Early morning, visit The Taj Mahal during Sunrise, a monument of love from the Mughal Emperor Shāh Jahān which took 22 years to build and completed in 1653, in memory of his beloved wife, Arjumand Bano Begum, also known as Mumtāz Mahal. Situated on the banks of the River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal stands at the northern end of formal gardens. The white marble came from Makrana in Rajasthan and the red sandstone from Fatehpur Sikri. Precious stones like jade, crystal, turquoise, lapis lazuli, sapphire, jade, coral and diamonds were brought from far-flung places in Tibet, China, Sri Lanka, Persia and Afghanistan. It is believed that a fleet of 1000 elephants was used to transport the material. Note that The Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays. Drive back to hotel to have your breakfast. Post breakfast, check-out and embark on a city tour. Visit Agra Fort. The Fort was built by Akbar in 1565 and further developed by successive generations. This well-preserved fortress built of red-sandstone dominates a bend of the river Yamuna-- with a magnificent view of the Taj. The interior boasts of Many grand buildings which include the Royal Pavilions, the Diwan-e-Am hall of public audience and Diwan-e-khas hall of private audience usually reserved for other kings and dignitaries. Late evening transfer to Agra railway station to board train to Varanasi. Overnight in Varanasi.