Sunrise Visit to the Taj Mahal, Agra

An early start is required to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise, but it’s very much worth it because as the first rays of sun hit the marble of the mausoleum it truly is breath-taking. Depending on where you’re staying you’ll either walk to the gates or take one of the electric buggies with your local guide who will meet you at your hotel in Agra.

Excitement mounts as you join the queue of people who too have arisen in the small hours to see the Taj at this special time of day. As you wait patiently for the gates to be opened chat with fellow travellers to see how far others have travelled to witness this Indian Wonder of the World.

Regardless of how many photos and postcards of the Taj Mahal you might have seen over the years, there’s no doubt that the first glimpse of it in real life is something special. As you walk around the landscaped gardens your guide will give you the history of the monument and you’ll learn how it was a labour of love by the Emperor at the time for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, when she died. After your guide has taken you inside be sure to find a quiet spot to spend a few minutes soaking up the sheer splendour of the monument.


  • Learn the history that sits behind this iconic monument

  • See the Taj Mahal bathed in morning light

  • Study the detailed marble work inside the mausoleum

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I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to over 75 countries over 6 continents both for work and pleasure. However, there is something about India that keeps drawing me back. I’ve now visited several times, having experienced everything from relaxing on a houseboat in Kerala, spotting a tiger in the Indian jungle, becoming a yoga teacher in Rishikesh and hiking in the Himalayan foothills.

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