Arrive Delhi in the evening or night, depending on flight schedules. You’re greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Start your journey of Incredible India with a visit to the Old walled city in the morning. Drive pass the 17th century imposing Red Fort, take a traditional cycle rickshaw ride in the back streets & bazaars of Chandni Chowk (Closed on Sundays) selling an extraordinary variety of items like., dress material, spices, jewellery & perfumes and mouth-watering food delicacies. From here you visit the India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. In complete contrast to the noise and crowds of Old Delhi, is Raj Ghat, a simple and stunning memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
Afternoon: Explore New Delhi, which is a blend of ancient & pre-independence India. Visit the 12th century Qutub Minar; the exquisite Humayun’s Tomb, built in 1570 is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Sightseeing will also include drive past the Lodhi Garden, Safdarjung’s tomb, the elegant government buildings designed in blend of Indian and European styles – the India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Presidential Palace.
Delhi / Agra
After breakast, proceed on the drive to Agra.
Arrive Agra in the afternoon and check in to your hotel.
Late Afternoon: Visit the fabled Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays), one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Taj Mahal was built in the year 1652 AD by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22,000 skilled craftsmen 22 years to create this spectacular white marble mausoleum. You will stay at Taj Mahal until sunset to see the white marble reflect the nuances of the changing light from the sun.
Itmad-Ud-DaulahAgra FortFatehpur SikriMughal Garden
After leisurely breakafast, visit Agra Fort, it’s first red sandstone fort of North India was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in the year 1565. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur and talent for combining defensive architecture with beauty and design of the Mughal Empire.
From here drive to Itmad-ud-Daulah, regarded as an imminent precursor of the Taj Mahal. This memorial was built in the year 1628 by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir’s gueen as a memorial to her father. Like the Taj it has amzingly intricate ‘Pietra Dura’ inlay and lattice marble screens.
Later visit Emperor Akbar’s tomb at Sikandra. In the tradition of all Mughal emperors, the tomb was begun by Akbar but completed by his son Jehangir. Woven into the Mughal garden tomb format, are Akbar’s ideas of Din-I-Ilahi, a universal religion combining beliefs from Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. The stone was quarried from near Fatehpur Sikri and the great gateway has magnificently bold polychrome inlay in geometric and floral patterns. The four minarets crowning its corners are an innovation in tombs, later seen at the Taj Mahal. The calligraphy on the monument is exceptional
Agra / Jaipur
Check out from your hotel after breakfast and proceed on the drive to Jaipur.
On the way, stop at Fathepur Sikri, the deserted city. This one of the world’s most perfect ghost cities and a marvel of design and construction. It was conceived and bult by Emperor Akbar, one of the most enlightened rulers of his time. Built in 1571, it is a synthesis of the flourishing styles of the Persian courts and the prevailing Hindu Islamic trends. Today its pristine red sandstone buildings are as perfect as when they were first chiseled. The masterpiece of this remarkable monument is the Jewel House of the Diwan I Khas. Architecturally extraordinary, the four doorways lead into a single storey room where a huge central pillar carved to baroque richness, supports a seat reached by mid air walkways. After the tour, continue your journey to Jaipur.
Arrive Jaipur in the evening and check in to your hotel.
Hawa MahalAmber FortCity Palace
Morning: A visit to the Amber Fort. Its forbidding exterior belying a bejeweled interior whose richness reflects the sumptuous styles of the surrounding Mughal courts. An Elephant ride takes you up to the fort and Jeep/Car brings you down the fort (Both ways Jeep/Car ride option available).
Afternoon: Visit the City Palace, a series of open courtyards, simple stables and buildings leading to the richly decorated royal rooms. The museum within the palace house a fabulous collection of textiles, carpets, manuscripts and costumes from the personal collection of the royal family; Hawa Mahal, also known as the ‘Palace of Winds’ and the fascinating Jantar Mantar Observatory is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century.
Jaipur / Delhi
Check out from your hotel after breakfast and proceed on the drive to Delhi.
Arrive Delhi in the afternoon/late afternoon. Your vehicle and driver are at your disposal until your late evening/night departure transfer to the airport. You can visit Dilli Haat, a contemporary art and crafts market that offers a wonderful collection of Indian handicrafts.
Evening/Night: Later you are transferred to the international airport in time to board your flight to onward destination.
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