Tour from Delhi to Agra and visit the spectacular Taj Mahal

Journey to India’s famous Taj Mahal, a majestic monument to love. Built by a Mughal emperor as tribute to his late wife, this incredible structure continually astounds visitors with its inspiring architecture and remains one of the world's finest examples of Islamic art. Beginning in Delhi, journey to Agra to see this iconic sight, enjoying plenty of sightseeing along the way. Watch the sun rise over the Taj before taking a trip to the magnificent sandstone Red Fort and experiencing the expansive deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. Returning to Delhi, sample spicy curries and bargain at markets to get a feel for the unforgettable culture, colour and character of India.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Delhi, India
Finish
Delhi, India
Country
India
Style
Original, Comfort
Theme
Short Breaks
Code
HHAJ
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Enjoy a wander around the ancient sites of Old Delhi, teeming with humanity.

  • Gaze upon the wonders of the Taj Mahal. Is it the most beautiful structure known to man?

  • Visit the might of Agra Fort

  • Explore the magnificent deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a join-in trip, so if other travellers have booked on the same date you will share included activities. As this is not a group itinerary you may be travelling or accommodated on your own, without other Intrepid travellers. If you would prefer the experience of travelling with others, please consider our HHSN or HHKH trips.

  • From April 2017, the main dome of the Taj Mahal will undergo mud pack therapy to restore its original colour. It is expected the dome will be covered in iron scaffolding during the process which is expected to last a year.

Itinerary

Namaste! Welcome to India. Your trip begins at 9am today with a tour of Ol Delhi. Meet your English speaking guide and travel by private vehicle to the heart of the city, pulsing with the energy and colour of bazaars and laced by mazes of narrow lanes full of the sights, sounds and smells of India. Visit the Jama Masjid Mosque, which boasts wonderful marble domes and tapering minarets. You can also ride a rickshaw around the back streets to experience the hustle and bustle of everyday Indian life. After a busy morning, stop for an optional lunch in Old Delhi before departing city around 2 pm for the drive to Agra by a private air conditioned car (approx 5 hrs). Upon arrival, check in to your hotel with the assistance of our local representative who will provide you with a briefing of the next day's itinerary, including arranging the time of your Taj Mahal visit. The rest of the evening is free for you to explore or enjoy an evening meal.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If you wish to visit the Taj Mahal for sunset, your driver can transport you to and from the monument - please talk to our representatives to arrange this. You will need to pay your own entrance fee for this extra visit (INR1000). Please note the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
If you opt to view the Taj Mahal at sunrise you will be met at your hotel at approx 6 am by your guide who will brief and accompany you on today's activities. Alternatively if you opt for a later 2 pm visit to the Taj your guide will meet you at a time decided the previous evening (this is usually around 8.30 am in order to visit the Red Fort first). Visit the Taj Mahal - a masterpiece of shimmering white marble set amid beautiful formal gardens. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz, this 'teardrop on the face of eternity' (as it was described by writer Rabindranath Tagore) lives up to all expectations. Visit Agra Fort on the banks of the Yamuna River. Built in 1565 by Emperor Akbar, the fort was originally designed to be a military structure. It was converted to a palace in Emperor Shah Jahan's time and eventually became his prison after he lost power in 1658. Today there will also be some free time to unwind and relax, explore the back lanes of Agra, visit the Taj again, or watch local artisans and villagers making handicrafts, marble inlay work, or carpets. A visit to the Sheroes Cafe, which provides employment for women who have been affected by acid attacks, is also highly recommended.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Agra - Agra Fort
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
Optional Activities
  • Agra - Additional entries to Taj Mahal - INR1000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After breakfast you will be met by your guide who will assist in checking you out of your hotel. Travel by private A/C vehicle towards Delhi, stopping en route at the deserted Mughal kingdom of Fatehpur Sikri (approx 4 hrs). Built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, it was abandoned after 15 years due to the scarcity of water. A highlight of the settlement is Jama Masjid, a striking mosque featuring elements of both Persian and Hindu design. The main entrance of the mosque is the impressive 54 metre-high Buland Darwaza, the Gate of Victory, constructed to commemorate Akbar's military victory in Gujarat. After this visit your guide will bid you farewell as you begin your journey back to Delhi.
Your driver will drop you off at your hotel in Delhi. You can expect to arrive back in Delhi by approx 3 pm. If you are departing today, please do not book your flight before 8 pm to allow enough time to get to the airport and check in.
Included Activities
  • Fatehpur Sikri - Guided tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
There is no accommodation included tonight and your tour concludes on arrival back in Delhi. Intrepid Travel can assist and book additional post trip accommodation or post trip transfers. Please let us know your preference at least 14 days prior to your departure so we can make the necessary arrangements for you.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Private vehicle, Cycle rickshaw, Shuttle bus

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
  • Agra - Agra Fort
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Fatehpur Sikri - Guided tour

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Important notes

1.This trip finishes in Delhi at 3pm. Please do not book any international flights before 8pm.
2. This is a join-in trip, so if other travellers have booked on the same date you will share included activities. As this is not a group itinerary you may be travelling or accommodated on your own, without other Intrepid travellers.
3. The main dome on the Taj Mahal will undergo mud pack therapy due to begin in April 2017. It is likely the entire dome will be obscured by iron scaffolding. Portions of the white marble façade will be covered in mud and plastic sheets during the cleaning process. The restorations will be carried out in sections and the work on the dome is expected to last one year.
4. This Short Break is available in Original & Comfort levels of accommodation.

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