Discover the magic of white marble at Agra! The city is home to UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. As it lies on the banks of Yamuna River, this architectural marvel and testimony of undying love is steeped in history and romance. With a somewhat charming side, the city reveals an amazing tapestry of life as you are greeted by vendors in bustling markets and curious locals in chaotic alleyways. The city was first mentioned in the remarkable 5th century Indian epic, the Mahābhārata, and was a former capital of the great Mughal empire.
The Gateway, Agra, retains the inimitable style of the Taj group and makes for a memorable holiday in 'the land of the Taj Mahal'. See Hotel
The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
Hotel Style: Resort
Few hotels can boast of having uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal from every one of its luxurious rooms. See Hotel
The Trident Agra
Hotel Style: International
The Trident Agra, is set amidst beautiful gardens with a central courtyard - complete with a swimming pool and fountains. See Hotel
Things to do
Safari on the Chambal River
Experience a relaxing full day cruise on the calm waters and watch the dramatic landscape pass by with your Chambal River Safari expedition on an ideal day. Best explored by boat and accompanied by a trained naturalist, the expedition allows for close encounters with spectacular birds and wildlife. The boatmen are highly skilled at manoeuvring as close to the wildlife as possible without disturbing them. The National Chambal Sanctuary is home to the Gharial, the highly endangered Gangetic Dolphin, Marsh Crocodiles (Muggers), Smooth-Coated Ottersand Indian Striped Hyenas. It also houses over 316 bird species, resident and migratory, such as the Indian Skimmer, Greater Thick-knee, Small Pratincole and Lapwings.
Highlights of Chambal
Enjoy river safaris on the Chambal River, go on invigorating nature walks, jeep and camel safaris, visit the Fort Ater, Sarus Crane Conservation Reserve and Patna Bird Sanctuary.
Wedding Ceremony in Agra
If your stay happens to be during wedding months, participate in a wedding ceremony performed amid the romantically magical environment of the Taj Mahal. Enjoy and participate in Indian folk dances and other live entertainment. Experience traditional Indian culture and be amazed by the different rituals.
Visit Chand Baori Step Well
Stop to visit the famous Chand Baori Step Well in Abhaneri Village, just off the main highway. Built in the 9th Cent, see its 13 levels with 3500 steps and about 100ft (30m) deep, be awed by the geometric maze of architecture and possibly the deepest step-well in the world, and well maintained too. The movie ‘The Fall’ was filmed here due to its nice architecture and history. Local legend claim the well was built in 1 night by ghosts to keep thieves who wanted to steal water, out.
Bharatpur Day Trip
Take an interesting excursion to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary a.k.a. Keoladeo National Park, ideal for nature lovers and bird watchers. Venture on a bicycle rickshaw with a naturalist! Enjoy this lovely national park with its many trees, swamp areas, fields, etc; See a variety of butterflies, local birds and migratory birds (mainly from October-March with October-November-December as prime time), deer, hyenas, etc. Relax riding in a rikshaw or enjoying bird sounds.
Mathura Vrindavan Day Trip
A full day trip to Mathura Vrindavan. Visit Krishna Janam Bhoomi – the birthplace of Lord Krishna.
City Highlights of Fatehpur Sikri
Visit the timeless UNESCO world heritage site on a day trip to Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory). This complex of monuments and temples was built in the 16th century by Emperor Akbar during the Mughal era, also considered the richest period of Indian history. Admire the uniform architectural style and visit the elegant and sacred Jama Masjid or the Friday Mosque. Marvel at the Buland Darwaza, the main entrance to this ancient city and spend some time exploring the Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chisti, Birbal Bhawan (dedicated to Akbar’s greatest court advisor – Birbal), the inner courts where Jodha Bai stayed and the inner harem reserved for Hindu wives.
Savor traditional Indian cuisine, authentic flavours and elegant Mughal dynasty settings, amid views of the hotel, gardens and water bodies. Glimpse traditional grandeur with a Mughal-theme evening and Royal dinner…hand-embroidered linen, silver and crystal ware, candles, flowers and personal butlers. Sultry melodies of Indian classical music, low-seating chowkis (seats), blazing mashals (fire-torches)and a grand 3-course Royal Indian Thali showcase the Mughal heritage and kitchens of yore.
City Highlights of Agra
Explore Agra..the former capital of Hindustan, located on the banks of the river Yamuna. Agra is best known the world over as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its 3 grandiose monuments – Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Visit the sublime white marbled mausoleum of theTaj Mahal..at sunrise and sunset; see the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah; admire the magnificent Agra Fort and the Akbar Mausoleum in Sikandra. Enjoy a decorated tonga ride (a horse drawn carriage, popular in olden days) through the fabled city.
80Mins-Mohabbat The Taj-Dance-Drama
Enjoy an evening of dance and drama at Agra’s Cultural and Convention Centre..see the world’s biggest replica of the Taj Mahal in pure white Makarana marble, designed by 28 designers and craftsmen, taking 7yrs to build. An 80-min evening show depicts Shah Jahan’s true, immortal love for his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal, and is performed by The Sanskritik Natyashala, titled ‘Mohabbat-the-Taj’ – a series of plays enacting expressions of love. Set in the 16th century lavish lifestyles of the Mughal era, the show personifies the romance and eternal love of the erstwhile royal couple. One can enjoy the show in 8 different languages too. Be mesmerized by the performance; marvel at the embellished costumes and the extravagant stage settings; be awed by the 22 years of the artisans’ hardships toiling over the real monument, as well as the cultural and historical legacy.
30min-Taj Mahal at night
Experience a memory of a lifetime with the mesmerizing beauty of the Taj Mahal – one of the 7 wonders of the World and a World Heritage site – magnified further by the enchanting moonlight….something you cannot afford to miss! The Taj Mahal, it is said, changes its colors during the full moon nights…if you happen to luckily visit during such a night!
2/3h-Bear Rescue Centre
Wildlife SOS Bear Rescue Facility works to rescue and rehabilitate animals under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act; saving over 600 Dancing/Moon Bears, Asiatic Black Bears, etc. They tirelessly weed out indiscriminate poaching, rehabilitate Dancing Bears and facilitate alternate employment for Kalandar families. Take a guided tour to meet rescued Indian Sloth Bears, followed by an informative presentation on holistic solutions aimed at eking out human/wildlife conflicts.
1h-Visit Galta Ji
Enjoy an interesting off-the-beaten path stop at Galta Ji, an ancient Hindu pilgrimage site, with scenic drives of hills and thick vegetation. Stroll by many beautiful and abandoned havelis. Climb the steps to the temple, with the area’s many little monkeys for company! Be amazed by picturesque views of the city from the Temple with pavilions, holy ‘kunds’ or tanks, and the main attraction…natural water springs. Of the 7 Holy tanks that accumulate spring water, the Galta Kund never goes dry.
1h-Sound & Light Show, Agra Fort
The sound & light show at the Agra Fort brings out the authentic story of the Mughal Dynasty, highlighting important events in the fort’s history. The glorious past of Agra is recounted and the saga of a rich bygone era is narrated during a brilliant show under the moonlight…an evening to truly be enriched with history.