Marvel at the Taj Mahal, enjoy local hospitality and drop in on village life.
As one of the 7 Wonders of the Word and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Taj Mahal is one must-see monument in India. Departing from Delhi, we will stop along the way in a village where we will enjoy some chai with a local family, then arriving in Agra on time for lunch at the accommodation where we will spend the night.
With this overnight stay in Agra, you will have the chance to admire the Taj Mahal either at sunset or sunrise. We will take a walk and see the Taj from the Agra Fort and enjoy a romantic view of the beautiful mausoleum. On full moon evenings we will experience the mesmerizing effects of light on white marble, shimmering into the night.
The next morning, we will have the opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal for sunrise or the Agra Fort (depending on your choice) and then make our way to Fatehpur Sikri. Here we will enjoy Mughal architectural splendour within the walled city before leaving for Mathura—the birthplace of Lord Krishna. In Mathura, we will take a boat ride on the Yamuna River and visit various ghats before returning to Delhi.
Your friendly guide from Reality will be with you the entire time as we travel from Delhi to Agra, and back again the next day.
We leave Delhi in the early morning.
On the way to Agra we will stop for a chai at a local village where you will learn about local life.
On arrival at Agra we will check in and then have lunch with a local family.
In the late afternoon we will take a walk and enjoy the stunning view of the Taj Mahal during sunset from the Agra Fort.
We will conclude the first day having dinner.
Day 1: Chai in the village
Day 1: Lunch
We leave Agra and travel to Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, where we will first enjoy a family lunch followed by a boat trip along the river. We will see the many ghats and witness the spiritual part of the town.
At the end of the day we will make our way back to Delhi, where the tour will end.
Day 2: Lunch with family
Day 2: Boat ride in Mathura
Day 2: Travel back to Delhi
Learn about village life as visit with community members of a small village en route to Agra. Your guide will be there to facilitate any questions you may have.
Gape in awe at the Taj Mahal. Spend some time wandering around the courtyard, taking in the architecture, history, and refined beauty of this world-famous mausoleum.
Experience staying with a local family, eat some tasty home cooked food and spend some time with the local community.
Mathura is one of the holiest cities in India, the birthplace of Lord Krishna. You will enjoy a typical boat ride on the Yamuna River and enjoy the views while passing from one ghat to another.
6:30am – 8:30 evening (next day)
We booked this tour with Reality based on a very positive experience we had on their tour in Mumbai. This tour was well worth it, and I can’t think of a better way to see Agra. We were picked up from our hotel in a comfortable car and transported to Agra. Along the way our Reality Tours guide Vijay gave us very helpful information about what we would see along the way. We arrived at Agra fort where we also met a local guide (certified to give tours in Agra, which is necessary and why a local guide is required in addition to the Reality Tours guide). The local guide, Ajay, was a bit difficult to understand, and didn’t have the same level of personal touch as Vijay (which, unfortunately took away from the experience- as our Reality guide Vijay was more informative about the sights, and more personable- but this reflects only on the local guide, not on Reality’s staff). After touring the red fort, we checked in to our hotel which was modern, clean and comfortable. We mentioned that we were interested in getting henna done, and our driver actually arranged for it as an add on – so we stopped on the way back from the fort. We also had lunch at the home of an Agra local who runs a homestead. The lunch was fantastic and we got to enjoy his rooftop view of the city (which included a view of the Taj!) After a brief rest we went to see the Taj Mahal which is incredible to actually see in person. As many others will probably indicate, the beauty of the Taj is definitely the outside- as the inside is quite hot, crowded and not very interesting. Our local guide was able to get us in a shorter line, so we didn’t have to wait in the same long line as many others which was a bonus. After the Taj, we went for dinner in the restaurant at the hotel and it was fantastic (Bon Barbecue) and a great deal for the price! We visited the Taj again at sunrise the next morning, viewing the back at a local garden, this time with our Reality guide Vijay, and it was so peaceful. We had an amazing view and there were only four of us in the garden, so felt very peaceful- a different experience from viewing the Taj from within the gates. After leaving the Taj, we set out for Mathura where we visited two temples and learned about the historic religious cities. The highlight of the entire excursion was lunch on the way home from Agra. Our guide Vijay indicated he had family in a nearby town, so instead of having lunch at another spot, at our request, Vijay took us to a village where his own family welcomed us, hosted us for lunch and tea, and showed us their homes. We had so much fun meeting the family, the children and spending time with them. It was the most incredible experience, and really, what sets Reality Tours apart from other tour groups. Reality (and our guide Vijay) provided an incredible personal touch where you truly feel as if you are spending time with local friends and learning from them, rather than sitting through a standard tour. Vijay also took endless photos of us whenever we asked to capture the wonderful experiences (and he is a great photographer to boot!) Our driver, Corvinder, was the icing on the cake for this tour. He was not only an incredibly skilled driver (necessary in India), he was caring, thoughtful and had a wonderful sense of humor. He was looking after us at every turn making sure that we were crossing streets safely, looking after our bags, and just generally making sure our trip was pleasant. He also participated in our conversations while traveling, answering questions about Indian culture and religions. While you can go see the Taj on your own, or hire a driver to take you, our trip would not have been remotely as enjoyable if we hadn’t gone through Reality Tours. If you are considering an overnight in Agra, don’t hesitate to book this tour- the experience was well worth it and one that we will never forget. The only thing I would do differently, if possible, would be to have a different local guide in Agra, as ours was not very personable, (again, this guide is local, and required to have in Agra, and he is not a Reality Tours employee). Our Reality Tours guide Vijay actually was more knowledgeable than the local guide! We are so grateful we booked this tour and to Vijay and Corvinder for the amazing experience.