“The Taj Mahal rises above the banks of the river like a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time.” ― Rabindranath Tagore
Embark on a captivating journey through history and architecture on this unforgettable tour. Our adventure begins in the bustling city of Delhi as we set out on a scenic drive to Agra. En route, we’ll explore the majestic Sikandra, a tribute to Emperor Akbar, before arriving in Agra to settle into our comfortable hotel. A visit to the iconic Red Fort reveals tales of power struggles and poignant moments, where Shah Jahan’s gaze fell upon the enchanting Taj Mahal, his beloved queen’s resting place.
As night falls, we’ll be treated to an ethereal experience at the Taj Mahal, its pristine beauty illuminated under the moonlit sky. This privilege is limited to just a few nights each month, adding an air of exclusivity to our journey. The following day, after an optional revisit to the Taj Mahal or leisurely breakfast, we’ll head back to Delhi, stopping at Fatehpur Sikri, an abandoned Mughal gem that whispers stories of bygone eras and the mystical Sheikh Salim Chishti. With hearts and minds enriched by these historical treasures, we’ll return to Delhi, our voyage coming to a close. Whether gazing at the marble marvels or tracing the footsteps of emperors, this tour promises a symphony of sights and stories that will linger long after we bid adieu.
Delhi: The vibrant capital of India, Delhi is a city that seamlessly blends ancient history with modern life. From bustling markets and intricate temples to grand colonial architecture and bustling streets, Delhi offers a fascinating mix of cultures and experiences.
Agra: Agra is synonymous with the timeless beauty of the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s most iconic monuments. This white marble mausoleum, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal, is a testament to eternal love and architectural marvel.
Sikandra: The tomb of Akbar the Great in Sikandra is a blend of architectural styles, featuring both Islamic and Hindu design elements. This serene and grand monument reflects the magnificence of Akbar’s reign and his inclusive approach to culture and religion.
Red Fort, Agra: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Red Fort in Agra is an imposing fortress that once served as the main residence of the Mughal emperors. Its intricate design, including impressive gates and palaces, tells stories of power, intrigue, and artistic brilliance.
Fatehpur Sikri: A ghostly Mughal city frozen in time, Fatehpur Sikri is a masterpiece of architecture and urban planning. It was built by Emperor Akbar and later abandoned due to water scarcity. The elegant palaces, courtyards, and the breathtaking Jama Masjid stand as a testament to Akbar’s vision and the grandeur of the Mughal empire.
These destinations come together to create a rich tapestry of history, art, and culture, offering travelers a unique and immersive experience into India’s captivating past and vibrant present.
Detailed Tour Plan
Day 01: Delhi – Agra
We will start early from Delhi Hotel/Airport/Home and drive to Agra. We will visit Sikandra on our way to Agra city. Upon arrival at Agra we will check-in at the hotel.
Later we will visit the famous Red Fort of Agra, where Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb, after a brief struggle for power. It is from the Red Fort that the old emperor gazed upon Taj Mahal, the tomb of his beloved queen Mumtaj.
In the Night we will proceed to Taj Mahal, which was constructed between 1631 A.D and 1654 A.D. The construction is said to have been done by a workforce of 22,000 and took some 20 years to complete.
Information About Visit Taj Mahal in Full Moon Night:
* Only 5 nights per month are allowed for Taj Mahal Moonlight Tours, 2 days before and 2 days after full moon night date.
* The time for viewing is from 8-30 p.m. to 12-30 in eight batches of 50 persons for half an hour duration. The visitors of the night viewing of Taj Mahal have to report at Shilpagram complex half an hour in advance of the viewing time.
* The night viewing tickets of Taj Mahal should be purchased one day in advance of the date of night viewing.
After spending some enchanting moments at Taj, we will drive back to the hotel for a good night sleep.
Day 02: Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Delhi
After breakfast, if you desire, we will visit Taj Mahal again or drive to Delhi. On the way we will visit Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned mughal city.
The story goes that Sheikh Salim Chishti was a Sufi saint who blessed the Akbar with his first son and heir, who was named Salim after him and later came to be known as Jahangir. Fatehpur Sikri was planned as a great town by Akbar with great care and planning in the honor of Sheikh Salim Chisti but had to be abandoned after fifteen years due to acute shortage of water.
We will reach Delhi around 5:00PM. Drop at Airport/Hotel/Home.
End of Tour
FAQs about the Tour
Q: How long is the tour duration?
A: The tour duration is spread across multiple days, allowing you to explore the destinations at a comfortable pace. Please refer to the detailed tour plan for specific day-wise activities.
Q: What is the significance of Sikandra?
A: Sikandra is home to the tomb of Emperor Akbar, a remarkable blend of Islamic and Hindu architectural styles. It offers insights into the cultural diversity and architectural brilliance of the Mughal era.
Q: Can I visit the Taj Mahal at night?
A: Yes, the tour offers a unique opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal at night during select evenings of the month. Special viewing times and ticketing details are provided for this enchanting experience.
Q: What is the story behind Fatehpur Sikri’s abandonment?
A: Fatehpur Sikri, a planned Mughal city, was abandoned after just fifteen years due to a severe shortage of water. It was built by Emperor Akbar as a tribute to Sheikh Salim Chishti, a Sufi saint who blessed him with an heir.
Q: How long did it take to build the Taj Mahal?
A: The construction of the Taj Mahal spanned over two decades, from 1631 to 1654. It involved a workforce of around 22,000 skilled artisans and laborers.
Q: Is the tour suitable for families with children?
A: Yes, the tour is family-friendly and offers a blend of historical exploration and cultural experiences that can be enjoyed by travelers of all ages.
Q: Can I extend my stay in Agra or Delhi after the tour?
A: Absolutely, you can choose to extend your stay in either Agra or Delhi after the tour concludes. Our team can assist you with accommodation and travel arrangements.
Q: Are photography and videography allowed at the monuments?
A: Yes, photography and videography are generally allowed at the monuments, but there might be certain restricted areas where it is not permitted. Please follow the guidelines and respect the cultural heritage.
Q: How do I book tickets for the Taj Mahal night viewing?
A: Night viewing tickets for the Taj Mahal can be purchased one day in advance at the designated ticket counter. The tour guide will provide you with more information and assist with the booking process.
Q: Is there a dress code for visiting the monuments?
A: While there is no strict dress code, it is recommended to dress modestly and respectfully when visiting religious and historical sites. Comfortable footwear is advisable as you’ll be exploring various attractions on foot.
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