For those of you wishing to stay in India after Gems of the Desert concludes, sign up for a two-day tour of Agra and the Taj Mahal, 29-30 September 2018. Our Spiritual Adventure ends in Delhi, which is very close to Agra. If you’ve never seen the Taj Mahal and are this close, you should make time to see it.
Commissioned in 1632 by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his favorite wife, the Taj Mahal took 21 years and some 20,000 workers to build in its entirety. The exquisite semiprecious stone inlay work required special assistance from European artisans, which no doubt contributed to its price tag of 32 million rupees (equivalent to about 825 million US dollars today). This architectural masterpiece, described by the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore as “a teardrop on the face of eternity,” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New7Wonders of the World.
On 29 September 2018, transfer from New Delhi airport to Agra by car and check into your hotel. Spend the evening exploring Agra, a historic Mughal center of arts and letters, culture and commerce.
On 30 September 2018, visit the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan’s timeless monument of devotion to his beloved Mumtaz Mahal. Afterwards, visit Agra Fort then check out of your hotel and transfer to New Delhi airport.
Hotel Option A: Trident Agra, US $195
Hotel Option B: ITC Mughal Agra, US $205
Hotel Option C: Oberoi Amarvilas Agra, US $500
Costs of the Agra and Taj Mahal Post Tour are listed above. These costs include one night’s accommodation sharing* a twin room, as well as breakfast, transfers, and entry fees for Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Also included is an English-speaking guide in Agra and assistance from An Indian Escape representatives at the New Delhi airport.
Lunches, dinners, drinks, entry to monuments other than the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, transportation other than transfer to/from Agra/Taj Mahal/Agra Fort, airfare, gratuity, and other discretionary or personal expenses are NOT included. Prices are subject to change based on currency and/or fee fluctuations.
Please note that the Post Tour will not be operated or attended by Dandapani.
*If you prefer a private room, arrangements can be made at an additional cost.