Exploring Delhi, India

Delhi, India’s Most Interesting Icons

Whether your upcoming journey takes you to all three points of the Golden Triangle – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur – or just from Delhi to Agra, you have plenty of options in transportation and sightseeing on this popular visitor circuit that will make your travels more convenient and more fun. Be sure to bring along a stylish Swissgear backpack in addition to your luggage set to carry your essentials on day tours of some of India’s most interesting icons of architecture, culture and history. Before to bring a long hard shell luggage for your flight to and back from India.

Your Arrival in Delhi

Most visitors to India fly into the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. From there, you have several options in transportation to your accommodations. The city’s Metro system offers a dedicated Airport Express Line that is likely to be your quickest, safest and most direct connection to many destinations in Delhi as well as to other Metro lines. You also have the usual options such as a taxi, Uber, Ola, a city bus or possibly your hotel’s shuttle service.

The Right Luggage for Your Travels

Making your way through the airport, navigating to your accommodations or making a travel connection once you land in Delhi requires agility, so your luggage should move with you rather than against you. Swissgear’s 7208 Expandable Liteweight 3-Piece Spinner Luggage Set offers the ultimate in portability while providing ample space for all of your essentials.

Crafted of rugged polyester material that keeps its good looks despite lots of use, this spinner luggage set features telescopic aluminum handles that smoothly transition from on the move to airplane mode. Each piece has four spinner wheels that pivot in any direction so you can tuck and weave as you make your way through a crowd.

Inside, adjustable straps keep your shirts, pants, shoes and jackets where you packed them. The large zippered pockets on the exterior of each bag are ideal for stowing your itinerary, your newspaper, e-reader and magazines for easy access. A removable wet bag for your toiletries contains any spills, and the integrated ID tag means your bag is check-in ready every time.

The 7208 Expandable Liteweight Luggage set includes 20, 24 and 29-inch softside luggage cases. You can bring them all along on your Delhi to Agra tour or just select the size you prefer.

Must-See Sights in Delhi, India

With so much to see and do in India’s capital city, you may have trouble paring down your itinerary. One effective way to begin is by visiting a few of the real stand-out destinations.

The Red Fort, Delhi

One of these is Delhi’s ancient Red Fort, an imposing structure still standing strong after nearly five centuries. Made of red sandstone blocks and soaring 33 meters into the air, the Red Fort makes a lasting impression. It reflects a number influences in its architecture, including Persian, Hindu, Islamic and Timurid, offering a panorama of area history in one dynamic space.

Jama Masjid Mosque

Built in the mid-1600s by the emperor Shah Jahan, the Jama Masjid Mosque is the largest in the country. Shah Jahan is also responsible for the construction of the Red Fort and the Taj Mahal in Agra.

You can rent a requisite robe near the north gate of the mosque so that you can tour the compound. Be mindful, though, that visitors are only allowed inside during non-prayer periods.

The mosque is a vast monument to Indian architecture at its most breathtaking. Made from white marble and red sandstone, the structure features two minarets that seem to levitate 40 meters into the heavens.

Qutb Minar

Dating to the 12th century, the Qutb Minar just may be among the very first monuments in the world, and it is certainly the first built in India. What’s more, it is a marvel of architecture for its time, climbing 73 meters up into the stratosphere. It stands as a marker of Qutab-ud-din Aibak’s military prowess.

One of the most interesting features of Qutb Minar is its visible evolution in materials and workmanship over the centuries as succeeding regimes added new stories to the towering structure.

A Portable Pack Optimized for Travel

As you can see, exploring the wonders of Delhi involves plenty of walking, and you will need a durable travel backpack to take you through your sightseeing adventures. The Swissgear 2909 Scansmart Laptop Backpack with LED Light is ideally suited to your Delhi to Agra tour. Your backpack can hold up to a 15-inch laptop. Your laptop backpack also comes equipped with a laptop compartment that is padded and protects your laptop from bumps and falls. They make a great safe and secure travel backpack for men and women.

For starters, it features a secure, specially designed Scansmart 15-inch laptop compartment that makes it TSA friendly, streamlining your progress through security at the airport. It also has two slip pockets for your adapters plus a tablet sleeve.

An integrated LED light inside the main storage compartment makes locating items a snap, even on those overnight flights when the cabin lights are low. Stow your water bottle in the insulated side pocket and your reading glasses in the small fleece-lined zippered pouch.

The add-a-bag strap and proprietary Airflow ventilation system make the 2909 Scansmart pack a natural for all your forays into the unknown, keeping you organized and cool no matter where you are headed. There are even easy-access pockets on the shoulder straps for your cell phone and passport. All that and contemporary good looks combine to create travel nirvana.

Getting from Delhi to Agra

Many visitors to the Taj Mahal prefer to travel via India’s first high-speed train, the 12050 Gatimaan Express, which gets you from Delhi to Agra in just an hour and 40 minutes. It leaves Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station at 8:10 a.m. and reaches Agra at 9:50 a.m. You also have several other options in trains that leave at different times of day, too, although not all of them get you to the Taj Mahal so quickly.

The Wonder of the Taj Mahal

This international icon of architecture sits on the picturesque south banks of the Yamuna River. Commissioned in 1632 by Shah Jahan, this white marble mausoleum was a tribute to the emperor’s late wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It not only symbolizes one of the most ambitious construction projects of the time but also the rich history of India and the surrounding region.

At the center of the compound is the white marble tomb, home to the remains of Shah Jahan as well as his wife. A 35-meter-high Persian-style dome with, originally, a gold finial covers the mausoleum chamber., and Four minarets frame the central dome. Vaulted archways and balconies extend along the exterior of the structure.

Decorative stone inlays and carvings adorn the walls of the Taj Mahal, consisting of calligraphy, abstract designs and botanical motifs. Many of the walkways feature tessellated tile patterns. Inside, chamber walls boast intricate inlays detailed with gemstones, dado bas-relief and calligraphy panels.

Experience Delhi, India Firsthand

It is impossible to imagine the wonders of the Taj Mahal and the richesse of the ancient sites of Delhi without seeing them first-hand. Fortunately, you can pack up your softside luggage, strap on your TSA friendly backpack, and immerse yourself in one of the most fantastic journeys you will ever make when you visit Delhi and Agra, India. With agile spinner luggage and a travel backpack provisioned with your laptop, a cold water bottle and a camera, you will be ready to experience India at its best.

Author: Joseph Daniels