Receive a morning pickup from your Agra hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle, driving for two hours to reach the ancient city of Gwalior, an area with landmarks dating back a thousand years or more.
Start the excursion with a 2.5-hour visit to the Gwalior Fort, an ancient defensive structure that dates back to the 8th century. Spend time wandering through the interior of this medieval hilltop building. You’ll get to look at the turquoise tiles of the Man Singh Palace, and admire the intricate artwork of the Man Mandir Palace whose construction began in the 15th century. You’ll also get a look at Teli Ka Mandir, a 9th-century “Pratihara Vishnu” temple that’s 100 feet (30 meters) high.
Take a break after your trip to the fort for an included lunch, continuing to the Jai Vilas Palace and Scindia Museum, where you’ll have an hour for a guided tour. You’ll wander through the 35 rooms of this exquisite royal residence, built in the 19th century by Maharaja Jayajirao. One of the more interesting artifacts is a hall carpet, said to be the biggest in all of Asia, which took 12 years to finish.
Continue next to Sas Bahu Temple, a religious structure dedicated to King Mahipala and Lord Vishnu, before proceeding to the Tomb of Tansen. This crypt contains the remains of a musician admired by the region’s Mughal ruler Akbar. Then receive a transfer back to Agra for a drop-off at your hotel or the airport at around 9pm.