Experience the glory of the Mughal empire on this day trip to Agra with private guide. Enjoy the monuments in the historic city as you travel in a private air-conditioned car with an experienced chauffeur. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Taj Mahal, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and the majestic Agra Fort in a day that you will never forget.
6 AM - You will be collected from your Hotel in Delhi to travel to Agra by a private air-conditioned car (204 km).
10:30 AM - Arrive in Agra and with your guide visit the highlight of the tour, The Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan for his beloved Begum Mumtaz Mahal. Work on the mausoleum began in 1633 CE, and 20,000 workers labored for 17 years to build it. The most skilled architects, inlay craftsmen, calligraphers, stone-carvers and masons came from all across India and lands as distant as Persia and Turkey. The building is Mumtaz Mahal’s final resting-place was ornamented like a queen’s jewel-box. Spend the morning getting caught up in the romance of Taj Mahal! You will have plenty of time to admire this amazing monument from all angles. Take pictures and listen as your guide teaches you about the history and architecture of the monument.
12 PM - Spend an hour exploring the 2.5 km long Agra Fort. Considered the predecessor to Delhi's Red Fort, enjoy the maze of courtyards, mosques, palaces, gardens, and halls of the fort which echos the story of the Mughal Empire. The forbidding exteriors of the fort hide what is truly an inner paradise. As you walk around the Agra Fort, admire the exquisite buildings like Moti Masjid which is a white marble mosque akin to a perfect pearl, the Diwan-I-Am, the Diwan-I-Khaas, the Musamman Burj where Shahjahan died in 1666 CE and the beautiful palaces: Jahangir's Palace, Khaas Mahal and Shish Mahal.
1:30 PM - Lunch (own expense)
2:20 PM - You may go shopping in Agra which is known for its fabulous handicrafts made of marble and soft stone inlay work.
3:30 PM - After a memorable day, return to Delhi by car. Arrive in Delhi at 7:30pm and transfer to your hotel.