Agra - possible in a day?

#1 Oct 24th, 2007, 05:06
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i will be in agra between 9am and 5pm for one day in november. i am hoping to see the taj mahal and agra fort. i will be starting from agra cantt. train station.

can anyone tell me if 8 hours is enough time and what order i should do them in.

what time does the taj mahal open? is there anywhere nice to go for lunch in agra?

Thanx
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There have been a few threads done (see bottom of this page) on the doability of "Agra in a day". Without Fatehpur Sikri on the agenda, though, you should have ample time for the Fort, Sikandra, & the Taj. You might try lunch at the Sheraton as one option.
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Bomi 315 - I was going to pm you but can't - do you think Ramesh would be a good idea to book for a day tour of Delhi to get ourselves orientated.. we will be there 6 days altogether.
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I would say yes. I was there last year and stayed in Fatehpur Sikri. I did Agra on a day tour leaving fatehpur sikri in the morning, arranged rickshaw driver for 300 rupees and seeing agra fort Taj Mahal, baby taj, jama masjid and went back in afternoon to fatehpur sikri. I enjoyed fatehpur sikri much more to stay over and enjoy rooftop terrace sunset view in the peaceful village (i was staying in hotel behind the mosque far away from the tourist crowd, in really village like area of fatehpur sikri).
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I just came back from Agra. Yes you can do Agra in a day - Taj mahal, baby taj, agra fort and metah bagh/river behind taj for sunset (beautiful! must go!). Perhaps you can start earlier so that you wont have to rush.

Unless you have a car, it will be difficult to squeeze Fatehpur Sikri in with what's mentioned above.

People in Agra and Jaipur are money-centered. Gets very annoying at times. Didnt enjoy myself in both cities as they arent traveller-friendly and the people arent friendly either. Punjabis and Kashmiris are more sincere and nicer.
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best time to see the Taj is early morning and the evening. The marble is cooler. This is important as foot wear is not allowed on the Taj. If you prefer to see Taj in the evening, be there before 5'o'clock. otherwise you may not be able to appreciate the beauty of the carvings inside the Taj.
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Originally Posted by bronx View Post i will be in agra between 9am and 5pm for one day in november. i am hoping to see the taj mahal and agra fort. i will be starting from agra cantt. train station.

can anyone tell me if 8 hours is enough time and what order i should do them in.

what time does the taj mahal open? is there anywhere nice to go for lunch in agra?

Thanx
Hi , 8 Hrs are quite enough to see Taj Mahal and Agra Fort , First visit Agra fort then go to hotel Sheraton for nice lunch and then proceed to Taj Mahal , Try to stay till sunet as it is the best time to see the beauty of Taj
You can hire a car @ Rs. 1500 on disposal basis including transfer and sightseeing , you have to pay for monument fees
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I think we were at the Taj about 5 hours - but we spent an hour watching the sun rise.. it's beautiful and won't be as freezing now as it was in January!!! It was SO cold at dawn! Definitely go at dawn though - so beautiful to watch the light change and the marble go from blueish white to pink to gold tinged....
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Agra- in a day (what can I do?)

Hi,

I'm off to India in August/September and will be using Delhi as my base. I'd like to spend a day in Agra but am unsure whether it is feasible to do everything in a day. Ideally I'd like to take the train. I'd definitely want to visit the Taj Mahal although is it better to see it in the day/night or both? In addition, I'd like the visit the Fatephur Sikri and the Agra Fort? I've been once to Agra but that was when I was very young and can't remember much so I'd like to do it in a day.

So is it possible to do all this in a day?
What's the best train? How long does it take?
If I have to stay over, can anyone name any cheap hotels/hostels?

Many thanks,

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Agra and Fatephur Sikri in one day is very easy.
Just book a return ticket on the Bhopal Shatabdi Express to Agra Cantt.

On arrival there is a prepaid taxi booth where you can book a taxi (or autorickshaw) at a fixed price depending on the itinerary of your choice.(Better a taxi if tou're including Fatephur Sikri)

There's also a bus tour operated by the local tourist office which which is timed to connect with the Taj Express from/to Delhi.
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In August Taj will be open for night viewing on 6th, In September on 4th only. If you are visiting on any other day, you'll have to be content with day view only.

Taj, Red Fort & Fatehpur Sikri can all be covered in one day from Delhi.

Shatabdi express is a nice comfy AC train and it takes only 2 hrs one way.

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Originally Posted by samirofdelhi View Post Hi,

I'm off to India in August/September and will be using Delhi as my base. I'd like to spend a day in Agra but am unsure whether it is feasible to do everything in a day. Ideally I'd like to take the train. I'd definitely want to visit the Taj Mahal although is it better to see it in the day/night or both? In addition, I'd like the visit the Fatephur Sikri and the Agra Fort? I've been once to Agra but that was when I was very young and can't remember much so I'd like to do it in a day.

So is it possible to do all this in a day?
What's the best train? How long does it take?
If I have to stay over, can anyone name any cheap hotels/hostels?
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