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Taj Mahal Tour vs. sight-seeing on our own

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Taj Mahal Tour vs. sight-seeing on our own

My family (5 adults, one infant) are planning to visit Delhi & the Taj Mahal in December. I've been looking at package 1-day tours that run about $100/adult (meals, but not entrance fees, included). Is this a better choice for novices than taking the train and touring the Agra area on our own? Are clean restrooms & restaurants easy to find in Agra? And are meals normally provided/available on the Shatabdi Express, or only as part of a tour? Any advice would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Taj Mahal Tour vs. sight-seeing on our own

You should hire a cab (for 5 +1) from Delhi. That will be convenient for you. Because, finding a rest room or similar is difficult in Agra, since you dont know about the place. I would suggest you for a night stay at Agra. It will be well within your budget. Otherwise, it might be tiresome due to logistics.

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Meals are provided in Shatabdii and Agra has many good restaurants where you can take lunch/snacks. What you can do is take Shatabdi to Agra and hire a car for Agra Site Seeing from Travel Bureau, they are very good and professional travel agency. You have pre paid taxis available at Agra Cantt Station also.

Taking a car for Delhi-Agra-Delhi for a day trip will be too long a journey and it will tire you out.

Regarding good clean toilets, you may use the toilets of Monuments/Cafes/restaurants etc. Other than that, finding good clean toilets may be a problem.

However, if you can stay for a night at Agra, then you can see some other nice places like Mehtab Bagh, Dayal Bagh, Chini Ka Roza etc. also.

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3. Re: Taj Mahal Tour vs. sight-seeing on our own

If you have time then an overnight stay in Agra is very much recommended to see the other monuments and Taj at sunrise. Agra is very popular tourist place due to three world heritage sites in this city.City has many hotels of different categories , many restaurants, travel agents and Transporters to give good service.

For group of five people 100US$ per person is quite high for day trip.You can arrange everything on your own which will be much cheaper then the rate you mentioned.

If you can't stay overnight due to shortage of time then a day trip by train Shatabdi to Shatabdi is very much recommended. You can get train reservation on line - www.cleartrip.com is very popular site. You can prebook a car in this city to pick you up from railway station and drop you back at station after tour.

Any other information you want you are welcome.

deepak

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4. Re: Taj Mahal Tour vs. sight-seeing on our own

Thank you all so much!

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5. Re: Taj Mahal Tour vs. sight-seeing on our own

Taj mahal one day trip is advisable by Shatabdi Express which saves time and offers food.

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