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Taj Mahal in a day?

EK Glasgow
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Taj Mahal in a day?

Hi,

4 of us are staying at the Taj mahal hotel in Delhi an are also goin to the Taj Mahal itself. We have a driver and ideally would like to do it in a day. Our concern is it would be a long day for just one driver. Would it be safer/better to do this trip over two days? Is the best option to stay over or can you hire 2 drivers for your car?

Thanks

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1. Re: Taj Mahal in a day?

Drivers are used to driving from Delhi to Agra and back so it's not a problem, start early as there's a lot of traffic.

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2. Re: Taj Mahal in a day?

Its not such a long drive. With the new Delhi - Agra highway [Yamuna Expressway] now open, the drive will be very smooth and will take about 2 to 2.5 hours if you leave at about 7am [you will face traffic in the main city]. You don't need two drivers.

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3. Re: Taj Mahal in a day?

Thanks! Is that from the centre of Delhi? 2.5 hrs? I was under the impression it was 6/7 hours there and the same back!!?? Is that wrong?

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4. Re: Taj Mahal in a day?

Hi

we went on a day trip Jan 2012. Left our hotel in New Delhi at 7am. It was a four hour car ride with a short stop on the way for food. It was another 4 hours back. We only saw the Taj and went no where else (our decision) . It was a long day but was ok.

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Hi

just a thought to my earlier post if you have the time to stay over in Agra l would probably take that option.

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6. Re: Taj Mahal in a day?

Hi Jordan,

It usually takes 4-5 hrs by car, get an Innova jeep which is more comfortable & flexible for 4 persons traveling together, you should start early in the morning to avoid bad traffic or else If you have couple of days time for an overnight stay which is also a good idea & Taj-Mahal is worth to see at sunrise.

Raja Burza

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7. Re: Taj Mahal in a day?

Jordan - we are doing the same trip but we are going to drive to Agra in the evening from Delhi, stay overnight in Agra and see the Taj in the morning and again at sunset. We will then drive back to Delhi in the evening and stay overnight in Delhi with a small tour of Delhi in the morning before our flight back to Goa.

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Hello Jordan,

You must leave delhi by 4 am to 4:30 am in the morning to avoid delhi traffic and should reach by 7 am 7 :30 am by new yamuna express way.

While come back if you leave by 6 pm from agra you would reach delhi by 8:30 pm or 9 pm by which traffic rush would have been over ,hence travelling time should not cause a problem for you

Since early morning its not crowded you can spend 1-2 hrs in taj mahal and visit Agra fort Just opp to taj Mahal and Fathepur Sikri (22 miles from Taj) same day .

As driver to book Toyota Innova for you which would be a comfortable ride for 4 of you.

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9. Re: Taj Mahal in a day?

No need to hire 2 drivers for this trip one car with the same driver is fine.It is possible to do a trip to Agra in 1 day...but is going to be hectic..traveling will consume lot of time at least 10 hours ....very less time to admire the sites in Agra...a night is highly suggested if possible.

Another option is by train called Shatabdi Express which leaves Delhi at 6 am same train returns back to Delhi.Starts from Agra at 20 hours in evening each way is 2 hours journey...u get plenty of time to explore Agra.

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Rashidagraindia

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10. Re: Taj Mahal in a day?

While you can do the trip in a day, and since the distance is just 204 km, one driver can manage. However you would get to see the monument sometime between 10 and 3 pm assuming you leave by about 6am and want to drive back in daylight. This is when it is most crowded and the light not great for the best views.

So it would make sense to spend a night to view the Taj by early morning or late evening from across the river.

It does become a long day which ever way you do it within a day.

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