Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Agra


Agra, is located along the banks of the river Yamuna, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It was founded by Raja Badal Singh and is perhaps one of the few cities around the world that has the distinction of housing three world heritage sites – the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikhri. These architectural wonders are remnants of the great Mughal Empire which at its heights encompassed the whole of the Indian Subcontinent.

The Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is treated as the jewel of Muslim architecture in India and is an enduring symbol of love, built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The imposing white marble edifice brings forth an amazing experience.

Agra, has historically been the capital of ancient Hindustan and thus witness to diverse culture, architectural brilliance and regal splendor in various forms. This influence has over time transformed it into the city of immortal legacies. Awe-inspiring to most and a riddle to many, Agra is a city that continues to leave indelible impressions on the mind of its visitor.


AGRA| TOUR CODE: 0307

2 NIGHTS / 3 DAYS * AGRA*

Situated in the Southeast of Delhi, epic city of Agra came to prominence as the capital of the Mughals when the city was beautified with gardens, waterfalls, bathhouses and canals.

Today, the bustling streets of Agra boast a thriving carpet industry, leather workers and of course marble and sandstone sculptors, some of whom claim to be descendants of the craftsmen who helped build the great Taj Mahal.

DAY 1: TO AGRA

Arrive Agra & transfer to your hotel. Afternoon tour of Red Fort, Itmad-ud-daulah and the magnificent Taj Mahal. Built as a monument of eternal love by Shah Jehan to his bride Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal looks amazingly graceful from almost any angle. It was built over a period of 20 years by 20,000 labourers and craftsmen and displays superb craftsmanship.

The close up detail of the Taj Mahal is as exquisite as the overall architectural design with semi-precious stones and beautiful patterns covering the marble surface. Akbar began Agra Fort in 1565, with additions to the citadel being made through to the time of Akbar's grandson, Shah Jahan. The citadel consists of marble palaces, ornate alcoves and terrace pavilions. Often referred to as the 'baby Taj', the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, was built by the Empress Nur Jahan in memory of her father, the powerful queen of Jehangir. An exquisite building the baby Taj is thought to be a forerunner for the Taj Mahal.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 2: AGRA

Full-day excursion to Fatehpur Sikri and Bharatpur. The magnificent deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri with its forts, palaces and mosques is located 37 Kms from Agra.

The city, designed as a tribute to the Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti, who had predicted the birth of Akbar's son and heir, was begun in 1571 and was abandoned just 15 years later due to a shortage of water.

The kingdom of Bharatpur was the only Jat kingdom in an area surrounded by Rajput rulers of Rajasthan. The area is best known for the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary, one of the most magnificent in the world with over 360 species. The sanctuary is particularly well known for its heron and the migratory Siberian crane, which flock to its wetlands during winter. Optional Sunrise/sunset Taj Mahal Tour - visit the Taj Mahal in the changing light of the rising or setting sun.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 3: TO NEXT DESTINATION

After breakfast, transfer to airport / railway station for your onward journey to next destination. Optional tour to Sikandra - About 10 Kms from Agra lies Sikandra and the tomb of the greatest Mughal, Akbar. A fusion of Muslim and Hindu architectural styles, some say this tomb, begun by Akbar himself and then completed by his son, is an example of the great rulers' idiosyncratic taste, resembling a truncated pyramid, set on a marble platform, in the midst of a 150-acre garden.

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