Agra Without Fatehpur Sikri: We’ll pick you up from your hotel and take you to Agra to visit the world-famous Taj Mahal on the banks of the river Yamuna. This ‘poem’ in marble was built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjehan for his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is entirely made of white marble and its walls are decorated with exquisite pietra dura (stone inlay) work.
It is said that different types of rare, precious and semi-precious stones were used in the intricate inlay work done on the interiors. This magnificent monument is set around a Charbagh or 'four garden' plan, which is split by watercourses-a reflection of the Persian style. Later visit the Agra Fort – the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jahan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit the Hall of Public Audience and the Royal Pavilions.
Meeting point: Pick up from Delhi city hotels.
Pick up time: At 8:30am.
Return time: At 4pm approx.
Others: Transport, English speaking guide and Taj Mahal admissions are included. The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.