Taj Mahal - the most talked about monument of the world is on every traveler's bucket list. But the Taj is not just a stand-alone attraction in Agra. The legacy of Mughal Empire has left many foot prints behind in over five centuries in the form of magnificent fort, tombs and mausoleums which are the fine examples of Mughal architecture as well. This overnight Agra tour tries to look beyond the Taj into the lesser known monuments of Agra.
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Delhi - Agra
We pick you up from the location of your choice in New Delhi, for the drive to Agra. The journey will take approximately four hours, hence an 8 a.m. morning start is recommended.
After arriving at Agra, check into your hotel.
In the afternoon begin your discovery of the historic city of Agra with a visit to the impressive red sandstone Agra Fort built by Akbar - the most illustrious ruler of the Mughal dynasty - in 1565 A.D. It was subsequently embellished with beautiful palaces, mosque and gardens by his successors. Replete with priceless examples of craftsmanship from the Mughal era, these include the exquisite Moti Masjid or Pearl Mosque, the Diwan-i-Khas, the Diwan-i-Am, Jahangir Mahal and Shish Mahal.
Taj Sunset Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, a pristine white marble mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife - Mumtaz Mahal. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, it took 20,000 workers from neighboring Islamic countries, 22 years of ceaseless toil to create this exquisite white marble monument upon which peopled have waxed eloquent throughout the world. Experience a splendid sunset viewing of the Taj Mahal and the return to your hotel.
Overnight stay at the Agra hotel.
Day 2: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Delhi Check out of the hotel after breakfast and drive to Fatehpur Sikri, approximately a little over an hour's drive. Constructed by Akbar between 1570 -1585 A.D., this red sandstone city houses many impresive architectural monuments. Most remarkable among these are the towering Buland Darwaza, the exquisite marble tomb of Salim Chishti (the Muslim mystic who gave his blessings to Emperor Akbar for a son), Panch Mahal, Jodha Bai's Palace, Birbal Bhavan and the unique checkered Pachisi Court.
Break for Lunch.
After lunch, embark on your return journey to Delhi.
Arrive at Delhi in the late evening and we drop you at the location of your choice