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From Delhi: Day Trip to Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Baby Taj

1. From Delhi: Day Trip to Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Baby Taj

Following pickup from any desired location in Delhi, Gurugram or Noida, proceed to Agra in a climate controlled, private car. Visit some of India's most well known destinations with the ease and comfort of a private driver and guide.  Upon arrival at the Taj Mahal, your guide will join you and handover the tickets for entry to the infamous Taj Mahal. Spend as much time as you like exploring this impressive example of Mughal architecture. Head to Agra Fort, and enjoy a guided tour of 1-hour before lunch at the Courtyard by Marriott. Taste a freshly prepared lunch in 5 star surroundings. After Lunch, visit the Baby Taj an exquisite tomb constructed centuries ago.  Following your day of exploration, your driver will return you to Delhi, back where you began.

Delhi: Ethical Sanjay Colony Slum Tour

2. Delhi: Ethical Sanjay Colony Slum Tour

Sanjay Colony is a relatively small slum built on 25 acres of land located near the famous Bahá'í Lotus Temple and ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple. Originally built on forest land, this slum is surrounded by one of India's largest industrial areas and is home to approximately 50,000 people. Join an educational walking tour that aims to encourage conversation around the realities of living in slums. Come with an open mind and be prepared to debunk negative stereotypes surrounding slums. Observe the process of garment recycling and manufacture, one of the main industries in Sanjay Colony. It is also home to several other businesses, including automotive parts and electronics. Understand the complex social structure that exists within this community, and stop to wave at friendly children from the neighborhood. You will also have a chance to visit a Hindu temple and a mosque. Additionally, visit a doctor's clinic and learn about the health issues that are present in a slum environment and the different initiatives started to try and combat these. Navigate through the narrow alleys and climb a rooftop for an unparalleled view of the surrounding area. For a truly authentic experience, choose to have lunch with a local family. Enjoy a simple, home-cooked vegetarian meal lovingly prepared by your friendly hosts. Proceeds from this tour are re-invested into community development projects such as education, skills development and healthcare for the residents of Sanjay Colony.

Delhi Indira Gandhi Airport (DEL): Premium Lounge Access

3. Delhi Indira Gandhi Airport (DEL): Premium Lounge Access

The premium lounges at Indira Gandhi Airport of New Delhi offer a delicious Indian buffet. Enjoy special high-tea snacks prepared by the chefs. Make use of the facilities including business stations, WiFi, shower, international magazines, and newspapers. Visit the bar with professional bartenders serving a selection of beverages at an additional charge. The Plaza Premium Lounge is located in many locations of the airport and features a panoramic view.  Featuring a warm and subtle décor, the lounges have spacious areas for travelers looking for a refreshing time before take-off. 

From Delhi: Taj Mahal & Agra Fort Day Trip by Express Train

4. From Delhi: Taj Mahal & Agra Fort Day Trip by Express Train

Start your day with pick up from any desired location in Delhi, Gurgaon, or Noida by your driver and proceed to Delhi railway station. On arriving at the station, collect your train tickets from your driver and get seated before the journey begins. Meet your guide at the Taj Mahal and get your skip-the-line tickets to the Taj Mahal (included in the "all inclusive" option). Then, join your guide for a tour inside the Taj Mahal, built in the 17th century by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife, Mumtaz. Then you will have free time for breakfast. Afterward, your guide will take you to Agra Fort, where you will also have skip-the-line tickets. The fort was built in 1565 A.D by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Here, you will have an approximately 1-hour guided tour. Later, you will head to Baby Taj, also known as the Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah, where you will have an approximately 30-minute guided tour. After visiting these places, your guide will say goodbye to you. Then, proceed back to Delhi by train. In the evening, arrive in Delhi and enjoy drop-off at any desired location in Delhi, Gurgaon, or Noida.

Delhi: 3-hour Old Delhi Rickshaw Ride and Guided Tour

5. Delhi: 3-hour Old Delhi Rickshaw Ride and Guided Tour

Embark on an amazing and fun journey to Old Delhi on this 3-hour rickshaw tour. Experience the best of India and its age-old traditions. Your tour will begin with the guide picking you up from your hotel, following which you will take the metro to Old Delhi. After reaching Old Delhi, hop on a rickshaw and soak up the lifestyle and culture of this colorful country, visiting historic markets like the jewelry market of Chandni Chowk. Following that, head towards the grand Jama Masjid (India’s second-largest mosque), built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan.  Make your way to the most colorful lane in old Delhi, Kinari Bazaar and stop for a quick snack break and sample parantha (stuffed flatbread) at a 150-year-old restaurant. After this delicious break, you'll head to the beautiful Gurudwara (a Sikh temple) where you will learn about the selfless and humanitarian services of the community kitchen. Last but not least, check out the spice market (Asia’s largest) where you can learn about the wonderful world of spices whilst learning about their health benefits.

Old Delhi Street Food Tasting Tour

6. Old Delhi Street Food Tasting Tour

Sample the unique street food of Delhi on an immersive tasting tour with a local guide. Meet a selection of hand-picked street vendors in Old Delhi, all selected for their excellent hygiene and tasty dishes. Try local specialties such as chole bhature (fried bread) from the Punjab and dahi vada (fried flour balls in thick yoghurt). Sample a tasty aloo chat (fried potatoes with spices and chutney) and some delicious parathas (flatbreads). Cool your palate with a lassi and indulge your sweet tooth with some sugar-soaked jalebis, the local equivalent of rice pudding or bread and butter pudding.  Meat eaters can try some tasty fried chicken, while vegetarians will be in heaven in the bustling Matia Mahal neighborhood. Learn about Delhi’s historic walled city as you travel by rickshaw. Soak up the hustle and bustle of everyday life on the narrow streets, discover the largest spice market in Asia, and stop to admire the imposing Jama Masjid.

Old and New Delhi: 8-Hour Private City Tour

7. Old and New Delhi: 8-Hour Private City Tour

Start the day with pickup in a private car from your hotel. This tour can be customized according to your specific interests and hobbies, or the areas that you want to explore.  In Old Delhi, the top places to visit are the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, and the Spice Market. You may also like to take a ride in a local rickshaw. In New Delhi, visit Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, the Lotus Temple, India Gate, the Agrasen ki Baoli step, and Raj Ghat. Drive past the presidential residence and parliament house.  In both Old Delhi and New Delhi, you'll gain fascinating insights into daily local life and you'll learn about the history and culture of India.  If you'd like to learn even more about Delhi, you may choose the option of a guided tour. Your private guide will accompany you on your trip alongside your driver to explain the history of the sites you visit. Choose the tour option with included entry tickets for maximum convenience during your adventure.

Taj Mahal & Agra Fort: Private Sunrise Tour from Delhi

8. Taj Mahal & Agra Fort: Private Sunrise Tour from Delhi

Enjoy a full-day tour of Agra, departing from Delhi in the early morning in order to arrive at the iconic Taj Mahal by sunrise. Following a pick-up from your accommodation in Delhi, Gurgaon or Noida at 03:00, transfer to Agra by private, air-conditioned vehicle. Relax on the 3.5-hour drive in a private, air-conditioned car, arriving in Agra at approximately 06:15 AM where you will meet your private guide and enjoy a great view of the sunrise over the Taj Mahal. Marvel at the spectacular marble mausoleum from the outside, before looking inside the temple to Mumtaz Mahal, beloved wife of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Spend about 2-3 hours at the Taj Mahal, with some free time to walk around. Your guide will lead you to the best spots to capture photos and will be happy to take some photos for you. Later, continue to the nearby Red Fort (Agra Fort) to see the beautiful pavilions of a walled city. You will spend 1.5 hour here. Enjoy some free time for breakfast (own expense) before heading back to Delhi where you will arrive at around 3:00 PM.

From Delhi: Sunrise Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Private Tour

9. From Delhi: Sunrise Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Private Tour

Your day will begin early at 3:00AM, when you are picked up from your hotel in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, or the airport. You will then drive to Agra, enjoying a peaceful 3-hour ride in your own private air-conditioned car. You will arrive to Agra at 6:00AM, at which point you will meet with you tour guide before proceeding to visit the Taj Mahal. You will explore the Taj Mahal whilst enjoying its sunrise views, spending around 2-3 hours in the mausoleum. After visiting the Taj Mahal, your next monument will be Agra Fort, which was built by the Great Mughal Emperor "Akbar". Here, you will spend around 1 hour in the building. After visiting Agra Fort, you will proceed for breakfast break at 5 Star Hotel, where you will be able to enjoy some food and relax. Next, if you are not in a hurry and also want to explore another site, you can visit Itimad-Ud-Daulah (Baby Taj). Here you can explore the rear view of the Taj Mahal, as it casts its shadow on the river Yamuna. At 10:00AM you will drive back to New Delhi, and at 1:00PM you will arrive back at your point of origin/Delhi Airport.

Delhi: Photography Walking Tour with Lunch

10. Delhi: Photography Walking Tour with Lunch

Discover a unique glimpse of Delhi, as you get ready to capture the mood, and moments of the city with your smartphone or digital camera, no matter if you're an amateur, hobbyist, or pro photographer. Take an early morning metro ride to Old Delhi, observing through your camera how people start their day in Delhi’s downtown. Walk around the narrow streets, perch up rooftops to get some best views in this famed old town. Get the best vantage points for your photos. Visit a centuries-old spice market, where you can get spices from any corner of India and discover a secret spot, which will give you a birds eye view of Old Delhi. Move over to the greener Delhi, the Lutyens Zone and collect visual shots of the magnificent Raisina Hill and other colonial buildings with their remarkable architecture. Visit Gurudwara Sikh temple, which is a colorful place, and sneak into their giant kitchen which prepares meals for up to 100,000 people. Frame the peaceful mood in your pictures. Take a stop for lunch to savour local delicacies. Be spoilt for food choices in Delhi. Enjoy a walk in the nearby Lodhi garden at the golden hour and capture the hues of the iconic monument and get some perfect shots.

Frequently asked questions about New Delhi

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Planning Your Visit

  • What to eat in New Delhi?

    Do as the locals do and drink some chai in the afternoon and have some daal, or lentils, with rice and vegetables. For dessert, try Galebi, a fried orange treat that resembles fired glass and is best when dipped in hot milk.

  • How to get around New Delhi?

    For short distances take a rickshaw, and make sure to bargain your rate before you step on. You can also take small motorized taxis called Auto-rickshaws, the Delhi metro system, or taxis. Buses can be quite overcrowded, but they are an option as well.

Good to know

  • Language
    Hindi and English
  • Currency
    Indian Rupee (₹)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+05:30)
  • Country Code
    +91
  • Best time to visit
    The best time to visit New Delhi is between November and March. The weather is dusty, dry and cool but the temperature never drops below 60 degrees. The summers in India can be extremely hot and when August hits, so does the monsoon season.

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What people are saying about New Delhi

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 5,118 reviews

Our guide Vijay was really nice and friendly with us. He has been living in the Sanjay Colony Slum for 24 years and he knows every street of that place. He explained us how the people live and work there, where the children study and how the organization helps. It was a really interesting and different experience. I would recommend to anyone who want to explore Delhi in a different way.

Vinny was a great tour guide. He provided historical information, took great photos of us, and made us feel like VIPs getting through the lines and crowds efficiently. Additionally, he helped one of our group members when she was struggling with the oppressive heat by taking great care of her. Outstanding!

Gautam Grover was an excellent guide who went out of his way to make my trip as comfortable and informative as possible. My driver was also very prompt and thoughtful. The organisation was very smooth, despite me only booking it the day before and I saw all of the main attractions in Delhi.

Truly a wonderful day - both the driver and the guide were brilliant! Ensured we moved at a pace that worked for us, made sure we were comfortable, explained the history in great detail! Highly recommend!

I had an excellent time with the driver and my guide