Visiting Agra? Expect it Lower than Budgeted.
I am writhing this post late. I have my own reasons, which is forgetfulness to write down my travel diaries because I am writing something different for myself or on this blog.
Since I am an Airline Professional I got rock bottom cheap airfare travel from Mumbai to Delhi and then I traveled Agra via an Ola Outstation Service Car which charged us just about INR 3000/- for a very long 4 hours journey. The city of Agra is amazing. Its bustling and not quiet, unlike Goa and other tourism places. Its semi-clean, cool air soft breeze, loving people. I visited in the month of March and it was a journey which I will never forget.
If I had been in Goa the rickshaw drivers would have charged me more than INR 2000/- for a full day tour, but here it happened at an extremely low price a cost so low you will never expect. Agra was full of discoveries and an excursion worth having.
Let’s start the journey. Not detailed but as brief as possible.
We landed Delhi by 10am and we came out unplanned to reach Agra. We booked a train but the train was delayed, so we cancelled it and then we finally decided to take a shuttle to Agra. We didn’t know Ola will be so cheap. INR 3000/- straight for a 4 hour Journey to travel 250 km approximately. We had left for Agra from the Ola Car at 0245 pm.
We reached Agra around 7 pm and it was quite dark. We had booked a bungalow as we were around 8 people as hotel room may have turned to be a costly affair.
Next day we started of with our day after breakfast at around 9am and the start was with the aim of bargaining for a full day rickshaw. Just at INR 250/- per Rickshaw we got the Rickshaws till 8pm which covered the Agra Fort and the Market place. The Rickshaw Drivers usually inform you not to buy anything from the tourist spots and they say that the local guy fool people on quality and price, which is not true. The local shops are always better than the big and pricey shops where the rickshaw drivers take you. The Agra fort was half day excursion and were there since afternoon till the closing time. The Agra Fort has a very long history as it was the Capital of the Mughal Sultanate once and the political history is rooted to the Agra Fort. I am don’t like giving in-depth details of places so just click the link of Lonely Planet and you will see how amazing this place is and other historical know-how. Let me give you some tips;
- Take a Guide you may get it cheap but it depends on your bargaining capability. One guide offered to give his service for as low as INR 150/-.
- Don’t go for the Government Recorded Guide it’s not worth it.
- Hire a Photographer, he may charge around INR 25/-to 50/- per snap which gets printed and additional for a digital CD. The charge depends on the bargain. They us a D-SLR so it’s not that expensive.
These are my clicks in the Agra Fort. This is my personal Canon Powershot Camera ant not the ones clicked by the photographer. The below images are my copyright so you will need at add the page link if you want to use these (in on explicit content).cam
After our excursion to the Agra Fort we went to Agra Market where we found footwear and handicraft shops. But apart from all this the rush of tourists were at the Chat Gali, a place wear you can have chat of all varieties and mouthwatering kababs, a must have for all. The tasts is unique and I would say it was way better than Chandni Chowk in Delhi.
Tip: Don’t buy anything here. No handicrafts and no shoes. You can buy handicrafts at a good bargain and with good quality at shops near the Taj Mahal.
The Day After we left for the Taj Mahal and we got the same bargain of INR 250/- per Rickshaw. I never thought that the Taj would be so damn awesome. The finest architecture on the planet. It seemed so pleasant there. Note; its not a palace as it’s a tomb. I don’t want to give you detailed information as a better version is always available on Lonely Planet.
Let’s look at the tips;
Buy Handicrafts here. Bargain Hard. You can try reducing prices by 80%.
Do see the museum next to the Taj.
Don’t Forget to Hire a Photographer. This is a Must as you are visiting the Taj, a Wonder of the World. They will charge INR 25/- to 50/- per printed snap and rest clicked photographs in a INR 100/- to 200/- compact disk. They know the poses and the best locations. Don’t save money here. The value here is not the money but the Taj and your perfect snap.
After this we went to buy some Petha’s. Petha’s are a specialty of Agra. Do have them. There is are variety of flavors.
Agra was an awesome experience and I will visit this amazing place once again. Our agenda was just visiting these two important places so we skipped the rest.
After Agra we travelled buy a shuttle to Delhi at INR 250/- per person. Do read my awesome experience of the Amazing Delhi.
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