We will stay at a hotel next to the Delhi airport on Mon and Wed nights. We are staying at a Agra hotel close to the Taj Mahal on Tue night. We plan on using a driver/car and the new Expressway to cut travel time.
A few options:
1. Go to 2 sites in Delhi on the way to the Expressway (Kutub Minar, Bahai/Lotus Temple) then on to Agra shortly after lunch. See Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri sites on Tue late afternoon then see Taj on Wed am. Drive back to Delhi and see other sites (Akshardham Temple, Laal Kila) on Wed late afternoon. Is the traffic so heavy in the afternoons both directions that we will lose too much time?
2. Tour all 4 sites in Delhi on Tue, then drive to Agra on Tue evening, go to the Taj and other Agra sites Wed day then drive back to Delhi on Wed evening. Is it possible to see all 4 sites in Delhi in a single day? Would it be too late to drive to Agra?
3. Tour Akshardham Temple, Laal Kila in Delhi on Tue, then drive to Agra on Tue late afternoon, go to the Taj and a few other sites in Agra Wed then drive back to Delhi on Wed after lunch to see Kutub Minar and Bahai/Lotus Temple. Is it possible to see main Agra sites in 4-5 hrs?
Are we missing any important siteseeing locations in either city?
I would appreciate any feedback to make the most of our trip. Thanks.