Donald Trump India visit : 24 Feb 2020. Day 1 : Taj Mahal

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Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh , India

Destination type : Historical Destination

The historical monument Taj Mahal inspired US president Donald Trump and he wrote in visitor’s book : “Taj Mahal inspires awe, a timeless testament to the rich and diverse beauty of Indian culture! Thank you, India “. The 17th century monument which is referred as one of the seven wonders of the world left the first family of US all excited. Taj Mahal attract 7 to 8 million visitors a year. The monument was built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal.

History of  Taj Mahal

  1. The construction started Mughal emperor Shahjahan on 1631 by and ended by 1653
  2. For construction over 1,000 elephants were used to transport building materials. It took the efforts of 22,000 labourers, painters, embroidery artists and stone cutters to shape the Taj Mahal
  3. In 19th century British government in India changed the landscaping in front of Taj Mahal
  4. The then British viceroy Lord Curzon ordered a sweeping restoration project, which was completed in 1908
  5. 28 types of precious jewels were set on marble during the construction

Activities for tourists at Taj Mahal and Agra

  1. Enjoy the architecture and decorations inside Taj Mahal
  2. Visit Agra fort
  3. Visit Mehtab Bagh, the “Moonlight Garden” on the other side of river Yamuna
  4. Visit Fatehpur Sikhri
  5. Visit Itimad-ud-Daulah referred to as baby Taj

How to reach there


The closest domestic and international airport to Agra is at Delhi, the Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is well-linked with all prime Indian and foreign destinations. 


As Agra is located in the middle of main the following train lines: Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Chennai, it is quite easy to reach here by train from anywhere. Cities such as Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai are well-connected to Agra with regular trains


Agra is well connected by state and roadways buses to several cities and towns like Delhi, Gwalior, Kanpur, Lucknow and Jaipur. There are basically two prime bus terminals in Agra, namely Idgah Bus Stand and ISBT and buses here are available for all major destinations. Those driving from Delhi to Agra can take NH 2 route while those travelling from Jaipur can take NH 11 road. The recently constructed Delhi-Agra Taj Expressway has reduced travel time to the city substantially, making the drive itself highly pleasurable.


During summer, the daytime temperature hovers around 46-50 °C. Nights are relatively cooler and temperature lowers to a comfortable 30 °C. Winters are bit chilly but are the best time to visit Agra. The minimum temperature sometimes goes as low as -2 or -2.5 °C but usually hovers in the range of 6 to 8 °C

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Nearby destinations for tour operators / travel agents

  1. New Delhi ( 209kms away)
  2. Mathura ( 58 kms away)
  3. Vrindavan ( 76 kms away)
  4. Alwar ( 168 kms away)
  5. Surajkund ( 208 kms away)

Some hotels in Agra for tourists and tour operators with room tariff less than Rs.5000/- per night

Radisson Blu 

Court Yard by Marriot 

Trident Agra 

Double Tree by Hilton 

Atulyaa  Taj 

ITC Mughal 

Taj Heritage 

Crystal Sarovar Premiere 


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