• Location: Delhi, India
  • Duration: 14 hours (approx.)
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Uncover the beauty and mystery of the Mughal Empire on this private day tour of the walled city of Agra. Explore the countryside by private vehicle and take a fast, nonstop train from Delhi to this famed destination. Head first to the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, take a walking tour to learn more about the history and culture of the region. Transportation via train, plus three meals (two on the train and one in Agra) are included in this day trip from New Delhi.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Agra with a private English-speaking guide
  • Visit the Taj Mahal, take a walk through the bazaar, and explore Agra town
  • Learn about the golden era of the Mughal empire
  • Round-trip transport by train and private vehicle included

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What You Can Expect

Private Agra Day Tour with Culture Walk

Indian bridal wear place

Get an early jump on the day with pickup from your Delhi hotel between 6:30am-7am. Travel in air-conditioned comfort to the city’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station, where you’ll catch the premium non-stop fast train to Agra. You will be served light breakfast aboard the train.

Enjoy spacious and comfortable seats aboard the train, complimentary WiFi, and the option of vegetarian and non-vegetarian light meals.

Upon arrival, make your way to the iconic Taj Mahal with your guide and private driver. This stunning example of Muslim art in India consists of a white-domed marble mausoleum built to honor the third wife of Shah Jahan. Learn about the Mughal architecture, which blends Indian, Turkish, and Persian influences and gain a deeper understanding of the 20-year period it took to erect this jewel of India. Your guide will share stories and facts about the Mughal empire’s history, culture, and significance in contemporary India. Then head to a restaurant for a buffet lunch.

Continue to the Agra Fort, which is the starting point for the cultural walking tour. Like the Red Fort in Delhi, this fort is made of mainly red sandstone, and some white marble. Marvel at the imposing fort from outside the Army Gate, which is not crowded as the entry for tourists is from the South Gate. Built in 1080 AD, five different armies have stayed in it to date. (You do not visit inside the fort.)

Walk first to Ambedkar Park and hop into a cycle rickshaw, heading to the old bazaar area. Visit the 17th-century Shahi Jama Masjid (The Royal Mosque) and an Indian snack shop that was established over 200 years ago. Head to a local shop specializing in Paan, a combination of areca nut and other ingredients wrapped in a betel leaf.

During the walk, your guide will suggest places for lunch. Along the way, you'll also visit a place specializing in bridal wear, a local temple dedicated to Hindu deity Shiva, and a 500-year-old local spice market. Enjoy an opportunity to try-on traditional Mughal attire and feel like royalty before ending your walk in a garden dating back to Mughal times, with a magnificent view of the Taj Mahal. Return to the Agra rail station in time for the 5:50pm nonstop fast train to Delhi.

Relax with an evening meal en route and meet your private driver upon arrival for a comfortable return trip to your hotel.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

NADIA R P Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

wonderfully organised, done at your pace. Lunch in great international hotel. Friendly guide, you see a lot in one day, and there is always someone with you, felt safe.

Lorraine T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Really great trip. Our guide was so knowledgeable and accommodating, as was the guide for the village tour. All of the arrangements worked well we were escorted to and from the train and were well looked after. Meals were good and transport was comfortable. If you want a hassle free way of visiting these great sights then I can thoroughly recommend.

thecormacks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent tour with informative and friendly guide .
Village walk is great.

Deborah P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour of the village was totally different, and did not really fit in with the rest of the tour. It was really a walk through total poverty, which was already evident from driving through the countryside. Unnecessary.

Warren K USA

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 !

Patrick C A

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.

Laura W

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!

Dawn J

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...

Bryan D

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.

Ryan

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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