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From Delhi: Day Trip to Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Baby Taj

1. From Delhi: Day Trip to Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Baby Taj

Following pickup from any desired location in Delhi, Gurugram or Noida, proceed to Agra in a climate controlled, private car. Visit some of India's most well known destinations with the ease and comfort of a private driver and guide.  Upon arrival at the Taj Mahal, your guide will join you and handover the tickets for entry to the infamous Taj Mahal. Spend as much time as you like exploring this impressive example of Mughal architecture. Head to Agra Fort, and enjoy a guided tour of 1-hour before lunch at the Courtyard by Marriott. Taste a freshly prepared lunch in 5 star surroundings. After Lunch, visit the Baby Taj an exquisite tomb constructed centuries ago.  Following your day of exploration, your driver will return you to Delhi, back where you began.

Agra: Skip-the-Line Taj Mahal with Mausoleum Admission

2. Agra: Skip-the-Line Taj Mahal with Mausoleum Admission

Book your tickets to the Taj Mahal in advance, and save time on your visit to this must-see sight. The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage site, admired for its beautiful Mughal architecture. Avoid the stress of waiting in line and choose a convenient time slot so you can plan your day in advance. One of the New 7 Wonders of the World, this mausoleum was commissioned by Shah Jahan for his wife in 1631. Spend time walking around and admiring the minarets, fountains, and adjoining gardens. A sunrise visit is highly recommended for a memorable experience and to avoid crowds.

From Delhi: Sunrise Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Private Tour

3. From Delhi: Sunrise Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Private Tour

Your day will begin early at 3:00AM, when you are picked up from your hotel in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, or the airport. You will then drive to Agra, enjoying a peaceful 3-hour ride in your own private air-conditioned car. You will arrive to Agra at 6:00AM, at which point you will meet with you tour guide before proceeding to visit the Taj Mahal. You will explore the Taj Mahal whilst enjoying its sunrise views, spending around 2-3 hours in the mausoleum. After visiting the Taj Mahal, your next monument will be Agra Fort, which was built by the Great Mughal Emperor "Akbar". Here, you will spend around 1 hour in the building. After visiting Agra Fort, you will proceed for breakfast break at 5 Star Hotel, where you will be able to enjoy some food and relax. Next, if you are not in a hurry and also want to explore another site, you can visit Itimad-Ud-Daulah (Baby Taj). Here you can explore the rear view of the Taj Mahal, as it casts its shadow on the river Yamuna. At 10:00AM you will drive back to New Delhi, and at 1:00PM you will arrive back at your point of origin/Delhi Airport.

Delhi: All-Inclusive Taj Mahal & Agra Day Trip by Train

4. Delhi: All-Inclusive Taj Mahal & Agra Day Trip by Train

Your tour will begin with as your guide picks you up from your accommodation in Delhi. From there you will be transferred to the Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station to board the Gatimaan Express to Agra. A hot breakfast will be served on the train followed by tea or coffee, before you arrive to the Agra Cantt Railway Station. There you will be received from the platform upon arrival, before your guided city tour starts. From the Agra railway station, you will be taken to the majestic Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world, and is known for its breathtaking beauty. It stands as a perfect white mausoleum with intricate carvings all over it, and your guide will explain the history of the Taj Mahal whilst giving you an insight into its main attraction spots. Just overlooking the Taj Mahal beyond the River Yamuna is the Agra Fort. This red sandstone structure is a marvel of architecture and art and represents the royal life during the Mughal Empire in Agra. The premise of the Red Fort consists of various historical places, which are able to be explored during your visit. Following the Agra Fort lunch will be served at one of the famous air-conditioned restaurants in Agra. Following lunch, you will explore Itmad-Ud-Daulah. Also going by the name "Baby Taj", this monument is built out of white marble with intricate carvings and works. Once you have had your share of the local feel of Agra, you can head back to the Agra Railway Station to board your train back to New Delhi. After reaching New Delhi you will be picked up by a representative, before being transferred to the airport/your hotel.

Taj Mahal & Agra Fort: Private Sunrise Tour from Delhi

5. Taj Mahal & Agra Fort: Private Sunrise Tour from Delhi

Enjoy a full-day tour of Agra, departing from Delhi in the early morning in order to arrive at the iconic Taj Mahal by sunrise. Following a pick-up from your accommodation in Delhi, Gurgaon or Noida at 03:00, transfer to Agra by private, air-conditioned vehicle. Relax on the 3.5-hour drive in a private, air-conditioned car, arriving in Agra at approximately 06:15 AM where you will meet your private guide and enjoy a great view of the sunrise over the Taj Mahal. Marvel at the spectacular marble mausoleum from the outside, before looking inside the temple to Mumtaz Mahal, beloved wife of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Spend about 2-3 hours at the Taj Mahal, with some free time to walk around. Your guide will lead you to the best spots to capture photos and will be happy to take some photos for you. Later, continue to the nearby Red Fort (Agra Fort) to see the beautiful pavilions of a walled city. You will spend 1.5 hour here. Enjoy some free time for breakfast (own expense) before heading back to Delhi where you will arrive at around 3:00 PM.

From Delhi: Private 4-Day Golden Triangle Luxury Tour

6. From Delhi: Private 4-Day Golden Triangle Luxury Tour

Discover some of the most magnificent monuments in India on a luxury, private tour of the 3 great cities of India's Golden Triangle. Treat yourself and stay in luxury accommodation to get a taste of life on the subcontinent during the days of the Raj. Alternatively, book your own accommodation and choose the option which does not include hotel bookings. Day 1: Delhi – Agra Benefit from pick-up at your desired location in Delhi, Noida or Gurgaon. Take a half-day tour of Delhi city center to see monuments such as the Qutub Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. Admire the Lotus Temple (Bahai Temple) and India Gate. Drive past Parliament House and the President's Palace before taking the expressway to Agra.  Day 2: Agra – Jaipur Wake early to get a majestic view of the sunrise and Taj Mahal. Look inside the mausoleum on a 2-hour guided tour before the crowds arrive. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Visit the historic Agra Fort before proceeding to Jaipur.  Day 3: Jaipur City Tour Visit the majestic Amber Fort after breakfast and gaze in wonder at the beauty of Jal Mahal. Continue to the Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal) and stop at the Jantar Mantar Observatory and Maharaja's City Palace. Day 4: Jaipur – Delhi Drive back to Delhi after breakfast and get dropped off at the airport, railway station or your hotel. Agra 4 star hotel options: Holiday Inn or Crystal Sarovar Premier or similar Agra 5 star hotel options: Jaypee Palace or Courtyard by Marriott or similar Jaipur 4 star hotel options: Sarovar Premier or Similar 4 Star Hotel Jaipur 5 star hotel options: Holiday Inn city center or Hilton or Similar 5 Star Hotel

New Delhi: Guided Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Tour

7. New Delhi: Guided Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Tour

Your day trip with start with your friendly driver picking you up from your requested location in New Delhi. Your driver will welcome you before you depart in a private air-conditioned car complete with mineral water, soft drinks, and some snacks for the ride. You can relax and recharge yourself in the car as your driver takes you via a new expressway to Agra. Upon arrival to Agra your government-approved tour guide will welcome you and brief you about your day. You will visit the Taj Mahal at the most magical time of the day, which will provide you with great views and amazing picture opportunities. Take your time at the Taj Mahal, and once you are done you will be taken for lunch in a recommended restaurant. Following lunch you will be taken to Agra Fort, which is one of the most beautiful and grand forts of the Mughals. Whilst at the fort you can understand how the royal families use to live, and will also see a special area in the fort from where King Shah jahan use to admire the Taj Mahal. You will be free to take some pictures, after which you can see some arts and crafts before you leave Agra early to be back in New Delhi in the afternoon.

From Delhi: Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Private Day Tour By Car

8. From Delhi: Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Private Day Tour By Car

Be collected from your accommodation in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida or at the airport from 6:30 AM. Drive to Agra and enjoy a 3-hour peaceful ride in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Arrive in Agra at 9:30 AM. Meet your tour guide and then proceed to visit the Taj Mahal. Explore the Taj Mahal and spend around 2-3 hours in the mausoleum.  At 12:00 PM, the next monument that you will visit is the Agra Fort. This was built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar. Spend around 1 hour exploring here. Next, you will go for lunch break at 5 Star Hotel. After your meal, at 2:30 PM, you will be driven back to Delhi. You will arrive around 6:00 PM. 

Private Taj Mahal & Agra Fort Tour from Agra

9. Private Taj Mahal & Agra Fort Tour from Agra

Begin your full day tour discovering the famous Taj Mahal and Agra Fort with a pick up from your requested location in Agra city, to be transferred to the sights. Skip the long lines to one of the world’s most iconic and romantic buildings, and discover the marble mausoleum of the Taj Mahal in Agra at your own pace. Visit the historic Agra Fort and explore the inside of the walled city.  Discover a jewel of Islamic and Indian art and architecture, built in 1652. Walk by the reflecting pool and fountains, and see the pure marble monument and intricate decorations of Persian calligraphy and interior precious stones up close. Experience the serenity of the monument where the Queen rests in peace with her King for all eternity. Take breathtaking photographs to last a lifetime as you wander around the grounds of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, and step back in time as you learn about the history behind the iconic mausoleum and monument. Be transferred back to your hotel in Agra after the tour ends.

From Delhi: 2-Day Golden Triangle Tour to Agra and Jaipur

10. From Delhi: 2-Day Golden Triangle Tour to Agra and Jaipur

On day 1, travel from New Delhi to Ara by car and enjoy some sightseeing during the day. Begin the trip with a pick-up from the airport, railway station or your hotel in Delhi. You will be taken to Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal via a 3-hour drive on the expressway. Upon arrival to Agra, meet the tour guide and proceed to the magnificent monument Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is an ivory white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna River. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. After, explore the Agra Fort, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Agra Fort is a historical fort in the city of Agra in India. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty until 1638 when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. After visiting Agra Fort, you will be driven to Jaipur. On arrival, check into your hotel and stay overnight in Jaipur. On day 2, enjoy sightseeing in Jaipur. Depart in the morning after breakfast, and meet your local guide to visit the Amber Fort. The Amber Fort was the capital of this state a long time ago. En route, enjoy a photo stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of the Winds. Later, visit Jantar Mantar, City Palace, and the apartment housing museums with an array of textiles, costumes, arms, weapons, and paintings. In the end, you will be transferred back to your hotel in New Delhi or another location in the city.

Frequently asked questions about Taj Mahal

What are other attractions than Taj Mahal that are worth visiting in Agra?

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How can I visit Taj Mahal?

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Entrance to Taj Mahal is free, and you do not need a ticket or pre-booking to visit.

Planning Your Visit

  • Dress code

    Please remember that the Taj Mahal is an Islamic building. Although no specific dress code is enforced, it's best to dress modestly out of respect - this means covering knees and shoulders.

  • Early arrival

    If you want to avoid the lines, it's best to arrive at the Taj Mahal at the crack of dawn. If you're not a morning lark, don't worry - this is one of the most beautiful times of day to view the monument and its gardens.

  • Luggage

    Lockers are available, but please note that your bag is likely to be searched - no food is allowed to be brought into the Taj Mahal.

  • Agra

    Although you might be stopping at the Taj Mahal via New Delhi, the nearby city of Agra is worth a visit, too. It's easy to combine your Taj Mahal trip with a tour to Akhbar's fort and the ghost town of Fatehpur Sikri.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open from sunrise to sunset daily, closed on Fridays.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets start at just Rs710 (about $11) but go up once you add in tour packages and transportation.
  • Will I need a guide?
    The Taj Mahal is one place where a guide will enhance your experience ten-fold. Look at a few different options in order to find the experience that works best for your group.
  • How to get there
    Check trains departing from Agra for the easiest route.
  • Additional information

    • Ticket prices vary for domestic versus foreign visitors, but children under 15 are always free.

    • Tickets can be purchased at the Western and Southern gates, and about 750 meters from the Eastern gate.

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What people are saying about Taj Mahal

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4,030 reviews

Spent a great day visiting the Taj Mahal & the Baby Taj with friends. Vishal Garg, our guide, was very knowledgeable about the Taj’s history and it’s surroundings, and explained everything so clearly. He was organised, funny, and charismatic. Our driver was punctual, drove safely, and navigated the busy roads very carefully. We were also provided with lots of bottles of water to keep us well-hydrated throughout the very hot day. We booked first class tickets on the train and would highly recommend for others to do the same. It was very comfortable and the AC worked very well (maybe a little too well as it was a bit chilly on board). We got snacks in the morning - banana, biscuits, tea - and in the evening - juice, tea, biscuits, nuts, and some pasta dinner we didn’t eat just to be on the safe side. We stopped for lunch at an Indian restaurant (highly recommend the garlic naan) and for a coffee at a Costa Cafe before getting the train back to Delhi. Wonderful tour!

Vinny was a great tour guide. He provided historical information, took great photos of us, and made us feel like VIPs getting through the lines and crowds efficiently. Additionally, he helped one of our group members when she was struggling with the oppressive heat by taking great care of her. Outstanding!

Aman was our guide for the Agra Fort and Taj Mahal sunrise tour and he was amazing. Took the time to explain everything and also take lots of pictures which was one of our requests. We have traveled far for this wonder and wanted to remember it. Thank you Aman.

Truly a wonderful day - both the driver and the guide were brilliant! Ensured we moved at a pace that worked for us, made sure we were comfortable, explained the history in great detail! Highly recommend!

I had an excellent time with the driver and my guide