Can I do Agra and Sikhri from Mathura in a day?

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HI All,

On the !st of February, I am scheduled to arrive at Mathura around 7:30 AM from Mumbai.

Is it possible to visit the Taj, the Agra Fort and Fatehpur SIkhri before taking the Shatabdi to Delhi in the evening?

I was thinking of hiring a cab at Mathura and proceeding straight to Sikhri, and then proceed to Agra for lunch and then go to the Fort and round it up with the Taj in the evening.

Is this feasible? Also, any information on car rentals in Mathura (recommendations, tariffs etc) would be much appreciated.

Note: We are 4 people in 20s.

Thanks!
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Yes, it would be possible to cover all the places in one day by cab.

Alternatively, you may take UP Tourism Conducted Tour. They will bring you back to Agra Cantt station after completing whole route so that you can catch Shatabdi.
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If the train's running on time and you're all awake, keep an eye out at about 06:50 - 07:00 to see if the train stops at Bharatpur Jn. station, it's not scheduled to stop, but if it gets stopped at the station signal, get off, it's about 34km before Mathura Jn., and a lot closer to Fathepur Sikri.

Even from Mathura, your plan should work out well, though as I'm sure you already know, getting a good deal from a taxi outside the station won't be easy.
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Thanks Prakaant! But does this tour start from Mathura?
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post If the train's running on time and you're all awake, keep an eye out at about 06:50 - 07:00 to see if the train stops at Bharatpur Jn. station, it's about 34km before Mathura Jn., and a lot closer to Fathepur Sikri.

Even from Mathura, your plan should work out well, though as I'm sure you already know, getting a good deal from a taxi outside the station won't be easy.
The train is Yuva Express. It goes straight from Kota to Mathura. So that rules out Bharatpur I guess.

Well with regards to the taxi, I saw ballpark figures of 3000. If I have calculated it right, the total distance (Mathura-Sikhri-Agra-Mathura) would not exceed 250 kms (which I believe is the minimum distance billed by the cabbies for a day) at Rs. 10/km. So 2500-3000 would be an ok range I suppose.
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Originally Posted by samplepiece View Post The train is Yuva Express. It goes straight from Kota to Mathura. So that rules out Bharatpur I guess.
I edited my previous post, must have been after you replied.

The train will pass through Bharatpur station, and it's a junction station, so there's a chance the train could get held at the station signal, if it does, just open the door and get off.

Might be an idea to make sure there's a platform before getting off, this may sound like I'm taking the p, but I'm not, I got off t what I thought was Jhansi station one morning, it was the sidings outside the station, I nearly fell off the train, I'm an idiot though and just walked along the tracks to the station, I wouldn't suggest 4 people doing the same though, make sure there's a platform as trains sometimes get hald just outside stations.
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Originally Posted by samplepiece View Post Thanks Prakaant! But does this tour start from Mathura?
No, it starts from Agra Cantt railway station.
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Originally Posted by samplepiece View Post ... the total distance (Mathura-Sikhri-Agra-Mathura) would not exceed 250 kms (which I believe is the minimum distance billed by the cabbies for a day) at Rs. 10/km...
You may leave taxi at Agra Cantt station and take train from there itself. Accordingly you may negotiate with the cab driver.

P.S.: You should take cab from Agra in stead of taking it from Mathura.
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Originally Posted by samplepiece View Post Well with regards to the taxi, I saw ballpark figures of 3000.
I'm certainly no expert on taxis, but I'd be really surprised if I was offered Rs3000, I'd be inside the taxi instantly.

I'm not saying that the taxi should cost more, just that I'd be surprised to get such a figure easily.
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post I edited my previous post, must have been after you replied.

The train will pass through Bharatpur station, and it's a junction station, so there's a chance the train could get held at the station signal, if it does, just open the door and get off.

Might be an idea to make sure there's a platform before getting off, this may sound like I'm taking the p, but I'm not, I got off t what I thought was Jhansi station one morning, it was the sidings outside the station, I nearly fell off the train, I'm an idiot though and just walked along the tracks to the station, I wouldn't suggest 4 people doing the same though, make sure there's a platform as trains sometimes get hald just outside stations.
I edited my post after you edited yours.

Not sure if I will able to convince the ladies to get up and be ready to jump at an unscheduled stop. However, I will surely keep it at the back of my head, just in case there is a platform outside. This can potentially save us 40kms of backtraking and we may not need a taxi for the whole day in that eventuality.
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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post No, it starts from Agra Cantt railway station.
You may leave taxi at Agra Cantt station and take train from there itself. Accordingly you may negotiate with the cab driver.

P.S.: You should take cab from Agra in stead of taking it from Mathura.
For that, I will have to get to Agra from Mathura. And that would also mean that I have to factor in the travelling to and from Sikhri. If I take a cab from Mathura, I can come to Agra via Sikhri and save some time that I would gladly use up at the monuments.
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Not sure if I will able to convince the ladies to get up and be ready to jump at an unscheduled stop.
If the train stops, tell them you just saw a rat, they'll be off the train quicker than you.
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post I'm certainly no expert on taxis, but I'd be really surprised if I was offered Rs3000, I'd be inside the taxi instantly.

I'm not saying that the taxi should cost more, just that I'd be surprised to get such a figure easily.
I am sure the taxis at the station are ready to pounce on the tired travellers. But I saw that figure at the following link (section 2)

http://www.radhekrishn.com/mathura-car-rental.php
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post If the train stops, tell them you just saw a rat, they'll be off the train quicker than you.
Not without having done their faces. And there would be a small matter of the luggage that they are ought to carry for a dear friend's wedding in New Delhi.

"Be a man! Throw the rat out!", is the likely response.
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In that case, you may try planning to take cab from Mathura -> go to Sikri, then from Sikri to Agra and visit all the places at Agra and then leave cab at Agra Cantt.

It will save your unnecessary traveling distance (of around 60 kms) up to Mathura.
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Would it be a better idea to check in to a hotel in Mathura, offload the luggage and then do a Mathura-Sikhri-Agra-Mathura trip by car and sleep in Mathura that night. On the following morning, we could see a bit of Vrindavan/Mathura before and still reach Delhi by mid-afternoon?

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