taj mahal agra india cultural tour

A masterpiece in marble

Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built this beautiful tomb for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

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Taj Mahal and Jaipur Extension

Romantic Rajasthan, Land of Princes

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $2495  
Length: 4 days
Arrive: Delhi, India
Depart: Delhi, India
Lodging: 3 nights deluxe hotels
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Walking tours and cultural exploration

Visa Requirements

A visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting India. Your visa must be obtained prior to arrival.

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

Legendary Rajasthan is full of spectacular color and wondrous reminders of its glorious past. On guided excursions, explore Jaipur, a walled city of pink stone and a treasure-trove of exuberant 18th and 19th century palaces; visit the haunting red sandstone ruins of the remote Mughal capital at Fatehpur Sikri; and watch a golden sunset and sunrise illuminate the legendary Taj Mahal, an exquisite white marble palace set on the banks of the Yamuna River in Agra. “Princely” accommodations include the former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur!

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Delhi, India

Arrive in Delhi where you are met for transfer to the Taj Palace Hotel...Meals on your own

Day 2
Train to Agra / Taj Mahal

Take the early morning train to Agra (2 hrs), capital of the Mughal Empire from the 16th to early 18th centuries. On arrival, enjoy a full-day tour of Agra including the legendary Taj Mahal, an exquisite white marble palace set on the banks of the Yamuna River. The Taj Mahal was constructed over a 21-year period from 1632 to 1653 by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth. It was described by the English poet Sir Edwin Arnold as “Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor’s love wrought in living stones.” Agra’s other treasures include the beautiful four-gated Agra Fort. Overnight at the ITC Mughal Agra...B
Note: The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays, so please note this when scheduling your extension.

Day 3
Fatehpur Sikri / Jaipur / Rambagh Palace Hotel

Awake early this morning for a sunrise viewing of the Taj Mahal, then drive to the haunting desert ruins of Fatehpur Sikri, once the capital of Mughal Emperor Akbar. The emperor and his court stayed here only from 1570 to 1586, and this fabulous city of red sandstone has lain abandoned ever since. The palaces and courtyards remain in pristine condition, offering us an extraordinarily accurate glimpse of a Mughal city. Continue to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. Afternoon tour of the City Palace and Museum. Overnight at the Taj Rambagh Palace, former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Driving time today is approximately 6 hours...B

Day 4
Jaipur / Delhi / Depart

Jaipur was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the early 18th century, and this elegant city is unsurpassed as a testament to the craftsmanship of the old masters. Fresco painting and mirror work were two favorite ways of decorating interior spaces in Jaipur’s forts and gracious residences. Our full-day city tour includes Amber Fort, the Palace of the Winds, or Hawa Mahal, and the fruit and vegetable market. Transfer to the airport for an evening flight to Delhi to connect with late evening homeward-bound flights (or overnight in Delhi, an 'on your own' expense)...BL

Extension Cost

Prices valid through September 30, 2016
$2495 per person, double occupancy
Solo Traveler: $3395
Single supplement: $955
Internal airfare: $295 (subject to change) Jaipur/Delhi one way

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Cost Includes:

  • Services of local English-speaking guide
  • Accommodations
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Activities as indicated and entrance fees for activities listed
  • Ground transportation and transfers as indicated

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare; any additional hotel nights that may be needed before or after your extension; airport departure taxes; any meals not specified after each itinerary day; gratuities to local guides, drivers, and transfer agents; pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations; visa fees (if applicable); travel insurance; any other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, sodas, laundry, etc.).

Taj Palace Hotel

Taj Palace Hotel

Day 1 (1 night), Delhi, India

The prestigious Taj Palace Hotel is the perfect place to unwind after a long flight or a day’s exploration of Delhi. We appreciate it for its ...
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ITC Mughal Agra

ITC Mughal Agra

Day 2 (1 night), Agra, India

The ITC Mughal Agra Hotel is a comfortable property set on 35 acres of lush gardens complete with two swimming pools and an excellent spa.  It ...
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Taj Rambagh Palace

Taj Rambagh Palace

Day 3 (1 night), Jaipur, India

Experience one of life’s rare treats—a stay at the Rambagh Palace, an authentic royal residence and a treasure of India, with its ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.