Agra and Delhi

#1 Dec 18th, 2007, 08:40
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My family and I will be arriving in Delhi on January 1st (from Hyderabad). We would like to go straight to Agra and see the Taj Mahal. What else is there in Agra apart from the Taj Mahal? Are there any group tour buses for westerners that go to Agra and back to Delhi? What are some good hotels near Taj Mahal?

Please reply ASAP. We are leaving in a few days to India.
#2 Dec 18th, 2007, 10:16
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Fatehpur Sikri, its about 45 mins drive from the main city.

I think there buses both local & private that can take you around the city for a tour.

Its not that they are meant for westerners, any person willing to take the trip can board those buses after buying the tickets.
#3 Dec 18th, 2007, 10:21
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agra fort and sikandra are worth seeing. if you do go to fatehpur sikri and then red fort in delhi, maybe you can skip agra fort (similar architecture, art details etc)

we left delhi very early - 5:45am - and went to agra via brindavan, which was really nice in the morning - visited banke bihari and madan mohan temples and had a quick touristy glance at three other temples. and then to mathura (which wasn't that great and we moved on quickly) and made it to sikandra by 10am.

i'm sure there's tons of websites you can access for bus tours for the delhi-agra round trip. good luck.
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Agra Fort, Sikandra, Taj Mahal and Dayal Bagh. Then off to Fatehpur Sikri...
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Agra fort is different than Red fort in many ways, one should not skip.
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Agra and Delhi

Thank you for replying. Are there any organized tours for foreigners starting in New Delhi to Agra?
#7 Dec 18th, 2007, 15:58
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I don't know about any organised tour exclusively for foreigners. But there are plenty of tour operators in Delhi who do this trip and they will take Indian tourists also.
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Originally Posted by jyotirmoy View Post I don't know about any organised tour exclusively for foreigners. But there are plenty of tour operators in Delhi who do this trip and they will take Indian tourists also.
Most of the tour companies have tours like 7 day plan or a 10 day plan etc. My family and I will be there for 4 days only. We want to see Agra and Delhi. I am finding it difficult to locate a tour operator who can do a 2 day or 3 day trips. Where can I find some good ones? Could you recommend a tour operators?

Thank you once again.
#9 Dec 18th, 2007, 16:17
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Agra can be done as a single day trip from Delhi & almost all tour operator do it this way. Remember that not every one includes Fathepuri sikri.
There are excellent superfast train connection between Delhi & Agra. You can take the early morning tran, hire a cab at Agra and visit all the sites and return by the evening train.
Another good idea is to take a cab from Delhi, visit Agra and then move to Bharatpur, spend the night in Bharatpur, visit the bird sanctuary early morning & there after return to Delhi.
Southern Travels, Nam Travels, Panicker's travels are some of the good operators in Delhi.
For sight seeing in Delhi take the DTC tourist bus in the morning. Book in advance at their office next to Scindia house in CP.
#10 Dec 18th, 2007, 18:28
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I agree with Jyoti Da...simply take a train from Delhi and hire a cab there itself..OR hire a cab from Delhi itself..

I won't recommend going in a tour ...our Aishah had very bad experiences to share with tour operators, they do not give enough time to absorb the place !!
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i agree - i hate the idea of guided tours in general - i mean it was sublime (reallY!) to take in the entire sunset at the taj when we got there and then to slowly read about the history and art, architecture et al... wouldn't have wanted some overly enthusiastic guide type character showing me around and not letting me absorb everything at my own pace.

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