India’s most popular tourist package is the Delhi-Agra-Jaipur triangle, taking about a week. This tour not only covers some of the country’s top attractions but also gives a whiff of India’s downsides of crowds, noise, dirt, poverty and chaos.
Delhi’s main sights include the imposing Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque, Qutb Minar minaret and Humayun’s Tomb, as well as New Delhi.
In Agra the attraction is not only a visit to the Taj Mahal but also to Agra’s Red Fort which is surpisingly large and interesting – surprising until you know that the fort was also built by Shah Jahan.
Jaipur in Rajasthan is home to four major attractions, the City Palace complex, the awesome facade of the Palace of the Winds and the fascinating Jantar Mantar Observatory, an astronomic sculpture park and the hilltop Amber Fort just outside the city that is frequently reached on elephant-back.
Some tours also include a visit to the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri or to Bharatpur, a popular bird sanctuary.
There are two ways to see the Taj, travelling individually or signing up for some kind of tour package, big or small. Tours range from a private car with personal guide or traveling in a group.