"Lost Sheep in Delhi" 5D4N Solo Golden Triangle in March 2018

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For metro there is the option of getting a prepaid card which is available for a small deposit of 50 or 100 rs. You can load it with 200 rs for a start. And avoid the hassles of queues as well as get a 10% discount.
As for autos, they also charge @ approximately 10 rs per km. The meters are usually working but drivers are not willing to use them. But keep trying and you will find someone ready to ply by the meter or ask for 10 to 20 rs extra over meter fare. Not a big amount considering that these guys are pretty hard up too
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Originally Posted by RahulDeva View Post For metro there is the option of getting a prepaid card which is available for a small deposit of 50 or 100 rs. You can load it with 200 rs for a start. And avoid the hassles of queues as well as get a 10% discount.
As for autos, they also charge @ approximately 10 rs per km. The meters are usually working but drivers are not willing to use them. But keep trying and you will find someone ready to ply by the meter or ask for 10 to 20 rs extra over meter fare. Not a big amount considering that these guys are pretty hard up too
Yes the Metro looks like those in Singapore and Malaysia, should be no trouble there. I wish anything was 10rs per km here. Where I live now it is enormously expensive.

Maybe I should be thinking of working in India (if I don't get made into mutton biryani in Delhi )

I will surely experiment with what type of transport suits me in Delhi and it remains to be seen if I am comfortable haggling around. Most places I plan to visit are quite a short distance away, I could always take a stroll!

One thing that may or may not be of concern is air quality. I think the climate will be fine as I am used to being totally overdressed in 28-34 deg C here on the equator and Delhi has less humidity which helps me A LOT.
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Maximum charge in Delhi metro is Rs.60 (for say 20 kms) but be careful about pick pocket (they say mostly women).

Temperature, not likely to exceed 30 C, min 17 C. Humidity 25%.
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Truly that Dharma is the Truth (Satya); Therefore, when a man speaks the Truth, they say, "He speaks the Dharma"; and if he speaks Dharma, they say, "He speaks the Truth!" For both are one. - Brihadaranyak Upanishad
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Climate will be fine for you. Air quality gets bad only from november to January. Don't worry about ending up as mutton. Just take reasonable precautions and you will do just fine.
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Yes, "should be fine" is what my friends/colleagues from Chennai are telling me.

They share they have been to Delhi alone before when younger and were surprised most people speak English very well and had no trouble at all.

I put the becoming biryani bit as a point of humor, you should see what I did at a newly opened Indian restaurant where everyone was greatly amused at the discussion about my table about mutton and where it comes from.

"This is where your mutton biryani comes from, you know?"
*unveils picture of absolutely enormous plush sheep in the office.*

I challenge colleagues to find sheep in their travels but thus far no one has gone to the more sheepish countries. I don't think there are sheep farms in Delhi of course LOL.
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In delhi mutton is commonly used to refer to goat meat. Best of luck finding sheep ☺
Enjoy your trip and do post a TR.
Although you would be having a detailed itinerary by now but do add agrasen ki baoli, qutub Complex and humayuns tomb plus hazrat nizamuddin dargah to your list in Delhi
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Eek, I scrubbed the historical places off the 1st day, because I'm landing around lunchtime on a Sunday and the TripAdvisor comments about the crowds and queues are not something I wanted to experience on arrival.

The default Golden Triangle itinerary crams something like a half dozen historical sites into the first day - not smart at all - so with the travel agency's promise to "bring me anywhere I wanted" I made it into my very own "pay respects to all the lesser known temples starting from the big Durga one and then go on a sighseeing by car" tour.

Days 2-5 are in Agra and Jaipur then back to Delhi. With respect to the organizers, guides and driver probably by now fearing they have to deal with some Kali incarnate, I let them call the shots for the rest of the trip.

I'll gladly visit all the historical sites in Delhi during the 3 days homestay phase of my time getting around using HOHO or Uber if needed.

If it works in Delhi, Uber would be absolutely awesome because it's easy to book hire cars in any country, no metering problems, and the rates are local currency. It just needs data and GPS signal which perhaps is not guaranteed in my rather short 1 week stay.

Any place I miss or not wanting to see on my first trip is not a bother, I intend this to be a little scouting mission for follow on trips to India and longer stays on my own in Delhi or elsewhere - next time I can get very cheap air tickets direct to Jaipur it seems...
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Originally Posted by kannan84 View Post I challenge colleagues to find sheep in their travels but thus far no one has gone to the more sheepish countries. I don't think there are sheep farms in Delhi of course LOL.
The sheep directly go to the slaughter house in Delhi.
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Originally Posted by Aupmanyav View Post The sheep directly go to the slaughter house in Delhi.
Then there will be all the mutton biryani in the world to make me happy
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Yeah, sure. But I do not like the rice that they use for it. Best prepared at home.
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This is true. The best basmati rice I've ever had is at a vedic recipe tasting event at a temple. Oh my, the way they cooked it made it so light and divine unlike any other rice. They offered to pack some for me (read: a lot) to bring home and it was still perfect the next day.

At this point I will add home cooked biryani to my Delhi wishlist
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Originally Posted by kannan84 View Post Namaste,

I will be traveling to India for the first time in March. Soo excited.

It's a bit of a spontaneous thing that goes along with the multitude of desi things I found myself doing with my colleagues' encouragement since August

I "blame" them for my taking up Bollywood dance and doing surprisingly well at a Ghoomar competition recently. Which is odd. I never even heard of it until a week before the contest. And that's why I decided to do more insanely ambitious things like go to Delhi alone. Yes. Alone.

- I took up a 5D4N Golden Triangle solo tour package with a reputable agency based in India.

- Decided desi agency is much better because local ones here in Singapore aren't even listening to me when I said I wanted to be a lone lamb to the slaughter and to stop insisting I go in a group.

- I read up some reviews on TripAdvisor and found I won't really like the "being herded around like sheep" experience if I went to the normal tourist spots.

- I asked the agency if I can pick my own list of places to visit and they said yes! And I picked all the places that have lesser reviews on TA but still have a good immersive experience for a first time visitor to India (but doesn't necessarily want to be known or treated as a tourist).

Plus, being a new Hindu, paying my respects to Maa Durga upon arrival is kind of... a nice story to tell. Who knows maybe I can sing some Aigini Nandini by then. Remember, ambitious goals.

On hindsight - Delhi is big enough that 1 day is not enough. I'll be off to Agra and Jaipur for the next couple of nights before coming back to Delhi on the last day. I deliberately booked the return flight to be the midnight one, so I could cram in a few more activities before going off. And there's a nice Air Force Museum beside the airport, which is totally my thing.

If I don't end up on someone's dinner table I hope to visit again in free and easy format so I can see if I can survive being a lost sheep in the big city again?
Actually most people who visit India don't go on a tour and many of those travel solo. It's a fairly easy country to get around once you understand it. I'm not sure where you got the idea that you're herded around like sheep at the normal tourist spots. You don't have to go on a tour. Do you just mean because there are so many people at a particular spot? Well yea...India is crowded - everywhere! The Golden Triangle is probably the most popular route for first timers - especially tour groups.

The historical monuments/forts are fascinating and you can see them however you want. You can explore by yourself until your heart's content. I wouldn't NOT go somewhere that interested me because I didn't want be seen as a tourist. Because you ARE a tourist. You are a foreigner. You are an outsider. Even foreigners who live/lived in India are seen as outsiders. That's just the way it is. That certainly doesn't mean you can't enjoy India and all things Indian!
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Lol thanks for your reply!

The herded about like sheep bit is probably what happens when there are too many things in one's itinerary in one day and people complain (or baa?) about being herded like sheep without being given the opportunity to enjoy the places. Thankfully a certain forumer has decided to go above and beyond the call of duty and make an extended stay possible.

This means yes I can experience more places without being herded like sheep. I am also curious how people will react to me over there in the "real India", the desi quarter of town in my home country has been a delightful source of hospitality and fun ever since I dared take a stroll through it with an absolutely huge mark on my forehead after my first Hindu temple visit. I used to fear crowded places but decided the messiness of Delhi would be fun to experience anyway.

At the very worst case I will be reminded when being dragged on stage as it happened the few times I attended cultural events last year, I don't exactly choose my audience lol.

It remains to be seen if I end up as someone's dinner.
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You will certainly have dinner and will not end up as dinner. Reactions, I don't know. Let us see. Should be fun. See what Rahul has suggested below (if possible).
(I do not know when exactly you leave).
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Hope you end up on a table as the diner not dinner.
One more free tip. Download tripmyway app from Google play store . And download voice tours for all the available monuments. They are too good

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