Few architectural masterpieces continue to defy description like the Taj. The Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is on this short list
Few architectural masterpieces continue to defy description like the Taj. The Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is on this short list. It is by far the finest example of Mughal architecture, a lasting witness to fine craftsmanship, in a style that combines elements from Persian, Indian, and Islamic architectural disciplines. The jewel of Muslim art in India admired the world over. World, photography, canvas, poetry………they have all failed to transmit its beauty.
- Train ride from New Delhi to Agra
- Two visits at different time of day to the Taj Mahal
- We explore the red sandstone Agra Fort
Delhi to Agra
Early in the morning you will meet a Mondo Verde Expeditions representative at the lobby of your hotel. Transfer to the New Delhi Railway Station for the Bhopal Shatabdi Express to Agra departing at 6:15 a.m. You will arrive in Agra at about 8:12 a.m.
On arrival you are met at the station by a Mondo Verde Expeditions representative and check into the hotel to freshen up before your full day exploration of the Taj Mahal and other magnificent sites. The Taj Mahal is said to be greatest monument to love and one of the wonders of the modern world, constructed by Emperor Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal was completed in 1652, after 17 years of dedicated work by skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy, and including some 20,000 laborers. Marble was brought from Makrana, near Jodhpur and precious stones of onyx, amethyst, malachite, lapis lazuli, turquoise, jade, crystal and mother of pearl were carried from Persia, Russia, Afghanistan, Tibet and China.
In the afternoon we visit the red sandstone Agra Fort that stands on the banks of the Jamuna River, enclosed by enormous 20-meter high walls, and surrounded by a 12-meter moat. Three successive Mughal emperors - Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan - helped create this massive structure which contains both Hindu and Muslim architecture. Overnight at Trident Hotel Agra.
Agra to Delhi
Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal and then return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast we depart for Fatehpur Sikri, an architectural marvel of red sandstone combining elements of both Hindu and Islam architectural design. Built in the second half of the 16th by the Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid. Fatehpur Sikri is located 37 kilometers from Agra was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.
We drive back to Delhi. (5 hours - 250 km). Transfer to the Delhi International airport for the outbound flight or to your hotel in Delhi.
Pricing upon request
No fixed departure dates. You choose when you want to go. There can be just two of you or a group of friend. You can also plan it as a family vacation. Private guide and services throughout the program. We are flexible and able to make adjustments to the program in order for us to meet all your needs and expectations.
Travelers with health conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure should consult their physician before traveling to India.