Agra: Fort & Baby Taj Half Day Tour
- 3 Hours
- 3 Hours
- On request
Set out with your guide to visit the magnificent Agra Fort, set on a hillside overlooking the Yamuna River. With a history dating back to the 11th century, the primary structure of today's fort was built by Mughal emperor Akbar, completed in 1573 after eight years of work by four thousand builders. Akbar's grandson, Shah Jahan (the same Shah who built the Taj Mahal), had a penchant for buildings made of white marble, and tore down some earlier structures in the fort to have new ones constructed, including Musamman Burj and Khas Mahal. In a bizarre twist of fate, the Shah was put under house arrest here for the last eight years of his life, with a view of his beloved Taj Mahal. Exploring this city within a city, including the mosques, offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of these royals, their courtesans and servants. Afterwards, continue to the Tomb of I'timad-ud-Daulah, known as the Baby Taj. Housing the tomb of Mizra Ghiyas Beg (Mumtaz Mahal's grandfather), the Baby Taj was commissioned by Nur Jahan (wife of Jehangir), and is similar in style to the tomb she built for Jehangir near Lahore. The mausoleum is built entirely from marble and features delicately carved lattice screens.
Duration: 3 Hours
Departs: 9:30 a.m. - Returns: 12:30 p.m.
Departs: 1:30 a.m. - Returns: 4:30 p.m.