Helping wheelchair users and those with limited mobility, Lynne Kirby, from Enable Holidays, is a specialist tour operator and recently assessed The Golden Triangle Tour in India for accessibility.
As a travel enthusiast, Lynne's always had her eyes set on exploring India. She got to cross that off her bucket list venturing on an 11 day tour. Historical sights like Delhi, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Jaipur, Sikandra and so many more were all seen on her journey.
After traveling on the thrilling highway filled of all new, old, slow and fast methods of transport, carts included, she arrived at the property where the entrance was equipped with a ramp. Lynne was happy to find that her hotel room was fully accessible.
The Qutab Minar, tallest stone tower in India, was what Lynne geared up for next. This excursion was made accessible by several installed ramps. Unfortunately, the commodes were not adapted to disability standards, but is still worth the visit, according to Lynne.
Rich history and full atmosphere in the fascinating country, she was excited for new experiences in the days to come.
Raj Ghat and Humayan's Tomb
Gandhiji was cremated at the Raj Ghat, which was accessible, for the most part according to Lynne. Seeing a variety of wild birds and their songs help make it extra special.
Jumping back into the hustle and bustle, honking horns and sounds of a modern city were up next at the Humayan's Tomb, another worthwhile historical site that was mainly accessible, minus the last staircase.
Built by Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan as an act of expressing love for his wife, is one of the greatest and most romantic buildings in the world and awed Lynne to no end.
Access ramps throughout the visitor area help gain entry to the beautiful palace, although the last sections into the main building can only be reached via stairs according to Lynne. The gardens and property were flat surrounding the palace.
Bagar Fort, just outside of the Taj Mahal facilities, also under the Mughal empire, is another impressive structure and encompasses many ramps for accessibility.
Lynne assessed hotels near Agra including The Gateway, Trident Agra, Jaypee Palace (minus the steps to the pool area) and the Armavilas, and all passed with the highest grade of hotel accessibility and suitability for wheelchair users and patrons with limited mobility. All sporting adapted bathrooms with flat floor showers.
Fathehpur Sikri, an abandoned city built by Mughal Emperor Akbar, is the same as it was over 300 years ago. Fitted with ramps and adapted washroom facilities, Lynne finds that most of this site is quite accessible.
One of the finer things proved to be the 5-star, LaLiT hotel in Jairpur for Lynne. It was fully accessible with adapted bathrooms.
As far of her journey's finale, she ventured into the city palace where the Maharaja and family still live today. Finding most of the place to be easy to navigate for wheelchair users, except the armory, which is only reached by stairs.
For Lynne's final night, she spent it in a futuristic tent site, with fully adapted bathroom and a flat floor shower. There were some minor entry barriers on some of the thresholds, but nothing unmanageable. The ramp to the restaurant was very steep, but besides that, everywhere else was flat and accessible.
Overall, Lynne's assessment of India is positive in terms of accessibility.
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