The beauty of this magnificent monument is such that it is beyond the scope of words. The thoughts that come into the mind while watching the Taj Mahal of Agra is not just its phenomenal beauty, but the immense love which was the reason behind its construction. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan got this monument constructed in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, with whom he fell in love at the first sight. The very first sight of the Taj Mahal, the epitome of love and romance leaves one mesmerized.Taj Mahal of India - "the epitome of love", "a monument of immeasurable beauty".
Morning at 6 AM pick from designated place in Delhi and drive to Agra to reach in around 4 ½ to 5 hours time with brief stop at midway to use wash rooms etc after around 2 ½ hours drive. Arrive Agra at between 10-.30 and 11 AM and meet your local English speaking guide to first visit The Monument of Love – Taj Mahal. Arjuman Banu the niece of Nur Jahan, at the age of 21 married Shan Jahan and took on the name that has passed through time: Mumtaz Mahal, the exalted of the palace. When she died, Shah Jahan was grief stricken and vowed to build her a memorial surpassing anything the world had ever seen in beauty and in the wild extravagance. He brought in skilled craftsmen from Persia, turkey, France and Italy. He put a huge army of 20,000 laborers to work, building a whole new village ( Taj Ganj, which still stands) to house them. Taj Mahal - this huge mass of white marble resting on red sandstone is a jewel, fashioned over 17 years. The work ended on the exact anniversary of Mumtaz Mahal's death. Glimpsed from the enormous main gateway inscribed with verses of the Koran (the entire Koran is said to be reproduced on its walls), the Taj Mahal reveals with the suddenness of a jewel box opening before your eyes.
After visiting Taj Mahal proceed to revolving restaurant at Hotel Pushp Villa for Buffet lunch with a view to the doms of Taj Mahal.
Later after lunch proceed to visit Red Fort of Agra. Red Fort - Ever since Babur defeated and killed Ibrahin Lodi at Panipat in 1526, Agra played an important center of Mughal Empire. Akbar chose this city on the bank of River Yamuna as his capital and proceeded to build a strong citadel for the purpose. It is said that he destroyed the damaged old fort of Agra for the purpose and raised this grand group of monuments instead in red sandstone. Started in 1565, it took eight years and thirty-five lakh rupees (3.5 million) to complete its construction and is second only to Taj in Agra.
The Agra Fort houses the Royal Pavilions, which were designed to catch the cool breeze across the river. Other attractions comprise of the Macchi Bhawan or the Fish Palace, the Hammam-i-Shahi or the Royal Bath, the Nagina Masjid or the Gem Mosque, and the Zenana Meena Bazaar, where the ladies of the court would browse through goods like silk, jewellery and brocade, Diwane - Khas and Khas Mahal.
After visiting the magnificent Fort drive back to Delhi with a brief wash room stop at midway. Drop off at designated place on arrival.