Welcome to Uttar Pradesh


Aside from iconic Agra, UP is home to Varanasi, India's holiest city, famed for its cremation ghats and vibrant ceremonies along the Ganges River. Stories tell us that Krishna was born in Mathura, while Rama was born in Ayodhya – a place of tragic conflict in modern times that reveals much about the shadow side of the collective Indian psyche. Buddha gave his first sermon in Sarnath and died in Kushinagar, now tranquil pilgrimage destinations. And the Mughals and the Nawabs made their marks as well, leaving behind architectural and gastronomic masterpieces – particularly in Lucknow (and of course Agra). UP offers more than enough to satisfy the senses – and curiosities – of any traveller.


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Uttar Pradesh activities

$90 Cultural & Theme Tours

11-Hour Agra Day Tour: Sunrise and Sunset of Taj Mahal

If you are an early bird, you should never miss Taj Mahal at sunrise. We will pick you up at your preferable location in Agra before 5:30am and simply marvel at the spectacular Taj Mahal. Take your time to admire the majestic architecture of Taj Mahal - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous and beautiful buildings in the world. Our professional local guide will reveal all the mysteries of Taj Mahal and its architecture. Even if you have read about it or seen the photos, experiencing Taj Mahal at sunrise in person will always take your breath away. If you prefer later departure time, we will pick you up at your preferable time and location and also start the journey at Taj Mahal. Later on we will visit the nearby Agra Fort that is an amazing building and UNESCO World Heritage Site. This fort in red also features impressive architecture and beautiful pavilions. Our guide will explain to you about all the beautiful palaces inside Agra Fort as well its origin and the history.After Agra Fort, we will visit Baby Taj Mahal - Etmad Ud Daulla's Tomb. The tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah is also an architectural marvel that is situated on the bank of Yamuna. People also refer it as mini Taj Mahal because it is similar to Minars, the stone work called pietra dura and lattice work. Our Guide will explain its fascinating history and exquisite carving work and architecture.Take a lunch break. After lunch explore Agra art and crafts. Agra has always been known for its leather products and its handicraft variation. In addition to the exclusive products from Agra, you will also be introduced to paintings, pottery, handicrafts and other artist works from different parts of the country.Around 4pm, visit the tomb of Emperor Akbaand and learn more about this greatest Emperor in India history. The last stop is Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden ) for a romantic view of Taj Mahal at sunset. Mahtab Bagh is located across the river Yamuna from Taj Mahal and considered a perfect place to view Taj Mahal without the jostling crowds. You can actually sit in peace and admire the beauty of the monument at sunset. In the meantime, your guide will explain the history of this beautiful garden.If your schedule allows, you have the option of adding Fatehpur Sikri to this tour. Please discuss with you tour for the option.

$80 Cultural & Theme Tours

Sunrise Taj Mahal Agra Private City Tour

Start your day with early morning pickup from your Agra hotel. Head to the Taj Mahal to see the sun rise over the World Heritage Site that was built in the 1600s by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the tribute to the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Return to your hotel for breakfast, then visit the second World Heritage Site of the day, the Agra Fort. The imposing red sandstone fort was built by emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, with a design that combines both Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles. Take a break for lunch at an air-conditioned restaurant, then depart the city for the 1-hour drive to Fatehpur Sikri, the third World Heritage Site that you visit on the tour. The elegant walled 16th-century city's buildings remain largely intact to this day, and have been described as 'the world’s most perfectly preserved ghost town,' Fatehpur Sikri was built in the late 16th century and was abandoned after only 14 years. Return to Agra and wrap up your tour by shopping for marble and soft stone inlay handicrafts, in addition to other crafts. At the end of the day, your guide returns you to your hotel or to the train station in Agra.

$35 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

3-Hour Varanasi Morning Sunrise Boat Tour

Start your day with a morning boat ride at dawn. You have a chance to observe the Hindu way of life along the bank of the Ganges River (Ganga Ghat or Banaras Ghat). Varanasi presents a unique combination of physical, metaphysical and supernatural elements. According to the Hindu mythology, Varanasi liberates soul from human body to the ultimate. It is the Ganga Ghats of Varanasi that complement the concept of divinity. The Ganga Ghats at Varanasi are full of pilgrims who flock to the sacred river to take a dip in the holy Ganges, which is believed to absolve one from all sins. Watching people come down to river in the early morning, taking a bath in the mother Ganga, performing rituals, worshiping the Sun is a unique experience. There are number of temples on the banks of the Ganges River in Varanasi. The old buildings, ashrams and palaces along the river side look as colorful as a rainbow when the sunlight hits them. It is at the Banaras Ghat where we can see life and death together. There are numbers of Ghats alongside Ganges River in Varanasi. There are numbers of Ghats alongside Ganges River in Varanasi. Some of the prominent and popular Ghats at Varanasi are the Dasaswamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Harischandra Ghat, Assi Ghat,Shivala Ghat, Man Mandir Ghat, Darbhanga Ghat, Ahilyabai Ghat and the Kedar Ghat. After the boat ride, take a small walk in to the oldest part of Varanasi where is famous for its narrow streets. Stop by the Kashi Vishwnath Temple, also known as Golden Temple, and see the outside of the beautiful temple. After the tour is concluded, we will take you back to your hotel.

$25 Tours & Sightseeing

Half Day Sunrise Tour of Taj Mahal by TUK TUK

A clean pollution free Tuk Tuk will pick you up from your hotel at 5:30 in the morning (the best time to visit the taj mahal) along with your tour guide and will take you straight away to the most beautiful mausoleum of the world the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world and a UNESCO heritage site, built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in 17th century for his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal, get the historical as well as architectural details by your guide and enjoy your time at the Taj Mahal.After the tour of Taj Mahal get back to your hotel by the same pollution free Tuk Tuk for the breakfast and rest up.After the breakfast start your tour and visit another heritage of Agra the Agra Fort made up of red sand stone, one of the finest creation of the great Mughal Emperor Akbar in 16th century to govern the nation and housing many beautiful palaces.After all these activities the pollution free Tuk Tuk will drop you at your hotel in Agra and your tour will come to an end.NOTE:- Taj Mahal reamins closed on every Friday

$72 Private & Custom Tours

Taj Mahal Private Sunrise Tour with Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri

You will be picked up from your hotel by a private Chauffeur in Agra at 06:00 am and proceed to the Taj Mahal for the amazing sunrise view. The Taj Mahal is one of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage and a treasure house of Mughal architecture. Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal, perhaps the most photographed monument in the world. A dawn visit to the fabled Taj Mahal to witness the magical effects caused by the reflections of the changing colors of the rising sun on this brilliant white marble building. After Taj Mahal, you will visit the massive Agra Fort. The elegant buildings inside reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles. It was built by Emperor Akbar and the maze of the courtyards, mosques and private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire Later you will proceed to Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, also known as the "Baby Taj", situated on the opposite bank of the Yamuna from the Taj Mahal. Built between 1622 and 1628 by Empress Nur Jahan for her father, the mausoleum is often described as a jewel box. Admire the trellis work and precious stone inlay as you listen to your guide’s commentary and learn about the strong Persian influence on the tomb’s design - the first in India entirely made out of marble. After approximately one hour at Itmad-ud-Daulah, you will enjoy an exquisite lunch at a famous Indian restaurant at your own expense.After Lunch you will go to the Fatehpur Sikri. This abandoned capital of the Mughal’s is a perfectly preserved city at the height of the empire’s splendor. The city divided into religious and secular parts has interesting well-sculpted buildings. You will be spending 1 hr 30 min there and then transferred back to your hotel.

$50 Day Trips & Excursions

Agra and Taj Mahal Private Full-Day Tour by High-Speed Train

Begin the morning at 6:30 A.M. Your driver will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the New Delhi Railway Station to board the fast luxurious air-conditioned Gatimaan Express to Agra. The train will depart at 8 AM and is the fastest train en route to Agra. Note: Do carry a valid ID proof along with you when you sit in the train, ID proof could be Passport copy, driving license etc.9:50 AM: Arriving at Agra train station, where your tour guide and the driver will pick you up to be taken to the famous tourist attractions of Agra, the Taj Mahal. Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The most extravagant expression of love ever created and where 20,000 men labored for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan’s beloved wife.The expected length of visit is 90 Minutes. Note: Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday.12:30 PM: You will explore the heart of the Mughal Empire, Agra Fort. This building itself gives you the view of the glorious reign of the Mughals. Built by Emperor Akbar in 1566, the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna. You will feel as if you are stepping back into history within this walled palatial city. The expected length of visit is 60 Minutes.2:00 PM: After visiting Agra Fort you will enjoy lunch in a restaurant providing you different flours of Agra City. Here you can get all the delicious flavors of the food delicacies of the Agra. 3 PM: After having lunch, you will visit the Mehtab Bagh. Enjoy the sunset view of Taj Mahal and beautiful reflection of Taj Mahal on Yamuna River. If you love photography, Mehtab Bagh is the best site to capture Taj Mahal in your cameras.5 PM: The driver will take you to Agra railway station to board the train for returning back to Delhi.The train will depart from Agra Station at 5:50 PM. Sit back and relax on the way back.7 PM: Train will reach Delhi, your driver will receive you from New Delhi railway station and drop-off you back to your hotel, or at international airport if you need to catch a flightTrain Details:Train for Delhi to Agra-12050 Gatimaan Express, arriving at Agra Cantt Station (AGC) on platform no. 6 at 9 AM. Breakfast will be served on the train.Train for Agra to Delhi-12049 Gatimaan Express, arriving at Nizamuddin Railway Station (NZM) on platform no. 5 at 07:30 PM. Dinner will be served on the train.

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