Pick-up hotel and Agra sightseeing
breakfast, visit world most and beautiful monuments: Taj Mahal. The Taj
Mahal, the architectural modern day, the most beautiful monument among the
7th wonder of the world, this historical masterpiece is illustration of
the fusion of diverse architectural styles. Taj Mahal is crowned of all
the loveliest buildings in the world. A symbol of eternal love. Afterwards
visit Agra fort, was building in 1576 AD, by great Mughal Emperor Akbar.
After visit Itamed-ud-Daula (Mini Taj) buily by Empress Noorjehan daughter
of emperor Shajahan, after visit Sikandra memorial of Mughal emperor Akbar
and also visit Mehtabagh garden for sunset from other side of Yamuna
river. After drop to your hotel or your recommended place.
Transport for this Tour
01 to 03 people - Medium sized cars - Indian make
cars like Ambassador or Tata Indica with one baggage each
01 to 05 people - Large cars - Toyota Innova/Qualis or GM Tavera with one
06 to 09 people - Tempo Traveller Mini Van with 8 to 9 seats
08 to 14 people - Small coaches with 18 seats
15 to 32 people - Coaches with 27 or 35 seats
All the vehicles are air-conditioned
Included in the Tour
Services of qualified English Speaking Guide for Local Sightseeing tour.
All Transfers and Sightseeing throughout the tour by an individual Air
Conditioned vehicle with English Speaking Driver.
Excluded in the Tour
Any Kind of Personal Expenses such as Monument Tips, Laundry, Telephone
Bills and Alcoholic beverages.
Camera Fees (Still or Movie).
Unspecified Meals etc.
5.15% service tax
One of the
most beautiful structures in the world, the Taj Mahal in Agra is something
which dreams are made of. This exquisite white and yellow marble structure
stands 55 meters tall and is one of the most visited sites in the world.
Built in 1653 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife
Mumtaz Mahal, this "elegy in marble" can also be called the ultimate
tribute to everlasting love.
Situated on the banks of River Yamuna the Taj Mahal in Agra is like a
dream rising out of the very depths of one's imagination in all its beauty
and splendor. Constructed on a raised sandstone platform this magnificent
structure is said to depict Emperor Shah Jahan's vision of paradise. It
may be noted that Shah Jahan was actively involved in all the stages of
the Taj Mahal's construction.
as to why Shah Jahan chose to build the Taj at Agra and not Delhi. The
reason is that Agra was the Mughal capital during that time, which made
the Emperor decide in its favor. Interestingly, soon after the
construction of the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan shifted the capital to Delhi.
Nevertheless, the site chosen by him to raise his
dream structure was perfect in every sense. As you go to visit this
monument, you will be welcomed by beautiful gardens and arched gateways
lead you to the most beautiful symbol of love ever built. Can there be
anything more pleasing to the eye than the sight of the Taj Mahal's marble
fade reflected on the waters of the Yamuna River flowing nearby.
The Taj has been constructed in such a strategic manner that it has the
same view from all four sides and is distinctly visible from the Agra
Fort. It may be mentioned here that the Agra fort is the very place where
Aurangzeb imprisoned Shah Jahan, who spent his last days gazing at his
beloved's tomb waiting for death to unite him with her forever.
Itmad-ud-daula has a special place in the chronicles of both history as
well as architecture. This is precisely because Itmad ud Daula is the very
first tomb in India that is entirely made out of Marble. This is actually
a mausoleum that overlooks the River Yamuna and is a tomb of Mir Ghiyas
Beg, a minister in the court of Shah Jahan.
Itmad-ud-daula is a pure white and elaborately carved tomb that conforms
to the Islamic style of architecture. The Indo-Islamic architecture
becomes prominent because of the fusion that this tomb displays. While the
use of arched entrances and octagonal shaped towers signify the Persian
influence, the absence of a dome and the presence of a closed kiosk on top
of this building and the use of canopies talks about the possible Indian
influence. From out side, when you take a bird eye view, Itmad-ud-daula
looks like a jewel box set in a garden. This tranquil, small, garden
located on the banks of the Yamuna was to inspire the construction of the
Taj Mahal in the later years.
Agra Fort is among the finest examples of the fusion architecture that has
dominated the Mogul period. The assimilation of these different styles has
given the buildings within the fort a distinctive look. To name a few, for
example, the Jahangir Palace built by Akbar is the most magnificent blend
of Persian and local style where as Divan-e-Aam mixes subtleness of
Turkish exteriors with the complex pattern of Persian architecture. Other
buildings within the premises of Agra Fort either have a mixed style or
conform predominantly to the Islamic style. Some of the important
buildings inside the Agra Fort include Jahangir Mahal, Divan-e-Aam,
Divan-e-Khash, Khas Mahal, Anguri Bagh, Musamman Burj, Moti Masjid, Mina
Masjid and Shish Mahal among others.
The heritage site of Fatehpur Sikri is located 40 kilometers from Agra
India. You can see this magnificent city with its amazing monuments of red
sandstone and marble, built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great, on
tours to Agra with Agra Hub.
According to legend, the Emperor Akbar, though he had many wives, did not
have an heir. He went on a pilgrimage to Sheikh Salim Chisti, a Sufi saint
who lived near Agra and sought his blessings. Akbar was blessed with an
heir, who he named Salim, after the saint, in gratitude. (Salim later
inherited the throne as the Mughal Emperor Jahangir.)
The beautiful monuments at Fatehpur Sikri are a synthesis of Islamic and
Hindu architecture reflecting the religious tolerance of Akbar. Akbar also
founded a syncretic religion called Din-i-Illahi, which inspired some of
the buildings at Fatehpur Sikri. The city of Fatehpur Sikri was built as a
sign of the Emperor Akbar's gratitude to Sheikh Salim Chisti. Work on the
city started in 1571 and was completed 15 years later. Agra Hub takes you
on tours to Agra which include the historic destination of Fatehpur Sikri.
Akbar's Tomb at Sikandra
4 kilometers from Agra is Akbar's tomb at Sikandra which is an excellent
example of assimilation of different styles of architecture and it
represents a significant departure from the earlier Mughal buildings. The
tomb carries the characteristic flavor of the airy tiered pavilions of the
Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
Akbar started building the magnificent edifice at Sikandra, which was
later completed by his son Jahangir after his fathers death in 1605,. The
tomb, as it stands today, is in a large walled garden on the Delhi-Agra
road. The tomb can be entered through an elegant southern gateway, which
leads into the huge enclosed garden. This magnificent gateway is covered
with floral and geometrical arabesque decoration in white and colored
marble is crowned with four elegant minarets in white marble.
(Tour end with sweet memories)