Architectural marvels speaking history, halls of fame, tombs that made a mark in the world, the local traditions, and last but not the least, the food – All of these in just 120 hrs.
It’s definitely not a relaxed trip as we had a time constraint. Our focus remained only on the must-visit places in Delhi, Amritsar and Agra. So, if you are looking for something similar, then this might be helpful 🙂
It was a 9 day trip including Jaipur. As mentioned in my previous blog, we stayed for almost 4 days in Jaipur and the rest was in Delhi, Agra and Amritsar.
Delhi > Agra > Jaipur > Delhi > Amritsar > Delhi
You could also plan a different route, given the same 5 day constraint. This majorly includes Delhi > Dehradun-Haridwar-Rishikesh-Jim Corbett > Delhi
We stuck to Amritsar as we had Wagah border on our priority list 🙂
Places to visit in 120 Hrs
It’s a place welcomed by the Sikhs, Gurudwars, and good food. One day would be enough to explore the main places in Amritsar.
One night travel from Delhi ( ~700 km)
Places to visit
- Wagah Border
Adrenaline rush that you tend to have after you watch the popular evening parade at this India-Pakistan border is commendable. If you are in Amritsar, this can’t be missed. It’s just around 30 min drive from the city and totally worth the visit.
Also, make sure you reach there at-least by 3 pm if you want to witness the 5 pm parade so that you won’t be lost in the crowd.
Evening ParadeIndia and Pakistan Gates at the Wagah-Attari Border
As the dusk sets in, flags flaunt their beauty
- Golden Temple
A Gurudwar that stands amidst a huge pool of water is a architectural masterpiece and a pristine pilgrimage. If you can manage to visit this place in the night (open till 10 pm), you get to see the place flaunting all its glory in the form of lights.
Golden Temple Entrance
A Closer View of the Golden Temple
- Jallianwala bagh
Though I couldn’t manage to visit this place as my train reached Amritsar almost 6 hrs late (Indian Railways – Never Trust them ) , you need to visit this place to see the terrifying remains (bullet marks on the wall) of the 1919 massacre.
Hosting one of the seven wonders of the world, this place attracts many tourists. This was 1 day trip but it turned out to be too hectic. If you are not ready to such a vigorous day, plan your stay in Agra.
It’s a 5 hr drive from Delhi and there are few places you can visit on your way to Agra. We headed to Jaipur after visiting Agra. Ensure that you start super early from Delhi if you want to cover these in a day.
Places to Visit
Known as the place where Lord Krishna spend his childhood, this place has a unique vibe attracting not only Indian devotees but also foreigners across the world. This would be right on your way to Agra from Delhi.
Visit the renowned Banke Bihari temple and also, if you are a foodie, do check out the food stalls in the temple street which sell delicious milk sweets.
This place looks best during Holi (mid-March) . If you are planning to stay in Agra and interested in exploring temples, then do visit Nandagaon and Govardhan.
Known to be the birth place of Krishna, this is another holy temple which you could visit on your way. Don’t forget to taste Rabdi and Lassi in Mathura 🙂
Renowned for the impeccable beauty – Taj Mahal.
North Gate of Taj Mahal
- Fatehpur Sikri
This is around 36 km from Agra and flaunts the most magnificent sand-stone structures with a blend of Mughal and Hindu architecture.
Buland Darwaza, Jama Masjid and the Royal palace are the places to cover here.
Buland Darwaza ( with my parents 🙂
This has to be atleast a trip for 3 days as there are way too many historical places to visit in Delhi. Considering the Delhi traffic, you might want to relax a bit and consider adding one more day and make it a 4 day trip.
- Red fort
Frankly, this is something which you can just view it from outside instead of venturing in as I couldn’t find much to explore after I entered inside.
Red fort ( Outside View )
Red fort ( Inside Gate View )
- Jama Masjid
This is right opposite Red fort and both of these could be visited in the same day.
- Paranthe wali gali
If you want to satisfy your hunger with some delicious mouth-watering paranthas, then this street which is close to Red fort needs to be visited
- Qutub Minar
I initially had a feeling that this place is not so great in terms of architecture as per the pictures that I saw. However, all my assumptions are busted when I saw the intricate details of the red-stone inscriptions on the monument. Definitely, a must visit.
Qutub Minar – A Blend of Mughal and Hindu ArchitectureQutub Minar – A Blend of Mughal and Hindu Architecture
- Humayun’s Tomb
Another Mughal architecture marvel
- India Gate
The view of the road connecting India gate and Rastrapathi Bhavan is something which I loved.
- Rashtrapati Bhavan
If you want to visit Rashtrapati Bhavan , you can book your tickets online and this is the link which includes all the details about it 🙂
- Akshardham Temple
It is more like an experience rather than a temple. The detailed stone carvings of the current era, the laser show and the puppet shows (used to describe the history of Lord Swaminarayan) leave you amazed.
Also, though this is a picturesque place, this is a no photography place 😦
- Most of these monuments have one holiday during the week. Plan accordingly or else you end up wasting your time
- You will be surrounded by many tourist guides saying that they will show you around and explain the history. Not all of them are genuine and not all places require one.So choose one if required
- If you are travelling in Delhi, travelling by Metro would be the best choice considering the crazy traffic and pollution
You can plan your stay in Delhi for all the 5 days so that it would be easy for you to travel to Amritsar / Agra.
Hope you enjoyed reading it 🙂
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