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The Taj Mahal and more at Agra

Mahal, described by the poet Tagore as 'a tear on the face of eternity'. It is the classic visual symbol of India. This mausoleum was built over 20 years, with translucent white marble inlaid with 35 types of precious stone, by the Moghul emperor Shah Jehan in the 17th century, as a response to his dying wife's request that he build a memorial to the beauty of their love. So much has been written to describe this monument to love, so many photographs taken and yet each time the Taj surprises us by its enigmatic quality that is difficult to define. While at Agra we visit the museum and the mosque at the Taj and another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the magnificent Agra Fort which was built by four generations of Mughals, on the banks of the River Yamuna. Shantum helps us understand the different historical, architectural, artisanal and spiritual dimensions. We spend time in meditative silence watching the changing moods and colors of the Taj as the sun sets so as to touch that 'elusive quality that makes the Taj the most magical building in the world?'.

Led By: Shantum Seth


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Extensions that may added before and after the Journey to Agra:

In the Footsteps of the Buddha - Peepal Pilgrimage: 11th February to 24th February 2017

The Exquisite Caves: 26th February to 28th February 2017



Agra Option for Peepal Pilgrimage: 24th to 25th February 2017 (1 day)
Price: US$ 395 (US$ 130 single room supplement)

Day 1: 24th February 2017: Lucknow - Agra by train orto Delhi by air (for those who is on Peepal Pilgrimage)

Day 2: 25th February 2017: Agra- Delhi by train. or Delhi-Agra-Delhi by coach. Departure.


"Throughout the journey Shantum looks after every detail. Whether it is sorting out tickets, bargaining with shopkeepers, buying fruit or just choosing a menu. Shantum takes care of it all. You are then free to concentrate on the pilgrimage and to absorb the atmosphere of India."

- Robert Bluck, Author of British Buddhism, UK

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