We will have early breakfast today and check-out from the hotel for transfer to the Delhi railway station. We board a super fast train that departs Delhi at 8.10 am and arrives in Agra at 9.50 am. It is currently the fastest train in India that covers a distance of 400 km in 100 minutes.
On arrival, we will be greeted by our team in Agra and transfer to our hotel.After check in formalities, we proceed for a half day guided tour of Agra
Agra in terms of ambience is still associated with its Mughal period. The Mughals besides being great rulers were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra. It has many wonderful monuments – the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and aesthetically laid out gardens - each one a silent witness to a grand style of a golden era. After visiting the Agra Fort, we stop for a quick lunch at Sheroes Cafe – which is run by women who have been victims of acid attacks. The unique aspect is that the menu items do not have a fixed cost – you donate a s you like. Another opportunity for you to support a noble cause!
Read about their story here.
We then proceed to visit the Taj Mahal - one of the Seven Wonders of the World and arguably one of the most popular monuments in the world. This outstanding piece of architecture was built in 1653 by Emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Its mermerising beauty makes it one of the most romantic buildings on earth.
Read more about the incredible story behind the Taj Mahal here.
For a bit of a contrast from our lunch venue, for dinner we will head to one of the most luxurious hotels in India, the Amar Vilas, to enjoy delectable Mughlai food at their restaurant called Esphahan. The hotel is merely 600m away from the Taj Mahal and has glorious views of the monument. The Full moon is only a couple of nights away, and when the white marble mausoleum illuminates in the moon light, it is an incredible sight.
Read more about our dinner here.
Culinary experience for the day – Sheroes Café and Esphahan at Amar Vilas
Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner