Embark on the 1 Day Delhi 1 Day Agra Tour and explore the major attractions of Delhi on the first day followed by a night stay over there. On the second day, proceed towards Agra for its sightseeing and explore the Mughal architecture- Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Return to Delhi and you will be dropped at the hotel/airport.
Day 1: Delhi
The Delhi Sightseeing Tour starts with your pick up from the hotel. Post that, explore the following major attractions which has made Delhi, a historical and heritage place in India. Delhi is the national capital of India where diversity in culture and cuisines can be witnessed.
Old Delhi Sightseeing Tour
The Red Fort is also known as Lal Quila which had been the erstwhile residence of the Mughal Rulers. It situated in the heart of Delhi, Chandani Chowk. The fort was built by Shah Jahan when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. Several building s are housed within, Diwan-i-Aam, Moti Masjid, Nahr-i-Bashi, and Diwan-i-Khaas. The architecture is built with the combination of three styles- Persian, Indian and Timurid. The Red Fort is closed on Mondays.
Jama Masjid of Delhi is one of the largest mosques in India. The masjid was built in Islamic style in the 16th century by Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor, who also built the Taj Mahal in Agra. Up to twenty-five thousand people can gather in its courtyard at the same time. The structure was built by three types of stones- Red Sandstone, Marble and Sand Stone.
Rajghat is a memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and here many people visit this place barefoot to pay homage to the father of nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Within the complex, a museum lies, which depicts the whole life of Mahatma Gandhi. There are some other memorials dedicated to Rajiv Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Chandra Shekhar Azad, I K Gujral etc.
New Delhi Sightseeing Tour
The Qutub Minar is the UNESCO World Heritage Site which is 73 meters tall. This tower of victory is a five-story building and its construction was initiated by Qutab-ud-din in 1193 and later completed by his successor, Itutmish. Click the pictures of the tower from the different angles. Within the Qutub Minar complex, several structures lie- Ala’I Minar, Ala’i-Darwaza, 7 meters tall which is the tallest building in India.
Humayun’s Tomb is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi. This tomb was built by Hamida Banu Begum, also known as Haji Begum, in the memory of his husband, Humayun's after fourteen years of his death. The architecture was built with the combination of Persian and Mughal style. Some graves of Mughal rulers are also housed within the tomb.
The Lotus Temple is in the form of a white lotus petal and dedicated to the Baha’I Faith but it is open for everyone irrespective of religion or gender. This edifice is the best place to meditate as you get the peaceful atmosphere inside the temple. The temple is dotted with beautiful garden and pools. The white marble structure is composed of 27 lotus petals and 9 doors which leads to natural lighting inside the prayer hall where 2500 people can sit together.
The India Gate
This is memorial built in the memory of Indian Army Soldiers who died during World War I. Visitors arrive here to pay tribute to those martyrs. The edifice looks beautiful in the night due to its lighting effects. The Amar Jawan Jyoti had been installed later in the memory of the soldiers who died during Indo-Pak War. A flame is burnt out every time to remember the sacrifices of the Martyrs. Near by the India Gate, drive past the Parliament House, Rashtrapati Bhawan (or President’s House) and Secretariat Buildings.
After the sightseeing of the above major attractions, you will be dropped at your hotel. Overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi –Agra – Delhi
Early in the morning, your pick up will be scheduled at the hotel. Drive towards Agra and upon arrival, proceed to visit the following tourist spots-
Visit the great historical monument- Taj Mahal, which was built by Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan as a memorial for his wife, Mumtaz; who died after giving birth to their 14th child. After the completion of the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan was imprisoned in Agar Fort by his son cruel son – Aurangzeb. At that time, Shah Jahan could only gaze at the Taj Mahal form the small window of the prison. After the death of Shah Jahan , he was buried besides the grave of Mumtaz.
The Taj Mahal is a white marbled architecture, lies on the banks of Yamuna River which took almost 20 years in completion. After that, Shah Jahan said – “The Taj Mahal has made the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.”This monument is bounded by three gates in the three different directions- East, West and South. It was built with Mughal style and also known as the Crown of Palaces. Inside the mausoleum, the graves of Mumtaz and Shah Jahan lie in the basement of the central chamber. It is believed that Shah Jahan had cut off the hands of all the labors so nobody can built the similar piece of architecture in future. The chief architect was Ustad Ahmad.
The Taj Mahal is declared as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It had been also enlisted as one of the seven wonders for few years.
Note- The Taj Mahal is closed every Friday.
Visit the Agra Fort, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is inspired from the Indo-Islamic architecture. The fort is also known as Red Fort due to usage of the red sandstones in the architecture. This fort was also built by the same architect – Ustad Ahmad, who built the Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan, the mughal emperor spent eight years of his life in the prisoner of the Agra Fort by the orders of his son, Aurangzeb. The fort is bounded by some courtyards- Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of private Audiences), Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors), Musamman Burj, Khas Mahal, Anguri Bagh, Jehangir’s Palace and Hauz-i-Jehangir. Mina Masjid was the private mosque used by Shah Jahan. The main entrance is towards the Amar Singh Gate.
In the afternoon, depart for Delhi by road. You will be dropped at Delhi hotel/airport for the onward journey.