This morning we make an early start with an air-conditioned train journey to Agra, home of the world-renowned Taj Mahal.
Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire and giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat (seat of the Emperor).
Today, a visitor to Agra is caught in a world of contrasting edifices of red sandstone and white marble, narrow gallies and quaint buggies, and the irresistible charm this favourite city of the Mughals still retains.
On arrival, we will enjoy a guided tour of Agra Fort before checking in to the hotel. The Agra Fort lies in the heart of town on a bend in the river Yamuna. The red, sandstone structure is almost two miles long and contains palaces, audience halls and mosques. The fort shows Islamic and Hindu Architecture. We will explore in the company of a local guide, who will explain the fort’s history and culture to us in full.
After check-in and lunch at the hotel, late afternoon we will take a guided visit to the Taj Mahal at sunset. It is said that the world can be divided in half into those who have seen the Taj Mahal and those who haven't yet seen it - today is your chance to join those more fortunate.
The Taj Mahal was built as a Mausoleum by Shah Jahan (the fifth Mughal Emperor) for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The ivory-white, marble walls, perfect design balance, symmetry and elegant domes were completed in 1643. Some 20,000 artisan workers were engaged in the project under the guidance of lead architect Ustad Ahmad Lahauri at a completion cost (in today’s money) of $1 Billion USD!
Following sunset, today’s dinner is arranged at one of the local restaurants in Agra.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: ITC Mughal, Agra