- Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- Daily Buffet Breakfast at all hotels.
- All sightseeing, transfers / tours and excursions by AC CAR.
- Sightseeing as per package details.
- Elephant Ride at Amber fort, Jaipur (Subject to availability)
- One time monument entrance fees as per the itinerary.
- Rickshaw ride in Delhi.
- One bottle mineral water each person every day.
- Service of English speaking local guide as per the itinerary.
- All applicable taxes.
ARRIVE DELHI NO MEAL (-/-/-)
Day 1: Arrive Delhi today. You will be met on arrival by our representative and transferred to the hotel.
(Check-in time at the hotel is 1200 hours)
Delhi, the vibrant capital city of India lying along the River Yamuna, is a teaming metropolis of 14 million people and nowhere in the Country is the contrast between old and new more obvious. Seven cities have existed here since the 10th century, ruled over by a succession of Rajputs, Turks, Afghans, Mughals and the British. Delhi is two cities in one; the Old Delhi of the Mughals, created by Shah Jehan after moving his Capital from Agra in 1638 AD is still a medieval district of narrow lanes, forts, mosques and bazaars. The second, New Delhi, built by the British during 1911-1931 and characterized by Sir Edwin Lutyens' architecture, is a spacious and well-designed metropolis of broad avenues, grand imperial buildings and landscaped gardens. New Delhi is a surprisingly green city with its tree lined avenues, parks and natural forest and one of the City’s hidden delights is the picturesque Lodi Gardens set around Mughal tombs. As the Country’s cultural centre, it is home to a number of museums including the national Museum, the Museum of Modern art, the Museum of Natural History and the creative Arts and Crafts Museum where artisans can be seen at work.
Rest of the day at leisure.Overnight in Delhi.
Day 2: Today after breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi, drive along Rajpath, a two mile long avenue originally the focal point of British India and now used for parades; lined with ornamental canals the views in both directions are imposing. Drive past India Gate, built to commemorate the Indian and British soldiers who died in World War 1, Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhavan. Standing at the crest of Raisina Hill, Lutyen’s 20th Century architectural masterpiece was built for the viceroy during British rule and is now the President's residence.
Later in Old Delhi previously known as Shahjahanabad, take a cycle rickshaw through the chaotic, noisy and bustling markets of Chandni Chowk, where trading continues in the maze of shops as it has done over the Centuries.
Continue visit Qutub Minar, a World Heritage monument and one of the most instantly recognizable and historically important monuments in Delhi. This 234 foot high fluted minaret was built in 1193, at the time of the foundation of the Islamic rule in Indian known as the Delhi Sultanate. The adjacent Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque is an early example of the fusion of Hindu panels and Islamic domes and arches reflecting the mingling of the two cultures. Akshardham is a Hindu temple complex in Delhi, India. Also referred to as Delhi Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture.
Also visit one of the most inspirational monuments of Delhi's past, Humayun's Tomb. The earliest great example of a Mughal garden tomb and the forerunner to the ornate Moghul style of architecture later perfected in the Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb was built in 1565 by a Persian architect. Surrounded by well maintained gardens it is a wonderfully atmospheric place to visit.
Overnight in Delhi.
DELHI – AGRA (B/-/-)
Day 3 : Today after breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Agra (4½ hours) and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Agra was the capital of the Mughal court during the 16th and 17th centuries and its sublime monuments date from that era. The emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jehan governed their vast empires from here and as prolific builders; artisans from Persia, Central Asia and other parts of India were attracted by their patronage. The resulting luxurious palaces, tombs, forts and gardens dot the picturesque riverine region along the Yamuna River; three of which, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri have been declared World Heritage Sites. Agra is renowned for its delicate Pietra Dura work; a Florentine technique imported by Jahangir of arranging minute pieces of precious and semi precious stones in complex, stylized floral and geometric designs into a marble base.
Overnight in Agra.
Day 4 : Today after breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Agra. Visit to incomparable Taj Mahal, the world's greatest monument to love and devotion. Built by the emperor Shah Jehan for his favourite wife Mumtaz, its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship took 20,000 workers almost 22 years to complete in 1653. It is undoubtedly a building as close to perfection as is achievable and its appearance changes magically with the light at different times of the day. (Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays)
Afterwards, visit to Agra Fort, the imposing red stone fort was started in 1565 by Akbar. The fort surrounded by almost forms a crescent along the riverfront and encompasses a huge complex of courtly buildings reflecting the varied styles of the Emperors. Wander through the lavishly decorated halls, courtyards and galleries discovering hidden pavilions and alcoves glimpsing the Taj Mahal in the distance.
Overnight in Agra.
AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI – JAIPUR (B/-/-)
Day 5: Morning drive to Jaipur (5½ hours) en-route visit to Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar in 1571 in honour of the famous Sufi saint, Salim Chishti. The Mughal capital for only 14 years until abandoned reputedly due to lack of water, the buildings, blending Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture and reflecting Akbar’s secular vision, remain in an excellent condition and it is a fascinating place to wander around.
Continue drive to Jaipur and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Jaipur, or the City of Victory, was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and is a well planned city of magnificent palaces and building. Built from rose-coloured terra cotta, it has given it the name 'Pink City'. Nowadays the Capital of Rajasthan with a population of over 1 million, it is a city full of contrasts with bazaars teeming with turbaned elders and jean clad youngsters to camels, horses and a multitude of vehicles. Jaipur’s focal point is the magnificent Hawa Mahal, otherwise known as the Palace of the Winds; primarily an elaborate five storey face with projecting windows and balconies, behind which the ladies of the court used to sit and observe life going on in the streets below.
Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 6: Morning excursion to Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the region prior to Jaipur, and located 11 km north of the City. Now a deserted complex crowning the crest of a hill with panoramic views, Amber Fort is extremely well preserved and a fascinating place to explore. The forts majestic ramparts follow the natural contours of the ridge and he palace is full of hidden gems – the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of mirrors), Jas Mandir with its latticed windows and glass inlay work and Zenana. (Women’s quarters) Elephants still carry visitors in stately splendour to the main Palace, through magnificent high gateways.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur, visit the opulent Maharaja's City Palace which occupies the heart of Jai Singh II’s city and has been home to the City’s rulers for 200 years. A superb blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, the interiors of the Palace are lavishly furnished and decorated and the Museum houses a fabulous collection of textiles, art and crafts and arms. The Jantar Mantar or Observatory was built by Jai Singh II, a keen astronomer, in 1728. It resembles a collection of giant sculptures and was used to determine the position of the stars and planets, accurately calculate Jaipur’s time, make horoscopes and is today still used to forecast the expected arrival date and intensity of the monsoon and summer temperatures.
Overnight in Jaipur.
JAIPUR – DELHI - DEPARTS (B/-/-)
Day 7: Today after breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Delhi (5½ hours) and on arrival, transfer to airport to board the flight for your onward destination.