Your Taj Mahal tour begins with a pick up from your Hotel or Local address in Delhi (suggested pick up time is between 0700 and 0730 hrs), for the 220 kms/approx 04 hrs drive to Agra.
Agra, situated on the bank of Yamuna River, is home to India’s most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. Agra was the capital of Mughal Empire in the 16th & 17th centuries and its superb monuments date from this era. Upon arrival in Agra, meet your tour guide and proceed for the sightseeing tour of the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort.
Taj Mahal: The Taj Mahal, built in shimmering white marbel, was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal who died during child birth in 1631. The construction is said to have taken 22 years to complete, starting from 1631, with over 20,000 craftsmen working round the clock. Artisans and experts were brought from France and Italy and the main architect was from Iran. The Taj Mahal is said to be the most extravagant monument of love ever built.
Agra Fort: Construction of the massive red sandstone Agra Fort on the bank of Yamuna River was begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565 and it was to be predominantly a military structure until his grandson, Shah Jahan, added more palatial accommodations. There are a number of exquisite buildings within its portals such as Samman Burj, where Shah Jahan was held captive by his son, Moti Masjid, a white marble mosque, Diwan – e – Am, Diwan – e – Khas, Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal and Shish Mahal.
Break for lunch at one of Agra’s fine restaurants (lunch not included).
Your Taj Mahal package tour, also includes a visit to Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital of Emperor Akbar approximately 35 kms outside Agra. Built in the 16th century, this city was abandoned 12 years later due to a scarcity of water. The entire city of Red sand stone (sand stone palaces and temples) is virtually intact and a site worth seeing is the 54 m high main entrance -- The Buland Darwaza, The gate of victory constructed to commemorate Akbar’s victory in Gujarat.
Your Taj Mahal tour ends with a drive back to Delhi, and a drop to your Hotel or Local address.
|Tour Cost||Usd 138 per person|