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Summary

This travel guide offers a comprehensive 3-day itinerary for exploring Agra, with a focus on its historical and architectural marvels, including the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and the Baby Taj. It also highlights the beauty of Agra's natural landscapes through visits to Mehtab Bagh and the Taj Protected Forest, and suggests enjoying a meal with a view of the Taj Mahal at Saniya Palace Rooftop Restaurant.

🕌 Day 1: Exploring Agra's Forts

Begin your Agra adventure with a tour of the majestic Agra Fort, followed by a visit to the enchanting Baby Taj.

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🕌 Agra Fort

A historical fort and the main residence of the Mughal emperors. Offers stunning views of the Taj Mahal. The fort's architecture is a blend of Islamic and Hindu styles, featuring intricate carvings and beautiful marble structures. The Sheesh Mahal, or Palace of Mirrors, is a must-see with its reflective glass mosaics that create a mesmerizing effect. Don't miss the Diwan-i-Khas, the hall of private audience, adorned with elegant marble pillars and a stunning throne platform.

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Consider hiring a guide at the gates to delve into the fort's rich history. Don't miss the views of the Taj Mahal. Take your time to explore the various palaces, halls, and gardens within the fort to fully appreciate its grandeur and historical significance.

🕌 Baby Taj

An early draft of the Taj Mahal, known for its intricate arabesques, geometric patterns, and semi-precious stones. The delicate marble lattice work and the inlay designs make it a masterpiece of Mughal architecture. The serene gardens surrounding the mausoleum provide a peaceful setting for reflection and appreciation of the intricate craftsmanship.

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Perfect for a quiet visit, admire the detailed craftsmanship up close. Take a leisurely stroll around the gardens to soak in the tranquil ambiance and capture the intricate details of the mausoleum.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +91 522 400 4402
🌐   Website: https://uptourism.gov.in/en/article/itmad-ud-daulas-tomb
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 45 min
📍   Address: Moti Bagh, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282006, India

🌅 Day 2: Sunset and Nature Walks

Experience the beauty of Agra by catching a sunset at Mehtab Bagh and exploring the Taj Protected Forest.

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🌿 Mehtab Bagh

Known as the Moonlight Garden, Mehtab Bagh offers a serene and romantic setting with breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal across the Yamuna River. Legend has it that Emperor Shah Jahan had envisioned building a mausoleum of black marble for himself in these gardens to mirror the Taj Mahal, creating a picturesque image that never came to fruition.

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Visit during sunset for a mesmerizing experience as the sun sets behind the Taj Mahal, casting a golden glow over the iconic monument. However, keep in mind that Mehtab Bagh can partially flood during the rainy season, so plan your visit accordingly.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +91 522 406 1369
🌐   Website: https://www.tajmahal.gov.in/travel-information.aspx
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 1 hour
📍   Address: 1, MEHTAB BAGH, Nagla Devjit, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India

🌳 Taj Protected Forest

The Taj Protected Forest, also known as the Taj Walk, is a natural haven offering peaceful walks amidst paved paths and dirt trails. It is home to roaming peacocks and surprises visitors with unexpected views of the Taj Mahal, especially in the morning when the sunlight beautifully illuminates the majestic structure.

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For photography enthusiasts, the morning offers the best lighting to capture the Taj Mahal in all its glory. The park's scattered benches and occasional hills provide ideal vantage points to admire the stunning beauty of the Taj Mahal.

Travel Information
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: 53G4+8C8, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282006, India

🕌 Day 3: Taj Mahal and Culinary Delights

Conclude your trip with a visit to the iconic Taj Mahal and enjoy a meal with a view at Saniya Palace Rooftop Restaurant.

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🕌 Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal, one of the seven Wonders of the Modern World, is known for its stunning architecture and rich history. The white marble mausoleum is a symbol of eternal love and a masterpiece of Mughal architecture, with intricate carvings and beautiful gardens that make it a must-visit for any traveler to Agra.

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Visit around 9:00 a.m. to avoid crowds and witness the mesmerizing beauty of the Taj Mahal in the soft morning light. Allocate 2-3 hours for a thorough exploration, allowing time to admire the intricate details and capture the perfect photographs.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +91 562 222 6431
🌐   Website: https://www.tajmahal.gov.in/
📍   Address: Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
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🍽️ Saniya Palace Rooftop Restaurant

Saniya Palace Rooftop Restaurant offers more than just standard Indian fare; it provides a dining experience with unparalleled views of the Taj Mahal. Situated atop a guesthouse by the South Gate, the restaurant boasts a panoramic vista of the iconic monument framed by pastel buildings, creating a picturesque setting for a memorable meal.

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While the food may take some time to arrive, the breathtaking views make the wait worthwhile. Take your time to savor the flavors of Indian cuisine while soaking in the enchanting sight of the Taj Mahal from this unique vantage point.

Travel Information
📍   Address: 34/277 Chowk Kajziyan South gate of Taj Mahal, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India