QI will be visiting Darjeeling with my family in May. Please tell me about the political situation there and the places I could visit.
A Do check the political situation and then plan the trip. You can complete Darjeeling’s local sightseeing in a day. It includes Himalaya Mountaineering Institute, Rock Garden, Sunrise Point and Gangamaya Park. Next day, you can have a toy train ride (two hours) and also visit Mirik. You can stay at old BelleVue hotel, eat at Hasty Tasty and Frank Ross.
Q When is the best time to visit Agra? I will be there between April and May, as it suits me. Also, are there more places to cover nearby.
A It won’t be wise to visit Agra in April/May, as Agra experiences extreme climate. The best season to go would be between October and March. However, if it is unavoidable, make sure you carry lots of fluids with you. Also, try to visit the sites as early as possible, in order to avoid the heat. Don’t forget to carry a piece of cloth to cover your face and use dark glasses. You can visit nearby locations based on your itinerary. Delhi and Jaipur could be well covered. But, if it is Agra-centric, visit Mathura, Fatehpur Sikri and Dayal Bagh Agra Fort.