The 8 Best Taj Mahal Tours of 2019

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Best Inclusive Tour: Buy Private Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Tour Tickets with Viator "The most luxurious and comprehensive option for touring the Taj Mahal and the nearby Agra Fort."

Best Tour via Train: Buy Agra and Taj Mahal Private Day Trip Tickets with Viator "This tour provides the train tickets, and the transport to and from the train station on both sides."

Best Tour via Private Car: Buy Private Tour: Agra and the Taj Mahal Tickets with Viator "This simple tour begins with a pickup at your Delhi hotel with your driver/guide at the wheel."

Best Tuk-Tuk Tour: Buy Half Day Sunrise Tour of Taj Mahal Tickets with Viator "You’ll tuk-tuk your way to a filling breakfast and then tuk-tuk onward for a tour of the Agra Fort."

Best Express Tour: Buy Half-Day Tour of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Tickets with Viator "A whirlwind, but plenty of time to see the highlights and get a good sense of the history and culture of the two sites."

Best Full-Day Tour: Buy 11-Hour Agra Day Tour Tickets with Viator "You can choose to spend more or less time at any given attraction and add in other nearby sights."

Best Two-Day Tour: Buy 2-Day Tour to Agra and the Taj Mahal Tickets with Viator "Includes transportation to and from Delhi and in Agra, three meals, and overnight accommodations."

Best Theme Tour: Buy Agra Photography Tour Tickets with Viator "A professional photographer guides this photo-focused day tour, teaching you camera tips and tricks along the way."

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Best Inclusive Tour: Private Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Tour, Dine With a View

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This Viator Exclusive tour really is the most luxurious and comprehensive option for touring the Taj Mahal and the nearby Agra Fort. The tour begins with a morning hotel or airport pickup in Delhi, from where you’ll ride in air-conditioned luxury to Agra (around four hours away). In Agra, you’ll dine in splendor on the Sky Deck at the four-star Gateway Hotel, with its stunning unencumbered view of the Taj Mahal.

After lunch, you’ll head over to tour the Taj Mahal itself with your expert guide at your side. You’ll also visit the Taj Museum, housed in the Naubat Khana, the former orchestral pit of the Taj Mahal complex, where the Mughal Empire and the complex itself are contextualized with artifacts and displays.

From there, it’s on to the massive red sandstone walled city of Agra Fort, a crucial strategic site for generations of Mughal Emperors. It is an architectural marvel and your guide will explain the many elements that make it so important. After you’ve explored a bit, you’ll be shuttled back to Delhi in sheer comfort.

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Best Tour via Train: Agra and Taj Mahal Private Day Trip by Express Train with Lunch

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If you really want to maximize your time in Agra but you’re staying in Delhi, the fastest way there and back is by express train. (Plus, honestly, traveling by train is always a lovely thing and there’s something particularly romantic about it in this part of the world.) This tour provides the train tickets, the transport to and from the train station on both sides, plus a knowledgeable guide and a buffet lunch.

You’ll enjoy a comprehensive tour of both the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort, as well as the “Baby Taj,” the Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah, widely considered to be the most important architectural predecessor to the Taj Mahal, with lunch in between. After your tour of the Baby Taj, you’ll head back to Delhi via the Gatimaan Express and will enjoy a final air-conditioned transfer from the train station to your hotel.

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Best Tour via Private Car: Private Tour: Agra and the Taj Mahal Day Trip from Delhi

India, Uttar Pradesh, Agra, Agra Fort, Hall of Public Audience

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There’s a lot of flexibility that comes with traveling by private car, and with comfy seats and good air conditioning (plus great scenery out the windows), even a four to five-hour car trip can be extremely pleasant. This simple tour begins with a pickup at your Delhi hotel with your driver/guide at the wheel.

From there, it’s straight to the Taj Mahal, where you’ll skip the line and enter for your guided tour. After a stop for lunch (not included, but your guide will suggest a good place to your specifications), you’ll head on to the Agra Fort, where you’ll spend plenty of time exploring the labyrinthine city-within-walls with your guide at your side. At the end of the day, it’s back to Delhi in the comfort of your private vehicle.

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Best Tuk Tuk Tour: Half Day Sunrise Tour of Taj Mahal by Tuk Tuk

Tuk-tuks aka auto rickshaw on the street.
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Tuk-tuks, also called auto rickshaws, are cheerfully noisy little three-wheeled taxis which are ubiquitous across South Asia (and, increasingly, throughout the world). This affordable little tour includes a pre-dawn tuk-tuk pickup at your Agra hotel, from where you’ll zip over to the Taj Mahal in time to watch the first rays of the morning sun upon the glittering marble monument.

Your guide will then give you a comprehensive tour of the monument, and from there, you’ll tuk-tuk your way to a filling breakfast and then tuk-tuk onward for a tour of the Agra Fort. Your guided tour will be finished by lunchtime, after which you’ll almost certainly want to take a nap — it will have been quite a packed morning! 

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Best Express Tour: Agra Half-Day Tour of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Agra Fort: Hall of Public Audience
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In a rush? Just passing through? Prefer to deal with your own transportation? Whatever your reasoning, if you’re trying to pack both the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort into a single half-day, it’s entirely possible, but you’re definitely going to want an expert at your side in order to maximize your efficiency (and avoid getting stuck in lines).

Your tour will begin with a pickup from your Agra hotel or any Agra transportation terminal (airport, train station, etc.), from where you’ll head directly to the Taj Mahal for a hearty two-hour tour with live commentary from your private guide.

Next, you’ll head to the Agra Fort for another two hours, which will be plenty of time to see the various Mughal Emperor-built palaces and other structures within the walled city.

From there, it’s back to your hotel or transportation terminal, and there you have it! A whirlwind, yes, but plenty of time to see the highlights and get a good sense of the history and culture of the two sites.

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

The Taj Mahal in India
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It took 20,000 workers 20 years to build the Taj Mahal — one might say it’s worth spending at least a few hours’ time exploring, right? This tour starts early-early in the morning, before the crack of dawn, when your tour guide will pick you up at your Agra hotel (the company also offers Delhi pick-ups but not in time for sunrise). You’ll arrive at the beautiful Taj Mahal just in time to catch daylight breaking.

The tour includes a VIP entry to the Taj Mahal, where your guide will show you around and explain the history of the mausoleum. It also includes a guided tour of Agra Fort, the Baby Taj, and the massive tomb of Akbar the Great, which lies just outside Agra in Sikandra. Because your guide and driver are at your service for the day, you can choose to spend more or less time at any given attraction and add in other nearby sights if you so choose.

Regardless, at the end of the day, just in time for sunset, you’ll head back to the Taj Mahal so you can watch the ivory-white marble take on the colors of the sunset.

For more travel ideas, check out the best places to visit around Agra.

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Best Two-Day Tour: Private 2-Day Tour to Agra and the Taj Mahal from Delhi by Car

View of Taj Mahal from Taj Ganj area.


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The car trip from Delhi to Agra is quite long, and there’s something to be said for not doing it twice in one day. But Agra is a fascinating city and certainly worth an overnight trip, so consider this tour option, which includes transportation to and from Delhi and in Agra, three meals, and overnight accommodations. You’ll have a chance to view the Taj Mahal from the gorgeous Mehtab Bagh — the Moonlight Garden — built across the river to give the emperor the perfect nighttime view of his beloved’s resting place.

You can also choose to spend some time shopping in Agra, known for its high-quality handicrafts which include inlay stonework, fine embroidery, leatherware, and more.

On your second day, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort and fill up on a delicious lunch in an air-conditioned restaurant before heading back to Delhi. 

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Best Theme Tour: Agra Photography Tour with Taj Mahal Visit

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A professional photographer guides this photo-focused day tour from Delhi to Agra, teaching you camera tips and tricks along the way. You can bring your own camera(s) and your guide will help you learn to get the best snaps with them (even phone cameras), or you can rent camera equipment from the tour company.

The tour includes air-conditioned transport, lunch, and snacks, as well as entrance to the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, the Baby Taj, and (upon request) the nearby city of Fatehpur Sikri, which houses a number of gorgeous examples of Mughal architecture in its own right.

At each stop, your photographer guide will help you line up perfect shots, capture the buildings in their best light, and even get you some exclusive access so you can get the best angles for shooting. At the end of the day, you’ll return to Delhi with countless high-quality photos that you took yourself.

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