Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi and Transfer to the hotel.
Overnight : Hotel.
Day 02: Delhi
Half day city tour of Old Delhi. You begin your tour of Old Delhi previously called Shahjehanabad, the 300 year old walled city built by Shah Jehan as his capital. Begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi the Father of the nation was cremated in 1948. Thereafter you proceed to the magnificent Red Fort (closed on Mondays) built of red sandstone dating from the very peak of the Mughal power. Opposite the fort are the black and white onion dome and minarets of the Jama Masjid, the most elegant mosque in India. Drive past Feroz Shah Kotla, ruins of an old fort of the 14th century with the 13 metre high Ashoka Pillar of 3rd BC. PM Half day city tour of New Delhi. In contrast, New Delhi was the capital built during the British Raj & designed by Sir Edward Lutyens. Drive past Rashtrapati Bhavan (the Presidential Palace) and the Secretariat buildings – the centre of Government activity, down the impressive Rajpath (the main avenue), to the World War I memorial arch, India Gate, the High Court Building and the Old Fort. Visit Humayun’s Tomb built in 1565 AD by his grieving widow Haji Begum, the Qutub Minar, 72 metres high and the ruins of Quwat-ul-Eslam (Light of Islam) Mosque. See Delhi’s most curious antique, the uncorroded Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD. Overnight : Hotel.
Day 03: Delhi / Jaipur
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Jaipur (258 Kms 61/2 hrs) Jaipur Arrive, proceed to the hotel. PM At leisure.
Overnight : Hotel
Day 04: Jaipur
Breakfast at the hotel.
AM Half day excursion of Amber fort and climb the fortress ramparts on an elephant back.
Just 7 miles north of Jaipur is Amber with its a honey-coloured fortress-palace in the Aravalli Hills. Enjoy an elephant ride along the fortress ramparts while an “ektara” musician accompanies you along the way. The sombre exterior belies the richness of the royal apartments which open on to striking views of the gorge. Walk into the Sheesh Mahal and admire the amazing interior décor thought of over 200 years ago. The Hall of Victory presents a galaxy of decorative art panels of alabaster with fine inlay work. PM Half day city tour of Jaipur.
Jaipur is the city, which has the “tones of an autumn sunset”. Drive past the Hawa Mahal an elaborate building encrusted with delicate honeycomb screens and carved balconies from behind which the royal Zanana, could view the world outside. Jai Singh’s Observatory built in the 17th century by the founder of Jaipur who, besides being a prince was also soldier, astronomer and builder. This is an architectural feat. Visit the City Palace now a museum exhibiting fine Rajput and Moghul paintings, rare manuscripts and an armoury.
Overnight : Hotel
Day 05: Jaipur
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Agra enroute visit Fatehpur sikri (232 Kms 6 hrs) 40 kms. west of Agra and is the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri . An epic poem in red sandstone, it was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and deserted 14 years later due to lack of water. Legend has it that Akbar who was without a male heir, made a pilgrimage to this spot to visit the saint Sheikh Salim Chisti. The saint predicted the birth of a male heir and in gratitude, after his son Jehangir was born, he built Fatehpur Sikri to commemorate the birth. The Diwan-e- Khas, Hall of Private Audiences has a unique interior design. The Diwan-e-Am or Hall of Public Audience is an open courtyard surrounded by cloisters and adjoining it is the Pachisi courtyard arranged like a gigantic game board, where the Emperor played chess using slave girls as pawns.
Agra Arrive, proceed to the hotel. Visit marble inlay factory (if time permits). Visit to the marble inlay factory to view the ancient art of “pietra dura’. This is semi precious stone delicately shaped & polished & inlaid into marble forming exquisite designs which are replicaed from those on the Taj Mahal & the tomb of itmad-ud-daulah. Today numerous Italian designs, from Florence, are also reproduced on tabletops. This art is practised for over 3 century’s and passed on from one generation to another. Beautiful artifacts & table tops can be seen & admired.
Overnight : Hotel
Day 06: Agra
Breakfast at the hotel. AM Half day City tour of Agra. On entering the gateway which is remarkable in itself, you get your 1 st glimpse of the Taj Mahal, (closed to visitors on Fridays.) the most extravagant monument ever built for love. On the death of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, Moghul Emperor Shah Jehan built her this memorial over which 20,000 men laboured for 22 years to create a masterpiece in white marble .
Day Place Time Details semi precious stones; the art is called pietra dura. Stroll down the ornamental gardens laid out along the classical Mughal charbagh lines. This garden is separated by a long watercourse, which reflects the monument in perfect symmetry. A short drive away is the Agra Fort where Shah Jehan spent the last years of his life, imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb. The most impressive part of the Fort are the Dewan-eAm, Hall of Public Audience where the Emperor met officials and listened to petitioners, and the Dewan-e-Khas Hall of Private Audience where he received foreign dignitaries. The Peacock throne (now in Iran) was in this fort, before being moved to Delhi by Emperor Aurangzeb. Time permitting, visit the exquisite tomb of Itmad-ud-daulah, the father of Queen Nur Jehan. This was the 1 st Mughal structure entirely built in marble with extensive use of pietra dura, the style of inlay work on marble.
Noon Transfer to Delhi (203 kms 5 hrs.) Delhi PM Arrive & proceed to the International airport for onward destination.
- Accommodation as per itinerary – Double room on twin sharing basis at all destinations.
- Tonga Ride at Agra.*
- Elephant Ride At Amber Fort.*
- Dinner at Chokhi Dhani = An ethnic village resort in Jaipur.*
- 01 air conditioned chauffeur driven deluxe car for all transfers, sightseeing and drives.
- One Bottle of mineral water to each person daily.
- government approved English speaking guide at all destinations.
- Fuel charges and Driver’s Allowances.
- Current government, Hotel, road, toll and interstate taxes.
- Services tax and Education Cess.
- Monument fees, (Supplement is given separately).
- Meals except then breakfast ( Dinner supplement is given separately).
- Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls, insurances, camera fees, excess baggage, emergency , medical cost, tips to drivers, guides and hotel staff.
- Any services not mentioned above.
- Any increase in cost beyond our control such as fuel and airfare increase, government levies and taxes etc.