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India an Architectural Delight

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Delhi - Shimla - Chandigarh - Agra - Jaipur - Mumbai - Hyderabad


13 Nights / 14 Days

India is known around the world for its extraordinary and various styles of architectural work. The Jama Masjid, the Red Fort, Lutyens Delhi, first planned city of India


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Tour Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days

Destinations Covered: Delhi - Shimla - Chandigarh - Agra - Jaipur - Mumbai - Hyderabad 

Package Highlights:
• Visit to architectural splendors of each destination with specialists
• Rickshaw ride in the by lanes of Chandni Chowk (spine of old Delhi)
• Train ride in one of the most beautiful routes Himalayan Queen (kalka to shimla) a UNESCO World heritage train route
• Visit to most romantic monument on earth the mesmerizing Taj Mahal by sunrise on decorated Tongas 'horse driven carriages'in Agra
• Ascent the magnificent Amber Fort riding on 10 feet Elephant in Jaipur
• Shopping tour in the Pink City of Jaipur
• Excursion to Elephanta Island in Mumbai (a UNESCO World heritage site)
• Sonnet e lumiere (sound & light show) at Golcanda Fort in Hyderabad

Package Inclusions:
• Accommodation on twin share
• Meals as mentioned
• Transport using the services of an air conditioned vehicle as per the itinerary
• Services of English/Language speaking local guide for all sightseeing and excursions
• Entrances to the monuments (one visit)
• Assistance on arrival/departure by a trained airport representative

Package Exclusions:
• Tips/gratuities to chauffeur, cleaner, guide etc
• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
• Any domestic/international airfare
• Insurance/camera fees at the monuments etc
• Any expenditure of personal nature
This evening arrive at Indira Gandhi International airport. Our representative will meet you outside the customs gate and later escort you to hotel in an chauffeured driven private air-conditioned vehicle.Rooms will be pre-assigned with VIP amenities. Upon arrival, check in to your rooms.Meals included: None Overnight at the hotel
This morning enjoy an orientation tour of Delhi accompanied by an expert. Discover and explore the one thousand year old architecture!The city consists of two parts - Old & New Delhi. Old Delhi was the capital of Muslim India between 17th and 19th century and has many mosques, monuments and forts. New Delhi, the imperial city was created by the British as the capital of India. In 1911, Edwin Lutyens, the most renowned English architect of the day, was chosen to design New Delhi which flaunts a surprising Number of impressive monuments related to its conquests by the Mughals, Turks, Persians and ultimately the British.Begin your day with an exploration starting in Old Delhi, visiting the Jama Masjid, the royal mosque built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in 1656. It is one of the largest and most beautiful mosques in the world and is constructed in red sandstone and white marble.Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, the spine of Old Delhi. Jahanara Begum, the daughter of Shah Jahan designed this commercial place in 1648. Drive past Red fort - a UNESCO World heritage site (Closed on Monday). Built in red stand stone by Shah Jahan in 1648, this magnificent monument is laid out along the river Yamuna as an irregular octagonLater visit New Delhi. View India Gate, a war memorial arch built in honor of 90,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. Drive through the majestic boulevards of New Delhi. The Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidential Palace) is where the Viceroy once lived and now is the official residence of the President of India. Continue to Humayun’s Tomb - a UNESCO World heritage site, the first great example of Mughal architecture in India, it developed to become the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty. Next on the itinerary visit the evolution of Indo-Islamic architecture - the Qutub Minar - a UNESCO World heritage site, a soaring tower of victory, 72.5meter high with five distinct stories. Return to hotel. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight at the hotel
This morning visit the buildings and monuments which were constructed post independence era. Begin your tour at Bahai Temple (also called as Lotus Temple) . Set amidst pools and gardens, the temple was completed in 1986. Inspired by the lotus flower, its design is composed of 27 free-standing marble clad "petals" arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides.Drive past other important buildings at Nehru Place - a large commercial center in Delhi.Continue driving to Gurgaon.One of the countries prominent industrial and financial centers. Many multinational companies choose to locate their operations in Gurgaon and now it is called the call centre capital of the world. Drive past the prominent buildings of the region.Return to Delhi. En-route, observe the rich diversity of Delhi through the architecture of its places of worship. Experience a Religion & Philosophy tour, visiting a Hindu & Sikh temple. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight at the hotel
Early morning our representative will escort you to railway station for your train to Kalka-Departure: Delhi at: 07:40 hrs by: Shatabdi Express Arrival: Kalka at: 11:45 hrsUpon arrival, you will be assisted by our representative for a short Toy Train ride to Dharampur-Departure: Kalka at: 12:10 hrs by: Himalayan Queen Arrival: Dharampur at: 13:45 hrsEnjoy the breathtaking views of the hills and surrounding villages! Upon arrival, you will be assisted by our representative. Later leave for Shimla covering a distance of 40 kms in approx 2 hours. Shimla - resting at the foothills of the majestic Himalayas is Shimla, the queen of hill stations and once the summer capital of the British Raj. It was the most important British hill resort, prior to India's independence. On arrival, check in to your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight at the hotel
This morning depart for a Colonial Heritage Tour of Shimla. Visit the historic Vice-regal Lodge, a 45-minute drive from the resort. The Vice-regal Lodge is the erstwhile residence of the Viceroys of India. After a short tour of the building and exploring the sprawling grounds drive down to Annadale. Packed with history and heritage, Annadale offers beautiful view of the only wide open grounds in Shimla.Later enjoy a walking tour of Shimla town. Begin with a visit to The Mall. The main promenade that runs along the top of the ridge, it is also a busy shopping area with old colonial buildings, souvenir shops and restaurants. Also visit the Christ Church. Situated on the ridge, Christ Church is the second oldest church in Northern India.Visit other historic buildings which offer a peek at the attractions of this historic town. Walk back through the Mall to conclude the walk at Clarke’s hotel; from there drive back to your hotel.Remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure.Meals included: Breakfast Overnight at the hotel
Today morning leave for Chandigarh covering a distance of 120 kms in approx 4 hours.The city of Chandigarh is known internationally for its architecture and urban planning. It is the first planned city of India and spans 56 square kilometres in area. The city was designed bya team of renowned architects- Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Matthew Nowicki, and Albert Mayer.On arrival, check in to your hotel.Afternoon accompanied by an architecture expert leave for an orientation tour of the city.One of the most significant urban planning experiments of the 20th century; the city was planned by Le Corbusier, the famous French architect-planner. The city has had far-reaching impact, ushering in a modern idiom of architecture and city planning all over India and has become a symbol of planned urbanism. During your tour visit Secretariat and High Court buildings which are veritable proofs of the architectural expertise of Le Corbusier. Other places of interest include the State Library, Shanti Kunj, Moonlight Garden, Bougainvillea Garden, Bidhan Sabha and University - each a fine specimen of modern art. Also visit the Rock garden, a famous tourist spot, which is an architectural wonder, covering an area of 6 acres; Museum-cum-Art Gallery which houses an extensive range of paintings and sculptures by contemporary Indian artists; Asia’s largest rose garden, Zakir Gulab Bagh, spread out over 30 acres of land, boasting of 50,000 rose trees of 1600 different species. Return to hotel. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight at the hotel
This morning  our representative will escort you to domestic airport for flight to Delhi- Meet & greet on arrival who assist you prior to your departure to Agra - covering a distance of 200 kms in approx 5 hours.Agra - Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today, a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices of red sandstone and white marble, narrow gallies and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favourite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously.Arrive in Agra and check in to your hotel.Meals included: Breakfast Overnight at the hotel

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