Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri Tour Packages
Sunrise at the Taj Mahal
Red Fort and the Itmad‑ud‑Daula (Baby Taj) in Agra
Explore the beauty of abandoned Fatephur Sikri
Trip Duration: 3 days
Grade: Discovery and Cruising
Activities: Adventure Touring
Summary: 3 day trip and 2 night’s hotels
Welcome to India Lovely
Thank you for your interest in our Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri trip. At India Lovely we are passionate about our off the beaten track experiences as they provide our travellers with the thrill of coming face to face with untouched cultures as well as wilderness regions of great natural beauty. We are committed to ensuring that our unique itineraries are well researched, affordable and tailored for the enjoyment of small groups or individuals ‑ philosophies that have been at our core since 1995 when we began operating adventure holidays. Our itineraries will give you the very best travel experience, designed by people with incredible local knowledge who share our vision of authentic exchange and real exploration with a responsible tourism approach. Whether you like your adventures to include trekking, touring, cycling, mountaineering, kayaking or cruising India Lovely can make it happen for you. We hope you will join us for a life changing experience!!
Why travel with India Lovely?
India Lovely began in India back in 1995 associated with swantour.com its a leading travel agents in India. Having gained invaluable experience over the years and having dealt with the same operator since the beginning, allows us to be sure of the quality of our trips. Our vehicles are well maintained, air conditioned and comfortable. Accommodation has been handpicked for its local character and charm whilst still maintaining a 3 star rating. Our itineraries are all inclusive, with most but not all meals included in the cost of your tour ‑ we understand that there are times when you may want to explore the local markets and restaurants at your leisure. The knowledge and enthusiasm of our local guides ensures that we maintain the leading edge in adventure travel.
Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri
An ideal extension to view the famous sights of Agra with an expert local guide
Departs daily year round
HS – Holiday Season Note: – The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
Note: – prices valid up to 30/09/2017. For trips departing after this date, the price will likely increase subject to local inflationary pressures on operational costs
Joining Agra: $359
All prices are per person options & supplements
Single Supplement: $60
HS – Supplement applies on 25 and 31 December: $120
These short extensions usually operate for a minimum of 2 passengers travelling together, however most can be done if you are travelling alone (Single Traveller Surcharge). If there are two or more people travelling together who cannot or prefer not to share rooms a single supplement cost will be applicable.
For competitive airfares and stopover ideas to join this adventure, contact our expert staff today to receive a detailed quote
An ideal extension to view the famous sights of Agra with an expert local guide, Experience sunrise at the Taj Mahal, walk the battlements, court yard and pavilions of Agra’s Red Fort and head further afield to the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri.
At a glance
DAY 1 ARRIVE AGRA
DAY 2 FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING
DAY 3 IN AGRA, TRIP CONCLUDES
Accommodation on a twin share basis English speaking local guide transfers from airport or train station private vehicle
Sightseeing and entrance fees as listed in itinerary
Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. The policy seems to benefit the tour operators, more than the local economies or travellers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the cost and risk of cash handling to travellers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices we have chosen a policy not to ask for such payments.
DAY 1- Arrive Agra
Upon arrival you will be met at either the airport or the train station and transferred to your centrally located hotel. There are no activities planned for the rest of the day so you are free to wander and explore the markets and streets of Agra.
Agra is situated on the banks of Yamuna River and was first made the capital of India in 1501 by the Lodi dynasty. In 1526, Barbur defeated the Lodis, and for the next two centuries, Agra alternated with Delhi as the Mughal capital.
Agra is a great place to try barbecue meats (kebabs) mixed with Indian spices. Petha, pieces of white pumpkin dipped in sugar syrup, and Gajak, a crumbly sweet made with sesame and jaggery, are delicious local sweets and sold everywhere – try them. For a splurge have a drink at the Oberoi Amarvilas. Built in typical Mughal style, barely 600m from the Taj Mahal, they have the most stunning view of the monument.
DAY 2 Full day sightseeing
Very early this morning, we depart from the hotel and make our way to the Taj Mahal to watch as the sun rises over this extraordinary building. Built by Shah Jahan’s as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal the beauty of this structure is unmatched. We have time to walk the corridors and gardens before continuing on to the Agra Red Fort. With its grand courtyards, royal pavilions and palaces the Agra Fort is a fitting testimony to the Great Moghuls – Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan – during the era when Agra was the capital of the Moghul Empire.
We then travel 35km out of Agra to the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and deserted 14 years later its glorious courtyards and palaces conjure up dreams of the mysterious past. There’s the imperial Jami Masjid, the tomb of Shaik Salim Chisti who predicted the birth of Akbar’s son Jehangir, the Panch Mahal, a strange building which resembles a Buddhist Temple, a cloistered courtyard which was the Hall of Public Audience and the Pachchisi paved with black and white where the Emperor played chess using slave girls as figurines. We return to the hotel in Agra for the night.
You will then return to your hotel where you will have free time. If time permits you should visit Itimad-ud-Daulah, known as the ‘Baby Taj’; it was built before the Taj Mahal by Nur Jahan, queen of Jehangir, for her parents. The first Mughal building to be faced with white marble and where ‘pietra dura’, (precious stones inlaid into marble) was first used Or alternatively head down to the Yamuna River and take a small boat across the river to get a glimpse of the Taj Mahal from a different angle and a different perspective – truly magical.
* Please note the Taj Mahal is closed on Friday’s.
DAY 3 In Agra, trip concludes
Today is departure day, so after breakfast you will be transferred to the train station or airport for your onward connection. If your onward travel is later in the day, remember that check out time is 12:00 noon. You can arrange luggage storage at the hotel.
This itinerary is subject to change with any change in Community regulations as well as Governmental changes and natural circumstances beyond our control.
These trip notes represent the most current information for this itinerary, and may supersede any information in the current brochure, including but not limited to the itinerary and price. The itinerary should be seen as a guide only. This itinerary may change at any time due to inclement weather, forces of nature and other circumstances beyond our control.
- Ancient Varanasi & the Ganges
- India’s Golden Triangle
- Temples of Khajuraho
- Delhi to Kathmandu
It’s hard to imagine a more enticing destination in anyone’s books. India is exciting, exhilarating, romantic and exotic. A vast subcontinent, India has an incredible rich history and culture, a diversity of people, scenery, religions and architecture to rival any place on earth and for the inquisitive traveller, it is simply unmissable. The land is geographically diverse, from Himalayan Mountains and far ranging deserts in the north, to lush coconut palms and white sandy beaches in the south. Ancient influences and the modern world constantly blend and evolve in a way that can only be described as natural. India is a wonderful country with a heart and soul that will inspire and intrigue! Love it or hate it, India has continued to fascinate travellers for thousands of years.
India is the largest country in the subcontinent and shares borders with Pakistan to the west, China and Nepal to the north, Bhutan to the north‑east and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. Sri Lanka, the Maldives lie to the south in the Indian Ocean. It is the seventh largest country in the world by area and prides itself on being the largest democracy on earth.
Population of India now exceeds one billion, and although more than a thousand languages are spoken, English is the second language and is widely taught in Indian schools.
Climate in India varies greatly, from the arid deserts of Rajasthan, to the snow covered mountains in Uttarakhand, to the humid and tropical south and the lush green and wet highlands of the North East.
Basically India has three‑seasons ‑ the hot, the humid wet monsoon and the cool. The heat starts to build up on the northern plains, including Delhi and Rajasthan, around mid-March and by late April it becomes extremely hot ‑ expect 35‑45°C (95‑113°F) days in most places. The first signs of the main monsoon, from the southwest, appear in May with high humidity, short rainstorms and violent electrical storms. The monsoon rains begin in the extreme south and slowly move north to cover the whole country by early July and generally ends by late September. The monsoon doesn’t really cool things off, but it’s a great relief ‑ especially to farmers.
A second monsoon, the short and surprisingly wet northeastern monsoon, brings rain from mid‑October to the end of December. This affects generally affects the eastern and southern coast including Orissa, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
India’s northern states become cooler during November to February each year. Expect daytime temperatures to be between 15‑25°C (59‑77°F). In late December and January it can be very cold at night in Uttar Pradesh and the desert regions of Rajasthan, between 0‑5°C (32‑41°F). In south, basically anywhere below Mumbai, during this time, it never really gets cool, the temperatures are comfortably warm rather than hot.
A typical day
We will be met early by our guide each morning for our sightseeing excursions. Evenings will be at leisure to explore the city.
Provided we are advised in advance of your departure we are able to cater for vegetarian diets and can assist with medically recommended diets (allergies and intolerances). Please ensure you discuss your requirements with us well in advance (at least 1 month prior to your trip) to determine whether we can cater to such dietary requirements on your chosen adventure. Please note that options are likely to be limited in very remote locations or alternatives may be more expensive or unavailable. There may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own food. We are unable to guarantee a peanut‑free or allergen‑free trip, and therefore, we strongly encourage that travellers with life‑threatening or severe allergies take
All necessary medical precautions to prepare for the possibility of exposure, Passengers must travel with all necessary medications for food allergies and be capable of self‑administering these medications.
There are no specialist gear requirements for this trip.
Vehicles & safety
During the course of your trip, we will use a variety of vehicles, all of which are fit for purpose and the conditions encountered. It should be noted that laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and on occasion some vehicles may not have seat belts fitted. While game viewing within a national park could be one example, public bus transfers or specialised transport such as ‘tuk‑tuk’s’ could be another. Where seat belts are not provided we strongly recommend that you hold tight to a fixed part of the vehicle at all times.
What’s not included?
- International airfares
- Travel Insurance (compulsory)
- Meals and beverages not mentioned in the itinerary
- Transport to/from Agra
- Tips and gratuities
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, alcohol etc
These are our least demanding trips and involve little or no extended activity. They are suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and good health. The itinerary involves long travel days on various types of transport.
The environments we travel through are fragile. It is our responsibility as visitors to minimise the impact of our presence. India Lovely were the proud recipients of the inaugural Australian National Travel Industry’s Environmental Achievement award for our Responsible Travel Guidebook. This detailed guide to responsible and sustainable travel is provided to all India Lovely clients before they travel. Please ask your consultant if you have not received your copy of our award winning book.
By its very nature adventure travel involves an element of the unexpected. In remote and developing countries do not expect standards you are used to at home. Remote areas are sometimes unpredictable and itineraries may be altered. To get the most out of your adventure it is important that you are flexible, positive and eager to take on all the challenges that arise. If you are uncertain about your suitability for this trip we recommend that you speak with your consultant or travel agent.
India Lovely invites you to attend our inspiring adventure travel information nights. These special evenings are designed to inform and entertain and are hosted by our most experienced and passionate adventure travellers and mountaineers. Ask our staff for an info night schedule or register on our website ‑ http://www.indialovely.com. Shows can fill early so it is important to register your attendance so we know to save a seat, or two!
The adventures featured in our brochures, and on our website, are just a starting point for many of our private group travellers. Working closely with our Groups Department we can organise custom designed itineraries for groups of friends, clubs, charity’s, schools or even work colleagues. Our team will assist you with all aspects of your private group adventure from itinerary design to group flights. Contact our team today.
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to call us now to check availability. There are many reasons why you may not be able to join your desired departure and limited space on our small group departures is just one of them. Many of our adventures require us to secure services on your behalf; such as trekking permits, train travel and visa invitation letters. The demand is increasing each year making it difficult to join a trip last minute. To ensure we can assist you onto your adventure of a lifetime we ask that you check your trip availability with our team at your earliest convenience.
How to book
To book a India Lovely trip, you will need to complete a booking form and pay a nonrefundable deposit which you can do by using our online booking function for most trips, or if you prefer, download a booking form from the website and return to us by fax, or mail your booking form and deposit to your nearest India Lovely office or travel agent. We can also help you with any additional arrangements that you require, such as competitive airfares to get you to your destination, stopovers, pre or post trip accommodation or any additional tours that you wish to take in conjunction with the main India Lovely trip.