History of Agra - Small Group Tour

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Get to know Agra the local way, by exploring the city's hidden passageways, bustling spice market and religious mosques and temples. Sample treats at a 200-year-old sweets shop, hop on a cycle rickshaw and learn why Hindu families dress their idols. Hear the legends that have been passed down through generations and learn how modern-day India is reshaping itself. Finish it all up with the spectacular sight of the Taj Mahal from a secret spot.

Highlights
  • Explore the hidden laneways of Agra, away from the typical tourist sites and routes
  • Get a lesson in Indian history, from the Mughal era to British rule, and get an insider’s perspective on how modern India is changing
  • Learn about Islam and Hindu with stops at both an active mosque and some of the city’s most revered temples
  • Taste some of Agra’s local delicacies such as paan and petha
  • Take a cycle rickshaw ride through the laneways of the aromatic spice market

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History of Agra - Small Group Tour

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Inclusions: Gift box of Indian spices and recipes / Bottled water / Transportation fee / English-speaking guide / Snacks

Schedule

  • 15:30

    Pick-up from Select Hotels in Agra

  • Agra Fort

    Visit the Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about India's military history and the early foundations of India.

  • Ambedkar Park

    Understand India's old caste systems and why it was abolished as you drop by Ambedkar Park.
    Marvel at the impressive architectures and sculptures around the area.

  • Agra Fort Railway Station

    Be fascinated by modern-day Agra as you go to Agra Fort Railway Station with about 90,000 passengers every day. The building has historical features including British, French and Mughal architecture.

  • Agra Mosques and Temples

    Find out more about Islam and Hinduism as you visit an active mosque as well as one of Agra's most famous temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Hear the romantic love story of Lord Krishna and Radha at Radha Krishna Mandir temple.

  • Indian Food

    Sample some local delicacies at a 200-year-old sweets shop. Witness a live demonstration of how to make poori, a deep-fried bread

  • Hindu Temple Dolls

    Make your way to colorful bylanes where vendors sell little idols of Hindu gods and goddesses. What makes these idols unique and somewhat peculiar is that they are given a change of clothes every day! Learn more about this tradition as your tour proceeds.

  • Rawatpara Spice Market

    Hop on a cycle rickshaw and make your way to the Rawatpara Spice Market, a busy marketplace constantly bustling with activity and frantic shoppers from the city.

  • Taj Mahal

    Take in an amazing view of the Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna River.

  • 18:30

    Drop-off at Select Hotels in Agra

Description

Explore beyond the tourist sites on this Agra walking tour that will offer you insight into the real Indian way of life. Trace through history - from the Mughal era to British rule and onwards to today and a rapidly changing modern India.

Start your Agra city tour with a trip back to the 11th century and a lesson in India's military history, as you visit the magnificent Agra Fort and learn about the early foundations of India. From there, gain a better understanding of India's old caste systems and its eradication with a visit to Ambedkar Park.

Fueled by your history lesson, experience the hustle of modern-day Agra with a visit to Agra Fort Railway Station. While the building is historical featuring a mix of British, French and Mughal architecture, today the station is a hectic hub that sees some 90,000 passengers pass through its doors every day.

Next, get an introduction to both Islam and Hinduism with stops at an active mosque as well as one of Agra's most famous temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and attracting some 3,000 devotees daily. Hear the romantic love story of Lord Krishna and Radha, with a stop at the intricately sculptured Radha Krishna Mandir temple.

Take a break from all that exploring and sample some local delicacies at a 200-year-old sweets shop. Learn about the preparation of some of the dishes with a live demo of how to make poori (deep-fried bread - wait, did someone say deep-fried?!).

Next, your Agra tour will take you down the city's narrow, colorful bylanes where vendors sell little idols of gods and goddesses for Hindu home temples. Learn about the unique traditions surrounding these idols - like how they're given a change of clothes every day. From there, take in one of the city's most stunning sights at the beautifully sculptured Musician's Balcony.

Finish your Agra city tour by boarding cycle rickshaws for an aromatic ride through the Rawatpara Spice Market, a busy marketplace constantly bustling with activity and frantic shoppers from the city. Then, head across the river Yamuna for the icing on your Agra experience; a view of the spectacular Taj Mahal at dusk.

Includes

  • Gift box of Indian spices and recipes

  • Bottled water

  • Transportation fee

  • English-speaking guide

  • Snacks

Notes

Required Items to Bring & Attire
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  • Clothing that covers from the shoulder to knee

Additional Note(s)
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  • The tour will be conducted in a small group with a maximum of 12 participants.

Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 16:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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