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Taj Mahal Holidays

  • Taj Mahal, Agra, India
  • Taj Mahal, Agra, India
  • Taj Mahal, Agra, India
  • Taj Mahal, Agra, India
  • Pilgrims at the Taj Mahal, Agra, India
  • Taj Mahal at sunset, Agra, India
  • Taj Mahal, Agra, India

The jewel in India’s crown, the incomparable Taj Mahal is one of the world’s ‘must see’ sites. Read through any of the ‘adventure holidays to take before you die’ guides and Agra’s Taj Mahal will always be near the top of the list.

Built by the Emperor Shah Jahan between 1632 and 1648 as a mausoleum for his second wife Mumtaz Mahal, it is the finest existing example of Mughal architecture. It combines intricate Persian, Turkish, Indian and Islamic styles to devastating affect and seems to appear as immaculate today as when it was first constructed.

Probably the most extravagant monument ever built for love, the Taj has become the tourist emblem of India. Its exquisite white marble dome and beguiling symmetry make it one of the world’s best-loved architectural treasures.

Its timeless beauty is perhaps best captured in the words of the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore who described it as ‘a teardrop on the cheek of time’.

Sunrise or Sunset?

Get to the Taj early - sunrise is undoubtedly the best time to avoid the huge crowds and the heat. As the sun rises and the early morning mists clear, the delicately carved white marble walls are slowly unveiled to dazzling effect.

On the other hand… sunset has to afford the most impressive views of the Taj. As the sun goes down the white marble first takes on a rich golden sheen, which slowly gives way to rose-pink hues, then deep red and finally blue with the changing light. Mesmerising.

And while in Agra, visit the Red Fort, a key strategic stronghold of the Mughal Empire. A citadel of over 500 buildings, once you are inside the fortified red walls a palatial city spreads out before you. Fairy-tale palaces, elegant courtyards and exquisitely crafted mosques create the city within a city.

Meanwhile, just outside Agra is Fatehpur Sikri, another Mughal palace-city. The Emperor Akbar moved his capital there in 1571, with the Red Fort just down the road for protection if it was ever needed. Only occupied for 14 years, its palaces and courtyards feel as though they were occupied until yesterday.

As far as grand designs go, they don’t come any grander than in Agra.

Taj Mahal Holidays

Cycling through Rajasthan

Cycling through Rajasthan

15 days From
GBP £1,239.00

Discover India's desert state by bike

  • Marvel at the Taj Mahal, palaces, temples and wildlife
  • Ride along rural backroads
  • Premium departures available (see trip code MIJP)
Highlights of Northern India

Highlights of Northern India

9 days From
GBP £629.00

Unique wildlife, facinating culture and spectacular Moghul architecture

  • See the unforgettable Taj Mahal
  • Search for the elusive tiger
  • Meander along the Ganges at Varanasi
Classic Rajasthan (2014)

Classic Rajasthan (2014)

15 days From
GBP £1,749.00

A comfortable exploration of enchanting Rajasthan in Northern India

  • Visit imposing forts and palaces
  • Explore the lake city of Udaipur
  • Stay in a Maharajah's palace
India Grand Tour

India Grand Tour

30 days From
GBP £1,999.00

The ultimate journey through the most diverse of countries

  • Marvel at the people, history and culture
  • Discover bustling cities and relaxing beaches
  • Search for the elusive tiger
Highlights of Northern India in Style

Highlights of Northern India in Style

9 days From
GBP £999.00

Unique wildlife, fascinating Indian culture and spectacular Moghul architecture

  • Visit the unforgettable Taj Mahal at Agra
  • Experience Game drives in search of the elusive tiger in Ranthambore National Park
  • Take a morning boat trip along the holy Ganges at Varanasi
Mountains, Temples & Hill Stations

Mountains, Temples & Hill Stations

15 days From
GBP £999.00

The Golden Temple, British hill stations and Tibetan culture, a different view of India.

  • Visit Amritsar's Golden Temple
  • Explore British hill stations
  • Discover Tibetan culture
North India Explored

North India Explored

21 days From
GBP £1,599.00

A comprehensive journey through India's evocative north

  • Explore Rajasthan's palaces and forts
  • Experience the holy city of Varanasi
  • Search for the elusive tiger
Colours of Rajasthan

Colours of Rajasthan

13 days From
GBP £799.00

Experience the best of India's colourful desert state

  • Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal
  • Explore the lake city of Udaipur
  • Search for the elusive tiger
Delhi to Kathmandu

Delhi to Kathmandu

15 days From
GBP £1,139.05

Take a classic journey from India's plains to the mountains of Nepal

  • Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal
  • Explore sacred cities and temples
  • Search for wildlife in Chitwan National Park
Land of the Tiger

Land of the Tiger

15 days From
GBP £1,599.00

A comprehensive wildlife tour through India's Kipling Country

  • Experience an in-depth wildlife tour
  • Enjoy 15 game drives
  • Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal
Tigers in Focus

Tigers in Focus

10 days From
GBP £999.00

A week of wildlife in Bandhavgarh, one of India's top tiger reserves

  • Enjoy a week of wildlife
  • See the unforgettable Taj Mahal
  • Experience India's famous railways
Taj Tigers & Temples

Taj Tigers & Temples

10 days From
GBP £699.00

Discover the highlights of Northern India

  • Search for the elusive tiger and see the unforgettable Taj Mahal
  • Cross the Indian plains by train
  • Summer dates also available (see trip code FIDA)

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