Visit Agra - Former Capital of The Grand Mughal Empire
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Agra and check in to the hotel.
Agra - At the time of the Mughals, in the 16th & 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of the grand Mughal Empire. During this period the city became a leading center of art, science, commerce, and culture. Akbar the Great made Agra great. The city's origins are dim but Akbar's grandfather Babur is credited with Agra's founding. The short golden age of Agra came to an end with the seventeenth-century reign of Shah Jehan, the mastermind of the unforgettable Taj Mahal.
Next, we will visit Mehtab Bagh which gives you a truly unique perspective as this is one of the very few spots where the Taj Mahal, the Mosque and the Guest House can all be seen from one point. Emperor Shahjahan transformed a 25-acre patch into a magnificent four-quartered garden that blended perfectly with the sanctified complex of the Taj. This pleasure garden was called Mehtab Bagh or moonlit garden, profuse with white plaster pathways, breezy pavilions, pools, and fountains. An octagonal pool situated strategically showed the reflection of the Taj on a full moon night.
- Later in the afternoon continue to visit the impressive Agra Fort, where you are taken through the chambers of this royal residence. As you drive through the city, witness the local life and bazaars (markets) and the hustle-bustle of everyday India.
Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Agra, India. The fort is also known as Lal Qila, Fort Rouge and Red Fort of Agra. It is about 2.5 km northwest of its much more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city. It is the most important fort in India. The great Mughals Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan, and Aurangzeb lived here, and the country was governed from here. It contained the largest state treasury and mint. It was visited by foreign ambassadors, travelers, and the highest dignitaries who participated in the making of history in India.
Creative Included Experience: Visit Mother Teresa Orphanage
Mother Teresa’s Charity home in Agra is a home to quench the thirst for love, care, protection, and guide the poor children for a bright future. Children who have been hitherto remained unloved, uncared, unwanted, and abandoned are given parental care in this home. They are motivated to overcome the apathy and understand the feel of Love
Creative Included Experience: Taste a local sweet - Petha
Petha is a centuries-old sweet made from ash gourd, also called white pumpkin or squash, cooked in sugar syrup, and it comes in many varieties: plain (white); Kesar (saffron); with nuts; in colorful shades of pineapple, coconut, mango; in small balls or rectangular hunks; served dry or in some syrup.