India: Agra Extension
South of New Delhi, along the banks of the river Yamuna, the city of Agra displays a fine architectural heritage.
After breakfast this morning, you’ll be privately transferred approximately 3.5 hours from Delhi to Agra, a pleasant city with a comparatively easy pace.
Upon arrival, check into your hotel, a sprawling property surrounded by six acres of lush gardens, with spacious rooms overlooking the Taj Mahal. The hotel houses various restaurants that use local ingredients in preparing colorful regional favorites.
After you’ve had time to settle in, you’ll depart on a half-day tour of Agra, which includes the famous sandstone Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daulah. Situated along the Yamuna, the fort was built in the 16th century by three generations of Mughal emperors, and is a superb synthesis of stern military fortifications with delicate interior details. (The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.)
This morning, you will be taken on a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal.
One of the New Seven Wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal is at its most magical at sunrise and sunset when the light plays on the marble and surrounding waters, presenting the building in all of its majesty and splendor. Built in 1630 by a Mughal king as the final resting place for his beloved wife, the Taj Mahal, a symbol of eternal love, is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Finished in marble and adorned with jasper, jade, turquoise, lapis, and sapphire, and taking almost 22 years to complete, the Taj Mahal is the finest lasting example of Mughal architecture which combines Persian, Islamic, and Indian architectural styles.
Following lunch this afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport in Delhi in time to meet your flight home or to continue on to your next Willing Foot destination.
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