Our guided tour includes an introduction to some of the most historically and culturally important buildings and monuments in the world.
We are planning to view or visit these historical sites:
- Humayun’s Tomb – said to be the archetype for the Taj Mahal, which was built later. Humayan (son of Babur), was the second Mughal emperor.
- Qtub Minar – a complex of buildings dating to the 1300s and before. Some of the earliest Islamic construction techniques, mingling Islamic and
Hindu decorative styles. Building first began in the 1100s under Qutbuddin Aiback, the first of the Delhi Sultanates.
- Lodhi Gardens – green lawns surround the tombs of 15th century Sayyid and Lodhi dynasties
- New Delhi’s British Imperial architecture
- Hauz Khas – a Medieval era water “tank”, mosque, seminary and tomb built for the 2nd Dehli Sultanate
We are scheduled to see:
In and near Agra
- City Palace – residence (still!) of the former ruling family, with portions now turned into museum space
- Amer (Amber) Fort – capital of the Kachchwahas from 1037 to 1727.
- Jantar Mantar – An astronomical observatory built in the early 1700s.
- Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind) – 5 stories of lattice screened windows, built in 1799
We have planned for:
- Fatehpur Sikri – this “ghost” city was built by the third Mughal emperor, Akbar, in 1571, entirely from red sandstone.
It was abandoned less than 15 years later. 20 miles from Agra.
- The Keoladeo Ghana bird sanctuary near Bharatpur - listed under UNESCO World Heritage as one of the unique natural heritages of the world
- Taj Mahal – There is no photograph that can do justice to really seeing the Taj Mahal in person. Built as a monument to love,
the Taj Mahal is actually the tomb of the favorite wife of Shah Jahan. Built in the 1600s, it took 22 years to complete.
- Agra Fort – built by Akbar beginning in about 1565.. (Akbar is the son of Humayan, whose tomb we see in Dehli.)
Akbar moved his capital city location from Delhi to Agra.
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