If you wish to include Fatehpur Sikri in a day trip to Agra,than click here on Same Day Agra Tour by Road
PLEASE NOTE, TRAVELERS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN SAME DAY AGRA TOUR BY SHATABDI TRAIN, PLEASE DO LET US KNOW, WE CAN ALSO CUSTOMISE IT FOR YOU. PLEASE FIND BELOW THE TRAIN TIMINGS FOR SHATABDI:
NEW DELHI - AGRA (by shatabdi train)
Departure from New Delhi :at 06:00 AM
Arrival in Agra : at 08:06 AM
AGRA - NEW DELHI (by shatabdi train)
Departure from Agra :at 09:15 PM
Arrival in New Delhi : at 11:30 PM
Pick up from your Hotel in Delhi and Transferred to New Delhi Railway Station to board the air-conditioned Gatimaan Express train to Agra.
The Gatimaan Express Train departs From New Delhi railway station. Breakfast is served in the train.
Gatimaan Express train arrives Agra. Upon arrival, you are met with our company's representative. later proceed towards the guided city tour of Agra. Agra is situated in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It lies along the banks of Yamuna River. Agra used to be capital of the Mughal Empire till 1658, when it was shifted to Delhi.
Visit Taj Mahal in Agra: The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum, built by fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal. Queen Mumtaj died at the age of 39 years. After her death, grieving Emperor decided to emulate the beauty of their love and passion through a timeless mausoleum, the Taj Mahal. Emperor ordered for the construction of Taj in 1631. It took twenty two years and hard labor of 20,000 workers to built the incredible epitome of love. Emperor named the monument after the name of his wife late queen Mumtaj Mahal. Their bodies have been placed together inside an inner chamber of Taj Mahal. Ustad Ahmad Lahauri was the prime designer of the Taj.
The white marble used to built the Taj that was imported from the place called Makrana near Jodhpur in Rajasthan. Importing of marbles was done with the help of thousands of elephants. It is a fine example of Mughal architecture incorporated with Islamic, India and Persian architectural style. Taj has become a part of UNESCO world heritage sites in 1983.
The most attractive feature of the mausoleum is a central dome, which is around 35 meters high. It is under the dome that the remains of Mumtaj Mahal and Shah Jahan lie in two sarcophagi. Like all Islamic structure, the Taj too has four corners, and on each corner is one minaret, which is 40 meters high. The minarets were used in those days by the muezzin, who used to call the people to come for prayers.
The exterior designs of the Taj Mahal stand still as an outstanding Mughal architecture. The ornamental elements were formed by applying stucco, paint, carvings or by stone inlays. The calligraphy found in the Taj Mahal. The calligraphy made by jasper is inlaid in white marble panels are exceptional, which was constructed by Persian calligrapher Amanat Khan, the one who designed numerous panels.
The incredible Taj Mahal witnessed a list of some notable guests from all over the globe such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Bill Clinton, The Beatles, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Edinburg, Marianne Faithfull, the King and Queen of Norway, Joan Collins etc.
The Red Fort in Agra : Agra for is located just two and a half kilometers from the Taj Mahal. It is another monument in Agra where you get the chance to see and explore while you are on same day Agra tour. Red fort in Agra is build out of red sandstone with two and a half kilometers of rampart that enclose the imperial city. It was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565 on the north-west edge of Shah Jahan Gardens.
Along with Taj, Agra fort has also been included to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Right after the construction of the Taj was completed, Aurangzeb, Shah Jahan's son, made his father home arrest and imprisoned him at Musamman Burj within the fort premises in the Agra Fort. This fort is located on the other side of the Yamuna River and it is said that Shah Jahan spent his time looking out of window at his beloved wife's mausoleum.
The two main gates, Delhi Gate and the Amar Singh Gate, guard the entrance to the fort with its myriad of "fairytale-like palaces" inside. Some of India's greatest leaders ruled their kingdom and spread their influence across the land living within the safety of these walls such as Babur, Shah Jahan, Akbar, Humayun, Aurangzeb and Jehangir.
This seemingly impenetrable fortress has a massive drawbridge which was known as the Elephant Gate. This drawbridge system along with a number of other security measures is known to have been a key feature in keeping out invaders.
Buffet Lunch at any 5 star hotel.
After Lunch visit the exquisite tomb of the emperor Jehangir’s chief minister and father - in - law, often called the ‘Baby Taj’ because its design foreshadows the Taj Mahal. Often described as a "jewel box", sometimes called the "Baby Tāj", the tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah is often regarded as a draft of the Tāj Mahal. It comprises numerous outbuildings and gardens. The tomb, built between 1622 and 1628 represents a transition between the first phase of monumental Mughal architecture primarily built from red sandstone with marble decorations. The mausoleum was commissioned by Nūr Jahān, the wife of Jahangir, for her father Mirzā Ghiyās Beg, originally a Persian Amir in exile.
(Fatehpur Sikri Visit is Optional)
Later proceed towards Fatehpur Sikri : The greatest example of Mughal architecture in India is presently situated 40 lm away from Agra. It is build out of red sandstone that served as the capital of Mughal Empire in 15th century. Fatehpur sikri is popularly known as Ghost City or Abandoned city. An imperial city of Fatehpur sikri was built under the supervision of Emperor Akabar himself between 1571 and 1584.
The city was abandoned in 1585 due to proximity of Rajaputs along the north –western frontier and paucity of water in the town. The architectural grandeur of this deserted city cannot be described in words and one can only experience the aura of its magnificent edifices by seeing them.
Fatehpur sikri built on a rocky ridge 3 km in length and 1 km in width houses numerous pavilions, courts etc. It is presently the prime example of contemporary Mughal architecture with Islamic and Persian influence.
Some notable attractions within the city are the most famous intricately carved doorway Buland Darwaza, a 55 meter high. Another prime attraction is marble coated tomb of Sufi Saint Salim Chisti. Other key attractions include Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, Ibdat Khana, Anup Talao, Panch Mahal, Pachisi Court and many more.
Later drive back to Agra. and explore the city's culture, do shopping and make the most of it till train departs
You are dropped at Agra Cantt Railway Station to board on Gatimaan Express Train to Delhi.
Gatimaan Express train departs from Agra. Evening snacks will be served in the train.