First time I did visit some new places in India where I was never been before and experienced a lot newer while traveling solo. My destinations were Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur, Ajmer and Udaipur under the States of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. I can tell it as a historic, royal and memorable trip, which mixed with many religious values too. Among many old forts, palaces, monuments and shrines, the’ Stunning’ Taj Mahal in Agra made me totally amazed and speechless and the romantic and lake city Udaipur holds my moments beautifully in all ways.
- 1 My Solo Trip in India with Some New Experiences
- 2 Delhi
- 3 On The Way to Agra
- 4 Agra, Uttar Pradesh
- 5 Fatehpur Sikri
- 6 On The Way to Jaipur
- 7 Jaipur, Rajasthan
- 8 Ajmer, Rajasthan
- 9 Back to Jaipur
- 10 On The Way to Udaipur
- 11 Udaipur, Rajasthan
- 12 On The Way to Delhi
- 13 Back to Delhi
- 14 My Last Day in Delhi
My Solo Trip in India with Some New Experiences
Every prior tour preparation simplified by my tour agent. And so I get much time to explore and can find some time for my regular online job too. From India entire journey I made by the private tourists AC Car. Though it was exhausted sometimes for long distances, but actually enjoyed.
Oh! I was about to miss my Delhi flight from Kolkata as was late for boarding check-in. First time changed transit from Kolkata and so was a bit unaware. However, I did manage nicely at the last moments to start my travel with Air India to Delhi. Air India authorities were much cooperative and helped me to take my first entry in Delhi.
Beautiful Mughal Architect at Humayun’s Tomb
Well, I surprised many in India this time as basically no Bangladeshi girls do come for solo traveling, they are more comfortable with family or groups. However, trust me girls, traveling solo is more adventurous and fun. It will not leave you without learning something unknown always. Every journey every time teaches me new lessons to explore. I must say solo traveling has helped me a lot to build up my self-confidence to tackle any unaware situation. It is giving me unconditional happiness, what I was looking for long. 🙂
10 Days: Solo Trip in India
I welcomed myself in Delhi for the first-time……
Mr. Suresh Sharma (My driver for 10 days) dropped me at Citi International Hotel, Karol Bagh from New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport. I did stay three nights here. I chose this area as found most tourists do the same for proper communication system and near from the airport too. About selecting a hotel, I always give more importance to comfort, safety and pleasant Wi-Fi connectivity. Without a connection? No way 😉
In the afternoon started to explore New Delhi and first started with Qutub Minar and asked myself how tall it could be? 🙂 Then went to Lotus Temple and enjoyed the sunset at Humayun’s Tomb. I must say Mughal architects are amazingly beautiful. At the evening loved the beauty of India Gate and Parliament House area.
Sunset View from Humayun’s Tomb
At night had dinner from the hotel I stayed. I love trying local dishes and ordered some non veg with rice and salads, but was not satisfied with the taste if I compare with the cost. Aw..
Before sleeping, I was only thinking why the entry ticket fee is so high for foreigners if I go to a comparison with locals? By the way, in most tourist spots here, for locals, fees just 10 Rs and for foreigners 250 Rs!!! Huh!
Points to Be Noted
- All tourist spots in Delhi closed to visitors after evening [where entry tickets needed].
- No entry tickets needed to visit Temples, Mosques and Shrines.
- India Gate is always open for everyone.
- You can communicate in English everywhere in India, but knowing Hindi (Speaking) is blessings.
After a heavy breakfast (I liked) headed for Old Delhi and on the way took a visit at Laxmi Narayan Temple and the Shrine of Hazrat Nizam Uddin. And in Old Delhi made a historic visit at Red Fort and Jama Mosque. In between enjoyed trolling at the Chandni Chowk Market by Delhi Rickshaw and didn’t forget to taste street foods (I love) here. There was too high heat and couldn’t be without a water bottle. And yeah, how could I miss visiting Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi (Father of the Nation) Memorial?
Red Fort Diwan-i-Khas
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat
Street Food (Pineapple slices) Chandni Chawk Market, Delhi
Before leaving for Agra, after lunch, made a short visit at Connaught Place (This place reminded me Park Street in Kolkata) and the newly built beautiful Akshardham Temple.
Beautiful Akshardham Temple
One secret, should I share? How would be if you can visit some tourist spots as a local by managing local entry tickets? Just a fun, really? 😉
On The Way to Agra
It was an enjoyable road trip by the Yamuna Expressway to Agra. From the roadside found many constructions are going on in Noida, the industrial city. Thanks God, I can speak in Hindi otherwise it might be too boring for my driver to communicate, after all everyone loves their mother tongue. Afternoon Milk Tea from the roadside Dhaba was tasty and relaxing also. By night reached, and for one night stayed at Grand Hotel Agra in Agra Cantonment. Oh, couldn’t wait for next day’s Taj Mahal visit…
Dinner at Grand Hotel Agra
Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Good Morning Agra!
Did I really visit the Symbol of Love? I still can’t believe. Yes, I made that. The third day of my India trip I have first visited the wonders of the world, most beautiful Taj Mahal. Truly, I had no idea. It can be such attractive! Unbeatable Beauty! Here each and every footstep of mine was precious to me 🙂 It soothed my soul and eyes.
Happiness Overloaded at Taj Mahal
Well, I’ve liked my first camel cart ride also while entering for collecting the entry ticket for Taj Mahal. For SAARC countries, the tourist’s entry fee is 220 Rs.
Camel Cart Ride
I then visited Agra Fort from where saw the remote views of the Taj Mahal. Emperor Shah Jahan used to look at the Taj Mahal from here, when he had been imprisoned by his son, Aurangzeb.
Remote View of the Taj Mahal from Agra Fort
I did visit one Marble Crafts shop also where they have shown me different artistic works of white and colored marbles from various countries. The same work what have been used in building of Taj Mahal.
Beauty of Marble Crafts
After lunch went for Fatehpur Sikri in Agra, this beautiful red sandstone city built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Here must visit spots are Buland Darwaza, Akbar’s Palace Complex, the famous Dargah (Shrine) of Shaikh Salim Chishti and Fatehpur Jama Mosque.
Main Pillar of Diwan-i-Khas Akbar’s Palace Complex
Panch Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri
Points to Be Noted
- For visiting every spot you can get specific Guide and their guidance and don’t forget to offer some tips for that.
- You can hire a professional photographer who is effective as they can show the specific points/spots for taking well snaps outside the Taj Mahal area. No videography allowed with a digital camera.
- At Fatehpur Sikri, several scenes from the famous Hindi Film ‘Pardes’ shot and mostly popular for the beautiful song (Do Dil Mil…) by Sharukh Khan (Indian actor).
- Hindi Film actress Katrina Kaif visited the Shrine of Shaikh Salim Chishti several times for her movie’s success.
On The Way to Jaipur
After a long Agra explores in the afternoon left for Jaipur, Rajasthan. I was super tired during this time, and at night reached at Peppermint Hotel for three nights stay. This 3 star hotel is in Subhash Nagar, and I’ve loved all smart facilities at the first sight. Oh! Too exhausted, I had a good sleep….
Hello Pink City Jaipur!
I’ve liked the healthy and fresh buffet breakfast at Peppermint Hotel. I was impressed with the hospitality here. According to locals, pink color is a symbol of hospitality, and so they love to welcome their guests painted the whole city with this color.
Breakfast at Peppermint Hotel
First, I visited here the Hawa Mahal, the pink color and the artistic architects took my attention, and my guide told me this was the Jaipuri Pink (combination of yellow and pink) and afterwards found nearby all buildings with the same color and after that realized I’m in a pink city 🙂
Common Scenario in Rajasthan
Pink Beauty of Hawa Mahal
Mostly tourists here enjoy the elephant ride to visit the Amber Fort but I didn’t go for it. Here the old palace of Raja Man Singh, is the artistic one. The beauty of Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace) was extraordinary. I really loved the beautiful views of the Maota Lake and Garden from the top of the Amber/Amer Fort.
Elephant ride and Maota Lake Garden view from the top of the Amber Fort or Amber Palace
I visited Nahargarh Fort/ Tiger Fort too, this old fort became popular for the Hindi movie ‘Rang De Basanti’, several scenes were filmed here.
Nahargarh Fort [This spot became famous for ‘Rang De Basanti’ movie]
While coming back, enjoyed the remote beauty of the Jal Mahal (Water Palace) at the central part of the Man Sagar Lake from the roadside.
During lunch took Rajasthani Special Thali. Dal with the sour taste of cumin seed powder was too yummy. Then visited two handicrafts store, and they have shown me how they use vegetable colors for dyeing cloths, and this color will never fade. I bought some Jaipuri dresses and leather shoes.
Points to Be Noted
- Rajasthan is a cultural and colorful state and famous for paintings, art, handicrafts and artistic marble crafts.
- Mostly, locals do the business of marbles in Rajasthan.
- Entry Fee requires to visit Hawa Mahal Museum.
- Entry Fee requires to visit inside the Nahargarh Fort as well.
- In Jaipur from the old time in building architecture pink stone is used, and so it became pink city and also pink is a color of hospitality to them.
- In Rajasthan Elephant, is a symbol of ‘Good Luck’, Horse is a symbol of ‘Power’ and Camel is a symbol of ‘Love’.
- In Jaipur ‘Maharani Saree’ (very light in weight) is trendy and popular one for a woman.
It was very blessing being able to visit one of the most well known and historical Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti’s Holy Ajmer Sharif Dargah (Shrine). All over the world, Ajmer is mostly well known for this Holy Shrine. Spend some serene and peaceful time here and then give a quick visit at Ana Sagar, and it was just ok.
Ajmer Sharif Dargah
Back to Jaipur
After lunch from Ajmer, enjoyed the afternoon exploring at Peppermint Hotel. This hotel’s classy interior design will catch your attention. I just have passed relaxing hours at the rooftop swimming pool and lawn. It was quiet and charming and how could I miss some clicking here!!! 😉
Rooftop Peppermint Hotel
On The Way to Udaipur
After the breakfast, left Jaipur for Udaipur in Rajasthan. It was a long journey, but not tiring at all. New roads, new views and fresh mood, lol….. When was just near to Udaipur loved the awesome views of the Aravalli Ranges. And while my car was passing through the hilly roads, it reminded me the journey of my recent Bhutan trip. Somehow the world is round, and you find the similarity though for the first time you’ve been here. Interesting, right?
Good Afternoon Udaipur!
Yes, I had a warm welcome here…
I took an entry in the afternoon at Hotel Mahendra Prakash in Lake Palace road. The best thing I found about this hotel is that it is Haveli-Style (like home) Hotel. I can’t express how happy I have been there. I don’t know how did I pass my three nights there!! Oh, it was simply amazing, so royal and authentic… There is a beautiful lawn and swimming pool and also a massage room. I enjoyed sitting under the sky and using free Wi-Fi…
Hotel Mahendra Prakash
Beautiful Lawn at Hotel Mahendra Prakash
What a beautiful morning it was! Loved taking breakfast while enjoying Santoor music on the lawn. I then started exploring the Lake City Udaipur. From the roadside saw the beauty of Fateh Sagar Lake.
Breakfast Hotel Mahendra Prakash
I loved my time at Saheliyon Ki Badi, a beautiful tourist spot. I then went to the main attraction, the City Palace area where loved the crowd of many tourists and friendly gestures of locals around.
Saheliyon Ki Badi
I decided to go for Lake Pichola boating first from the City Palace and here made a visit at famous and stunning Jag Mandir Palace and Jag Mandir Garden. While boating, it was amazing to enjoy the superb view of the Lake Palace, the world-famous luxurious romantic hotel by Taj Group.
Beauty of Lake Pichola and Aravalli Hill
Jag Mandir Palace
Jag Mandir Garden
Luxurious Lake Palace Hotel
Here in Udaipur, I’ve tried Gujarati Thali special for lunch. I love Indian food 🙂
Afternoon back to hotel and enjoyed the rain and the sound of the rain drops from the room window. It seemed to me a fairy tale where I’m living in an old palace. Oh, I’ll really miss this Haveli….
Hotel Mahendra Prakash
Next day continued… Enjoyed working. Indeed, it was a lovely morning!!
How peaceful it was working here! [Hotel Mahendra Prakash]
I was overwhelmed after visiting the amazing nature of Sajjan Garh, Here, must-visit destinations are Sajjan Garh Biological Park and Sajjan Garh Palace (Monsoon Palace). I just loved the forest-like walkway before the entrance of the Monsoon Palace. This palace was so peaceful to me.
Sajjan Garh Walkway
Sajjan Garh (Monsoon Palace)
Just with Myself at Monsoon Palace
I then took Fateh Sagar Lake boating and spend some time at Nehru Park too. I again came back to the City Palace area. Here is also the old Jagdish Temple. However, I visited the City Palace and Museum. I can say now, finally I’m in love with old Artistic Architects. I just can’t believe no tools, no machines nothing was there that time, but how beautifully they designed all and how artistic they were! Kudos!
Fateh Sagar Lake
Beauty of City Palace
Mor Chowk at City Palace
Sheesh Mahal City Palace
Oh, seriously, I should not do much shop, from Agra and Jaipur, here in Udaipur, beautiful handicrafts and fancy outfits are available at a reasonable price. I loved shopping here.
At night had a dinner with my friend Hussain at Hotel itself, it was nice meeting him and I must say I first came to know about Udaipur from him only. Truly, I can describe the beauty of Udaipur as the ‘Beautiful Combination of Royalty and Nature’.
Hotel Mahendra Prakash Restaurant
Points to Be Noted
- City Palace Museum and Pichola Lake Boating Entry Ticket fees are same for all (locals and foreigners). I loved that. And for other spots, fees are reasonable, not that high.
- Safe and lovely destination where locals are friendly, smart and more artistic.
- Mostly all more comfort speaking English.
- Lake City Udaipur is also known as the Most Romantic Spot in India.
- Here mostly all architects painted with white color.
- In markets while shopping came to know about ‘Eco Saree’, made of bamboo and banana leaves and can be recycled to reuse. This can be sold again.
- Udaipur is famous movie spot too. Many old to new Hindi movies filmed here. However, mostly famous for James Bond’s ‘Octopussy’ movie. Several scenes from this movie filmed at Hotel Lake Palace, Jag Mandir, Monsoon Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola and Shiv Niwas Palace.
On The Way to Delhi
Oh! I had to say Good-Bye to Udaipur as morning, leaving for Delhi Again… It became a very awful lengthy journey from Udaipur to Delhi as stuck in a same place until prolonged for terrific traffic jam and reached Citi International hotel by 10 pm. But one sudden message from one of my oldest friends made me happy. Yes, we were about to meet after 15 years!!
Yes, I’m much familiar with India and Indian culture as studied from here (Bengaluru), and stayed. 🙂
Back to Delhi
Directly after breakfast went to Pinnacle Mall in Dwarka, sector 10. I enjoyed a cool time at Evergreen Sweets with my dear friend Putty. Later she took me to her home and don’t know how just time passed away and the evening came back to the hotel.
Indeed Evergreen Sweets 😉 [Pinnacle Mall]
My Last Day in Delhi
I started my solo trip in India on Sep 12, 2015 and it continued till Sep 22, 2015. At night came back Dhaka with sweet memories. I’ve realized life is beautiful with my unconditional love for traveling… Next where? 🙂
Here, all photos reserved by me (©nafisa_habib) and captured with iPhone 6 Plus, Nikon CoolPix P600 and Nikon D3100.
Next soon, coming with more details about must visit places in Delhi. Stay Tuned!
Do you enjoy solo traveling? Do you have any dream destinations to visit? Let’s share…