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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.

Customer Reviews

Paul S

15-Jan-2017

Originally had concerns about the price compared to other company offerings but Shanjay Shukla guide and Shanti driver delivered an exceptional experience for two amazing UNESCO beauties. The term behind the scenes is a bit overstated but Shanjay's ability to expedite access to both locations provided significant benefits and warranted the use of VIP. The fellow is like a rock star amongst his peers. It would be very difficult to find a guide that knows more about all aspects of both structures and related personal history.

The lunch on the rooftop was very good and even though it equated to a decent portion of the tour cost, in the end it was certainly worth the cost of entry.

Driving down versus taking the new high speed train is a toss up. Shanti provided significant local favor and history. Evidently some of the time the train can't reach high speeds due to livestock and other impediments that happen to cross the rails in various locations.

The only negative which is out of the company's control is the absolutely horrible air pollution that is literally choking the life out of the country.

Mark B

24-Sep-2016

The driver Sanjay G was very nice and pleasant. The car was clean, supplied with water and diet coke and AC! The drive took 4 hours when leaving at 830am from JW Marriott in Delhi. This was due to heavy traffic for the first 5 miles. However, the trip down to Agra went very fast and even included a pit stop where you could take a quick break and shop a bit. The drive back was also 4 hours but was pleasant after the 4 hour guided tour was complete.

The tour guide Sanjay S was extraordinary in his knowledge of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. He was personable and provided great tips for navigating the area surrounding the Taj Mahal. I highly recommend him!! Once the Taj Mahal visit was complete 1.5 hrs, we headed to a local shop where they provided a quick tour of how marble is crafted with gems and stones, similar to that of the Taj Mahal 45 min. Very impressive! We were allowed to shop in their store for gifts. This was nice as the stores contents were all very impressive but we did not feel pressured to purchase anything.

We then headed to lunch at the Taj Gateway on the Sky Deck with a fantastic view of the Taj Mahal 45min. We followed this up with a tour of the Agra Fort. This was also a great tour, guided by Sanjay S. who provided more in depth history of the fort 1hr.

The trip back to the hotel took 4 hours as well with 1.5 hours once we hit the traffic of Delhi. All in all, well worth it!

Advice:
1 I would leave earlier than 830 to bypass the traffic. Possibly 7am or 730am.
2 We were not allowed to bring our backpacks with us into the Taj Mahal or Fort Agra. While they were completely safe in the car with Sanjay G, it would have been nice to know this information ahead of time so we could organize our things as needed.
3 I would pack a light snack to eat on the way down as we didn't end up eating until around 230-330.

Kristin G

21-Aug-2016

Excellent driver and Sanjay was the best tour guide!

barbienken12

22-Jun-2016

This tour was amazing!

Joseph M

14-Apr-2016

What a great trip!! Our driver met us at our hotel in New Delhi and was ready to go at the time requested. Nice comfortable van with bottled water. We received a nice driving tour of various temples in New Delhi with a description for each. Along the way we were offered rest stops and breaks if needed.
We were joined by our tour guide Mr. Sanjay in Agra. Our first stop was to the Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah / sometimes called the Baby Tāj. What a great intro to Agra.
We proceeded to the Taj Mahal and Mr. Sanjay was simply fantastic, handling every detail from tickets to water to entry into the Taj Mahal. Our personal tour was complete with a full history description, photos and finally time alone to soak up the grandeur of the Taj Mahal.
We opted for high tea at the Gateway Hotel. It was simply fantastic with wonderful service.. Tea, coffee plus an assortment of sandwiches, samosas, fruit bread and chutneys. We chose to eat inside but a quick tour of the Sky Deck revealed a superb view of the Taj Mahal and Agra.
We declined to take the tour of the Red Fort we were to exhausted and returned to New Delhi. Upon returning to our hotel we received beautiful gifts from our driver as a memento of the day. What a fantastic journey. Take this tour, you wont regret it.
FANTASTIC!!

Details


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

        10-12 hours

        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
Starting From 199.69
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Tour + Lunch

Code: LUNCH

Viator Exclusive Taj Mahal and Agra Fort private tour with 5-course lunch at Gateway Hotel rooftop - Sky Deck
Starting From 179.72
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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
Starting From 158.42
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Tour + HighTea

Code: TEA

Viator Exclusive Taj Mahal and Agra Fort private tour with high tea at Gateway Hotel rooftop - Sky Deck
Starting From 138.45
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