India was incredible! I had honestly no idea what to expect, but everyone was so kind and I had no issues whatsoever. I saw some of the most incredible sights of my trip and met some very welcoming people as well. It was a fantastic stop and I definitely recommend you try and visit India at least once! I spent my day in India visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Taj Mahal – This feels like the most blaringly obvious recommendation of all time, but there you have it. It was incredible and so worth flying around the world for. It is just an indescribably beautiful building with an incredible story.
Agra Fort – I had no expectations for Agra Fort but it ended up being one of my favorite parts of the day! It was just such a cool structure with all of the different rooms and layers to the fort. It had an equally interesting history as well.
Baby Taj – I really enjoyed walking around the Baby Taj, though it does not take near as much time to see as the main sight in Agra. It is a beautiful building as well, though!
The official currency is the Indian rupee, but I had no problem paying by credit card.
I used Uber extensively in New Delhi to mixed results (mainly positive though once a driver did not show). Ola is popular and similar to Uber though I did not try it out. I used trains to go to and from Agra from New Delhi. The train system online can be a bit difficult to figure out but it is manageable. In Agra I had a guide as public transit is very difficult for tourists. I avoided public transit in New Delhi as well.
I flew Air India from Muscat, Oman (MCT) to New Delhi, India (DEL). I flew Kam Air from New Delhi, India (DEL) to Kabul, Afghanistan (KBL).
I had some yummy local Indian food (of course) during my time in Agra.
PLUGS / ADAPTERS
India uses European plug type C as well as plug types D and M.
US citizens require a visa to visit India. I did the eVisa system and had no problems with it. There was no line and the immigration officer was very nice. The eVisa was $75.
This was definitely a concern for me in India, but I ended up feeling fine. Yes, there were so many people everywhere. But everyone that I met was kind and respectful. If I didn’t want to buy something or found myself in a similar situation a simple no was all that it took. I definitely wouldn’t go walking alone at night, but I did not run into any issues during my time in India. I had a guide in Agra so that likely helped as well.
SHOULD YOU VISIT?
Yep! It is unlike anywhere else that I have been, that’s for sure! Many aspects of the country were beautiful yet others were desolate and it was so interesting to see just how large the contrast was. From the water buffalo wondering the streets to one of the most incredible buildings in the world, it is such a multifaceted country with lots of history that I definitely recommend you visit even if only to get a small taste of India.