Advice for the LONELY/SINGLE TOURIST---"Taj Mahal" Touts

#16 Mar 21st, 2005, 23:18
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yep, understood

thank you very much
#17 Apr 25th, 2005, 12:47
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You can buy the 2nd class day ticket at the station and seek out the train conductor and ask to upgrade to Sleeper class or AC if you so desire. Its not much more and for day trains they don't mind. Then you don't have to sit on wooden benches.
#18 Mar 6th, 2012, 08:21
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Why would you buy the 2nd class and then ask to upgrade? Why would you not go ahead and buy 1st class/AC/sleeper?
#19 Mar 8th, 2012, 17:52
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Originally Posted by tinybaubles View Post Why would you buy the 2nd class and then ask to upgrade? Why would you not go ahead and buy 1st class/AC/sleeper?
because these options have to be reserved in advance. however 2nd class ticket can be bought even if the train is standing on the platform... this tkt is not specific to a train, but to a destination/route. it is common to board with this tkt & ask the TTE on board for availability & try your luck...
#20 May 15th, 2012, 23:37
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Yes, apart from the Red Fort and TAJ, AGRA does not offer much else, and both 'spots' can be toured withing 2-3 hrs.

1. You arrive at AGRA by 9:00am on Shatabdi (usually it's by 8:45 am)
2. Be inside TAJ by 9:30 pm
3. Finish Taj 10:30, leave for Red fort
4. by 11:30 finish Red fort visit (if you need that long, that is----If you see Delhi Red Fort, i guess there's no real need to tour AGRA Red Fort since most Red Forts---and even most Indian architecture---are more or less SAME anyway!)
5. You are free by 12:30 pm------what will you do for six-hour period in AGRA till you catch the 8:00 pm Shatabdi?
AGRA is not such a GOOD place to hang around idly especially If you have nothing to do...
This itinery must be aimed at people who walk briskly around the site with little awareness or care for what they are looking it.

Red fort deserves more than 45mins as suggested, i would say closer to 90. The audio tour is pretty interesting and useful as signage is limited.

The taj also deserves more than an hour if you have more than an interest in taking some pictures and then leaving.

The Baby Taj is certainly worth a visit! Often very few tourists, beautiful gardens and a gorgeous monument.

To say all Indian arcitecuture is the same also must be one of the least wise things i have ever read on here.
#21 May 16th, 2012, 00:56
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Originally Posted by johnblack View Post This itinery must be aimed at people who walk briskly around the site with little awareness or care for what they are looking it.
The OP has not visited this site for the past 6-1/2 years Who knows he may not longer be Lonely & Single & young anymore

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