You will be picked up at your hotel in Agra at 3:30 pm and proceed to the Agra Fort Army Gate. The tour then proceeds to Ambedkar Park. The next stop is the Agra Fort Railway station. Built-in true British style, this station carries about 90,000 passengers each day. Your next stop is Jama Masjid, the biggest mosque in the city, where you will learn about Islam religion and Mughal history.
Next, you will stop at Chimman Lal Poori Wala, a 185-year old local sweet shop where guests can not only see various sweets being made but also sample them. Hitting the road again, the tour explores a local wholesale market where the guide explains the various wares on sale on how Indian markets are so much different from organized retail in most western countries. Monkeys greet the way to the next attraction Mankameshwar Mandir, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. You are welcome to enter the temple and see devotees going about prayer regimes.
Next, your tour will take you to the Rawatpara Spice market. Bound to sneeze a few times as the aroma fills the air, you can witness heaps of red chilies and lots of Indian pickles. The tour then proceeds through a cycle rickshaw ride, the most popular means of transport in India. The ride ends at the banks of the river Yamuna and you will then head to the backside of the Taj Mahal in a car. You will then experience a sunset view of the Taj Mahal from across the river. The tour ends here and you will be dropped back off at your hotel.
What to expect ?
Get to know Agra the local way, by exploring the city’s hidden lane-ways, bustling spice market, and religious mosques and temples, all with your feet to guide you. 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.
Agra Fort Army Gate (Gather Point): Built-in 1080 AD. 5 different armies have stayed in it to date starting from Sikandar Lodi to the Indian Army today. 5 different armies were – Hindu Sikarwar Rajputs (Sikandar Lodi, Ibrahim Lodi); Mughals (Babur, Humayun, Akbar); Suris (SherShah); British Army and Indian Army (today).
Ambedkar Park: This Park was built in the memory of the architect of the Indian Constitution – Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, also known as Babasaheb. He was an Indian jurist, political leader, philosopher, anthropologist, historian, orator, economist, teacher, editor, prolific writer, and a great revolutionary.
Jama Masjid: Shahi Jama Masjid was built by Princess Jahanara Begum, the favorite daughter of Emperor Shahjahan in 1648 AD. She stayed unmarried and used the money set aside for her dowry to build this mosque. The main gate of the mosque was demolished in 1858 AD.
Vaidya Ramdutt Gali: Vaidya Ramdutta was an Ayurvedic Doctor. Vaidya Ramdutta was his name, Gali means a small lane. This doctor used to treat people with herbal medicines. His family members are still practicing the same. Ayurveda is the combination of two words ‘Ayur’ means ‘age’ & ‘Veda’ means ‘to increase’, so Ayurveda tells how to increase your age with the natural herbal remedies.
Mankameshwar Temple: Mankameshwar Mandir (Temple) is one of the most ancient temples devoted to Lord Shiva. It is said that the Shivlinga is covered by the silver medal and was founded by Lord Shiva himself during the Dwapara era when Lord Krishna was born in Mathura.
Lohar Gali: Lohar Gali is a bustling street with vendors selling colorful clothes, dresses, floral decorations, and special paan. These are folded in such a manner so that their shape becomes that of a pyramid. They are then coated with “Chandi ka Verk” (Silver Foil) and garnished with coconut powder.
Musician’s Balcony: A merchant named Mohan Lal in 1880 built this temple. He was in the business of making brocade borders for Saaris. Cause of this type of carving is unknown, but people believe that this shows his love for Music. These are about 135 years old but still in very good condition.
Mehtab Bagh: The symmetry of architecture makes the Taj Mahal look equally breathtaking from all four sides and its hue in the river waters of the Yamuna during sunset further amplifies its aura.
- Private live tour guide
- Mineral water
- Rickshaw ride
- Hotel pickup & drop off
- Any Meal
- Entrance if applicable
Where to meet ?
We will provide you meeting location after reservation is confirmed.
Walking Tour With Tour Guide.