Departs From: New Delhi
Meeting Point: Hotel pick-up
Duration: 8 hours
Available: daily except Friday at 09:00
We will visit the magnificent monument to love, the Taj Mahal. It was built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631 with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock and ended eighteen years later. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction was completed, Shah Jehan had Lahori blinded and had his hands cut off, so he would never be able to duplicate the structure. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughals brought this concept to India, they elevated it to heights of incomparable artistry.
The next stop is Agra Fort. This great monument of red sandstone dominating a bend in the river Yamuna, was constructed by the Mughals during 1565-1571. It was Emperor Akbar who laid the foundation of this majestic citadel in 1565. The fort was ready by 1571, during the reign of Shahjahan, Akbar's grandson. The fort is crescent shaped, flattened on the east with a long, nearly straight wall facing the river. Its colossal double walls rise 69 feet in height and measure 2.5 kilometers in circumference, surrounded by a moat. It contains a maze of buildings which form a small city within a city. The fort contains splendid mosques and palaces in red sandstone and white marble built by two generations of creative builders during the time of Akbar and later Jehangir and Shahjahan.
- Vehicle rental
- Services of a driver
- Vehicle parking fees
- Fuel costs
- Services of a local English speaking tour guide
- Entrance fees
- Meals and drinks
- Personal expenses
- Tips and gratuities
- Optional activity costs
- The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
- Tours in French, German, Italian and Spanish are available. Please inquire.