After early pickup from your Delhi hotel or Delhi airport, journey to Agra by private, air-conditioned vehicle.
After about three hours, arrive in bustling Agra, and meet your local guide at the UNESCO-listed Taj Mahal. Head through the entrance (own expense), and marvel at the mirage-like, white marble monument before walking through the gardens to view the intricately marble arcades, inner hall, and terraces close-up.
As you explore, hear the poignant story behind the building. Built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, as a mausoleum for his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj took 20,000 workers 22 years to complete between 1630 and 1652.
After your 1.5-hour tour and lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Agra’s Red Fort, another UNESCO-listed gem. Go inside (own expense) the immense, walled fort, commissioned in 1565 by the Emperor Akbar, and explore the palaces, courtyards and halls, including the tower where Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son, within sight of his beloved Taj Mahal.
Having explored here, enjoy time to scout out gifts at one of Agra’s many souvenir shops before returning to Delhi, where your trip ends at the original start point.