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Explore the majestic heart of India

Home to no less than three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Agra is India’s undisputed sightseeing capital. Hear the histories and learn the legends of Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal on locally-led guided tours, then uncover further secrets of the city under your own steam. Extend your stay to make an optional trip to see the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri.

Independent Experiences

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Agra, India
Agra, India
Independent Experiences
Physical rating
Min 7
Group size
Min 1, Max 4

Why you'll love this trip

  • Be caught up in the romance of the Taj Mahal

  • Uncover the secrets of Agra city on a guided tour of its neighbourhoods

  • Learn about the various structural defences incorporated into Agra Fort

Is this trip right for you?

  • Please note that this is not a group tour, but an independent trip using local guides in Agra.

  • From April 2017, the main dome of the Taj Mahal will undergo mud pack therapy to restore its original colour. It is expected the dome will be covered in iron scaffolding during the process which is expected to last a year.


Your Independent Experience starts today in Agra with an arrival transfer.
Meet your guide at your accommodation and get some tips on how to spend your first day exploring and the best place for dinner.
The rest of the day is free for you to explore the local bazaars or enjoy an evening meal.
If you wish to visit the Taj Mahal for sunset, your guide can arrange this for you today for an additional cost.
Please note the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays so keep this in mind when planning your time here.
  • Jaypee Palace or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
If you opt to view the Taj Mahal at sunrise you will be met at your hotel at approx 6 am by your guide who will brief and accompany you on today's activities.
Alternatively if you opt for a later 2 pm visit to the Taj your guide will meet you at a time decided the previous evening (this is usually around 8.30 am in order to visit the Red Fort first).
Visit the Taj Mahal - a masterpiece of shimmering white marble set amid beautiful formal gardens. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz, this 'teardrop on the face of eternity' (as it was described by writer Rabindranath Tagore) lives up to all expectations.
Visit Agra Fort on the banks of the Yamuna River. Built in 1565 by Emperor Akbar, the fort was originally designed to be a military structure. It was converted to a palace in Emperor Shah Jahan's time and eventually became his prison after he lost power in 1658.
Today you will also have free time to unwind and relax, explore the back lanes of Agra, visit the Taj again, or watch local artisans and villagers making handicrafts, marble inlay work, or carpets.
  • Jaypee Palace or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Agra - Local Guide (Full Day)
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Agra - Agra Fort
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your tour ends today in Agra after breakfast.
There are no activities planned until your included departure transfer to the airport or train station.
Otherwise there are optional activities available including a return visit to the Taj for sunrise, a spectacular sight of changing colours as the sun reflects off the white tiles, or a visit to the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri.
Additional accommodation is available to extend your stay or you may like to add on another of our Independent Experiences or Urban Adventures in India.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


2 breakfasts


Auto-rickshaw, Private vehicle


Comfortable hotel

Included Activities

  • Agra - Local Guide (Full Day)
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Agra - Agra Fort

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Important notes

The main dome on the Taj Mahal will undergo mud pack therapy due to begin in April 2017. It is likely the entire dome will be obscured by iron scaffolding. Portions of the white marble façade will be covered in mud and plastic sheets during the cleaning process. The restorations will be carried out in sections and the work on the dome is expected to last one year.

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