Things you need to remember is that most places do not allow and enforce the NO TRIPOD rule. Also you can not take them on internal flights as hand luggage... If you want to be cheeky, get a gorila-pod.
I tend to pack small and light when travelling around, and if i want a long exposure, i find a wall, chair, table, rest it on my jacket/bag on the floor etc... as tripods are troublesome and bring A LOT of attention.
Have fun, enjoy it! For the Taj... go really early and get in there early when it is empty!
ps - I live in south India.
Quite correct. Tripod is usually a no-no in India if you are visiting places of historical interest so, don't get a TSE lens if you plan to get one.
The Security personnel are usually paranoid about allowing anything that includes metal pipes. Sometime I curse them but given the state of security in the country, probably it is all for the best.
+1 on the gorilla-pod or a small table-top tripod, I doubt anyone will complain.
You will probably find that there is a fee for using your cameras in most places (considerably high for non-Indians) and there is a different fee for still cameras and video cameras (probably they haven't figured out that Canon is dishing out video in its DSLRs
) so simply tell them - "I'm not going to shoot a film" and hold up your camera showing them it is a DSLR.