it will be very late when you arrive so it is probably a better idea to get your hotel to have a car meet you at the airport (most hotels will arrange this and many have their own) - it can be quite a hassle and it is a very welcome sight to see a driver holding up a board with your name on it just after clearing customs. Have a good trip.
#13
Just to say, ive been many parts of india. It is truly an amazing place to visit. Dehli is a vibrant city and there is so much to see and do.

Try and see if you are able to get a local to take you around. Be careful with traffic. Its crazy and you must try the food from the Stalls, restaurants, the lot.

Also whilst your there, absorb the culture and enjoy it. Its a trip that wont disappoint.

Edited By: preciousb on Dec 30, 2010 01:21
#14
When travelling via train to Agra,make sure you buy "First class air -conditioned " tickets and not just first class,massive difference, also they dont make station anouncements so know when to get off,doesn't help when the station you arrive at is in complete darkness too!

Also beware of the " coolies ". These are usually small boys (red jackets i think) who run up to you as the train arrives at the station and grab your luggage, we had been warned about them beforehand as sometimes they dont give the luggage back lol, they can be annoying but this is how they earn their living,apart from that enjoy your Trip, india is a magical country steeped in history and warm friendly people,try and learn a few words of Hindi,locals will be pleased you made an effort but its not a problem as almost everyone speaks english esp in Delhi thanks to British Rule.I found crossing the road not too bad ,certainly easier than crossing the road in Rome!
Enjoy.
#15
Bully
When travelling via train to Agra,make sure you buy "First class air -conditioned " tickets and not just first class,massive difference, also they dont make station anouncements so know when to get off,doesn't help when the station you arrive at is in complete darkness too!Also beware of the " coolies ". These are usually small boys (red jackets i think) who run up to you as the train arrives at the station and grab your luggage, we had been warned about them beforehand as sometimes they dont give the luggage back lol, they can be annoying but this is how they earn their living,apart from that enjoy your Trip, india is a magical country steeped in history and warm friendly people,try and learn a few words of Hindi,locals will be pleased you made an effort but its not a problem as almost everyone speaks english esp in Delhi thanks to British Rule.I found crossing the road not too bad ,certainly easier than crossing the road in Rome!Enjoy.

lol X)X)

Taj Mahal is amazing! Hope you enjoy it too OP, have a great time.
#16
1) dont look at beggers, you ignore them competently dont even make eye contact, if you give money to one, about 300 will come up too you.

2) put your money in a safe place, Delhi is a very busy place and there are alot of pickpockets, dont put money in obvious places, you may get robbed.

3) YOU MUST VISIT sheraton hotel (5 star hotel), they have ONE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS in INDIA. Food is a must, it will only cost around £20-40 english money per head, very very very nice food.
#17
The Taj isnt open to public i think on fridays if i recall due to muslim stuff. Be very careful of guides etc. they can rip u off or lead you into traps. Lots of kid begging for money, show em the rope

Edited By: kidchop on Dec 30, 2010 12:01
#18
you say your going by train, is it first class? some trains have rats/cockroaches on them if your not first class, even then, they might have them.

but hey they are just creatures like us!

im a man of the world and have been to Delhi before, so if you have any questions holla atach boy

Edited By: black gerbil1 on Dec 30, 2010 12:02
#19
Thanks all, have now booked the train journey, first class air con, only around £45 for both of us return, 2 hour journey each way ;-) and going to take advice and spend just 2 nights at Agra and a bit extra shopping in Delhi!!
#20
chas76
Thanks all, have now booked the train journey, first class air con, only around £45 for both of us return, 2 hour journey each way ;-) and going to take advice and spend just 2 nights at Agra and a bit extra shopping in Delhi!!


Excellent, a wise choice,enjoy.
banned#21
take a cork for your **** for when the diarrhoea kicks in
#22
wow

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