Taj Mahal (1.5 kms)
Described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, this stunning mausoleum has become the de facto tourist emblem of India. It was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
Fatehpur Sikri (40 kms)
This magnificent fortified city was the capital of the Mughal Empire between 1571 and 1585. Today, it remains a perfectly preserved example of a Mughal city at the height of the Empire's splendour.
Agra Fort (5 kms)
Emperor Akbar began the construction of the massive red sandstone Agra Fort on the banks of the Yamuna River in 1565. Additions were made until the rule of his grandson, Shah Jahan, under whose reign it was partially converted into a palace.
Akbar's Mausoleum at Sikandra (17 kms)
The sandstone and marble tomb of Akbar, the greatest of the Mughal emperors, is situated in the middle of a peaceful garden where deer graze, at Sikandra, 4 kms northwest of Agra. Akbar started its construction himself, blending Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Christian motifs and styles, much like the syncretic religious philosophy he developed called Din-E-illahi.
The alleyways of Kinari Bazaar, or old marketplace, start near the Jama Masjid. There are several distinct areas whose names are relics of the Mughal period, though they don't always bear relation to what is sold there today.
Dayal Bagh Temple (15 kms)
The white marble Dayal Bagh Temple of the Radah Soami religion has been under construction since 1904 and is not expected to be completed until some time in the 21st century. If you're lucky, you may get to see the pietra dura (inlay work) in process.
Taj Express Guided tours depart from the Government of India Tourist Office at 9:30 a.m. and proceed to Agra Cantonment train station to pick up passengers arriving from Delhi on the Taj Express, which arrives at 9.47 a.m. The tours include the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and a visit to Fatehpur Sikri.
In February, the Taj Mahotsav (festival) is held in Shilpgram, a crafts village and open-air emporium situated about a kilometre along the road running from the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal. The festival features live performances of music and dance.
* All distance mentioned are from the Hotel