The Red Fort, Agra's (other) architectural wonder
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The stunning architectural beauty of the Taj Mahal, built entirely of white marble, is particularly evident at sunrise and sunset. At sunrise the changing light casts shadows, and at night it seems to glow – especially when there’s a full moon.

The Taj was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, in Agra, India, and houses the grave of the beloved queen.

The entrance fee to the Taj has increased to $20, but it’s well worth it to visit this wonder of the world. You’ll find many guides who will point out (for a fee) the best spots for taking photographs. Ticket lines are longest at the west gate and shortest at the south gate.

After you’ve visited the Taj Mahal, take a 2.5-kilometer drive to the Red Fort of Agra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort was originally built with brick by Hindus; the Islamic Mughals later captured the fort and rebuilt it with red sandstone. Be sure to check out the Delhi Gate and the Lahore Gate when entering. Throughout the fort you’ll see the interesting mix of Hindu and Islamic architecture.

Most guide books recommend that you make a day trip from Delhi to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. The city itself is quite dirty and polluted, and there’s little else to warrant spending a night there. The Taj is closed on Fridays, so make sure to schedule your visit on a day to see both monuments.

You can also see the Taj Mahal for free by climbing onto a hotel rooftop in the Taj Ganj neighborhood, or go to a small Krishna temple by the Yamuna River where you can see the Taj or take a boat ride (100 rupees) to see it from the river. If you’re not a fan of crowds, have a guide take you across the Yamuna on a road bridge to Mehtab Bagh for another breathtaking view of the Taj at dawn.

After daytripping at the Taj and Red Fort, be sure to experience the famous Mughlai cooking in the many area restaurants before returning to Delhi.

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prakashsingh Oct. 9, 2018 @ 12:01 a.m.

1. Delhi Agra Tour Package

This is our best selling package as here you get to stay in Agar for a night and also visit the local markets, taste the local food etc. In our Delhi Agra tour package, we suggest to plan a minimum of 1 night 2 days tour of Agra from Delhi, where you leave for Agra on Day 1 morning, at around 9-10 am.

On day 1, you visit sites like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Akbar Tomb, Itmad Ud Daulah & later by 5-6 pm you can explore the local markets of Agra & plan a dinner at your choice of restaurant in the city.

On Day 2, you first checkout from the hotel and 1st visit Fatehpur Sikri, which is 90 minutes drive from Agra. Fatehpur Sikri was a planned city develop by Mughal emperor Akbar and for a short period of time was the capital of Mughal empire. Sadly Akbar had to leave the city as it was facing water crises but nevertheless a remarkable structure was developed in India and today Fatehpur Sikri is the 2nd best site to visit in or near Agra after Taj Mahal.

You can view more details on our Agra tour package at https://santramholidays.in/agra-tour-package/

Later you can either come back to Delhi by 3-4 pm or can plan a temple tour of Mathura & Vrindavan. But do note that the temples in these 2 cities are closed from 11:30 am to 5 pm.

2. Taj Mahal tours

Second in our list of Agra tours are our Taj Mahal tours which are more focused for travellers planning a sunrise tour of Taj Mahal which starts at 5 am in Agra. Here we have many tours for our guests and the best one is a 24 hour tour of Agra from Delhi where you leave for Agra from Delhi by 1 am, reach Taj Mahal by 4 pm and get your ticket as early as possible as you will find huge crowd for the sunrise tour.

You will find complete tour detauls on our Taj Mahal tours from Delhi at https://santramholidays.in/taj-mahal-tour/

Later you can either rest at your hotel till noon or visit sites sites in Agra and be back in Delhi by 8 pm.

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avneet111 Feb. 5, 2019 @ 3:10 a.m.

It’s an amazing experience to visit your favorite places whenever you have some time. If you live a busy life and have just one day of time, the Agra city tour is the best option for you.

We had the beautiful experience of visiting the historic Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. We were provided world-class services including a complete professional driver. The driver was our guide who guided us throughout the day. He was very charming and acted like our family member. He made our one-day tour memorable one. if you want to book your one-day Agra tour packages, you can check here - https://thetourbasket.com/same-day-agra-tour/

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