Drive from Delhi to Agra via the Abhineri Step Well
A journey of approximately four and a half hours, stopping on the way at the Abhineri Step Well; a village that contains several wells invented by natives to harvest rain water.
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.
Magical Taj Mahal
One of the world’s most iconic buildings and undiminished by the crowds of tourists, the Taj Mahal remains magical and breath-taking and lives up to its reputation as a monument built for love. Meaning ‘crown of palaces, the Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum built by the great Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal when she died 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.
Explore Agra Fort
Explore Agra Fort, a huge, double-walled, red sandstone structure was built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. Stroll through the fort and examine Akbar's simple rooms, his son Jehangir's more decorated ones, and finally the exquisitely rebuilt rooms of his grandsons. These private and public rooms are coated in intricately sculpted white marble, in the style of the Taj Mahal. Afterwards, visit local craftsmen to see how the exquisitely precise 'pietra dura' inlay work is still done today.
You will be staying at The Gateway Hotel, Bed & Breakfast