Visiting Agra? Expect it Lower than Budgeted.

An Unforgettable and Awesome Destination!

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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How Responsible Tourism Can Challenge Patriarchy in India.

An Awesome and Unique article on Travel ‘How Responsible Tourism Can Challenge Patriarchy in India.’

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Over the course of my travels in India, I’ve found myself in some strange predicaments. Once, I was in the home of a middle class family in the mountains, ready to pounce on delicious local food after a long, back-breaking journey. But when I arrived in the dining area, I found myself joined only by the men of the family, as the women served, and then waited on us from a distance.

I sat in awkward silence, not sure if I should join the women in the kitchen and further the house’s patriarchal traditions, or eat with the men as the women waited. I could imagine the same scene playing out in hundreds of households across the country.

At the end of the awkward (though delicious) meal, the elderly male head of the household said to me with a disconcerting confidence: I think I’ve figured out why you ate so little, it was probably because…

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Maasai Mara : In Brief

You all must have seen the Discovery Channel and the National Geographic Channel and in it the Lions & the other Big Cats, the African Elephants, the Wild Beast and the various flora and fauna of the forest with many different species of animals. Well! They are mostly from Africa and most importantly from the Maasai Mara, in Kenya. Maasai Mara is situated in Kenya and is one of Africa’s greatest Wildlife Reserves. It is considered as the world’s top and most favorite Safari Destination and this is due to its spectacular Eco-System.

If you are an Adventure Freak, Wildlife Enthusiast, an animal or a nature lover you must visit the Maasai Mara. If you are a Wildlife or Nature Photographer then visiting this place is not an option but a compulsion.

Before I take you further let’s check the fact sheet of Maasai Mara.

Where Do We Go Maasai Mara National Reserve, Narok County, Kenya
The meaning of Maasai Mara The Maasai Mara got its name from the local people who called the land “Mara” which means “spotted” in Maa. Maa is the name given to the Masai language. Maasai is the Language while Mara is the name of the place.
Exceptional Animals  Masai lions, African leopards, Tanzanian cheetahs, zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, and wildebeest
Area 1,510 sq km OR 583 sq miles
Uniqueness The Big Five which are Lion, Leopard, African elephant, Cape Buffalo, and Black Rhinoceros
Exceptional Birds  Vultures, Marabou Storks, Secretary Birds, Hornbills, Crowned Cranes, Ostriches, Long-Crested Eagles, African Pygmy-Falcons and the Lilac-Breasted roller,
Unique Phenomenon The Great Migration which takes place from July to October every year

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Masaai Mara should be on everyone’s bucket list because the ecosystem is phenomenal and unlike any other place. Between July and October every year, a global phenomenon takes place which is the Great Migration. See the documentary on the Great Migration below.

How to Reach Masai Mara National Reserve? : It’s about 270 km from the capital Nairobi City and takes about 4-5 hours by road or 40-45 minutes by flight. The road is great for the most part. there is a section from Narok town to Sekenani Gate that is dirt road but fairly good. The other road through Lemek and Aitong town is not good at all and very bumpy.

Best Time to Visit : July to October is the Best time when the Great Migration takes place. December to February is also a good time to visit if you want to see the Big Cats as the weather is drier and good for the cats.

Recommended Number of Days for Safari: While 4 days are enough for safari, you may take 7 days or even more aswell if you are going primarily for wildlife photography.

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Amazing Delhi!

If you are thinking Delhi is just another boring place with just a brief glimpse of India, then you are wrong. I visited Delhi in March 2017 and it was amazing.

I am not a person who goes for Temples, but a person who looks for history and heritage. Delhi gives me more of this. Moreover, this place is famous for its food, I tried it, it’s unique and amazing.

One must have heard many bad things about Delhi, but these kinds of things happen in every city. I would suggest crimes in new places come invited and never happen and you should be careful whichever place it is. People in Delhi are of all kinds and you cannot call all of them arrogant, you might meet a few. I found more helpful people in Delhi than the arrogant people (but I did find it, doesn’t happen often in Mumbai).

Delhi is a place where all Indian’s should visit. India! I would rather recommend it to the World.

After visiting Agra we came to Delhi for a 2-day trip. One day dedicated for sightseeing, and the other for shopping.

On the first day, we covered the following sights;

  • Qutub Minar and Iron Pillar
  • India Gate
  • Rashtrapati Bhavan
  • Parliament of India
  • Sarojini Market
  • Lotus Temple
  • Lal Quila (Red Fort), here we saw the light show at 7 pm.

Qutub Minar :

India Gate :

Lotus Temple :

Lal Quila (Red Fort) along with Video of Electric Car Ride

On the second day, we visited Chandni Chowk and toured and shopped inside it the whole day. There are wholesale markets of every kind inside Chandni Chowk. We brought Punjabi Suits starting INR 250/- to 950/- where in Mumbai the same are priced at around INR 900/- to 2500/-, you see the difference here. Apart from this, there are options of chat everywhere, do have Pani puri, Dahi Puri and also visit the Haldiram’s outlet.

Recommended Places for Foodies:

  • Karim’s (at Jama Masjid)
  • Kake Da Dhaba (at Connaught Place)
  • Chandni Chowk.

For Delhi Tourism Website, click here.

Get detailed information on Lonely Planet, click here.

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Amazing Scenery of Mahabaleshwar

Who thought this hill station will be so amazing? In these pictures, Mahabaleshwar is like Gods land.

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