Agra, in the Uttar Pradesh region, is home to one of the most famous sites not only in India, but in the world. The Taj Mahal stands out among palaces, cathedrals, and other mausoleums as perhaps the most opulent and imposing work of architecture in human history.

Built for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth in 1631, the Taj Mahal’s distinctive reflecting pool and minarets make it so much more than a fantastic photo opportunity. Explore the history and details of the Taj with your local guide, an expert hand-picked by Ker & Downey, who will unveil the structure and its place in history in ways that draw you into the fascinating world of Mughal India.

Agra’s surrounds are full of lesser, yet still fascinating, mausoleums and forts. You can enjoy the bustling markets, where your local guide will ensure that you taste the delights, without being swept away by the sea of merchants and rickshaws. With expert guides, Ker & Downey allows you to touch the authentic heart of a place, without fear for safety or security. You’ll always know that you can retreat back to the safety and comfort of your luxury vehicle to enjoy the spoils of your market excursion, and share stories of your adventure.

Outside of Agra visit the Hindu pilgrimage city of Mathura, the birthplace of Krishna. Visiting during the holy festivals of Janmastami and Holi will give visitors a taste of the Hindu religions and their love of beauty and community. Located on the sacred Yamuna River, Mathura is an excellent place to see the aarti ceremony, where candles are released onto the water by night.

The Taj Mahal may be the main attraction in the Uttar Pradesh region, but it is far from the only one. Ker & Downey takes you deep into the region, where the most profound wonders may be discovered in quiet moments observing sacred traditions, abandoned ruins, or the beautiful faces of those you meet along the way.