DAY 01: ARRIVE IN DELHI
Meet and assist on arrival to Delhi and transfer to hotel. Welcome to Delhi, the capital city of India, for an unforgettable journey to some of the most fascinating historical landmarks of North India. These places still offer glimpses of how the character of the city underwent massive changes in the last decades. In the lands fabled to have seen seven cities, signs of the old are continuously jostling with the new, presenting an ever-fascinating panorama. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 02: IN DELHI
Today morning, after breakfast proceed for a sightseeing tour of Delhi. Visit the beautiful historical Jama Masjid – The Masjid-i Jahān-Numā, commonly known as the Friday Mosque. At the end of the day, enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of Old Delhi. Drive past the India Gate (war memorial dedicated to the lives of laid down by the Indian soldiers), the President’s Residence–formerly the Viceroy’s Palace, the Parliament House and the Secretariat Buildings–an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture. Also visit, Humayun’s Tomb, one of the earliest examples of Mughal architecture in India. Recently renovated with the gardens restored to their former splendor, complete with beautiful fountains, it is a very attractive site. Architecturally, the mausoleum drew its inspiration from the styles prevalent in Samarkand, and the design of the Taj Mahal is based on this tomb. Overnight at the hotel.
Optional visit to Qutab Minar (not included): the Qutab Minar complex has many historical monuments. One of the oldest mosques in India – The Quwwat-Ul- Islam – built from the dressed and carved stones of demolished temples, is situated in this complex. It establishes the political victory of Islam in northern India. The construction of the Qutab Minar is believed to have been started in 1199 by Qutab ud din Aibak and later completed by his successors. This stunning old tower is decorated with elegant balconies and carvings.
DAY 03: DRIVE FROM DELHI TO AGRA (204 KMS/4-HOUR DRIVE APPROX)
Today morning, after breakfast, leave Delhi by surface for Agra, On arrival, check in to the hotel. Later, proceed for sightseeing of Agra, visiting Agra Fort and Taj Mahal at sunset. Agra Fort – built in red sand stone and the same marble of Makrana, the place in Rajasthan, from where the marble was sourced for the Taj Mahal. The lofty battlements of the Agra Fort cast its protective shadow over the far stretching mansions of nobles and princes built along the riverfront. During sunset, visit the world-famous Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal – in white non porous marble that narrates the true love of the emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved begum, Mumtaz Mahal, to enshrine her mortal remains. It has been described as a ‘Love Poem in Marble’ (Remains closed on Friday). Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 04: DRIVE FROM AGRA TO JAIPUR (260 KMS/6-HOUR DRIVE APPROX.)
Today morning, after breakfast, leave Agra by surface for Jaipur, visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route. Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital city, was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 AD and abandoned 15 years later due to severe water shortage. It is now a World Heritage Monument. Later, continue drive to Jaipur. On arrival, check in to the hotel.
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the Pink City. With broad avenues, ancient forts and magnificent royal palaces, it presents a striking spectacle. Here, the past comes alive in magnificent Forts and Palaces, blushed pink, where Maharajas once lived. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 05: IN JAIPUR
Morning excursion to Amer Fort –The fort is one of the most beautiful forts of Rajasthan. A perfect example of Rajasthani architecture and is home to the unique Sheesh Mahal – a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period. En route to Amber Fort, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal–the Palace of Winds.
Afternoon visit to Maharaja’s City Palace, the former Royal Residence, part of it is converted into a museum. A private portion is still used by the Royal Family of Jaipur. Also, visit Jantar Mantar, the world-famous stone and marble crafted observatory is still in working condition. Overnight at the hotel
DAY 06: DRIVE FROM JAIPUR TO DELHI (260 KMS/5-HOUR DRIVE APPROX.)
Today morning, after breakfast, leave Jaipur by surface for Delhi. On arrival, check in to the hotel.
Optional Akshardham Temple tour:
Discover the essence of Hinduism at Akshardham Temple, one of the largest and most intricate places of worship in the country. This religious complex offers a look into Delhi’s rich cultural past and the best of Hindu culture. Combining several different and contrasting architectural styles of Hindu temple architecture of northern India, this monument is a fusion of pink sandstone and pure white Italian Carrara marble. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 07: LEAVE DELHI
After breakfast at the hotel, in time transfer to the international airport of Delhi to board flight for onward destination.