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  Majestic Mughal Trails (Delhi-Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Delhi)  
For centuries, even millennia, India has represented an unconquerable domain. From the time Alexander the Great burst across the mountainous Khyber Pass, conquerors and traders have coveted her riches.
Phoenician traders, Persian spice merchants, Mughals, and British colonials with their beloved legal and administrative wares- all tried to conquer India in their own manner. In India's inimitable fashion, she assimilated them all and beckoned them in. Who, then, was the real conqueror?

Story of the MUGHALS: At the zenith of their empire in the 16th & 17th centuries, the Imperial Mughals were the most powerful and richest dynasty in the world. Their court culture was highly refined, their wealth was peerless, their Palaces and Forts mighty and impregnable and the art and literature was highly Patronized. From humble origins in Central Asia, Babur, the 1st Mughal emperor successfully laid the foundations of his empire and conquered the vast land of India, and later on his successors, Akbar the great and Shahjahan came to be known as the "Masters of the East" and the latter, creator of Taj Mahal, a wonder of the World. The word "Mogul", used nowadays for people with power and wealth, is borrowed from this very dynasty of India.

  Day 1: Delhi, Drive to Agra: 4.5 hrs apprx
Welcome to the Days of the Mughal Raj in the erstwhile Mughal capital city of Agra. It was the capital of the Mughal Empire in India for over hundred years. The imperial capital then known as Akbarabad has many sights for you to explore. Emperor Babur, laid the foundations of the Mughal dynasty here and on the bank of river Yamuna laid out the first formal Persian garden, Aram Bagh or the Garden of Relaxation. His grandson Akbar raised the towering ramparts of the Great Red Fort, besides making Agra a center for learning, arts, commerce and religion. Shahjahan gave the city the country's most prized monument, the Taj Mahal, "A teardrop on the face of Eternity", as Poet Tagore puts it.

Agra, is home to India's most stunning icon- The Taj Mahal, undoubtedly the greatest monument ever built for love. Built in the 17th century by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife Arjumand Bano Begum or Mumtaz, as the emperor called her.
This shimmering white marble Mughal masterpiece is one the most symmetrical creations on Earth and the inlay work involving more than 30 precious and semiprecious stones that leaves one spellbound. It took 22 years, workforce of 20,000, 1000 elephants and camels, architecture from Persia, Turkey and India to complete this magnificent mausoleum. With the geometrically patterned gardens the Emperor wanted his beloved's resting place to look like Paradise on Earth.

We also visit the world Heritage Agra Fort. This 16th century fort amazes you with its immense size, palatial sections and wide moats and Gardens, fed by the river Yamuna. Take a look at the Musamman Burj, the marble inlaid tower room of the Fort, where emperor Shahjahan, the builder of the Taj was put under house arrest by his own son. This is where he spent the last 8 years of his life looking at the distant Taj Mahal, his wife's final resting place.

Overnight at Agra - Hotel Utkarsh Vilas or similar
  Day 2: Agra- drive Fatehpur Sikri, Drive to Delhi
Today morning, after breakfast get ready for a visit to the so called "Ghost city" or abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, a World Heritage site now.
Once the centre and capital of the Imperial Mughal Empire under the reigns of Emperor Akbar the Great, Fatehpur Sikri has seen its glorious and busier days. Though it remained as the Mughal capital only for a short period of fourteen years and later was abandoned in haste, due to water shortages and other political reasons, it still does give us an idea of the grandeur of the Mughals and their architectural finesse present during the sixteenth century. A perfect harmonious synthesis of all religions in its architecture, tells us more about the liberal religious outlook of Mughal emperor Akbar, who undoubtedly stands high amongst the greatest Kings India has ever had.
We enjoy Lunch en route and stop on the outskirts of Agra at Sikandara, at the Mausoleum of Akbar the Great, which remains forgotten in the shadows of the Taj Mahal, in spite of the fact that the Minarets of the Taj were borrowed from here.

It still houses the mortal remains of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, who, during his lifetime itself had completed the tomb and laid out a beautiful garden around it. The massive tomb has three-storied red sandstone Minarets displaying intricate inlay work.

Later in the afternoon we drive to Delhi.
  Cost Per person: USD 195 per person for minimum 10 paying persons on twin share
Single Supplement: USD 45

Cost Includes:

  – Meals
– English speaking Tour guide throughout
– Comfortable accommodation based on twin share
– Private Transport vehicle
– Sightseeing and entrance fees as listed in itinerary

  Cost Excludes:  
  Any expenses of a personal nature including beverages, laundry, tips etc
Any Travel / Medical insurance
Any airfares
Any expenses arising due to unavoidable circumstances beyond our control

  For additional information contact:
Rahul Sharma
L-16/2A, DLF Phase II,
Gurgaon – 122 002 India

Phone: +91 124 420 3022


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