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

1. 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.

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Taj Mahal & Agra Fort: Private Sunrise Tour from Delhi

2. 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.

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New Delhi: Guided Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Tour

3. 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.

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Delhi: Private 3-Day Golden Triangle Experience

4. Delhi: Private 3-Day Golden Triangle Experience

Day 1: Delhi Half-Day City Tour, Agra Begin your 3-day Golden Triangle tour with pickup from your desired location in Delhi, Noida, or Gurugram by air-conditioned car. Your half-day tour of Delhi begins with a visit to Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. Admire the Lotus Temple, also called Bahai Temple, and India Gate. Traveling in a private climate-controlled vehicle with a driver, you will later ride past the Parliament House, the President's Palace, and the Secretariat buildings. Following your tour in Delhi, have lunch before driving for 3 to 4 hours along the Yamuna Expressway to Agra. Upon arrival in Agra, check-in to your hotel before spending the evening at leisure. Day 2: Agra and Jaipur Start your sightseeing of Agra city early with a mesmerizing view of the sunrise as it ascends beside the Taj Mahal. Take a guided tour inside the Taj Mahal for approximately 2 hours, before returning to your hotel for breakfast. Following breakfast, check-out from your hotel and visit the historic Agra Fort, also known as Red Fort. Afterwards, proceed to Jaipur, where upon your arrival you will check in to your hotel. Day 3: Jaipur City Tour, Delhi Kick start the last day of your tour with a satisfying breakfast. Following that, take a guided sightseeing tour of Jaipur city. Visit Amber Fort situated on the top of the hill, and be treated to the majestic and surreal views of Jal Mahal. Following your time exploring the Jal Mahal, head to the Palace of Winds, also known as Hawa Mahal, which was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. You will later finish with a visit to Jantar Mantar and Maharaja’s city palace, during which you will have time for lunch. Finally, you will make the journey back to Delhi, or if you prefer, to Jaipur Airport. Agra 4 star hotel options: Holiday Inn or Crystal Sarovar Premier or similar 4 Star Hotel Agra 5 star hotel options: Jaypee Palace or Courtyard by Marriott or similar 5 Star Hotel 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

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Private Taj Mahal & Agra Fort Tour from Agra

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

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From Delhi: Private Taj Mahal & Agra Tour by Express Train

7. From Delhi: Private Taj Mahal & Agra Tour by Express Train

Get picked up from the airport or your hotel in the Delhi NCR area at around 7:00 am, before being taken to the Nizamuddin railway station. Enjoy the 90-minute air-conditioned train journey that departs at 8:00 am with complimentary breakfast. At 9:30 am, you will reach Agra Cantt railway station. Upon exit, you will be met by your private guide with your name sign. Start the tour by visiting the Taj Mahal, one of the 7 wonders of the world. Admire the beauty of the Taj Mahal, and learn about the remarkable story of how and why it was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his beloved wife, Mumtaz. Your guide can assist in taking photos for you at the best spots at Taj Mahal. After touring the Taj Mahal for approximately 2 hours, you will be guided to the nearby Agra Fort, which is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following this 45-minute tour of Agra Fort tour, enjoy a lunch break. Once you have enjoyed your lunch (not included), visit Baby Taj, the first Mughal structure built completely from marble. The monument makes extensive use of Pietra Dura, and sits magnificently on the Yamuna River, making for excellent views. At around 4:30 pm, begin your return journey back Agra Cantt Railway station, where you will take the train departing at 5:45 PM to Delhi with supper on board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred back to your desired location in Delhi by private car.

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Varanasi: Night Cruise, Aarati Ceremony and Dinner

8. Varanasi: Night Cruise, Aarati Ceremony and Dinner

Your tour will begin at 5:00 PM with pickup from your hotel. Take a boat ride along the river, where you can enjoy the breathtaking sights of the city lit up at night. Here you’ll see locals washing, meditating or spending some serene time at the water’s edge. You might catch a glimpse of akhada, an Indian art of fighting. Disembark to watch the aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges. See a priest take a sacred brass lamp and offer prayers to the holy river. The ceremony involves lights, cymbals, scented incense sticks, and people singing hymns and chanting. It’s a truly mesmerizing experience. After the ceremony, you will be taken for a delicious dinner at a local restaurant. Order your favorite dishes and relish them in the warm hospitality and cozy ambiance. After dinner, you will be dropped safely back at your hotel in Varanasi.

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Delhi: 6-Day Golden Triangle & Varanasi Private Tour

9. Delhi: 6-Day Golden Triangle & Varanasi Private Tour

Begin the first day of your trip with a pickup from your hotel or other desired place in Delhi, Noida or Gurugram. Start with a half-day city tour of Delhi. Visit Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, and India Gate. Drive by Parliament House and the President's Palace. After that, proceed to Agra via a 4-hour drive. Upon arrival in Agra, check in to your hotel.  On day 2, you will get up before sunrise, and head to the Taj Mahal to watch the sun come up over this world-famous monument. You will spend two hours exploring the site. After that, return to your hotel for breakfast and to check out, and then spend an hour visiting the Agra Fort. You will then start the 5-hour drive to Jaipur. After breakfast the following day, you will enjoy a guided tour of the Amber Fort. Next, visit the Jal Mahal, a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake, followed by the Maharaja’s City Palace. Drive past the beautiful Hawa Mahal, a large structure built so the women of the royal household could observe the streets outside whilst remaining hidden.  After breakfast on day 4, you will be transferred to Jaipur airport for your domestic flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival at Varanasi airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel to check in. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.  In the morning of day 5, you will be driven to Assi Ghat, where you will watch the Hindu fire ceremony rituals performed by women priests. Next, enjoy a sunrise boat tour on the River Ganges to see the Ghats of this ancient city. After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Varanasi which includes the Banaras Hindu University and its temple, a traditional school where children are learning an ancient version of Sanskrit, and a historical wrestling ground.  On day 6, if you have not chosen the option with a return flight to Delhi, you will be transferred to a location of your choice in Varanasi. If you have chosen the option with the flight, upon arrival at Delhi airport, you’ll be dropped off at a location of your choice in Delhi, Noida or Gurugram.

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Private Taj Mahal & Agra Tour from Delhi by Car

10. Private Taj Mahal & Agra Tour from Delhi by Car

Begin your full day Taj Mahal and Agra Fort tour with a pick-up from your hotel in the Delhi NCR area or the airport starting any time between 4.00 and 10.00 am, to depart to Agra city via the expressway. Meet your private guide when you arrive in Agra city and proceed to the Taj Mahal, which was built in the 17th century by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his beloved wife Mumtaz. After touring the Taj Mahal, head to the nearby Agra Fort, built in 1565 A.D. and another majestic creation of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Begin the drive back to your hotel in Delhi after enjoying a lunch in Agra, for which your guide can give you an overview and suggestions for the best restaurants in the city. 

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A good, communicative guide. Showed us lots of details, helped to get interesting photos. Good and understandable English-speaker. We really enjoyed! A calm guide who knows a lot and tells interesting things. Picked up from the hotel on time, everything is clear. I advise! The tour is suitable for English speaking people. Amir guide

I booked a 3:30 am pick up/tour. Naval was the driver that met me at the hotel. He was punctual and courteous. We picked up Islam our tour guide in Agra. Islam was great at providing information during the tour. He also takes amazing pictures. I highly recommend this tour.

Amir was a fantastic tour guide. He is very courteous, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. I am very appreciative of all the photos he took for me. He knew all the best vantage points for photos. It was also nice to have the time on your own to explore.

Riyaz the guide is really knowledgeable with good storytelling skills. He takes excellent pictures and is very friendly. Vikas the driver drives well and safely.

The guide Was very helpful and had full knowledge of Taj Mahal.