If you’re traveling to the diverse and huge country of India for the first time, we strongly suggest you to start with the basics just like what most travel online forums are saying – the famous Golden Triangle Tour (Delhi, Agra and Jaipur). Some helpful tips from us are shared in this post. Also, we recommend you to book a travel agency. In India, you need to set aside your adventurous veins and expertise in creating DIY itineraries because:
- India can be overwhelming for first timers. Talk about the 6 hours journey from one city to another! Taking public transports like buses and trains especially for solo travelers can be unsafe. If you’re booking a travel agent, a trusted driver and car service during the full tour will surely be provided.
- They are experts of the country’s attractions, history and all. They know where to bring you, currency exchange, good location of hotels, journey and opening times, the best restaurants, and most information that you might ask before and during travel.
- Safety comes first. A lot of issues are circling around the web about the safety of this country. You’ll feel safer if there’s someone to guide you around or even just a driver who can bring you to the right places.
- It is cheaper. Yeah, you read that right. But I guess it depends on the destination. As you’d know by now, our Greece trip booked with a travel agency is super expensive. On the other hand, India is considered one of the cheapest countries to travel. Travel agencies usually provided an all inclusive offer – hotels, tour and transport.
- There’s someone to help you. No matter how much you prepare, sometimes unexpected things can happen while on the road. When you book a travel agency, they are with you every step of the way. They usually know who to call and provide the best solutions.
Here’s the exact itinerary provided by Gets Holidays (a local travel agency in India that we’ve tried) for the duration of 5 nights and 6 days. I also included what are the tourist sites that we skipped so we can visit more of the public places.
Destination: Delhi to Agra to Jaipur to Delhi
Journey Time by Car: 6 hours from one city to another
Day 1: Delhi Arrival
Upon arrival, a representative met us at the airport together with their driver. We arrived in the evening so they directly dropped us at our hotel.
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Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing
After breakfast, we went first in the public market nearby our hotel and have those foggy morning photos which you can view here. Then we proceed for the sightseeing of Old and New Delhi.
- Jama Masjid Mosque – Entrance is INR 300, slippers INR 100. If you’re wearing socks, you can opt not to buy the slippers.
- Red Fort – Entrance is INR 500, closed on Monday
- India Gate – Free
- President House & Parliament House – Drive pass this buildings.
- Humayun’s Tomb – Entrance is INR 500
- Qutab Minar Complex – skip
- Lotus Temple – Free
- Iskon Temple – skip
Day 3: Delhi to Agra
Right after breakfast, by 9 am we leave Delhi and drive for 6 hours to Agra. We visited directly the
- Agra Fort – INR 500 (failed to see the Taj Mahal from here as it was foggy)
After checking in, around 5pm we decided to see Taj Mahal from the backside in an area called Mehtab Bagh. Taj Mahal is closed on Friday. We’re informed by the hotel and the service driver that it’s free to enter this but not in 2016 guys, it will cost you INR 200. We hope to see the Taj Mahal sunset but we reached like 6pm and it’s already dark 🙁
Day 4: Agra to Jaipur
Since our hotel is near the Taj Mahal, we opt to walk and return to the hotel because a mini tripod didn’t pass the security! We knew it will not pass but the husband was so persistent, haha! They are really strict in Taj Mahal. You cannot blame them as it was India’s gem.
- Taj Mahal – INR 1000 (book your tickets online to avoid the queue)
- Fatehpr Sikri – We’re supposed to visit this site but we asked our driver that we wanted to spend more time at Taj Mahal and it’s fine to skip this too.
By 12 in the afternoon, we leave Agra and drive to Jaipur. Arrived in the evening and we’re dead tired by this time!
Read More: Travel Guide: Visiting the Taj Mahal
Day 5: Jaipur Sightseeing to Delhi
On this day we woke up extra early to photograph Hawa Mahal, Albert’s Hall and a lot of faces/locals 🙂 then just walk around Jaipur. We asked our driver to come at 10:30am so we have 3 hours free time.
- Jal Mahal Palace (Water palace) – photo op outside only
- Amber Fort – INR 500
- City Palace – INR 500 (we skipped this one)
- Solar Observatory – skip
- Jantar Mantar – skip
Day 6: Delhi Departure
Our flight to Dubai was in the afternoon so our morning was spent walking around the area of our hotel in New Delhi. Yes, the husband again took a lot of photos – faces, people. Stay tuned for my next post as I’m taking you to the reason why India should be on your ultimate travel bucket list – the Taj Mahal 🙂