WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP

Tripoto
9th Sep 2018
Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

I had spent almost a month of solo backpacking in Europe, exploring its mountains, fairy-tales villages, cobblestone streets, colorful houses, historic palaces, and much more.

Click Here To Read More About My Europe Adventures

Before even returning to India, I had made plans with my friends back home for a short trip from Delhi. I reached Delhi from Budapest on the morning of 9th September'18, and we still hadn't decided a place yet.

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP 1/4 by Ajita Mahajan
Playing this all day one day before
Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP 2/4 by Ajita Mahajan
A night before we had to leave

By night, we had already done thorough research of all the places we could visit and explore in the given 2-day time frame. And just when it started to seem that there won't be any plan, two of my friends took the initiative and finalized Gwalior and made the required bookings.

Phewww!! Finally, we were going to take this trip!!

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP 3/4 by Ajita Mahajan
Leaving for Gwalior. Yayyy!!!

Use This Link To Book With Prabha International - A Good Budget Hotel In Gwalior

We had to leave for Gwalior the next day early morning, so I had almost one day to rest and rejuvenate before going for the next trip.

HOW TO REACH GWALIOR FROM DELHI?

One of my friends had his car in the city, so we decided to self-drive from Delhi to Gwalior. Gwalior is around 330 km from Delhi, and if you take the Yamuna Expressway, it will take you about 6 hours to reach Gwalior. I would advise you to leave early morning to avoid city crowds.

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP 4/4 by Ajita Mahajan
Our Transport

Other options that you can consider are:

1. Self-Drive Rental Cars, like Zoomcar, EasyRentCars, Myles, Avis, etc.

2. You can take a bus from Delhi. It will take you around the same time. Make your booking through Redbus

3. Or book a train from Delhi to Gwalior using the official IRCTC website

It took us almost 3 hours to reach Agra from Delhi where we made a quick stop for breakfast at a funky hostel. And from Agra, it took us another 3 hours to reach Gwalior.

PS: We had decided to stop in Agra on our way back. You can do the other way too!

EXPLORING GWALIOR

GWALIOR FORT

Day 1

We reached Gwalior around 2:00 pm. After a quick nap and freshening up, we left for Gwalior Fort. Since it was almost evening, instead of hiking up the fort, we decided to take our car to the top to save some time. But I'm pretty sure that hiking must be a great experience - enjoying every part of the fort as you walk up.

TIP 1: If you are planning to take your vehicle up to the fort, navigate to Urvai gate where you'll find a dedicated parking spot. Do not get swayed by the people at the main Gwalior gate who might offer you to show the right direction and get paid for almost nothing.

Trust your google maps!

Photo of Gwalior Fort, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India by Ajita Mahajan

Parking Lot in Urvai Gate

Photo of Gwalior Fort, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India by Ajita Mahajan

Find food inside the Urvai Gate - Our lunch for the day!

Photo of Gwalior Fort, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India by Ajita Mahajan

The fort has two main parts - Man Mandir Palace and Gujari Mahal. Enter the fort through Hathi Pol and be welcomed by glazed blue and brown tiled ochre walls.

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

Hathi Pol

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

City Views after you enter Hathi Pol

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

Continue to the lower level rooms, and you'll see the dark dungeons where people were held captive and tortured.

Open Hall that lead to dark prisons

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

Intricate Carvings

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

Intricate Structures

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

Stairs that lead to the prison

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

Cell where other Rajput kings were kept

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

As you step out of the prison rooms, walk to the Johar Kund, where the Rajputani ladies used to perform mass Sati if their king lost a battle.

Walking to the Jauhar Kund

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

Jauhar Kund

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

Jauhar Kund

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

Three storeyed cenotaph behind the Jauhar Kund

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

Three storeyed cenotaph behind the Jauhar Kund

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

Jauhar Kund as seen from the Cenotaph

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

Unfortunately, we didn't have enough time to explore Gujari Mahal as it was already the closing time.

View of Gujari Mahal from top

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

GURUDWARA DATA BANDI CHHORH

After touring the fort, we went to the nearby Gurudwara Sri Data Bandi Chorh which also has strong historical links.

HISTORY OF THE GURUDWARA

Once, when the Mughal ruler, Jahangir, fell sick, he was suggested that a religious person, specifically Shri Guru Hargobind Singh Ji, needs to pray for his wellness in the Gwalior Fort. Jahangir asked Guru Ji to stay in the fort and pray for him. Given his good relations with the emperor, Guru Ji agreed to it. During his stay in the fort, Guru Ji met 52 Rajput rulers who were captured by Jahangir and tortured in the fort.

Days passed, and Jahangir got unwell again. This time his wife was told that the emperor is holding a holy man as captive, and they need to release him for the well-being of the whole empire. Jahangir ordered for Guru Ji's release, and that's when Guru Ji put a condition that he will leave the fort only if the emperor agrees to release the 52 arrested kings along with him.

Jahangir agreed to Guru Ji's condition stating that only the rulers who'd be able to hold Guru Ji's veil would get released. So, all the 52 Rajas held Guru Ji's veil as he walked out of the fort. And that's how the name came to be - Bandi (Prisoner) Chhorh (Release).

We stayed in Gurudwara for some time - paid our respects and ate Langar, before heading back to the hotel.

Photo of Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhod, Purani Chhawani, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India by Ajita Mahajan

The next day, we ate Gwalior street food for breakfast before starting our journey back to Delhi. On our way back, we made a stop in Agra to see Taj Mahal, the unbeatable beauty of India.

EXPLORING AGRA

Day 2

THE TAJ MAHAL

It has been in my list for quite some time now, that I had to visit one of the wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal.

We got a little late in leaving from Gwalior, and it was almost 4 pm when we reached Agra. By this time the weather had cooled down a bit, and it wasn't as hot which made exploring the place easier for us - so getting late was, in fact, a blessing in disguise.

We took the West side entrance and parked our car there. It was around a-20 minute walk from the parking lot to the main entrance gate.

TIP 2: Try to park your vehicle in the dedicated parking spot of the Taj Mahal premises. It is cheaper and more reliable.

TIP 3: It is generally suggested to take the East side entrance because it is less crowded. But depending on the day of the week and time of the day, you can also take the West gate. For us, we didn't have to wait in a long queue primarily because it was a Tuesday evening.

Path that led to the Taj Mahal from the West Parking Lot

Photo of Taj Mahal Garden, Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ajita Mahajan

Carriages on the way

Photo of Taj Mahal Garden, Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ajita Mahajan

Tuk Tuks on the way

Photo of Taj Mahal Garden, Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ajita Mahajan

As you enter from the West Gate, you will see a red sandstone building, known as the Fatehpur Begum. It serves as the main entrance, and as you walk through it, you'll have your first look of the Taj Mahal.

Fatehpur Begum

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

Fatehpur Begum Gate

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

First View of Taj Mahal

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

First complete view of the Taj Mahal

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

Walk around and click lots of pictures.

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

Head to the sacred tomb after that. Wear the throw-away shoe covers that you must have received at the ticket counter before joining the queue that leads you inside the hall. Keep in mind that photography is restricted there, so try to take in every moment as you walk through it.

TIP 4: As you walk towards the Taj Mahal from the parking area, you'll see many vendors trying to sell you the shoe cover for a price a little higher than what you'll get inside, so keep that in mind, just in case you get inclined towards buying it from them. It costs 5 INR for a shoe cover at the counter.

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

Be greeted by views of the river Yamuna as you walk out of the hall.

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

Spend some time appreciating the architecture, and gardens of the Mahal before heading back.

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

Find interesting spots for clicking pictures

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

Stairs to the Gardens

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

The Mosque Of Taj Mahal

Photo of WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM DELHI – THE DELHI – GWALIOR – AGRA ROAD TRIP by Ajita Mahajan

AGRA STREET FOOD

After Taj Mahal, we made a stop at Sadar Bazar Agra, for the much-known street food of the city. We tried food from many stalls and ate to our heart's contentment.

Do get yourself the famous Petha (an Indian sweet) packed from Panchi Petha before you leave.

Street food of Agra at Sadar Bazar

Photo of Sadar Bazar, Sadar Bazar, Agra Cantt, Idgah Colony, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ajita Mahajan

Enjoying our Falooda Kulfi

Photo of Sadar Bazar, Sadar Bazar, Agra Cantt, Idgah Colony, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ajita Mahajan

________________________________________________________________

Almost 8 pm by now, we had a 3-hour journey ahead of us before we reached back home. We just had to be a little careful of not dozing away after all the food that we had at Sadar Bazar.

Be the first one to comment