So when ought to one go to Taj Mahal and Agra? The reply is now! From November to March is one of the best time to go to town and we determined to discover town ourselves in an ever-beautiful BMW 3-Sequence, good to go with the persona of Taj Mahal. Nevertheless, our journey had a twist! Delhi is linked to Agra through two roads – one is the previous Nationwide Freeway 2 passing by means of Faridabad and Mathura. Whereas the opposite is the brand new Taj Expressway completely constructed to attach the capital to Agra through Noida.
BMW 3-Sequence 320d Version Sport exterior. (Picture: Arjit Garg/Cars18.in)
For our readers, we travelled on each the roads connecting Delhi to Agra with a view to perceive which is the higher street and why it is best to take it? As stated, accompanying us on the journey was the driving force’s delight BMW 320d Version Sport. Right here’s our travelogue from Delhi to Agra and what street it is best to take – NH2 or Yamuna Expressway!
We began our journey from India Gate in Central Delhi and completed at Taj Mahal in Agra. For our onward journey, we took the previous NH2 passing by means of Faridabad and Mathura. The freeway is 205 km lengthy and it took us virtually 5 hours to finish the journey. A lot of the freeway is below building and has a whole lot of route diversions. NHAI is constructing a six-lane freeway connecting Delhi to Agra through NH2, leading to a whole lot of building work.
Delhi to Agra NH2 vs Yamuna Expressway comparability. (Picture: Google Maps)
On the flip aspect, the Yamuna Expressway is the brand new route specifically constructed to attach Delhi to Agra. Our return journey was by means of the Expressway, which is 221 km lengthy. Nevertheless, it took us simply 3.5 hours to finish the entire journey. The expressway is a well-built six-lane freeway that begins after Larger Noida and finishes in Agra. The street is supremely constructed with concrete and has fencing on the each side to cease animals from crossing the street.
Accompanying us on the journey was the competent BMW 320d Version Sport, which left us mighty impressed with its dealing with, mileage, drive-ability and punchy diesel motor. The Version Sport variant of 3-Sequence 320d is priced at Rs 40.20 Lakh (ex-showroom) and comes powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine producing 190 horses and 400 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed Steptronic Sport Computerized Gearbox.
BMW 3-Sequence 320d Version Sport on Yamuna Expressway. (Picture: Arjit Garg/Cars18.in)
The engine is grunty sufficient for an excellent freeway run, and occasional pace run on a barren street like Expressway felt enjoyable. To assist the driving dynamics had been the 4 drive modes – Consolation, Eco Professional, Sport and Sport with out TCS. We particularly appreciated the Eco Professional mode that saves a whole lot of gas by means of the Regenerative Braking System. Dealing with is the most important USP of the BMW 3-Sequence and so is the journey high quality that makes the 3-Sequence feels at dwelling, even on damaged roads, which one can find in abundance on NH2.
Options like a sunroof, LED headlights, LED Fog lights, rain sensors, 2-zone local weather management, steering mounted gearshift pedals, iDrive with 16.5 inch coloration show, cornering brake management, TCS, idle begin/cease on the BMW 3-Sequence made the road-trip to Agra a memorable journey. We even obtained a 15+ gas mileage (BMW claims 22.69 kmpl mileage).
BMW 3-Sequence 320d Version Sport cabin. (Picture: Arjit Garg/Cars18.in)
Issues to do
Whereas in Agra, do go to the next places-
Taj Mahal – The apparent alternative of individuals touring to Agra from world over must be the mighty Taj Mahal.
Mehtab Bagh – Situated reverse Taj Mahal throughout the river Yamuna is the attractive Mehtab Bagh, providing a panoramic view of the Taj.
Agra Fort – Earlier than Delhi, Agra was the capital of the Mughal Empire and Agra Fort was the place from the place Akbar operated his empire. Later, Aurangzeb captured his father and maker of Taj Mahal – Shah Jahan in the identical fort. One can view the majestic Taj from right here.
Sikandra – The place the place Akbar’s tomb is positioned.
Guru ka Taal – An enormous and exquisite Sikh shrine (Gurudwara) close by Sikandra.
Panchi Petha – One of the best store in Agra to purchase the native candy delicacy referred to as Petha. There are a 100 varieties to select from.
Taj Ganj – The native market within the neighborhood of Taj Mahal is filled with rooftop cafes providing a splendid view of the Taj, whereas consuming meals. There are various retailers promoting souvenirs to those that wish to take dwelling a reminiscence of the Taj.
Fatehpur Sikri – A small city positioned close to Agra, Fatehpur Sikri is legendary for Buland Darwaza. The massive Mughal-styled door is the doorway for Jama Masjid.
BMW 3-Sequence 320d Version Sport earlier than reaching Taj Mahal. (Picture: Arjit Garg/Cars18.in)
Which Route is one of the best?
As stated above, our objective was to discover a higher route to succeed in Agra and are available again, with out a lot of a problem. This is a comparability between each the routes-
Yamuna Expressway is quicker and saves at the least 1.5 hrs when in comparison with the NH2. The street can be wider with a correct 6-lane width all through the freeway and is safer as no animals can cross the street. On each the aspect of the freeway are lush inexperienced farms providing scenic views.
Nevertheless, the Expressway has its personal set of negatives. Since it’s surrounded by open fields, dense fog engulf the freeway in winters, inflicting accidents every so often. Additionally,
the street is cemented and may result in tyre burst if correct air strain isn’t maintained. The main downside, nevertheless, is the heavy toll tax, restricted meals joints, petrol pumps and restore retailers, that may be problematic in case of emergency.
BMW 3-Sequence 320d Version Sport getting washed. (Picture: Arjit Garg/Cars18.in)
Nationwide Freeway 2
When in comparison with the Expessway, the NH2 has sufficient petrol pumps, roadside eating places, and restore retailers. The toll tax can be much less and it can save you atleast 30 kms on the clock. Nevertheless, the freeway is below building and has a whole lot of diversion inflicting delay within the journey. One has to cross by means of numerous cities, resulting in altercations with cycles and bullock-carts. Loads of animals additionally cross the street.
BMW 3-Sequence 320d Version Sport aspect exterior. (Picture: Arjit Garg/Cars18.in)
Issues to Bear in mind
Whereas touring in the direction of Agra from Delhi, listed below are a couple of pointers, one can consider to have a trouble-free expertise –
Costly toll tax – Do carry a whole lot of money because the toll tax is heavy on the Expressway. A spherical journey will set you again by at the least 700 bucks and the cardboard machine doesn’t work the entire time.
Tyre strain – The street is manufactured from concrete and most pace is 110 (which is straightforward to take care of), tyres do warmth up relatively simply. It’s advisable to have the proper tyre strain.
Over rushing – The street is laid completely, has no site visitors and no animals, it’s straightforward to get carried away and pace irrationally. Do keep your pace limits and drive fastidiously.
Fog – Because the Expressway has empty land on each the edges, fog is an enormous difficulty throughout winters. Attempt to not begin too early, or return too late.
Summers – Agra is simply too scorching in summers, with temperature exceeding 45 levels. Attempt to keep away from peak summers.
Someday return – Someday return journey from Delhi to Agra is feasible. If climate permits, begin at 6 within the morning, attain by 10. Go away Agra by 6 and attain Delhi again by 10 at night time. You’re going to get 8 hours in Agra to go to every thing.
Taj Mahal as seen from Mehtab bagh. (Picture: Arjit Garg/Cars18.in)
To sum all of it, the journey to Agra was a memorable one, due to the attractive and competent automobile like BMW 3-Sequence. Our suggestion is, it doesn’t matter what – take Yamuna Expressway to Agra and do go to Taj Mahal by street. The majestic website of Taj on the banks of Yamuna is a sight to behold!