just 6 days in INDIA where to go
Replies: 13 - Last Post: May 19, 2012 1:16 AM Last Post By: musafir
May 12, 2012 1:31 PM
just 6 days in INDIA where to goI can just be 6 days in India, in July (I know it is not the best month to go;))...I know it is a small time but what do you recommend me to see...Delhi and Varanasi, or Delhi and Jaipur or something else...I thinking to go with plain from towns to save time.
man it is hard to make decision ;-))
May 12, 2012 7:33 PM
May 12, 2012 8:53 PM
May 13, 2012 12:44 AM
May 13, 2012 3:14 PM
5I definitely second the suggestion to go to Amritsar over Agra. Amritsar is fantastic. If you're desperate to see the Taj you can visit on a day trip from Delhi, not ideal but fine. Agra Fort is very similar to the Red Fort in Delhi and the rest of Agra is just a congested, grey city with rather pushy salesmen. The best photos from my trip are from the Golden Temple, the Punjabi people there are warm and kind and you will be welcomed in a way that you won't be in Jaipur or Agra because they see so many thousands of tourists. Whilst you're up there, you can also go to Wagah to the border ceremony which is fun. Personally, I'd combine Delhi-Amritsar and somewhere north of Delhi like Haridwar or Rishekesh where you can get the religious vibe/ghats. (I haven't been to either place but they sound like they offer some similar attractions to Varanasi). If you have the budget to fly then domestic flights are really cheap so take advantage of that.
I don't really 'get' the 'Golden Triangle' thing (Delhi/Agra/Jaipur)- much as I loved all of those places or what they have to offer, it's a golden triangle of Mughal architecture and big cities, not any kind of microcosm of northern India.
Varanasi is also amazing, but only go if you're sure you want an earthy experience and you love street life, getting lost in alleyways and the religious angle- I was amazed how many people just didn't love it the way I did. I knew instinctively that I'd love it and I did, so read up lots beforehand.
May 13, 2012 4:31 PM
May 13, 2012 9:52 PM
May 14, 2012 4:27 AM
May 15, 2012 5:52 AM
9"Agra Fort is very similar to the Red Fort in Delhi and the rest of Agra is just a congested, grey city with rather pushy salesmen. The best photos "
Really, Agra Fort is far superior to the Red Fort and there are several other things to see in and around the city.
I strangely didn't find the sales pitch too bad in Agra though I was expecting the worst maybe I'm getting immune though.
Edited by: cyberhippie
May 15, 2012 9:29 AM
10if you find you HAVE to go to Agra then you can always get the express train early in the morning (6am-ish) from New Delhi, have a look around then get the express train back in the evening, rest the night, then get the train the next day, or you can continue straight on to Amritsar overnight. Its a damn busy day but you'll sleep well on the overnight train.
Edited by: David_K
May 15, 2012 8:38 PM
11I spent last night in Agra, found a nice cycle rickshaw guy (Salim), and managed to pack quite a bit of stuff in without wearing myself out (baby taj, the garden where you can watch the sunset over the Taj, then the Taj in the morning, then the Fort). I really enjoyed it and there are almost no western tourists at the moment, for those who care about that sort of thing - you know those pics you always see of the Taj with a few thousand people walking along the promenade? For loooong periods of time there wasn't a single person walking there. So, as long as you don't mind million degree heat this seems like a good time to go. I'm glad I did, my aunt told me I couldn't go to India twice and still not have seen the Taj, and she was right. And I didn't find the touts etc any more aggressive than anywhere else. Stayed at the Sheela, which was nice enough and had a lovely garden which is always a plus for me.
May 18, 2012 6:38 AM
12Cyberhippie, you're right, I was being a bit flippant and Agra Fort is indeed better than the Red Fort but it's a similar style so either would be a good taster for Mughal architecture. IThe OP can always go back one day. I can't even say I explored Agra properly, but I did find the touts not neccesarily more aggressive but they weren't as much fun to barter with, took themselves far more seriously and were sneakier.
But my point is that someone could schedule 2 or 3 or even 4 full days in Agra (first time planners to India always suggest this then get told not to), and with only 7 days in India, it's just not where I'd choose to spend such limited time. Also, I'm a fan of variety, especially on a first trip to a country- I don't think Delhi + Agra equals much variety, that's all.
May 19, 2012 1:16 AM
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