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 Otters and 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 the wedding months in India, participate in a wedding ceremony performed in the city of the romantic and magical 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.
Regal Mughal Dinner at The Oberoi Amarvilas
Savor traditional Indian cuisine, authentic flavors 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.
Mughal Heritage Walk in Agra
Explore the hidden jewels of Agra! Begin your tour of rural Agra at Eleven Steps, which was built by Mughal Emperor Humayun as part of an astrological observatory. Travel onwards along a walkway past vast agricultural fields to the historic village of Kacchpura. At the village’s entrance, stop to observe the Sanjhi Art on the walls of the settlements, before you visit Humayun Mosque, which was built 100 years before the Taj Mahal. Walk through the streets of Swachha Gali (clean street) where individual toilets are being constructed within houses. This project also supports a local primary school that you have the opportunity to observe. Witness a typical rural house to observe the architectural layout and style of living. Visit a local souvenir shop and watch as young girls create beautiful tattoo patterns the Mendhi (henna) art stall. Discover the Central Courtyard and the Information Resource Center, and end your tour with a cup of tea on the terrace at a guesthouse just behind the Taj. (Half Day, Private Activity & Transfer, Travel Time to Activity: 20 mins, Duration: 2 hrs, Fitness level: Moderate, as there is walking involved. Please wear comfortable shoes; If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time.)
City Highlights of Agra
Romance at sunset and have your audience with the white marble Mughal mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, grandly overlooking the Yamuna River, during your Half day tour of Agra. Head to the lesser known Mehtab Bagh for prime viewing of the world’s greatest monument of love. The Taj Mahal is not the only UNESCO World Heritage site to explore in Agra – you can witness the divine red sandstone Agra Fort, also a player in this renowned undying love story. (Activity Type : Private;Ideal For: All;Best Time to Visit: All Year;Total Duration: 5 hours;Timings: 08:00 – 18:00 hours;Closed: Taj Mahal Closed on Friday.)
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.
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!
Bear Rescue Center Visit
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.
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.
Visit the Town of Sikandra
Take a half day tour that includes a visit to Sikandra, a town close to Agra where there is much rich history to breathe in, including the tomb of the great Mughal Emperor, Akbar. Visit Itmad-ud-Daulah, popularly known as the Baby Taj for its similarities to the Taj Mahal, which is predates. In fact, it was the first known example of Mughal architecture that departed from the classic red sandstone, choosing instead white marble. The mausoleum houses the body of Itimad-ud-Daulah, a poor Persian merchant who found himself in the courts of Emperor Akbar. In a twist of fate, as the rags to riches story goes, the emperor’s son fell in love with the poor man’s widowed daughter, and named him as chief minister. (Half Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Travel time to activity: 30 mins; If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time.)
Sunrise Visit of Taj Mahal
Wake up with the sun to experience the world’s greatest monument of love, the Taj Mahal, in the light of dawn. Your local guide will meet and take you to this awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage site at a time when the crowds are less. Learn about the tale of eternal romance between Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal, which led to the building of this epic white marble mausoleum with jewel encrusted inlays. This incredible example of Mughal architecture is set within a vast, landscaped complex that features gardens, a mosque and several other mausoleums for the emperor’s other wives, tucked behind a grand darwaza (gateway). (Watchout: Taj Mahal Closed on Friday;Activity Type: Private;Ideal For: All ;Best Time to Visit: Oct – Apr;Avoid: Monsoon & Summer Season ;Duration: 3-4 hours ;Travel Time to Activity Type : 20 – 25 mins one way ;Notes: No Video Cameras are allowed at Taj Mahal.)
Culinary Tour of Agra
Explore the lively city of Agra beyond the famous Taj Mahal on your culinary journey through its centuries-old bazaars. At dusk, hop in and out of some of the oldest and top-rated food joints in the city as you marvel at Agra’s architectural wonders. Savor over a dozen mouth-watering dishes whose recipes have remained unchanged for generations – drawn by the flavors and the aromas, hundreds flock to these restaurants everyday! Sample a host of famous North Indian street food with plenty of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available. Discover the legacy left behind by the Mughal Empire during your food walk as your guide explains the several different types of cuisines served in the region. (Half Day; Time: Evening; Duration: 4 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Dinner included: Yes; Fitness level: Easy)
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.