hi y'all...anyone know if i can just go from delhi to agra on my own w/o taking the tours...i just want to stay in agra one night to see the Taj under the Full Moon and perhaps see it again in the morning and come back to delhi...i am already in Delhi and have done the Taj/Agra one day tour before..yet i want to go on on Tues Dec 5, 2006...any help/suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks and happy trails
I must say, I find this one of the oddest questions I've read in a while. So you have already been to Agra and seen the Taj and stuff, and you want to know if its possible to go back on your own? Well, yes, of course it is. India has lots of trains and buses between the two cities that are easily booked at the train station there in Delhi, or even online I believe. And its as simple as that - hop on a train and go to Agra. When you get there, find a hotel and visit the Taj. If you are on a budget I would recomend Hotel Sheela right next to the East gate of the Taj. Keep in mind that entrance to the Taj is like 750 rupees or something stupid like that. As far as I know, you'll have to pay that again in the morning if you want to see it twice.
Dave...the entry fee to the very top of the Eifel Tower is about 10 EUR (USD13+) and I don't find that "stupid"...you see, the Taj Mahal, Eifel Tower, the Great Wall,etc are not "stupid" tourists attractions. No offence meant, though!a
I'm not saying that the Taj Mahal or the Eiffel Tower are stupid, I'm saying that the fee to get into the Taj is a bit ridiculous when you consider the cost of living in the country that its in. Its about 12 Euros to get in, so even more expensive than the Eiffel Tower which is in a far far more expensive country. When I'm in India, the price of the Taj is about two days budget. For the cost of entry into the Taj, you could pay for two nights in a hotel, 6 restarant meals, and local transport around the city. If that was France it would be like charging 75-100 Euros to get into the Eiffel Tower. Seems a little odd to me. Then of course there is the ethical question of charging different amounts for different people. How would it go over if the Eiffel Tower all of a sudden decided to charge Parisans 10 Euros, foreigners of french decent 20 Euros, and Indian and Chinese tourists 50 Euros. Of course I'm not the only one of this opinion, and there have been a number attempts at legal action against this pricing.
Now despite all of what I just said, I really don't care a whole lot, and I usually just pay the price to monuments like that and just grumble quietly to myself. All I really meant to say by my original comment was that the Taj is expensive, possibly a large chunck of shantishan's budget, and that she might want to consider this when planning to go on two different days.