Travel Bag: Traveling to India

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Back in 2011, I wrote this post - Dreaming of India.
It's one of those things that was simply a dream, but I am so excited and thankful that I will soon be traveling to India for a few short days on our way to Australia.

While preparing for this trip, I found this really helpful article with some tips for travelling to India.


Delhi to Agra
There are various tour operators that run day trips and overnight trips to Agra, but you can safely travel alone by taking the Shatabdi Express or the Taj Express. The train is the most reliable and fastest way to get to Agra. Trains leave in the early morning from Delhi, arrive in Agra roughly two hours later, and return late in the evening. *It is crucial for foreigners, and especially for foreign female travellers, to buy an AC 3-tier ticket. That is the equivalent of a first-class ticket; it includes a full dinner. You can do all the major sites in Agra in one day, but consider an overnight trip that allows a more relaxing pace.

What time to visit
It's more worth your time to avoid the crowds and visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise. However, if you’re not a morning person, time your visit for sunset and stay as long as you can.
A 30-minute night-viewing ticket of the monument is available five days every month, but instead book a room at one of the several hotels with a view of the Taj Mahal all night long.

Where to shoot
As soon as you enter the gates, several men claiming to have 300+ angles to shoot the building (and you) will appear at your side. Disregard them unless you somehow came without a camera.
Instead, follow the lead of all the photographers; the best shot with you in the picture will likely be from one of the benches right at the entrance of the south gate.
Sunset and sunrise are the most beautiful times of the day, when the natural colours cast a warm glow on the white marble. But you can also get a perfect reflection of the Taj Mahal in the pool if you set your camera on the ground and line it up with the base of the building. For a more unusual shot, ask your tour guide to take you to the back of the Taj, on the far shore of the banks of Yamuna or the Moonlight garden.

 

Hope these tips were helpful! If you have any tips of your own please leave them in the comments!
Photos via my Travel Pinboard

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  1. NIce blog.. I was looking something like this :) . well can any one suggest Tour Agency in India ? I am looking forward to Travel to India..

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