It is highly acclaimed to be a part of Taj Mahal sunrise tour when the skies tend to be clear and the hordes are fairly convenient. And, of course, the first rays of sun reflecting off the glittering white marble of the monument are truly something exceptional.
Tagore described Taj Mahal as ‘a teardrop on the cheek of eternity’. Every passing year, visitors numbering more than double the population of Agra pass through its gates to catch a once-in-a-lifetime sight of what is widely considered the most amazing monument in the world.
Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan as a dedicatory for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. The loss of Mumtaz left the emperor so broken-hearted that his hair is said to have turned grey nearly overnight. Construction of the Taj Mahal began the following year; while the main building is thought to have been built in eight years, the whole compound was not completed until 1653. Not long after it was finished, Shah Jahan was dethroned by his son Aurangzeb and imprisoned in Agra Fort, where for the rest of his days he could only gaze out at his creation through a window. Following his death in 1666, Shah Jahan was forgotten here alongside his beloved Mumtaz.
In total, some 20,000 workers from India and Central Asia worked on the monument. Specialists were brought in from as far away as Europe to produce the gorgeous marble screens and pietra dura (marble inlay work) made with thousands of semiprecious stones.
Taj Mahal was declared as World Heritage Site in 1983 and looks nearly as perfect today as when it was first constructed.
We start our day with pick-up from the location of choice from Delhi Metropolitan City. We then move to Agra from the newest highway of the North India. We start our journey from the tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah. It’s a very beautiful tomb with great marble work. Infact this is the tomb which has provided inspiration for the creation of the Taj Mahal. We’ll break for lunch in the finest of the restaurants. After lunch, we’ll move to the Hotel for the check-in. Post-Lunch: We’ll first visit the Agra Fort. It was built by Mughals. We then enjoy a sunset visit to the one of Seven Wonders of the World, The Taj Mahal. Savoring the beauty of the Taj we’ll admire its amazing surroundings.
We’ll again witness the magnificent Taj Mahal during sunrise. This monument is dedicated to love and is obviously a World Heritage Site. It took 22 yrs for 22,000 craftsmen to complete this amazing architecture. The building is entirely made of white marbles. It glitters because of the semi-precious stones inlaid in the marble. After savoring this amazing beauty we’ll drive back to Delhi & and then are dropped off to the location of the choice.