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- Duration: 13 Hrs
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
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Pickup from Hotel / Airport or any other desired pickup location in Delhi, Noida or Gurugram
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Returns to original departure point
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Visit the world-famous Taj Mahal at sunrise on this full-day tour from New Delhi. Get picked up from the airport or your Delhi hotel and travel in a private vehicle to Agra. Dawn is a magical time to see the Taj Mahal, the UNESCO World Heritage Site built by a Mughal emperor in memory of his beloved wife. Afterwards, your guide will take you to the imposing red sandstone Agra Fort and to enjoy some shopping, before returning you to Delhi. Breakfast, transport, and entrance fees are included.
Vegetarian meal option available
Day trip (destination A to B)
Private guide for a more personalized experience
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Pass By: New Delhi, New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi
Get picked up from either the airport or your New Delhi hotel at 2:30am in order to reach the Taj Mahal at dawn. Travel in a private vehicle to Agra, around a 3-hour drive away via the Yamuna Express Highway.
Once you arrive in Agra, meet your local tour guide and begin a sunrise tour of the world-famous Taj Mahal, and you'll be just in time for sunrise. See just how stunning the majestic palace looks under the beautiful rising sun before you head out with your guide on a tour of the grounds.
Please note: the Taj Mahal is closed every Friday
After your Taj Mahal tour, enjoy an included buffet breakfast in a 5 star hotel before moving on to yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Agra Fort. Built by Emperor Akbar in 1565 CE, this large fort is made of red sandstone, and its elegant buildings reflect the synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles. Its maze of courtyards, mosques, and private chambers echo the story of the Mughal Empire.
Next, enjoy some shopping in Agra, which is known for its unique handicrafts made of marble with soft-stone inlay work. The citys other major handicraft products besides inlay work are leather, brass, carpets, jewelry, and embroidery work (own expense).
At around 1pm, enjoy a lunch break at one of the best local restaurants in the city (own expense).
After a memorable day, you will be driven back to Delhi, arriving by 5pm, where you will be dropped off at your hotel or the airport.
All Transfers/Sightseeings by air conditioned private vehicle
Hotel/airport pickup and drop-off
Professional private tour guide
Buffet breakfast at a 5* hotel (If All Inclusive Option Booked)
Monument Entrance fees (If All Inclusive Option Booked)
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
Most travelers can participate
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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Well worth putting in the long day to visit this incredible building.
Plenty of time to see both the Taj and Fort.
Early start but easy to nap in car ride. Prem was excellent driver and stopped at a truck stop (interesting experience) for me to have coffee and use the facilities.
Sun wasn’t making an appearance but the early morning mist created a dreamy atmosphere. Guide Rocky was very knowledgeable about mogul history and answered my many questions. The Taj is worth every penny and every missed minute of sleep.
Breakfast afterwards was at a lovely hotel where I was given an hour to eat and absorb the morning alone - perfect.
Then on to the fort and to the baby Taj (which I paid for).
There were too many stops with sales people pressing for business and not enough stops to see the beauty and uniqueness of Agra.
But Rocky was an excellent host. Easy to understand and talk to. And Prem was the perfect driver.
The Agra tour by Trip Advisor was overall a huge disappointment. Our guide Tony made our experience feel unsafe, shallow, and aimed at making you spend money at every turn.
I asked if we could eat breakfast at a well-reviewed south Indian restaurant, and our guide avoided the question and acted like we had to eat at the Trident Hotel (a place that is part of a more expensive trip advisor package). Our guide said the south Indian restaurant was disgusting, and we shouldn’t go. I then asked what his favorite local restaurant was, as he was from Agra, and he said Trident Hotel was the best. This was our first red flag.
Before visiting Agra, I reached out to trip advisor about the itinerary, and explained that we were not interested in shopping. I read several reviews saying that other people were taken to shops by their tour guide so if they bought something the guide would get a portion of the money. I received feedback from trip advisor saying we didn’t have to go shopping, and we could in fact go anywhere in Agra, even if it wasn’t on the tour, we would just have to pay the entrance fees.
During the entirety of our tour at the Taj our guide Tony talked about the stonework and the inlaid gemstones at the Taj. He took us to a shop afterwards that specializes in this kind of gem and stonework. While the craftsmanship at the shop was high quality they have a display area out front with workers displaying how they supposedly make everything by hand. It felt like a tourist display and the prices for the goods were very high. After the marble shop we went to Agra Fort, which was the least appealing of the forts we visited in India and he talked endlessly about tapestries they would hang that are of course no longer present. After telling us a little about the fort and a focus on the tapestries he then insisted we go to a tapestry shop to see their wares. We told him we were not interested and did not want to buy a tapestry but he insisted. Only after telling him a second time we did not want to go to a shop and instead wanted to visit the gardens across from the Taj did he concede and the mood of the tour changed entirely. He became distant and reluctant to respond to our questions and you could hear a level of scorn in his voice for us not wanting to do things as he had planned. This not only made us uncomfortable riding with him but also having all of our belongings in a car with him as we walked the gardens on our own.
It was a memorable experience! Everything that we wanted and so much more. Professionally organised and executed. Our driver was so caring and reminded us of our pick up venue way in advance and our guide (Rocky) was the highlight. He walked us through the historical timeline of the Moghul Empire and culminating in the reasons for building the "Taj Mahal". Our guide Rocky is amazing in taking excellent photographs. We brought back wonderful pleasant memories. Thank you Viator!
Prior to our trip our driver sent his picture and reconfirmed our 2:15 am hotel pick up in Delhi. He was on time and drove us the 3 hours to meet our day guide at the Taj Mahal. Early is the key as we were first in line to enter the gate and quickly made our way to the best photos with virtually no one else in them. Our guide was a photo expert and historian and moved us around with great ease capturing each essential, once in a lifetime photos. Breakfast at a local hotel was very good and a much needed break before heading to Agra which was a bit disappointing. We passed on the ceramics shop as we preferred an earlier return to Delhi. Thank you Viator for vetting your supplies and providing an outstanding day trip
Guide had excellent knowledge of area and conveyed a lot of interesting facts and figures about the Taj Mahal and Agra in good English. the breakfast was most enjoyable. a pleasant location. personally, i didnt need to go outlets that wanted to sell their products. the drive to and from Delhi was long but the driver excellent and i enjoyed the trip. the driver was very patient in the afternoon traffic when getting my safely back to my hotel. Not sure who the person was who drove with us from Delhi to Agra?? He didnt have a lot of English that i could understand and slept most of the way... a nice (long) day out :)
We had a very full, 14 hr day! The driver was very prompt for our 2:30am hotel pickup. He stopped mid-way for our "potty" break, then continued to Agra, where we met our Guide Rocky. Great early morning at the Taj. Guide gave good commentary and pointed out the best photo spots too. Bkfst was ok. The Red Fort was exceptional. The "handicraft" vendors - carpet demo, jewelry and tapestry - even though we were assured there would be no pressure, were pushy.
Two negatives (1) the guide activated his mobile hot spot in the car and was "very eager" for me to complete a TripAdvisor review...on the spot...so he would get good feedback. (2) The driver on the return was very sleepy...kept drifting lanes...many, many times. I tried to ask qns and engage him to keep him awake, but without conversation I could see his eyes closing in the rearview mirror. Then, he was comparing how long he had been with us vs the guide, inferring that he get a higher tip. Hummm.
Overall I would highly recommend the itinerary. Just stand your ground.
The service received by Prem and Rocky was excellent. They were very friendly and knowledgeable. They took us everywhere to learn more about the history behind the amazing Taj Majal. It was a great experience.
Our driver, Prem, was very professional and we felt safe throughout. We had Toni as our guide and he was informative, polite and professional. He knew the many spots to take nice pictures of the Taj.
When asked if we wanted to go to any of the shopping areas, we declined as we were very tired of being met with pushy sellers. Tony was okay with that and did not insist, which we appreciated. Our tour of the Agra Fort thereafter took 30 minutes, which we could not help but wonder if it was because we rejected the shopping.
Nonetheless, we would take this tour again because it was a good way to beat the crowd and avoid touts. Highly recommend Nikita Holidays.
Do ask for the wifi on board!
The tour to visit the Taj Mahal is really great, but I did not feel safe during the trip. As I left Delhi at 2:15 AM and retorn at 4:00 PM with the save driver, I notice that the drive was asleep. My recommendation is to use two drivers for the tour or go the day before and sleep in Agra.