The Taj Mahal tour begins with a pick up from the hotel or the local address (suggested pick up time is between 0700 and 0730hrs), for the 220 Kms/ approx. 3½ drive to Agra, via the new Yamuna Expressway.
Agra is situated on the bank of Yamuna River. It is the dwelling place to India’s famous monument, the Taj Mahal. Agra was the capital of Mughal Empire in the 16th & 17th centuries.
On your arrival in Agra, you will be met by a tour guide and he will take you for the guided sightseeing tour of Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort.
Taj Mahal: Emperor Shah Jahan constructed the Taj Mahal in the memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal who died during the birth of their child in 1631. The construction of this famous monument is said to have taken 22 years, starting from 1631.Over 20,000 artisans were working day and night for the construction of this landmark. Crafts persons and whizzes were brought from France and Italy. And the chief architect was from Iran. The visit to the Taj Mahal will long be remembered by you as the highlight of your Golden Triangle Tour.
Agra Fort: Emperor Akbar started the construction of this huge red sandstone Agra Fort on the bank of Yamuna River in 1565. It was mainly constructed for the soldiers until his grandson, Shah Jahan, added more opulent accommodations. There are a number of attractive buildings within its porches such as Samman Burj, where Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son, Moti Masjid, a white marble mosque, Diwan–e–Am, Diwan–e–Khas, Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal and Shish Mahal.
After the sightseeing, break for lunch at one of Agra’s fine restaurants. (Lunch not included)
Fatehpur Sikri : Your Taj Mahal tour package, also includes a visit to Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital of Emperor Akbar, roughly 35 kms outside Agra. This city was built in the 16th century, and was abandoned after 12 years due to the paucity of water. The entire city is still intact, and a sight of this city is worth remembering. The Buland Darwaza,is the main entrance to this city. It is 54 m tall. This gate was constructed in the honor of Akbar’s victory in Gujarat.
After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, your day tour to Agra ends with a drive back to Delhi, and a drop to your hotel or the local address.
|Tour Cost||Usd 138 per person|