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Day-Trip to The Taj Mahal and Agra with Mehtab Bagh from Delhi

New Delhi, India
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Combine two of Agra’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, into one great trip during this private full-day experience from Delhi. Marvel at the elegant design of this famous 17th-century marble mausoleum and then check out the view from the Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden). After lunch, you’ll explore the imposing Agra Fort followed by time for handicraft shopping in town.
  • Explore Agra's Taj Mahal and Agra Fort during a private day trip from Delhi
  • Marvel at the white marble architecture of the famous Taj Mahal
  • See the Taj Mahal's reflection in the Yamuna River from the Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden)
  • Learn about the mixture of architecture styles inside the imposing Agra Fort
  • See two UNESCO World Heritage sites in one day
  • Includes buffet lunch, entrance fees, and round-trip transport by private vehicle
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
Get picked up from the Delhi airport or from your hotel in the early morning and transfer for three hours by private vehicle to Agra. You’ll arrive in Agra and meet your guide for the day around 9am.

Kick things off with a visit to the world-famous Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage site built as a mausoleum by the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan. Learn more about the love story between Jahan and his deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal, as you explore the intricate white marble architecture of this iconic site. Leave the Taj Mahal around noon and cross the river to visit the Mehtab Bagh (The Moonlight Garden), a beautiful green space that serves as the perfect complement to this famous landmark. The site’s 3,200 square-foot (300 square-meter) park is perfectly aligned with its companion landmark on the opposite river bank, along with a striking reflection of the Taj in the shimmering waters of the Yamuna.

Take a break at 1pm for an included buffet lunch, then continue at 2pm to the Agra Fort, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the fort’s imposing red sandstone walls as you learn about its construction by Emperor Akbar in 1565 AD. You’ll also have time to explore the fort’s mosques, private chambers, and courtyards as you learn about the complex’s unique mix of Central Asian and Hindu architecture.

At 4pm head into Agra for a souvenir shopping trip. This historic city is known for its rich tradition of handicrafts, including leather-ware, jewelry, embroidery, carpets, and brass objects. Once you pick out the perfect item, you’ll return to Delhi by private vehicle at 6pm, arriving back at the airport or your hotel by 9pm.
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6am Pickup from Delhi in your hotel and drive 3 hours to Agra via Yamuna Express Highway. 9am Arrive in Agra and meet your tour guide and begin sightseeing. 9:30am we visit the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. No trip to Agra would be complete without a visit to this shimmering vision of domes and minarets. The world's best-known tomb stands testimony to the timeless love story of the 17th century Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan and his wife - Queen Mumtaz Mahal. (The Taj Mahal is closed every Friday). 12:30pm Enjoy a photo tour of the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh, The Moonlight Garden, believed to have been designed by Shah Jahan to view the Taj on moonlit nights, far away from the maddening crowd, The garden complex is situated on the left bank of Yamuna opposite the Taj Mahal. It is a huge square measuring approximately 300 by 300 meters and in straight alignment with the Taj Mahal. The forestry, plantations and agricultural fields provide a green forecourt to the Taj Mahal and its reflection in Yamuna. 1pm Enjoy a break for buffet lunch at one of the best local restaurants. 2pm Visit Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D. This huge fort is made of red sandstone. The elegant buildings inside reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles. The maze of the courtyards, mosques and private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire. 4pm Enjoy shopping in Agra, which is known for its fabulous handicrafts, made of marble and soft-stone inlay work. The Mughals were great patrons of arts and crafts. Empress Nur Jahan took personal interest and was an accomplished artist herself in zari embroidery work. Agra's major handicraft products besides inlay work are leather-ware, brass-ware, carpets, jewelry and embroidery work. 6pm After a memorable day, drive back to Delhi, by 9pm, where you will be dropped off at your hotel or airport.
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