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Mathura was once a Kushan capital and a major Buddhist centre with 20 monasteries that housed 3000 monks, but after the rise of Hinduism, and later sackings by Afghan and Mughal rulers, all that’s left of the oldest sights are the beautiful sculptures recovered from ruins, now on display in the excellent Archaeological Museum.


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$84 Cultural & Theme Tours

Taj Mahal, Agra, Vrindavan, Mathura: Full-Day Private Tour

After a 5:30am from your Delhi accommodation, travel the express highway to the sacred cities of Mathura and Vrindavan. Meet your tour guide who will brief you on what you will see before you start your day tour. The city of Vrindavan is where the young Krishna is said to have grown up. Pilgrims flock here from all over the world. Visit Shri Bankey Bihari Temple, the holiest and most famous temple of Lord Krishna. This temple houses a sacred image of Lord Krishna known as Thakur Ji. The idol of Krishna here is jet black. Take part in Shringar Aarti at Bankey Bihari Temple. You can offer flower garlands and sweets to Lord Krishna and also meditate for some time in the temple complex.Visit Prem Mandir, a religious and spiritual complex situated on a 54-acre site on the outskirts of Vrindavan. It is dedicated to Shri Krishna. Follow the circumambulation route, which is 40-feet wide and begins from the main entrance of the temple, consisting of 80 panels. In these panels the different pastimes of Shri Krishna, as described in the Shrimad Bhagavat Puran, have been chronologically displayed in three dimensional formats. Offerings are not allowed in the temple.After, drive to Mathura. Famed for being the birthplace of the much-loved Hindu god Krishna, Mathura is one of Hinduism’s seven sacred cities and attracts floods of pilgrims round the year. Visit the Shri Krishna Janambhoomi Temple, the birthplace of the ancient Hindu God Lord Krishna. It is a prison cell belonging to Kansa where Lord Krishna was born. Enjoy live kirtan in the kirtan room. You may also offer flower garlands and sweets to the lord. Drive to the City of the Taj Mahal, Agra, the capital of the erstwhile Mughal empire. Take a lunch break provided at local restaurants in Agra. After lunch, visit the legendary Taj Mahal, A UNESCO World Heritage Site. No trip to Agra would be complete without a visit to this shimmering vision of domes and minarets. The world's best-known tomb stands testimony to the timeless love story of the 17th century Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan and his wife - queen Mumtaz Mahal. Do some shopping in Agra, known for its fabulous handicrafts, made of marble and soft-stone inlay work. The Mughals were great patrons of arts and crafts. Empress Nur Jahan took personal interest and was an accomplished artist herself in zari embroidery work. Agra's major handicraft products besides inlay work are leather ware, brass-ware, carpets, jewelry and embroidery work.After a memorable day, drive back to Delhi. Arrive in Delhi by approximately 9pm and be dropped-off at your hotel or the airport.

$72 Private & Custom Tours

Taj Mahal, Vrindavan, Mathura: Private Tour from Delhi

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: New Delhi, New Delhi, National Capital Territory of DelhiGet ready for an extremely early takeoff time for this private tour to Agra from Delhi. Be picked up at 5:30am from your hotel or the airport — it’s your choice. Sit back in your private vehicle, and relax.The ride from Delhi to Agra takes about three hours.Once you arrive in Agra, you’re in for a treat. Your first stop is at the Taj Mahal, and you'll be just in time for sunrise. See just how stunning the majestic palace looks under the beautiful rising sun before you head out with your guide on a tour of the grounds.Lunch Break,Lunch will be provided at one of the best Local AC Restaurant.After lunch we visit The Imposing Agra Fort (At your own expense), Built by Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D, this huge fort is made of red sandstone. The elegant buildings inside reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles. The maze of the courtyards, mosques & private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire.Shopping in Agra a former capital of the Mughal Empire. Have ample time to explore the majestic Taj Mahal, and then shop for Agra handicrafts such as marble, stone inlay, leather, or jewelry.A 1-hour drive takes you to Manthurs, go to the outskirts of Vrindavan to visit Prem Mandir, a sprawling complex dedicated to Shri Krishna. Next up, drive to Mathura, one of seven sacred Hindu cities, Known as the birthplace of Krishna, Prem Mandir features the Shri Krishna Janambhoomi temple.Later Visit Shri Bankey Bihari Temple, which is dedicated to Krishna, and participate in Shringar Aarti if your wish.Depart in the evening and return to your Delhi hotel or the airport around 8pm approx to end your tour.

$47 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Day Trip to Mathura and Vrindavan from Delhi

Following a hotel pick-up at 6am by your English speaking driver-cum-guide from New Delhi City area hotel, you will drive towards Vrindavan by Taj Expressway.  Upon arrival your first stop will be Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham. This monument to God’s love, Prem Mandir, is an elaborately carved white marble of wonder. Each stone of the temple has been hand carved by hundreds of the temple artisans, who have been working on this project since 2001. Next, head to Banke Bihari Temple, constructed in 1864 as a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, it is amongst the most attractive, holiest and famous temples of Lord Krishna of Vrindavan in India. Next up, you will visit ISKCON Vrindavan, a thriving spiritual center for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. On a daily basis, pilgrims from around the world and nearby Delhi flock to the center to worship. The founder of ISKCON, Srila Prabhupada, chose to build the temple in 1975 to give strength to his devotees. Then, you will proceed for Mathura for lunch at your own cost in a Mathura local restaurant. Afterwards, continue to Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir, Sri Krishna Janmasthan and Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple Complex. Later, head to Dwarkadheesh Temple, one of the most visited shrines of Mathura. Built in 1814, the Temple is said to have been constructed by Seth Gokul Das Parikh who was the treasurer of the Gwalior Estate. After the temple visit, move on to Vishram Ghat located near Dwarkadhish Temple which is on the bank of holy River Yamuna where there are a total of 25 ghats in Mathura today, of which, the most important is the Vishram Ghat, where according to legend, Shri Krishna took his rest after killing Kansa. It is at Vishram Ghat that the traditional parikrama starts and ends.After the whole day tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in New Delhi City area.

$104 Day Trips & Excursions

Delhi to Taj Mahal, Mathura, Vrindavan Private Full-Day Trip

Get an early start at 5am with pickup from your hotel in Delhi, Gurgaon, or Noida, or from the airport. Relax in your private air-conditioned vehicle as your driver takes the express highway to the sacred cities of Vrindavan and Mathura. Expect to arrive in Vrindavan at about 7:30am and meet your local guide. After a short briefing, set out to see the city where the young Krishna is said to have lived. Visit Shri Bankey Bihari Temple, the most famous temple of Lord Krishna. You'll also get to take part in Shringar Aarti and have contemplative time in the temple. Next head to Prem Mandir, a large spiritual complex dedicated to Shri Krishna and located on the outskirts of Vrindavan. Check out the 40-foot wide Circumambulation route that begins at the main entrance of the temple. Continue to Mathura, the birthplace of Krishna and one of Hinduism’s seven sacred cities. See the Shri Krishna Janambhoomi temple and experience the live kirtan in the kirtan room. At noon, depart on the 1-hour drive to Agra, once the capital of the Mughal empire. Upon arrival, have lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the legendary Taj Mahal, a World Heritage Site that was built by the 17th-century Mughal emperor for his wife. Spend two hours taking in the majestic Taj Mahal before going shopping for Agra handicrafts such as marble, stone inlay, leather, or jewellery. Depart Agra at 6pm, returning to your Delhi hotel or airport about three hours later to end your tour.

$190 Multi-day & Extended Tours

GOLDEN TRIANGLE PACKAGE 6 DAYS PRIVATE TOUR

DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHIOn arrival at Delhi airport or railway station, our representative will meet you & Arrive You & transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel in Delhi.DAY 02: CITY TOUR OF DELHIThis morning after breakfast Proceed to Delhi Sightseeing :- Old Delhi:- The Raj Ghat, Red fort & Jama Masjid are important places to visit, you may also visit Chandni Chowk, spice market etc. New Delhi:- The Qutub Minar, tallest stone tower in India, imposing India Gate and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, Laxmi Narayan Temple & Lotus Temple. By evening return to your hotel for overnight stay.DAY 03: DELHI TO AGRA (205 KMS / 4 HRS)This morning after breakfast you will drive to Mughal city Agra and check into your hotel. Enroot you may also visit Mathura-the birth place of Lord Krishana. This afternoon visit the Agra fort, built by the great Emperor Akbar, and the famous Taj Mahal-the symbol of love, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. By evening return to your hotel for overnight stay.DAY 04: AGRA TO JAIPUR (250 KMS / 5 HRS)This morning after breakfast you will drive to the pink city of Jaipur, enroute you will visit the Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. On arrival check into your hotel and rest of the day is at leisure. Stay overnight at hotel in Jaipur.DAY 05: JAIPUR CITY TOURThis morning after breakfast visit the Amber fort, built in 16th century, enjoy an elephant ride at Amber. Drive past the Hawa Mahal-a Palace of winds. In the afternoon you will visit the city palace and museum, walk to adjacent Jantar Mantar an astronomical observatory. Rest of the evening is at leisure. Stay overnight at hotel in Jaipur.DAY 06: JAIPUR To DELHI (250 KMS / 6 HRS)Today you will be transferred back to Delhi airport/railway station for your onward journey Back to Home. Your tour comes to ends but it's sweet memories & vivid colors will remains forever.

$51 Kid Friendly

Taj Mahal Tour from New Delhi with lunch

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Vision Holidays, Agra, Agra District, Uttar Pradesh06:30 AM Pickup from DelhiOur driver will pick up you from your place and he will straight drive to Agra by Express way. 10:00 AM Visit at Taj MahalTaj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the love of her wife mumtaz mahal. A beautiful building to visit explore for 02 hours long with tour guide and deep history of the monument.12:30 PM Buffet Lunch at Five Star HotelHave a lunch in Agra's famous five star hotel and taste some amazing delicacies food. 01:30 PM Agra FortAgra Fort will be the next milestone. This gargantuan fort is built by Emperor Akbar, this is made up of red sandstones at one of either side of River Yamuna. 02:30 PM Itmad Ud-DaulahBaby Taj is the tomb of Etmad-Ud-Daula (father-in-law of Jahangir), commissioned by Nur Jahan (wife of Jahangir). 03:30 PM Visit Mehtab Bagh - Back view of Taj MahalMehtab Bagh Exploring the back side of a Taj Mahal. Here you will see the magnificent reflection of Taj Mahal over the river 05:00 PM Back to DelhiDuration: 8 hours