May 192013
 
Agra is famous for its magnificent Mughal-era buildings; the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort, all three being UNESCO World Heritage sites.

  • Taj Mahal

    Taj Mahal

  • Taj Mahal

    Taj Mahal

  • Fatehpur Sikiri -  Buland Darwaza gate

    Fatehpur Sikiri – Buland Darwaza gate

  • Taj Mahal

    Taj Mahal

  • Taj Mahal - Minoret

    Taj Mahal – Minoret

  • Agra Fort  Diwan-i-am (hall of public audience)

    Agra Fort Diwan-i-am (hall of public audience)

  • Agra Fort  Diwan-i-am (hall of public audience)

    Agra Fort Diwan-i-am (hall of public audience)

  • Agra Fort  Diwan-i-am (hall of public audience)

    Agra Fort Diwan-i-am (hall of public audience)

  • Itimad ud daulah tomb

    Itimad ud daulah tomb

  • Taj Mahal

    Taj Mahal

  • Taj Mahal

    Taj Mahal

  • Taj Mahal sitting in archway

    Taj Mahal sitting in archway

  • Taj Mahal

    Taj Mahal

  • Fatehpur Sikri - The central pillar of Diwan-i-khas

    Fatehpur Sikri – The central pillar of Diwan-i-khas

  • Agra Fort - Marble Detail

    Agra Fort – Marble Detail

  • Fatehpur Sikri

    Fatehpur Sikri

  • Agra Fort

    Agra Fort

  • Agra Fort

    Agra Fort

  • Taj Mahal from Agra Fort

    Taj Mahal from Agra Fort

  • Persian Prince Tomb Taj Mahal

    Persian Prince Tomb Taj Mahal

  • Agra Fort - Jahangir Palace

    Agra Fort – Jahangir Palace

  • Taj Mahal

    Taj Mahal

  • Fatehpur Sikri: Diwan-i-Khas – Hall of Private Audience

    Fatehpur Sikri: Diwan-i-Khas – Hall of Private Audience

  • Fatehpur Sikri

    Fatehpur Sikri

  • Taj Mahal Gate

    Taj Mahal Gate

Things to see

Taj Mahal

Taj MahalThe Taj Mahal is one of the most famous buildings in the world and for good reason. Completed in 1653, the Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal king Shah Jahan as the final resting place for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Finished in marble, it is perhaps India’s most fascinating and beautiful monument. This perfectly symmetrical monument took 22 years (1630–1652) and 20,000 workers, masons and jewellers to build, and is set amidst landscaped gardens. When you visit the Taj Mahal, because of its reputation, you naturally have high expectations. However, I was still blown away by what I saw, and on many levels. The building is so beautiful, both from a distance but also close up when you can see the exquisite details of the inlayed stone work. Its history and architecture are also of great interest.

Agra Fort

Agra-Fort-Diwan-i-Am-Hall-of-Public-Audience-Apr-2004-03Agra fort was built by the Murgal Emperor, Akbar in 1565 on the site of a brick fort dating back to the 11th century. The forbidding exteriors of this fort conceal an inner paradise: a fort on the outside, a palace on the inside. The fort is crescent shaped, flattened on the east with a long, nearly straight wall, facing the river.The fort was the site of a battle during the Indian rebellion of 1857, which caused the end of the British East India Company’s rule in India, and led to a century of direct rule of India by Britain.
There are many interesting buildings within the fort including Diwan I Am (Hall of Public Audience), seen in the image to the left, and the Jahangir Palace.

Fatehpur Sikri

800px-Panoramic_vie_of_Fahpur_Sikri_PalaceThe city was founded in 1569 by the Mughal  Emperor Akbar, and served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585.  However, this Imperial complex was abandoned in 1585, shortly after its completion, due to a lack of water. Today much of the site, which is spread over a nearly two mile long and one mile wide area, is largely intact and resembles a ghost town.The city is built mainly of locally sources red sandstone decorated with white and black marble. With its 55m high entrance gate, mosques, tombs, public buildings, Turkish baths, wonderful sandstone and marble carvings; it is facinating that such a large and opulent complex has been empty for centuries.

Itimad-ud-daulah’s Tomb

itimad-ud-daulah-tomb-wide.halfOften described as a “jewel box”, sometimes called the “Baby Taj”, the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. Along with the main building, the structure consists of numerous outbuildings and gardens. The tomb, built between 1622 and 1628 represents a transition between the first phase of monumental Mughal architecture – primarily built from red sandstone with marble decorations, to its second phase, based on white marble and pietra dura inlay, most elegantly realised in the Taj Mahal.

Itineraries

We organise an itinerary specifically to your requirements. Do as much or as little as you like – the choice is yours. Local English speaking guides will ensure that you make the most of your sightseeing time. A private, air conditioned, chauffeur driven car will transport you between your chosen locations & provides an unforgettable experience in itself!

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The Golden Triangle

The “Golden Triangle” classically refers to the three “jewels in the northern Indian crown” of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

The tour starts in Delhi where you will be able to spend a short time seeing the contrasting sites of the New and Old cities before travelling to Agra. Here you will see the indescribable Taj Mahal and the facinating deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri.

This tour concludes in Rajasthan with the vibrant “Pink City” of Jaipur: a city full of captivating ancient palaces and forts,with most of them boasting stunning views and elaborate architecture.

Golden Triangle with Ranthambore

The “Golden Triangle” classically refers to the three “jewels in the northern Indian crown” of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

The tour starts in Delhi where you will be able to spend a short time seeing the contrasting sites of the New and Old cities before travelling to Agra. Here you will see the indescribable Taj Mahal and the facinating deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri.

This tour includes the Rajasthan highlights of Ranthambore National Park, famous for its tigers, and  the vibrant “Pink City” of Jaipur: a city full of captivating ancient palaces and forts, with most of them boasting stunning views and elaborate architecture.