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Old February 6th, 2019, 07:25 PM
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^^ Taj mahal is boring compared to Jaipur.. after 2 hours and couple photo clicks there is nothing to do.. Agra has nothing else to see.. unless you are doing Fatehpur Sikri too.. which is an hours drive if i recall correctly from my childhood days.

Jaipur has many monuments and some royal hotels/palaces where you can have great food.

Btw, you could, if interested, visit Golden Temple. Shatabdi round trip should be a day’s trip. But your not into temples.

— edit my bad.. shatabdi delhi amritsar is 6-8 hrs one way.. so definitely not a day trip.
We did one day in Jaipur and next day in Agra + fatehpur Sikri. Followed by 1 day in Delhi.
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Old February 6th, 2019, 07:56 PM
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i will post a few pix separately.
Here goes the first one. Used a zoom lens to click rashtrapati Bhavan from India gate (over 2 km away)



Full size is here.

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Since Delhi is my hometown, I have no clue abt the Air BnB scene but I am positive you will find really good/upscale properties in South Delhi (Defence Colony, South Extension, Kalkaji, Vasant Kunj etc.. All upscale areas. You can also look for properties in Gurgaon (although in Haryana but considered a Satellite city of Delhi) … This is a right time to visit since the weather is nice this time of the year.
now that, is some useful information! Presumably public transport is sketchy in upscale areas - how are uber/ola services?
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Re: Visiting Delhi...advise needed please!

Aashika, dont know how long since you been to India last. Get a simcard... the number of services that provide an OTP nowadays is enormous.
you can get one either at the airport after showing your passport (however activation time is 24 hours minimum and if it does not activate then you have to write off the 1000rs minimum you paid, difficult to go back to the vendor and ask for help in activation)
alternative is to get one using aadhar card of your relatives in India. Activation within 2-3 hours max...

prepaid market is booming. you get 1.5 GB per day of data usage and national calls free....
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Old February 7th, 2019, 05:18 AM
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Btw, April is kind of hot in North India.. so be careful.
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Re: Visiting Delhi...advise needed please!

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^^ Taj mahal is boring compared to Jaipur.. after 2 hours and couple photo clicks there is nothing to do.. Agra has nothing else to see.. unless you are doing Fatehpur Sikri too.. which is an hours drive if i recall correctly from my childhood days.

Jaipur has many monuments and some royal hotels/palaces where you can have great food.

Btw, you could, if interested, visit Golden Temple. Shatabdi round trip should be a day’s trip. But your not into temples.

— edit my bad.. shatabdi delhi amritsar is 6-8 hrs one way.. so definitely not a day trip.
Agra has the fabulous Agra fort . It is too good .
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Old February 7th, 2019, 07:09 AM
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Agra has the fabulous Agra fort . It is too good .
oh ya.. I forgot that.
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Re: Visiting Delhi...advise needed please!

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The whole family will be there; read 6 adults and 4 kids. Likes like Maurya is ruled out as getting 4 rooms and paying for lunch/dinner etc will add up quickly in places like these.
I am thinking Air bnb. Any suggestions? Have you stayed in Delhi before? It will be a week long stay.
A week in Delhi! Why?? You could as well spend that time breathing from a car exhaust.

If you have to be there for whatever reason, here's what I would recommend.

* Do the Agra, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri trip
* Go to the show in Gurgaon. There is a bollywood show, I forget the name, is pretty good.
* Dilli Haat is worth a trip
* Museums based on your liking
* Jaipur would be a good side trip

Alternatively, I would suggest spending more time in Simla and/or other hill stations closeby.
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Old February 7th, 2019, 08:48 AM
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A week in Delhi! Why?? You could as well spend that time breathing from a car exhaust.
Every metro is like that in India.. why blame Delhi alone? In India since the English media is based out of Delhi, they can't think or see 50 miles from their narrow sights.

check this site.. https://aqicn.org/map/india/ .. Kolkata is worse than Delhi, Bangaluru, Hyderabad are not far off either.
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Thank you so much! I am visiting end of April. I wanted to see India Gate, Red fort and Chandni chouk
I am not sure what else to do. I am still looking at guides.
I do love local food in any given place. So I am also on the lookout for that.
furthermore my suggestions would be Humayun's Tomb, Agrasen ki baoli, Lodhi Gardens, Lotus Temple .. You should also visit Dilli Haat (food and craft bazaar), Connaught Place (Janpath) for shopping (if you go there, try Nizam's Kathi Kababs) also Depauls @ Janpath and keventers for Milk Shake... Karim's in Old Delhi is a must visit food joint for Mughlai dishes (go to the one near Jama Masjid) … Also visit Pandara Road (lots of street food and restaurant options).. Food scene in Delhi is very vibrant.. Each popular joint boasts of a specialty dish.


Most of the 5 star hotels have excellent restaurants like any other city in India (depending upon your choice of cuisine)..

Delhi in April will be hot..
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Thank you. Somewhere down the line I am not too comfortable visiting the temples anymore. Maybe I will do one in the list! Thank you so much.
I will back Ashdukhy pai here and recommend Akshardham temple. It is expansive and unique. Liked it better than Taj when I did both on the same trip. Taj is good too, not trashing it. But Akshardham temple in Delhi is beautiful. Only note that you cannot take any leather stuff inside... that is what I was told. Had to leave belt, wallet, shoes, etc back in the car.
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I will back Ashdukhy pai here and recommend Akshardham temple. It is expansive and unique. Liked it better than Taj when I did both on the same trip. Taj is good too, not trashing it. But Akshardham temple in Delhi is beautiful. Only note that you cannot take any leather stuff inside... that is what I was told. Had to leave belt, wallet, shoes, etc back in the car.
I would agree about Akshardham. It is definitely a work of art. I have no idea who Swami Narayan is, but he sure has a lot of wealthy and artistic devotees.

Go to delhi to enjoy the desi food. Bukhara in Maurya is simply amazing!! I would rate it as one of the best restaurants in the world. Have the Sikandari Raan there. It is to die for.

Karims is also good too. Delhiites rave about Connaught place, but it's crappy. They probably like it out of nostalgia. Gurgaon has some good restaurants.
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^^ And give some time to Akshardham. Don't make it a rush job, visiting just the main temple. Give some relaxation time, walk around. There are some less crowded, beautiful areas of the temple... with some good art. And of course, eat some dosas and have coffee in the common grounds. Just laze around. Couple of hours and you will be completely satisfied and at ease.
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^^ And give some time to Akshardham. Don't make it a rush job, visiting just the main temple. Give some relaxation time, walk around. There are some less crowded, beautiful areas of the temple... with some good art. And of course, eat some dosas and have coffee in the common grounds. Just laze around. Couple of hours and you will be completely satisfied and at ease.
^^^ And don't carry any guns or grenades into the temple. It may be common to carry those at Gurudwaras in Kanneda, but Akshardham has tight security.
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now that, is some useful information! Presumably public transport is sketchy in upscale areas - how are uber/ola services?
uber/ola cabs are everywhere ... Just like any big metropolitan city.
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