Discover Agra beyond the Taj

Discover Agra beyond the Taj

For the detailed itinerary, please contact us at info@bluecanvasexp.com
or call (+91)-90083 06688

Duration

2 days

Group size

8-10 pax

Age

15yrs +

Tour

Dates
  • 27-10-2023 to 29-10-2023
  • 27 -11-2023 to 29-11-2023
  • 26-12-2023 to 28-12-2023
  • 24-01-2024 to 26-01-2024
  • 24-02-2024 to 26-02-2024
  • 24-03-2024 to 26-03-2024

Experience Highlights

  • Dive into the feeling of luxury at the Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra, which lies a short walk away from the Eastern Gate of this fabled monument (or a similar 5-star property)
  • Enjoy a detailed storytelling session as you walk through lanes and alleys of the Agra precinct and visit lesser-known churches, temples, bazaars that speak volumes for the evolution of this Mughal City and its evolution through the pre-Mughal, Mughal and colonial periods.
  • Discover unexplored local experiences against the breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal over mid-morning refreshments, a boat ride and handicraft clusters owned by families that once built the Taj Mahal
  • Discover culinary secrets, protected by generations of women and other communities, showcasing the age-old recipes defining Agra’s history of the local cuisine.
  • Arrival at The Taj Hotel and Convention Centre (or similar) 1500hrs
  • Departure from the hotel 1200hrs

Exclusive for Mastercard holders

  • A tour specially curated for history lovers, who are curious about the magnificent stories that encapsulate India. Discover Agra from the eyes of a leading storyteller, who will showcase the hidden secrets of Agra over local experiences dating back to the Mughal empire, tailor made only for Mastercard holders.
  • Get an exclusive insight into the Mughal precincts with an award-winning historian at the finale of the tour.
  • Discover food experiences which have been protected by age old recipes by generations of women and the community served with great care for our guests.
  • Witness the breathtaking view of the Taj Mahal, from secret spots over high tea, a boat rides and under the full moon.
  • Tune into an exclusive musical evening by musicians using instruments dating back to the medieval times.
  • An interaction with the local artisans whose ancestors once built the Taj.
  • An exclusive gift hampers curated specially for our guests.

Other inclusions

  • Assistance on arrival & departure
  • Daily transport in a luxurious Urbania
  • Hotel accommodation as mentioned above.
  • Enjoy the complimentary privileges which come with your stay at The Taj Hotel.
  • All meals from day 1 dinner to brunch on Day 3
  • All entrance fees.
  • Professional guide throughout the trip
  • All experiential meals

Exclusions

  • Travel to Agra & back
  • Any meals or services not mentioned in itinerary.
  • Alcohol purchase
  • Refreshments at local cafés or street food joints are left to the preference of our guests and is not included in the tour.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry etc
  • Expenses arising out of unexpected fuel hikes & any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, Landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances which is beyond our control.
  • Medical or travel insurance
  • Cost towards evacuation of guest in medical emergency or any other reason
  • Additional GST

Itinerary

Day 1
  • Arrive in Agra by 3pm – airport transfer available at an additional cost.
  • Check in to the Taj Hotel and Convention Centre, Agra (or a similar 5 star property) followed by high tea.
  • *Embark on a 3-hr walk of the walled city of Akbarabad/ ‘Old city’, for context setting with our local storyteller navigating 16th century colonies to look at the majestic views of Agra
  • **End the day with a rooftop ‘Dastarkhan – e – Akbarabad’, a traditional home cooked meal of secret recipes protected by generations of women, celebrating the traditions of Agra’s deep culinary heritage over an exclusive ‘Afghan Rabab’ performance against the backdrop of The Taj Mahal
  • Return to the hotel.

*This walk is optional. We request guests to read the ‘What to expect’ section to acquaint themselves with the walk of the old city.

** Guests who choose to opt out of this walk are requested to arrange for their meals directly and is not included in the tour package

Day 2
  • After an early breakfast, start your journey towards the unveiling of the Taj Mahal with our local storyteller and guide.
  • Enjoy an exclusive boating ride at the Yamuna followed by a mid-morning snack at our secret location overlooking the Taj Mahal.
  • Embark on the Artisan’s Journey to discover handicraft clusters owned by families that once built the Taj Mahal
  • Stop for lunch at Ekaa Villa to discover Braj Food, a unique vegetarian meal prepared specifically for by the Braj community.
  • Proceed to a walking tour of the Agra Fort, and other monuments in its vicinity like the Itmaduddalah, Arambagh. Akbar’s church, red Taj Mahal and more
  • Rest point at a famous local café
  • End the evening at Mehtab Bagh taking in the beautiful view of the Taj Mahal under a full moon. Listen to folklore and other unfiltered stories from the community as told by our local guide and storyteller.
  • Return to the hotel for dinner and rest.
Day 3
  • Check out after an early breakfast at the hotel (Late checkout only based on availability)
  • Embark on an immersive tour of discover the picturesque pavilions of Fatehpur Sikri and Sikandara, with an exclusive guided tour by an award-winning scholar and Mughal historian, invited specially for finale of the trip. Brunch and a rest point is included in this walking tour.
  • *The coach will return to Agra
  • End of Tour.

*Those wanting to proceed directly to Delhi from Fatehpur Sikri, can end their tour here

Experience T&Cs

  • This offer is exclusive of air fare and travel outside of the package.
  • Pick up and drop from the nearest airport at additional charges.
  • This offer includes hotel accommodation, meals, travel within the tour, guide fees, entry fees and other expenses related to the tour.
  • Purchases made outside of the package will be billed to the guest directly.
  • This package does not include alcoholic beverages.
  • Check in & Out- 1500 HRS & 1200 HRS at the hotel, so please plan your arrival and departure accordingly.
  • Flexible Check in and out subject to availability & on chargeable basis.
  • Incase of Foreign Nationals, monument entry and fees may vary as per Government charges and permissions.
  • The cost provided is based on 10 guests. In case the number of guests reduces to below 10 pax, the tour cost may vary slightly.

What to expect

  • The old city of Agra is more than 300 years old; it is a densely populated area with winding narrow roads, bustling of people, vehicles, and shops. During the walk, you may encounter the cacophony of an ancient city.
  • We may come across areas where the streets are not clean, but our efforts will be put towards avoiding those tracks.
  • The ‘Dastarkhan - e – Akbarabad’ will be served on the roof top of a 120-year-old familial house, in the old city. The entry is via narrow lanes and steps leading up to the rooftop, surrounded by a clustered neighbourhood. This is a homely experience against the backdrop of the Taj Mahal. The food will be served by the women of the family. You may encounter monkeys during the dining experience. However, we will ensure a staff member is always positioned to chase them away.

Others

  • The tour is experienced best on foot. Hence, we recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes. 
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities.
  • Incase, you need special assistance, please do get in touch with us to know your options. 
  • Each walk can range from 30mins to a few hours, with breaks planned in between. 
  • Cotton clothing and a hat is preferred to prevent the heat of the day. 
  • Please wear clothes that cover your knees and shoulders as you will visit areas of worship during the tour.
  • Evenings will be pleasant and cool.
  • We aim to provide breaks for rest with refreshments during our walk, however as these are heritage walks, the closest break point may be a distance away.

Booking terms

  • Booking lead time - Expression of interest 30 days in advance. Details of the itinerary, to be mailed separately to guest.
  • Cancellation Policy - This experience is non-refundable upon purchase, unless otherwise noted.

Payment Policy:

  • 1st Instalment 50% advance payment 20 days upon booking confirmation - non-refundable
  • 2nd Instalment 50% balance to be paid 15 days in advance of the tour - Non-Refundable.

Pricing

  • Package cost INR 79000/- per person on double sharing
  • Package cost INR 106000/- per person on single sharing
  • Kids above 15 yrs will be treated as per adult prices (Room rates may differ)
  • Not open to children below 15 yrs
  • This price excludes personal purchases, special diet requests, alcoholic beverages and extras which are not included in the package.
  • Prices are exclusive of GST and other taxes.

For the detailed itinerary, please contact us at info@bluecanvasexp.com
or call (+91)-90083 06688