Day 1: Delhi – Agra (L,D)
After private pickup in Delhi by your guide, drive approximately four hours to Sikandra to visit the tomb of Akbar the Great, considered to be the greatest of all Mughal emperors. Marvel at the intricate floral and geometric designs on both the grand red-sandstone gateway and the 5-story tomb.
Then, on a guided walk inside Agra Fort, marvel at several of its striking structures, like the Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque) and the glass palace of Shish Mahal. Stop at a popular restaurant for a traditional Indian lunch before heading to Meena Bazaar to peruse the stalls selling various quality crafts such as marble figurines and precious gems. Return to the hotel to relax and enjoy dinner.
At night, enjoy a special treat only few are able to experience – seeing the Taj Mahal under a full moon! Marvel as the glorious white-marble monument changes colors and glows ethereally under a radiant full moon. As full moons only occur once a month, with the few days before and after being equally as bright and beautiful, this is one experience not to be missed.
Overnight: 3-star hotel in Agra
Day 2: Agra – Delhi (B)
On your second day, enjoy breakfast and see the full glory of Taj Mahal on a guided tour inside the mausoleum and the surrounding garden and buildings. Admire the white-domed marble monument, constructed by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and marvel at the intricate interior designs. Afterward, you will be driven to Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory). On a tour of the complex, discover the interesting mix of Muslim and Hindu architecture of its various royal residences, large meeting halls and grand mosques.
On the way back to Delhi, you may stop for lunch (own expense) at a popular restaurant per your guide’s suggestion.
Please note: If you are traveling on a Thursday, both daytime and nighttime visits to the Taj Mahal will happen on the first day. The rest of the planned visits will occur on the next day (Akbar the Great, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri).