Travel from Delhi to Agra (Rail Journey)
Often considered synonymous with the Taj Mahal, historic Agra is in fact bursting with a variety of Mughal treasures. Whilst its pièce de résistance is undoubtedly this iridescent-white tribute to love, the city was once the capital of the Mughal Empire and its Mughal legacy survives through the magnificent structures that dot the area. A victim of its own success, Agra is plagued by wallahs, touts, guides and souvenir salesmen in a manner that can be quite overwhelming. Despite this, the city's wondrous sights make it completely unmissable and the bedlam on the streets fades away once the magnificence of the Taj takes a hold.
Sightseeing Agra Fort
Agra Fort was once the flourishing centre of the Mughal dynasty and four successive Emperors helped to create its massive walls, within which Hindu and Muslim styles merge into a splendid fusion. The fort has an irregular triangular shape with a 2.5 kilometre perimeter, its longest side being parallel to the river to afford all the major palace rooms a magnificent view of the river and sunrise. The continuous fort wall is punctuated with bastions and monumental gateways.
Afternoon visit to the Taj Mahal
Visit the Taj Mahal with your local guide. The Taj Mahal, meaning ‘crown of palaces', is a white marble mausoleum built by the great Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal when she passed away in 1630. Work for this great tomb began in 1631 and it took the efforts of 20,000 workers and almost 20 years of masterly craftsmanship to complete this grand monument whose marble dome is 35 metres high.
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