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Viator Exclusive: Private Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Tour, Dine with a View and Optional Photographer

Duration: Varies
Destination: India, Delhi, New Delhi
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Overview

Enjoy a high-class experience that combines a privately guided tour of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort with dining at the 4-star Gateway Hotel — a Viator Exclusive available nowhere else! Choose from two options, lunch or high tea, on the rooftop Sky Deck with the Taj Mahal as your backdrop. Upgrade to include accompaniment by a professional photographer at the iconic site. You’ll discover the UNESCO-listed monument to love and the picturesque Agra Fort with a guide well-versed in India’s architectural history. Your full-day tour includes a visit to the Taj Museum and round-trip hotel transport with a private chauffeur.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Choice of buffet or a la carte
  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Led by a local guide
  • Lunch included
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Vegetarian meal option available


What You Can Expect

Upon pickup in the morning from the airport or your hotel in Delhi by a private chauffeur, you’re transferred in the comfort of a private vehicle to Agra, a distance of approx. 124 miles (200 km). Reaching Agra by afternoon, head to the 4-star Gateway Hotel for lunch. Enjoy a 5-course menu with the Taj Mahal as your backdrop; it's a unique experience that, combined with sightseeing, is only available with this exclusive tour.

Take in the superb views from the restaurant’s Sky Deck, an open-sided venue on the hotel’s rooftop providing limited seating and unhindered vistas. (See Sample Menu in Itinerary below.) Alternatively, enjoy the high-tea option following your visit to the Taj Mahal.

After lunch you're taken to the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Listen as your guide enlightens you with interesting stories behind this icon of India. Commissioned by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his third wife Mumtaz Mahal, the domed marble mausoleum took 20 years to build.

Your guide discusses this exemplar of Mughal architecture and share knowledge of its Persian designer. Then follow up with a visit to the Taj Museum, located in the surrounding Naubat Khana complex. This treasure trove of more than 100 artifacts including paintings, vases and coins, provides tremendous insight.

Take a look at the original architectural drawings and plans for the Taj Mahal complex, then drive to Agra Fort. If you’ve booked the tea option, first head to the Sky Deck of the Gateway Hotel to enjoy your selection.

Next, learn about the intricate design of the 16th-century Agra Fort, which combines both Islamic and Hindu architectural styles. Built by Emperor Akbar on the banks of the Yamuna River, the fort is constructed of red sandstone. Walk around the complex to see the beautifully designed rooms like the Diwan-I-Am (public audience hall) and the Diwan-I-Khas (private audience hall), added by Shah Jahan.
Afterward, you're taken back to Delhi with drop-off at your hotel.

Viator Exclusives combine unique experiences and great deals — from traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences — and are not available from other 3rd-party online sellers.


Itinerary

Option 1: Lunch at the Gateway Hotel
Enjoy a 5-course meal of local and international flavors at this 4-star establishment

Option 2: High Tea at the Gateway Hotel
Steaming cups of coffee or tea are served alongside three snacks and one savory dish during this afternoon experience.

Optional Upgrade: Professional Photographer
Ensure you capture every moment of this memorable Viator exclusive experience by upgrading with a professional photographer. Choose five prints and take home a CD of images from your tour at the end of this incredible day.

Cancellation Policy

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.


Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide
  • Lunch at the 5Gateway hotel (if option selected)
  • High tea (if option selected)
  • Professional photography service at Taj Mahal including 5 printed shots and CD photo album (if option selected)
  • Carbon offset certificate

Exclusions

  • Drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that dress codes are conservative throughout India; modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees is recommended
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • French, Spanish or German language-speaking guide services are available at no extra charge. Please contact your tour operator to make arrangements
  • Your guide is committed to minimizing our carbon footprint. For every tour, they pay a fee out of pocket to offset the carbon emissions created by the transportation used on this tour. Those funds go to organizations working toward a greener future

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Departure Point

Your Delhi city hotel

Departure Time

9am

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Duration

Varies

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Tour Options

Tour + Lunch + Photographer

Code: LUNCHPHOTO

Viator Exclusive Taj Mahal and Agra Fort private tour with 5-course lunch at Gateway Hotel rooftop - Sky Deck and a private photographer
Tour + Lunch

Code: LUNCH

Viator Exclusive Taj Mahal and Agra Fort private tour with 5-course lunch at Gateway Hotel rooftop - Sky Deck
Tour + HighTea + Photographer

Code: TEAPHOTO

Viator Exclusive Taj Mahal and Agra Fort private tour with high tea at Gateway Hotel rooftop - Sky Deck and a private photographer
Tour + HighTea

Code: TEA

Viator Exclusive Taj Mahal and Agra Fort private tour with high tea at Gateway Hotel rooftop - Sky Deck

User's Reviews

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Hawksfan

Awesome Visit to Agra! The Taj Mahal was breathtaking, and the Agra Fort tour was very interesting and gave us a very good look into the life of the Mughal emporer and his family. Our tour guide Girdhar Singh was excellent as well! His willingness to share historical facts and stories as we drove to Agra made the visit to the sites much more interesting and personal. Very quickly into the tour, we were joking and sharing stories with him more like a friend than a guide. We stopped for lunch at the 5Gateway Hotel, and enjoyed a delicious and authentic Indian lunch and were very impressed with the great view of the Taj Mahal from the observation deck at the top of their hotel. Very professional tour. We always felt like our needs/requests were taken care of and we would recommend to anyone interested in traveling to India.

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julian

The Taj in itself is reason enough to visit India. Tour, guide, food, and transportation were very good. Nonetheless be prepared to spend 5 hours on the car going from/to Delhi-Agra. For those with limited time in Delhi, this is a great option.

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James Murphy Jr

Great tour. Nice driver. The new highway makes it a lot easier. Our guide in Agra was very knowledgeable.

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DESMOND K

I was very pleased with the tour of the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort although it took over 3 hours to get there Delhi Traffic is the worst I have experiencedthe journey was comfortable and enjoyable.
The whole experience was worth while as we were taken on a journey of discovery of the Taj Mahal and Red Fort which left us with a true sense of the history surrounding both historical sites.
Although the hotel and the roof top restaurant was very pleasant I though the food was poor as we were not given a real choice at the time but served with a mixture of Indian dishes which at best was only just acceptable.
However I will like to add that La Vacanza Travel did send through 3 different menus to choose from but when we got there that choice seemed to have disappeared.
Although the food dampened the experience a little overall we thought the whole day was a fantastic experience and would not hesitate to recommend this tour to friends and family alike.
The service and attention to detail was second to none:

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gisellecole

We thoroughlly enjoyed our time with our marvelous guide Sanjay...he was incredibly knowledgeable about the Taj Mahal and the entire Agra region. Pankaj was our driver once again and he ensured we had a pleasant drive. Both gentlemen made sure that we were safe and had an enjoyable experience....my friend celebrated her birthday and we both got gifts!!!! She was serenaded by local musicians, given a cake and we were even showered with rose petals!!!! All in all, a wonderful day!!!

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