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|Our "limo" from Delhi to Agra|
Note: this article is solely for the first time traveler to India from the perspective of a first-timer (me!). Also, take precautions when you are traveling to another country. Check with the state department for any travel warnings and be very much aware of international news. Use common sense and be flexible. You might actually have to change your destination.
|The Taj Mahal, in the haze|
1. If you normally wing it on your own, you may decide to go with a guide: arranged transportation throughout the trip, guided tours in all cities and luxury hotels. For certain trips or portions of a trip, being chauffeured and guided can actually be a preferred way to go.
2. To get a good view of the country, fly into Delhi and travel by van or train to other cities. If you've flown straight from the USA, east coast, you may want to stay over in Delhi and get a fresh start the next day.
3. In Agra, the top sights are: the Taj Mahal, of course; the Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah, also known as the Baby Taj; Fort Agra; various artisan shops and one of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.
4. A journey by train to Jaipur, in the recommended first class, is almost 150 miles further east. The top sights were Amer (Amber) Fort; Jaigarh (Victory) Fort, home to Jaivan Cannon; Jantar Mantar, a fascinating collection of astronomical instruments completed in 1734 that is still accurate in telling time within 2 seconds; City Palace, residence of the current Maharaja of Jaipur, and more local artisans.
5. A van is recommended for the 166 mile trip from Jaipur to Delhi. Other options could have been a domestic flight (inexpensive, but one must be careful about the baggage restrictions) or another train ride.
|A chance to make it big in Delhi|