Day trip from Delhi to Agra

#1 Nov 22nd, 2007, 16:32
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During my short stay in Delhi, I'm thinking of doind a day trip to Agra (just to see the the Taj Mahal).

1. Is this trip doable in 1 day?
2. What is the best way to get to Agra from Delhi?
3. How far is it (in terms of distance and actual time it will take)?
#2 Nov 22nd, 2007, 16:58
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It is very easy to visit Agra and back from Delhi in a day.

We did the same thing last time when we were in India. Took the morning Shatabdi Express from Delhi to Agra Cantt and then took the UP State Tourism Development Corporation Luxury bus from the Agra Cantt station for the day trip to Agra. We saw Fateh Pur Sikri, Agra Fort and Taj Mahal and the bus brought us back to the station in the evening for us to catch the Shatabadi back to Delhi. It was a really lovely experience.

You could also get bus trips from Delhi to Agra and return same day, but we chose Shatabdi.

Hope this helps.
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I did the same thing, caught the Shatabdi in the morning and went back to Delhi in the evening. The day was not rushed and had time for a drink and a snack in a hotel with "roof top views" and watched the sunset on the Taj. Awesome.
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Originally Posted by direct2dubai View Post During my short stay in Delhi, I'm thinking of doind a day trip to Agra (just to see the the Taj Mahal).

1. Is this trip doable in 1 day?
2. What is the best way to get to Agra from Delhi?
3. How far is it (in terms of distance and actual time it will take)?
Gosh, this one's never been asked before, has it?
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What Navritu suggests sounds a good idea because you also get to see Fatehpur Sikri, well worth going to in my book. Don't do an organised bus tour from Delhi - far more comfortable by train then pick up bus as Navritu says. I did a bus tour from Delhi(Panicker's) and it was awful - we went to the most ghastly restaurants for morning tea, lunch, dinner etc. and it was a really long day in an uncomfortable bus. Started pick-up around 5.30 a.m. and then continued picking up all over Delhi for about
another 2 hours, same thing of course in reverse coming back - my drop off was around midnight. If you go by train I am sure it will be faster and more comfortable.
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Navritu - how long is the train journey and do you remember how much it cost?

Do I have to book the train in advance or on the day?
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Hi,

Bhopal Shatabdi (2002) leaves New Delhi (NDLS) at 0615 in the morning and is scheduled to arrive at Agra Cantt (AGC) at 0827, so roughly 2 hours. Return Shatabadi (2001) is scheduled to leave AGC at 2043, arrives at NDLS around 2300, a bit more than 2 hours .

It is always advisable to book tickets for travel on Indian Trains in advance. You will find a lots of posts on this web site telling you how you can do it. Generally you will get confirmed seats in the Air Conditioned Chair Car (CC) on the Shatabdi express with a day's advance booking.

The advantage of travelling with Shatabadi is that you get fed, breakfast in the morning and dinner on the return trip.

The bus tour I think leaves around 1000 from AGC and returns around 1830. The bus also has a Guide on board so you don't have to pay additional at any monuments for Guide, if I remember correctly. However, you will still have to pay for entrance fees for the monuments if I remember correctly but the Guide had collected that money in advance from us and had sorted the tickets. We also managed to beat the long queues to enter Taj since UPSTDC has some special arrangement, saved us obscene amount of time .

The fare for Shatabdi one way for an Adult is INR 400. The bus I think cost us around INR 200 each, not sure though.

Hope this helps.

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Even I have done this several years back, went to the Nizamudin station, bought the tix (not Shatabadi), once in Agra hired a car, visited Agra Fort, Taj, Fatehpur Sikri and driver dropped us back to the station in the evening at the time of return train.
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i have to work from 630 PM - 1130 PM or so, so i was thinking i'd take the shatabdi from delhi to agra, then rent a car to go see Taj and Agra Fort. stay in Agra for the night, then the following morning, return to Delhi, see Fatehpur Sikri on the way back.

1) How far is Fatehpur Sikri from Agra? is it closer to Delhi or Agra? Do I need to go by car to see FS?
2) Can someone recommend a car service in Agra?
3) Is there a morning train that goes from Agra to Delhi? What is the last evening train to go Agra-Delhi?
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Fatehpur sikri is very close to Agra. I think it takes abot 30 mins by car.
I had done this trip entirely by car in 2004.
we started from Delhi at 6am. reached Agra by 10:30 am. Saw Sikandra(Akbars tomb) on the way. It was very nice, quiet and amazing ly green. We reached Taj around 11.45am. Was there for around 2 hrs.
went for lunch in a nearby restaurant. left for fatehpur sikri and reached around 3:30 pm. we spent about 2.5 hrs there.
Started for delhi again around 6pm. reached by 10.30 pm
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thanks nayan! you didn't see Agra Fort??
how much did your car service charge you for the trip? can you give me his contact number?

ooh, also seeing that you're in hyderabad, can you give me some numbers for a car service in hyd?
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No we didnot see Agra fort. I was keener on Fatehpur sikri. did not want to do a too hectic trip.

I did this trip with colleagues. we visited a few random travel/car hire agencies in Janpath.... bargained hard... then decided on one for around 2800 rupees (everything included). There were four of us so it came to a very reasonable 700 per head. the car was a good condition AC Indica. The pick up and drop was from our hotel in Vasant Vihar. BTW it was 2004 August... so i am sure rates must have increased somewhat since then.

I usually donot need any car service in hyd as I have my own car here but I will try to get some info for you and post it here.
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I did see Agra Fort when I did that ghastly Panicker's bus tour - I really liked it. So if you can fit it in, try to do so. We did Taj, Fort, some piece of wallof historical interest and totally unmemorable - something to do with a battle long ago - and Fatehpur Sikri. There also seemed to be quite a bit of commentary about historical events which escape me now as we drove around very uninteresting countryside! Taj, Fort and Fatehpur Sikri are stunning.
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agree with Aishah. i haven't seen Fatehpur Sikri, but i loved the Agra Fort, it's stunning!
wow, I am glad I did not do Panicker.. seeing that they have so many bad reviews! I had called them but found them rude, so I decided against them.
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what exactly is there to see at fatehpur sikri?
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