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Safe for Americans to travel to the Taj Mahal?

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Safe for Americans to travel to the Taj Mahal?

I am traveling on a ministry trip to Nepal this summer with a layover in India. We are considering staying in Delhi for a couple of days and taking a day trip from there to the Taj Mahal.

However, there are concerns about safety. We will have five American women on the trip. I'd like your input about the relative safety of this stopover.

Thanks very much for any opinions you can offer. Please be nice. :)

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1. Re: Safe for Americans to travel to the Taj Mahal?

There is no cause for concern about safety in either Delhi or Agra.

Delhi has lots to see; it is an ancient city, yet modern and vibrant too. You can easily spend 1-2 days here sightseeing.

Agra is 4.5 hrs drive from Delhi. You can also take the express train early in the morning (6:15 am) if you want a shorter journey (2 hrs + 1 hr to station, finding train etc).

Please post again on the thread if you need help with planning the trip.

Regards

Deepa

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2. Re: Safe for Americans to travel to the Taj Mahal?

I appreciate your concern for safety and Agra/Delhi locals here on TA could give you a good picture.

However, you should check up with your American embassy for information specific to Americans

http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/

I would also read the travel advisory given by USA about India …state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1139.html

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You should have no problems at all. Use common sense as you would in any large city anywhere and you should be fine. I would recommend that you not start you mission work and preach at people as that might start an argument or cause some tension. Other than that remember that India is a freedom loving democracy just like the USA. Hope you have a great trip.

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4. Re: Safe for Americans to travel to the Taj Mahal?

Ah, the formal travel advisories! If I read those I'd never leave my house! They are usually a very comprehensive cover your bottom mechanism for governments.

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5. Re: Safe for Americans to travel to the Taj Mahal?

I meant to type start mission work and preaching while at religious monuments of which the Taj Mahal is one

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6. Re: Safe for Americans to travel to the Taj Mahal?

@Deepa_Krishnan; I agree with your comment "There is no cause for concern about safety in either Delhi or Agra".

However, a travel advisory issued by a responsible government should not be brushed aside lightly. It contains specific practical information and tips especially on safety and women travellers. The purpose of a travel advisory is not to scare but to prepare accordingly for the travel.

Since, the subject forum post was on safety, I posted it in the best interest of the travelers.

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7. Re: Safe for Americans to travel to the Taj Mahal?

vs_hi,

I agree that when a government issues high severity warnings, such as an absolute "DO NOT TRAVEL" they should be taken into account.

However, many other warnings and advisories need to be taken with a big pinch of salt. That is of course, my personal opinion. I have followed the US Government advisories for the last 4 years and find it to be unnecessarily scare-mongering in nature. Again, a personal opinion; but to me it reads more like something designed to protect the state from lawsuits.

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8. Re: Safe for Americans to travel to the Taj Mahal?

Hi Carrie62...just curious to know what made you ask this question? Is there a travel advisory in place against travelling to Agra?

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9. Re: Safe for Americans to travel to the Taj Mahal?

Hi,

Nothing to worry about safety while you are n Delhi or Agra. to avoid confusion and do the tour in proper manner, better to plan in advance. as long as you all ladies, there a very nice safe accommodation in Delhi and Agra. also a trust Worthy guide/escort can help you much for pleasant tour. if you are in planed tour, nothing to worry about your accommodation, travel and sightseeing.

welcome

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10. Re: Safe for Americans to travel to the Taj Mahal?

I don't see any concern about Safety in Delhi and Agra. It's as safe as your home town as long as you carry commonsense. BTW any place is India is definitely safer than Nepal.

It's advisable that you hire a Toyota Innova for a day trip to Agra & Delhi. It will give you more flexibility than train and you can do much more with the limited time.

Vivek