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  • Location: Delhi, India
  • Duration:  20 hours (approx.)
Discover the magnificence of the Mughal Empire on a private day trip to the walled city of Agra! Traveling by train and private vehicle from Delhi, visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal, a beautiful monument to love and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You’ll see Itmad-ud-daulah’s Tomb plus lesser-known landmarks like Humayun's Tomb Mosque and Mehtab Bagh on a Mughal heritage walk through the rural village of Kachhpura. Railway transfer plus meals (two aboard the train) are included.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Agra with a private English-speaking guide
  • Visit two of India’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the iconic Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, plus see Itmad-ud-daulah’s Tomb
  • Take a walk through the rural village of Kachhpura – watch a street play and admire the traditional art form of Sanjhi
  • Learn about the golden Mughal era as you explore lesser-known monuments and study their architecture
  • Enjoy three full meals and complimentary bottled mineral water
  • Round-trip transport by train and private vehicle included

What You Can Expect

Private Agra Day Tour: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Kachhpura Village

Taj Mahal During Sunset

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.

Drive 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.

Step 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.

After a 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.

Afterward, 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.

Observe the 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!

Your 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.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The Taj Mahal ! There is nothing else to say ! This is the moment we looked forward to and it is everything you have imagined - Stunning, inspiring and the memories of a lifetime- Viator used a tour company for our tour and they did an excellent job - however please read about the Kachhpura option below to see if this specific tour is for you -
We were picked up at 5 am because our trip to Agra was by way of the direct train that leaves at 6 am and takes 2.5 hours. This is a great option as compared to driving - you get a reserved seat and its a comfortable ride all the way there - they serve some snacks on board but we brought food from the hotel. We were met at the train station and off we went for the tour. Nothing can compare to the WOW factor of the Taj Mahal - Our guide Sanjay has a History degree and was a fountain of information - extremely professional and friendly - he clearly is an expert in his field and his explanations were very clear and interesting. We bought the photo package at the Taj Mahal - for about 100 US we had personal photographer take 60 photos of us that were developed, printed and put in an album before we left - he posed us and got us the most incredible memories. Most importantly you get the jpg images on a computer disc so you can make your own prints and load them to your computer that night ! this was well worth it for a trip of a lifetime - we spent plenty of time at the Taj Lunch was included and was a buffet at a 5 star hotel in Agra and was delicious. We went to the Agra Fort and had an extensive tour of the palace and also toured the mini Taj - Now the Kachhpura Village is an interesting option - it is billed as a Mughal heritage walking tour but in reality it has a little bit of Mughal relics but more importantly it is a walk into a typical rural village - its not easy to see the way of life and poverty but the people are friendly and their spirit is inspiring. We were glad we did it - Ask for Sanjay !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Great trip, tour guides spoke perfect English and were very adept at handling some of the difficult cultural obstacles. I will book with Viator again.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour the guide was very knowledgable. The train reduced travelling time and was easy enough to do although we finished the tour at half 4 and the return train wasn't until 9.20 the evening meal included was on the train. We sat around at a hotel (5*) for over 4hrs expensive drinks bill!

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

For those visiting India, Taj Mahal is a must see, and this day tour was a great way to see it. The Express train was definitely a great option for traveling to Agra - and the tour operator made it very easy to navigate both in Delhi and in Agra, even for a solo traveler. Agra provided for many sights beyond the Taj - and the tour guide was very knowledgeable about each site. Kachhpura Village was a great add to get the local flavor. Only caution - be prepared to be shown final products for sale when visiting the cottage industries to see how certain crafts are done...

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

I would not take the train if you are at all squeamish about dirty surfaces. I would suggest luxury bus instead. Our guide in Agra was terrific, very knowledgeable. The Taj Mahal was incredible - not too be missed.

3 star rating: Worth doing December 2014

Know what you are getting into, this is a very very long day! Driver from hotel to train station, train to Agra with breakfast on board (I'd pass...), but then Agra! Once there this was fantastic, all the sites to see, easy / direct access with a knowledgeable guide, good lunch / rest spot, and ability to add the show if finishing up early enough before the train back with dinner on board (I'd pass...).

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