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Joanna

Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, and Jaipur

by Joanna »

How long do you have in India after arrival and before departure?

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ashley vk

RE: Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, and Jaipur

by ashley vk »

That's the trip I'm thinking of taking. I was wondering how to best get from one area to the next--train, plane?---and how much time to give to each destination. It will be my first time in India and I'm getting very confused reading all of the different advice on the internet. I've tried to limit my time to Northern India and I think this itinerary makes sense but wuld love to get input from someone who's been. Thanks!

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ashley vk

RE: Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, and Jaipur

by ashley vk »

Two weeks from arrival until departure. Any advice is welcome!

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Joanna

RE: Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, and Jaipur

by Joanna »

I've always traveled, when possible or practical, by train.  Delhi-Agra-Jaipur is what is know for tourism purposes as the Golden Triangle.  Budget makes a difference and also your intensity tolerance.  My first trip to India I did some travel by private car which is a much more affordable option than you might suppose.  So that's another way to go and you can have an Indian travel agent arrange some or all prior to arrival which can be a good and affordable option.

If you decide the trains, the more intense option, might be for you have a look here: http://www.seat61.com/India.htm

And here: http://www.indianrail.gov.in/

You'll likely start in Delhi, can go to either Agra or Jaipur next with either a stop in Fatehpur Sikri or a day trip from Agra.  I haven't been there so cannot advise on specifics but it does appear to be on the line between the 2 cities so either might be an option.  It might depend on how much time you think you might like there and if an overnight would appeal.

I like spending time in Delhi.  Not everyone does but the more often I do the more I find of interest.  So for me, for a 2 week trip, I might plan to spend several days there at the beginning as a good introduction to India and then a couple of more at the end.  It's a very good place to shop so if you like a bit of shopping you can save it for the end and not need to carry things with you.  Another option would be to stay at the beginning and end at the same place and leave things stored to pick up again before departure.  If you buy more than you want to carry, as I have done, I can advise you on mailing things home quite cheaply & safely.

I suggest you do some reading, I'm sure you have, and determine what exactly you want to see in each place, make notes and allot your time accordingly.  Also, might you want to visit a more rural place?  Budget permitting might you like some help from a local agent?  Do you imagine you'd like to stay in smaller guest houses or in hotels?  I like guest houses.  Give us your budget if you ask for details on any of these things.  

 

 

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Joanna

RE: Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, and Jaipur

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Ashley, I want to give you a head's up on the current situation regarding Indian visas obtained in the US.  If you aren't an American and applying for your visa here then disregard the following.  If you are the agency that's been given the contract to process visa applications recently is called, if I recall correctly, BLS.  Many people planning to travel to India have run into delays in obtaining their visa and the stories are all over the travel forums for you to follow.  There appears to be no alternative currently and you can get updates, if any, by visiting the websites for the Indian consulates who historically have been the place to get visas.  

My advice would be, in case this situation continues and you need more time than is usual to get your visa processed and returned, make your plans and reservations, buy your airline ticket as far in advance as is practical for you and get your application in.  Keep in mind that the visa is good, if it remains the same as last time I got one, for 6 months so you can apply as soon as your departure date from India falls within the 6 months.  Check for yourself on all this before you proceed and watch the forums for current user information.  Fodors has a thread currently going on the issue and likely Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet Thorn Tree.

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whrhotel

RE: Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, and Jaipur

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You can also choose Delhi- Jaipur-Agra or Delhi-Agra-Jaipur.  By plane you can reach jaipur from delhi and then from jaipur you can go via train or by luxury bus to Agra and you can reach within 5-6 hrs . Delhi via plane to Jaipur its only max 1hr of journey. and via train its 5-6 hrs.

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tawang india

RE: Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, and Jaipur

by tawang india »

Hi, Ashley,

Delhi to Agra by road will either follow Yamuna Expressway or NH2. Yamuna Expressway will take around 3 hrs as it is a toll road and unobstructed while NH2 goes through several small towns and may take around 5 to 6 hours. 

Once you are in Agra, you can spend couple of days in Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri on one day and seeing Taj Mahal another day. Fateh-pur-sikri is away from the Agra city. If you are in Agra do visit Sikandra (Akbar's tomb).Many of my friends actually liked the peace and tranquility here.

From Agra you can take a train to Jaipur or come back to Delhi and take a day's break and then proceed to Jaipur either by road (5 hrs) or train (5 hrs).Shatabdi is a fast train between these cities. The roads are relatively better than the Delhi -Agra roads (NH2).

Jaipur is again full of forts and shops. So if you plan to see Amber Palace and Fort both, you would need one full day. 

1 day for city palace and probably shopping

1 day to visit other interesting places which may include seeing the medieval step well at Abhaneri which many tourists do not know of.

There are some good apps in App store on Agra which you can try if you have iPhone. Some of them are freemium and works completely offline.

 

In Response to Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, and Jaipur:[QUOTE]

That's the trip I'm thinking of taking. I was wondering how to best get from one area to the next--train, plane?---and how much time to give to each destination. It will be my first time in India and I'm getting very confused reading all of the different advice on the internet. I've tried to limit my time to Northern India and I think this itinerary makes sense but wuld love to get input from someone who's been. Thanks!


Posted by Ashley VK[/QUOTE]

 

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ashley vk

RE: Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, and Jaipur

by ashley vk »

Wow, a private train car that's affordable. That sounds fabulous. And thanks so much for the heads up on the visa situation. I've looked into it, and I think you're right about doing the triangle by train. That leaves flying to Udaipur, but a friend who went said it's amazing, so it's on the list. Haven't yet looked into the cost.

Anyway, this has given me a great start. So thank you all!

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peter knight

RE: Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, and Jaipur

by peter knight »

Ashley

Here is the nitty gritty of traveling to India. I assume it is your first visit. You have chosen the Golden triangle itinerary which is a good way to start. Best time to travel November trough February. Fares in December/january are very high. Plus late December/early January is prone to heavy fogs in the area.

Hotels: Do not book through Expedia, Orbitz etc from US sites. If there any problems, you are stuck in limbo, because you have to talk to the US only and not the Indian branch. Find the hotels you like and then make a direct booking with the hotels. I don't know what your budget is but high end hotels will be $200 to $400 per night. Good business hotels are around $100 per night. Most hotels will allow cancellations up to 24-48 hour in advance without penalty. If you are late they will accomodate you.

Trains: Traveling on trains can be both exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. The best method is to take the First calss. Howevr, the making reservation is chaotic. Even though there is internet booking, you may not always get the reservation due to high demand. Railway stations can be chaotic. Food served on trains may not be always suited for the Western stomach.

Auto: Hire a car and driver. The best option is to take an AC van like a Toyota minivan. You can reserve once you are in Delhi. Don't ask the concierge desk at a high end hotels (it will cost you much more). A minivan will cost you around Rs 2000/day (about $35 @ Rs 60 = $1) or less including gas and driver. Although more expensive than a car it is more comfortable than a car. Also, do not drive at night between cities. It is dangereous as there could be stalled vehicles/ trucks in the middle of the highway and with no warning signs. Accidents are common at night. If need be, stay an extra day. The driver can give you a good estimate of driving times. Also you can pace your travel. Do not worry about the driver's accomodation. Some hotels have dorms for the drivers or he will find himself a place. I usually give around Rs 100-200 a day for his meals  just because it is nothing for me and a lot for him. And it buys you the extra effort he will make to cater to your comfort and wishes. And traveling by road lets you do it at your own pace.

Food: Always follow food safety as in many 3rd world countries. Always get bottled water or sealed sodas. Open the soda can/bottle at your table when in small roadside places. Always go for hot cooked food. Avoid salads or uncooked foods unless you are in a high end place.

Sights and Sounds:

Delhi: Spend 2-3 days in Delhi. Any guide book will tell you the places to see. There are many malls but the best places to shop are the handicrafts at local markets like Dilli Haat, Janpath, Cottage Industries Emporium and the state Emporiums in Connaught Place.You should bargain at Dilli Haat and Janpath. Other palces not so. Many great restaurants abound in all price ranges.

Agra: Delhi to Agra is about 3-4 hrs. Spend the first day seeing Agra Fort and other monuments, shopping around and checking in o the hotels. Go to see the Taj early morning at around 6 am. It is the best time. Remember the Taj is closed on Fridays. Take about a couple of hours there. Leave for Jaipur after late breakfast/early lunch. it is about a 5 hr drive to Jaipur. On the way stop at Fatehpur Sikri and if you want, the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. An hour or two at each place is enough. Reach Jaipur in the evening. There is one good place on the way you can stop for late li=unch if you need to (forgot the name).

Jaipur: 2-3 days is enough. You can look up places to see or your driver can also guide you. Good place for semi-precious stones and jwelry. Always bargain.

Udaipur: A days drive will take you to Udaipur. 2-3 days are enough. There is a lot of history to this place. If you have the money do spend a night in the Taj Lake Palace Hotel (The James Bond film Octopussy was filmed here). It is a formal royal palce converted to a hotel. rates are around $700 per night.

Back to Delhi: It is best to leave Udaipur early morning. It is a long drive and so best to stop in Pushkar for the night. Spend the next few days in Delhi shopping or what ever.

Have a great trip. If you need more info please feel free to ask.

 

 

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graciousgeorge

RE: Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, and Jaipur

by graciousgeorge »

If you dont intend to backpack, I have someone who can help

 

In Response to Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, and Jaipur:[QUOTE]

That's the trip I'm thinking of taking. I was wondering how to best get from one area to the next--train, plane?---and how much time to give to each destination. It will be my first time in India and I'm getting very confused reading all of the different advice on the internet. I've tried to limit my time to Northern India and I think this itinerary makes sense but wuld love to get input from someone who's been. Thanks!


Posted by Ashley VK[/QUOTE]

 

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