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On this journey, take an in-depth look at the amazing Palaces and Monuments of India and explore some of the most impressive UNESCO World Heritage including the Bharatpur birds Sanctuary. The dazzling Forts, Palaces and Monuments of Delhi are evidence of Mughal opulence and British sophistication.
The Taj Mahal world’s greatest monument of love is definitely the highlight with a visit to Agra Fort and local markets. Not to be missed is the Pink City of Jaipur to witness the rich architectural legacy of Jaipur merchants. Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Bharatpur Birds Sanctuary, to enjoy nature at its best.
Your Guided Holiday includes:
- 7 nights accommodation in 5 star hotels
- Breakfast & lunch daily
- All entrance fees/tickets at monuments
- Select sightseeing included
- English speaking local guides + more
Price is based on departures from January – November 2020
- Rickshaw ride in Jaipur local market.
- Bollywood cinema show in Rajmandir cinema.
- Tonga ride experience in Agra.
- Magic show in Agra.
- Visit UNESCO – World Heritage sites – Humayun tomb, Qutab Minar in Delhi.
- Visit to Bharatpur bird sanctuary
- Visit UNESCO – World Heritage sites – Fatehpur Sikri, Taj Mahal, Agra (Red) Fort in Agra.
- Visit Real Forts & Palaces – The Massive Amber fort, City Palace & Royal Observatory in Jaipur
Day 1. Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi International Airport by evening flight. Meet your guide on arrival and transfer to hotel. Delhi is a bustling metropolis and a city of almost 17 million inhabitants. Delhi is a near perfect blend of the ancient and the modern and is seamlessly divided into two parts - Old & New Delhi. Old Delhi is part of the city that was designed by the Mughals and New Delhi was designed majorly during English rule and also known as “Lyutens” Delhi.
Rest of the day at leisure and free for independent activities. Hotel: Hotel Surya or similar
Day 2. Delhi
After breakfast proceed for the visit of Old Delhi – visit the resplendent “mosque of Friday” - Jama Masjid. Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India and is one of the last architectural works of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan - whose best work is the Taj Mahal. After visiting Jama Masjid Walk through the colourful shopping bazaar known as Chandni Chowk ("Moonlit Street"). Drive past the Red Fort - a majestic Fort and an erstwhile seat of power - which encapsulates a long period of Indian history and its arts. Also visit Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. In the afternoon visit Humayun tomb, Qutub Minar - the pride of Delhi. The Construction of this tall minaret was commenced by Muslim ruler, Qutb-ud-din Aibak in 1192 and completed by Iltutmish. The soaring conical tower is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture. Visit proceed for tour of “Lyutens” Delhi - named after the leading British architect Sir Edwin Landseer Lyutens. Drive past some of magnificent monuments designed by him such as India Gate and Viceroy's House - now known as the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President Palace). Hotel: Hotel Surya or similar (B/L)
Day 3. Delhi – Jaipur
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur the City of Victory which was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727. It is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the Universe through nine rectangular sectors sub-dividing it. The architect who formalized the city’s plans on the Shilpa Shastra, the epic Hindu treatise on architecture, mixed it with the sublimity of the Mughal and Jain influences of those times. The city was painted pink in 1853 in honour of the visit by Prince Albert.
On arrival at Jaipur, check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure and free for independent activities. Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Jaipur or similar (B/L)
Day 4. Jaipur
After breakfast proceed for excursion to Amber Fort, the former seat of the Rajput rulers of Jaipur. Enroute you will stop at the Palace of Winds for a photo opportunity. Amber Fort, set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture.
In the afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of city visiting City Palace, a beautiful palace complex full of treasures now housed in the museum area. City Palace is a delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum. Also visit Jantar Mantar or Royal Astronomical Observatory. This observatory is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja (King) Jai Singh II at his then new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1734. Each instrument has a specific purpose and gives an accurate reading. Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Jaipur or similar (B/L)
Day 5. Jaipur – Bharatpur
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Bharatpur and check in the hotel. Later on proceed to visit the Bharatpur Bird sanctuary- Keoladeo National Park. Keoladeo, the name derives from an ancient Hindu temple, devoted to Lord Shiva, which stands at the centre of the park. 'Ghana' means dense, referring to the thick forest, which used to cover the area. Nesting indigenous water- birds as well as migratory water birds and waterside birds, this sanctuary is also inhabited by Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar. After visiting the park, return to your hotel and spend leisure time at the property. Hotel: Laxmi Vilas Palace (Heritage) or similar (B/L)
Day 6. Bharatpur – Agra
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, drive to Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri enroute. Fatehpur Sikri, built during the second half of the 16th century by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years.
After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, continue onto Agra. Arrive and check in at the hotel before a guided sightseeing tour of Agra City covering Agra Fort. Hotel: Crystal Sarovar Premiere or similar (B/L)
Day 7. Agra – Delhi
Early morning start with a visit to The Taj Mahal, perfect in its symmetry, is a monument to the love of Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The construction of the Taj Mahal started in 1631. It took 20,000 artisans 22 years to complete this poignant mausoleum that blends subtlety with grandeur, and a massive overall design with immaculately intricate execution. On the inner walls, jewel-like stones create beautiful designs in white marble. The Mughals perfected the art of embedding semi-precious stones into marble and the Taj is the finest example of this; it is a special process called pietra dura.
After experiencing unforgettable moment of Taj Mahal, return to your hotel for breakfast before we travel to Delhi. Hotel: Hotel Surya or similar (B/L)
Day 8. Delhi
Breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to the airport to board the flight for onward destinations. (B)