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Agra and the Taj Mahal

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Introduction

Agra is located in Uttar Pradesh, the northern state described as a ‘world in itself' by the Indian writer Ruskin Bond.

Agra is best loved for the architectural wealth of the imperial palaces, tombs, forts and gardens which dot its riverine landscape, sublime evidence of the imperial Mughal court seated here during the 16th and 17th century before it was moved to Delhi.

Of these, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and emperor Akbar's nearby abandoned capital of Fatehpur Sikri are the most revered.

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is one the most famous buildings on earth, a magnificent expression of eternal love, an architectural masterpiece and, quite rightly, one of the wonders of the world.

The exquisite tomb and Islamic inspired gardens always captivate, while the daily play of light across the Taj's marble walls is a sight to behold.

The Taj Mahal's perfect proportions, distinct feminine touches and ornamentation make it India's most visited attraction.

Agra Fort

The impressive Agra Fort was commissioned by emperor Akbar in 1565 and built on the remains of existing Rajput fortifications.

The fort's forbidding exteriors hide an inner paradise of courtly buildings, the colonnaded arches of the Diwan-I-Aam (Hall of Public Audience) and the exquisite Moti Masjid mosque - a pearl-shaped white marble building ordered by Shah Jahan.

Fatehpur Sikiri

The abandoned red walled city of Fatehpur Sikri outside Agra was the Mughal capital for 14 years and is now a World Heritage site.

A blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, the former royal complex has defined public and private areas, imposing gateways and evidence of plundered treasures.

The Neemrana Fort Palace in Rajasthan is one of India's oldest heritage resorts. It is located roughly halfway between Agra and Jaipur and is an excellent alternative to staying in Agra itself if you plan to explore the Golden Triangle.

Top itineraries in Agra and the Taj Mahal

India’s Golden Triangle

8-day tailor-made journey from £1,585 pp incl. flights

The Golden Triangle, made up of the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, is classic India at its very best. This tantalising triumvirate serves up everything you'd expect from a country with such a rich and varied history and a reputation for chaos and conformity in equal measure.

Rajasthan & Tigers of Ranthambore

10-day tailor-made journey from £2,890 pp incl. flights

A ten-day tailor-made trip to India's Rajasthan, visiting the iconic sites as well as a tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park

Enchanting India with Oberoi Hotels

8-day tailor-made journey from £2,145 pp incl. flights

Chaotic, colourful and captivating, the Indian cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, collectively known as the Golden Triangle, are home to some of the country's most resplendent architecture, vibrant street life and fascinating cultural heritage.

Delhi & The Maharajas Express – Gems of India

8-day tailor-made rail & city-stay holiday from £5,460 pp incl. flights

The Maharajas Express is the latest word in luxury train travel in India. In a country renowned for its majestic opulence, this palace on wheels is the perfect way to experience the many sights and sounds of this remarkable country in total comfort and style.

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Top places to stay in Agra and the Taj Mahal

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

Grand & elegant hotel

At the leading luxury hotel in Agra you can wake up and experience your own private moment with the world's greatest monument to love, the Taj Mahal, as each room, suite, lobby, bar and lounge offer breathtaking views of the monument.

The Maharajas’ Express

Luxury train

The Maharajas’ Express combines some of India’s most enticing destinations with a raft of Raj-like experiences, from champagne breakfasts at the Taj Mahal to travelling by canopied camel cart for sundowners in the sand dunes of Bikaner.

Palace on Wheels

Luxury train

Proud staff and decadent interiors make the Palace on Wheels – India’s answer to the Orient Express – the ideal way of seeing the forts and desert landscapes of historic Rajasthan.

The Gateway Hotel Fatehabad Road, Agra

Traditional hotel

Located in the city of Agra in the north-Indian state Uttar Pradesh, the Gateway Hotel features 100 stylish rooms and suites, first-class service and the perfect base from which to visit the majestic Taj Mahal, India's world-renowned monument to love.

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A guide to India’s Golden Triangle

The fabled Golden Triangle is a compact trio that packs in three of India’s premiere destinations – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. It’s the perfect introduction to the subcontinent’s culture and rich history, so we’ve put together this mapped guide to help you plan your luxurious holiday.

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