Meet your driver at your hotel in Delhi between 4:30 and 5:30am,
and transfer by private vehicle to the Delhi railway station. Board the
air-conditioned Shatabdi Express and enjoy breakfast onboard. Then, meet
your guide after you disembark at the Agra station.
by private vehicle to Agra’s famous Mughal-era monuments for an
introduction to the rich history and culture of India. First, stop at
Agra Fort, a magnificent treasure of Mughal architecture, built of red
sandstone and white marble. Inside Agra Fort, view the remarkable
palaces, decorative chambers and hospitable reception rooms. Be awed by
the beauty of the fort’s marvelous mosques, including Pearl Mosque (Moti
Masjid), Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Am and Sheesh Mahal.
back into your vehicle for a drive to the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal,
considered a jewel of Muslim art in India. This white-domed marble
mausoleum was built as a token of love and devotion by the Mughal
emperor, Shah Jahan, in memory of his beloved third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
As you tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site, your guide will point out
the renowned Mughal architecture, a design that combines elements from
Persian, Turkish and Indian styles.
delicious Indian lunch, visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-daulah (translated as
pillar of the state). As you tour the mausoleum, which inspired the
construction of the Taj Mahal, learn how Nur Jahan, wife of Emperor
Jehangir, commissioned it for her father.
drive to the ancient village of Kachhpura for your Mughal heritage
walking tour and gain more insight into Mughal history. Walk to
lesser-known, yet significant, Mughal-era monuments including Humayun
Mosque and the historical wells of Baoli. Admire Gyarah Sidi, carved
from a single stone and situated at the edge of the River Yamuna,
overlooking Agra Fort.
Follow your guide on
foot through rustic Kachhpura, where you’ll be welcomed with an Aarti
ritual complete with garlands! Experience an authentic side of rural
India that you've probably never seen before, including a street play
presented by the town’s youth. Learn about India’s rural lifestyle as
you check out the traditional art form of Sanjhi – paper stencils drawn
on the walls by young girls.
wonderful hospitality of Kachhpura with a visit to the tea terrace,
including photo-worthy views of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Finally,
take a leisurely stroll in the Mehtab Bagh and enjoy another stunning
view of the Taj Mahal – this time at sunset!
guide will return you to the Agra railway station to board the 8:30pm
train back to Delhi. Enjoy a leisurely dinner on board, and meet your
driver upon arrival at the station for return transport to your hotel.