Wednesday, October 6, 2010
1 Nights/2 Days
Itinerary: Delhi – Agra - Delhi
The grandest city of the Mughal rule in India, Agra is synonymous with the Taj Mahal. While Taj Mahal is what draws most visitors to Agra, the city has many other enchanting historical and architectural marvels to admire, such as the majestic red Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. The city of Agra was witness to reigns of three great Mughal emperors: Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. The architecture and ambience of the city is almost a living treasure of the Mughal rule.
Day 1: Delhi – Agra
A Yatra representative will meet you at a location convenient to you in Delhi and transfer you in an air-conditioned vehicle to Agra. The 205 kilometre drive will take about 4 - 5 hours. Upon arrival in Agra, check-in at your pre-booked hotel. Then, head first to the Taj Mahal and then the majestic Agra Fort.
With the arrival of the Mughals led by Babur (in 1526), Agra grew in prominence as almost all of India came under the rule of the Mughal Empire. But Agra reached its zenith in the 16th century, under Akbar, and then Shah Jehan and Jehangir. It was under the rule of Akbar that Agra became a leading center of art, science, commerce, and culture.
The Taj Mahal, which is one man’s monumental testimony to love, has become synonymous not only with this city but with all of India. A mausoleum built by Shah Jahan for his empress Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is the primary attraction of the city. The construction is believed to have taken 18 years (1631-1648) with over 20,000 artisans working around the clock.
Across the banks of the Yamuna is the Agra Fort. Almost in the center of town, the fort represents the architecture in the periods of the three great Mughal emperors, Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. The must-see structures within the complex are Jehangiri Mahal, Anguri Bagh, Khas Mahal and Moti Masjid.
Overnight stay at the hotel
Day 2: Agra – Delhi
After breakfast, head to Fatehpur Sikri and then onwards to Delhi.
Fatehpur Sikri was the new capital of the Mughal Empire, established by the great emperor Akbar. But the city was almost never inhabited due to an acute shortage of water. But this fortified city, just outside the main Agra city stands as majestic today, with its glorious palaces, the five-tiered Panch Mahal, and the tomb on Salim Chisti, the sufi saint who foresaw the birth of Afbar’s cherished first son.
Upon arrival in Delhi. transfer to the airport for onward journey