Plans are set and we’re pumped to head out on a six-day holiday to navigate Indian’s Golden Triangle: Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.
Yes, this is an one-hundred percent tourist adventure where we can expect hoards of people yet still ahead of summer vacation. Since we’ve arranged a dedicated driver w/Innova, we should be able to deviate the plan in a spontaneous manner as the need arises.
I’ve bolded/italicized those sites where I look forward to capturing some great images with an embedded link for those unfamiliar with the site. As usual, I struggle with what camera gear to bring knowing the KISS principle applies, i.e. Keep It Simple Stuart. :)) [D810, Tamron 15-30mm, Nikkor 24-70mm and Nikkor 70-300mm should do]
For those who know the Golden Triangle, what should we focus on, what should we skip, did we miss a site, what should we buy that’s special…
Leave your comment below. Thanks.
Day 1: Chennai-Delhi
Arrive Delhi from Chennai. Relax, recovery and get ready.
Day 2: Delhi-Jaipur
We focus our first tourist day on Old Delhi with these sites: Rajghat, Shantivan, Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Chandi Chowk. We’ve visited Delhi before yet no time allocated for Old Delhi as we checked out the many sites in the National Capital Region area. Playing catch-up here.
After sight-seeing, we drive 280 kms (5+ hours) to Jaipur the capital city for the state of Rajasthan. Jaipur is the “Pink City” for it’s 20 ft wall city with eight gates.
In the evening, we’re off to the ethnic village of Chokhidhani for a sit down dinner with entertainment.
Day 3: Jaipur
This will be a tourist day with bazaar shopping opportunities. Sites included Amber Fort, City Palace Museum, Janatar Mantar Observatory, Hawa Mahal – Palace of the Winds, Jauhari Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar and Nehur Bazaar.
Day 4: Jaipur-Agra
We leave first thing in the morning for a drive to Agra stopping at Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted red-sandstone city. Another 24o km roadtrip around 5+ hours.
As we arrive in Agra, we hope to catch the Taj Mahal at sunset (~18:27) from its backside, i.e. north across the river at Mughal Garden.
Day 5: Agra
Taj Mahal at sunrise (~06:25) and sunset (~18:28) with all the time in between as this is on the “bucket list” of millions. Have to take time and do it right. We’re sure there’ll be sufficient “bazaar” time for those special souvenirs.
Day 6: Agra-Delhi-Chennai
We pack up and head towards Delhi Airport 225 km away for flight back home to Chennai. Maybe there’ll be time for a great sunrise at Taj Mahal before we hit the road. Along the way, we stop at Agra Fort.
Viewer Poll on the Taj Mahal
Go ahead, don’t be shy. Now it the planning stages for a Bhutan adventure in September.