As I’ve heard of India over the years, thoughts of inaccessibility have immediately came to mind. I actually researched how feasible it’d be for me to take a wheelchair accessible trip to India about six years ago, but it looked incredibly tricky. And finding wheelchair accessible transportation in India seemed impossible. As I said, it was about six years ago when I looked into it and luckily, accessibility has improved since then thanks to Enable Travel, India’s Premier Accessible Holiday Specialists. Golden Triangle India Itinerary
About five months ago I received an email from Shama, who works for Enable Travel, telling me that they offered a fully accessible Golden Triangle India tour. Immediately, I was intrigued. In case you haven’t heard of the Golden Triangle, it is a tourist circuit that connects the Indian cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. It’s called the Golden Triangle because of the triangular shape formed by the locations of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur on a map.
Since that first email from Shama, we’ve corresponded back and forth dozens of times and we’ve planned the perfect wheelchair accessible India travel itinerary. I won’t be going on this trip until the end of 2018, but I want to share my Golden Triangle itinerary with you now to show that it’s completely possible to explore India as a wheelchair user. And hopefully this will get you just as excited as I am to see my wheelchair India adventures later this year.
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8 Days Golden Triangle Itinerary India
I’ll be flying to Delhi, India after a few days in Amsterdam and won’t get in India until very late. So the majority of the first day on my Golden Triangle India itinerary will be spent 30,000 feet in the air.
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After a peaceful night’s sleep at an accessible hotel in Delhi, I’ll go on a tour of Old Delhi with Enable Travel. Old Delhi is a Walled City that has all kinds of historical sites. I’m not sure what exactly we’ll see, but I’m sure that it will be a great introduction to the city.
Since we will visit Old Delhi the day before, we will start the third day with a morning tour of New Delhi. As the name suggests, New Delhi is a bit more modern and offers plenty of museums, forts, temples, and more. I’m really looking forward to seeing what New Delhi has to show me.
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On this day, we will drive to Agra, the second city on my Golden Triangle India tour. Enable Travel has a wheelchair accessible vehicle, so I’ll be able to stay in my wheelchair for the drive. From Delhi to Agra, it’s about 200 kilometers, which is a four hour drive. To break up the long drive, we’ll visit the tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah on the way. Often referred to as the “Baby Taj”, the tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah is often said to be a draft of the grander Taj Mahal.
This is going to be a long day, but extremely exciting! Why? Because we’ll start the day off with a very early visit to the world-famous Taj Mahal!! I have dreamed of visiting the Taj Mahal for as long as I can remember, so it will be surreal to finally see it in person. Next, we’ll visit the Agra Fort, which was the main residence for the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638.
Now that we’ve seen Agra’a top sights, we will start the five hour drive from Agra to Jaipur, which will be the final city on our Golden Triangle itinerary. Along the way to Jaipur, we may visit the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. To learn more about Fatehpur Sikri, check out this fascinating article from The New York Times. After exploring the ghost city, we’ll head to Jaipur and check in to our hotel for some rest and relaxation.
We will start our first full day in the city of Jaipur with a morning visit to Amer Fort Palace. This fort was built in the sixteenth century and looks stunning. It’s also quite large with courtyards, museums, and more. This visit will take at least a few hours I presume, and then we’ll have the rest of the day for independent activities in Jaipur.
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For our last full day in Jaipur, we will do a sightseeing tour of the city visiting some of the most notable places, including City Palace and Jantar Mantar (an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century). It’s going to be a fun and educational day!
Sadly, this is the day that our Golden Triangle India itinerary will come to an end. We’ll make the drive from Jaipur to the Delhi airport for a late, and very long, flight back home to Atlanta. I’m already dreading this long flight back home, but I know that it will be completely worth it to explore India.
If you ever thought that visiting this part of the world as a wheelchair user was not possible, hopefully this India travel itinerary shows you that it’s doable. Thanks to Enable Travel and other companies like them, the world is opening up more and more to those of us with disabilities. However, before going to India, it is essential to get yourself some ID , check out https://www.pan-card.org.
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