So me and my friend (both mommies) were just done with our day to day life and desparatly needed a break. So after a long discussion and planning we decided Agra is a perfect place for a day getaway. Also we can’t trust our better halves to manage more than a day without us.
So why Agra? The sole reason was it was near to Delhi. It was our first trip without family so we were more cautious than ever. Everything was packed and we were ready to leave. We hired a cab Delhi-Agra-Delhi. We could have taken train but the timings didn’t suit any of us also the comfort of a cab is always there.
We left Delhi at 0800hrs after sorting out everything at home. All instructions were given to the maids, kids and out beloved Husbands (they needs more instructions than anyone else). We left from Faridabad and took the Agra Express Way and it was definitely a good route chosen. We stopped at a small Dhabha for tea break and started again. Reached Agra by 1115hrs. So as decided the legendary Taj Mahal was our first stop. Our chauffeur parked his car to a nearby place he knew and saved the parking money (smart chap). From there we took E- Rickshaw and headed towards Taj Mahal.
1145hrs we were inside Taj Mahal. As soon as we entered a group of men almost cornered us; nothing to worry they were guides asking to hire them for the tour. Anyways as a pro we dodged them and reached the ticket counter. INR 40 was the cost of the tkt and had to buy shoe covers as going inside without shoe covers is prohibited. And finally Taj Mahal it was; yes very beautiful. An architectural excellence made ages back still standing tall. Yes it is an experience when you see Taj Mahal. Took lots of pictures of the white beauty from outside and clicking inside the tomb is not allowed. It took more than 2hrs to take a complete round of the Taj Mahal and believe me in this scorching heat we were very much exhausted. Left Taj Mahal at 1430hrs.
We headed straight to a place called Thaliwala for our Lunch. A vegetarian restaurant with a gigantic Thali as there speciality. Without thinking much we ordered their special thali. 19 dishes were part of this thali. 7 gravies, 4 desserts, two types of Bread, Rice, Soup and Butter Milk. It can be easily shared among 3 pax. The quality and quantity was very good. Pocket Pinch was INR 700 for the thali.
Headed straight towards Agra Fort after our lunch. Build in 1573 the fort is spread over 94acre. You can see a lot of Bengal and Gujrat craftsmanship in the architecture of the fort. Almost 2hrs to cover the place. Beautiful architecture, the feel of Royalty and loads of walking is the part of Fort Visit. Now totally exhausted and drainage out we decided to checkout the famous Street Food in Agra. Next stop Chaat Gali in Sadar Bazar.
If you love Street Food this is the place you must visit. From the starting to the end it’s a drooling walk. Not very big but enough to satisfy your cravings. We tried Golgappey at a stall ; Golgappey were served with 5 types of Pani. For a Delhite it’s a dream come true. Then we tried Katori Chaat and it was lip smacking. We continued our hogging journey and next was Faluda Kulfi which was too good. Quantity and quality both justified the price we paid. We wanted to visit Sheros Cafe which is ran by acid victims, but time bounded us.
Finally the trip came to an end. Cab ready to take us back again. Two women totally drained out but happy as they had an excellent day out. So this is how we did our “A Day Trip to Agra”. I hope this may help you plan your day out.