Our chauffeur will Pick you up from Delhi and will proceed to Agra. Later you will stop for refreshments in midway. After reaching Agra City, you will be taken straight to Taj Mahal.
The Mughal City Agra is most famous for the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world.
Starting at 09:30 hrs you will explore the world famous Taj Mahal, one of Agra’s most beautiful architectural achievements in the world, which is considered to be a symbol of enduring love. The sheer elegance, purity and sentiment are an integral part of the monument, and have touched the hearts of millions people. The Taj is one of the seven wonders of the world and a world heritage site. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died while giving birth to their fourteenth child. Built in pure white marble, the Taj Mahal is located along the banks of the River Yamuna. It’s an amazing monument of the world. Your first impression of the white marble marvel will leave you in awe.
Agra Red Fort:
After the Taj Mahal, around 12:00 hrs, you will visit the Agra Fort, on the west bank of the Jamuna river. The construction began in 1565, and was completed in about eight years, at a cost of thirty five lakh of rupees, under the supervision of Qasim Khan Mir Barr-u-Bahr. This fort was just one of the many large, fortified residences the emperor had at various strategic points of his empire. According to contemporary chroniclers like Abul Fazal, the fort contained over five hundred buildings. Years later, Akbar’s descendants added new buildings, mainly in marble. Around 13:00, after visiting the Agra Red Fort, you will be given lunch.
We will then travel to Sikandra, the place where the remains of Akbar the Great are interred. It is situated some six miles to the north-west of Agra, on the Delhi and Lahore road. It was founded by Sikandar Lodi in 1504, when he shifted his capital from Delhi to the vicinity of Agra, in order to be nearer to the Eastern provinces of his kingdom. It was at Sikandara that Akbar decided to have his mausoleum, hence being renamed “Bihishtabad,” or the “Heavenly Abode.” Akbar wanted his mausoleum to be in the center of a large garden. Like his administration, it was to be of solid construction, and like his empire, it was to be of vast proportions. This structure has a perfect blending of the Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, and Jain religions. The blending is much like the religion Deen Ilahi, which Akbar started in his period. Akbar died before his mausoleum could be completed, and his son Jehangir completed it.
This tomb belongs to the father of Nur Jahan, Ghias-ud-Din Beg. He was the Wajeer, or the Chief Minister, of Emperor Jehangir. This white marble tomb was built by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628. The tomb may not be as mammoth as the Taj, but the inlay designs and carvings are no less than Taj, if not more. A similar tomb was built by Nur Jahan for Jehangir in Lahore.
Proceed back to Delhi:
Finally, you will proceed back to Delhi, around 17:30 hrs, along with an impression of Taj. It is an unforgettable memory you will cherish forever. You will stop midway to have refreshments, and then continue on your drive to Delhi. You will return to your hotel around 20:00 hrs.