DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI
Welcome to India- a country where hospitality is a way of life ; to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance. You will be received at the airport in a traditional manner with garlands and proceed to your hotel.
Overnight in Delhi
DAY 02: DELHI
Morning after a relaxed breakfast we will take you to a tour of Delhi.
Pulsing with energy and colour, Old Delhi is laced by a maze of narrow lanes, which twist and turn between the tall, leaning buildings. You will witness the hustle and bustle of thronged bazaars where you will experience the full sights, sounds and aromas indicative of the Indian sub continent. In Old Delhi you will drive passt the famous Red Fort (closed on Monday) surrounded by shops and bazaars, the Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes and Chandni Chowk. In Old Delhi you will also have an opportunity to experience a rickshaw ride.
As a complete contrast, New Delhi stands in formal splendor. It is a city of wide boulevards that offers ever changing perspectives of Lutyen’s landscaped city. It is also a city known for its formal parks, magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India in the 330 acres of land and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens) and India Gate. In New Delhi you will also visit Qutab Minar, the 72.5 meter high tower dating back to the 13th century, and Humanyun’s Tomb, which was built in the 16th century and architecturally considered the forerunner of the Taj Mahal.
Overnight in Delhi.
DAY 03: DELHI - MANDAWA
Morning drive to Mandawa ( Approx. 270 Kms/ 6 ½ hrs drive)
Upon arrival check in at hotel.
Late afternoon you shall visit a Haveli, or mansion that has many stunning frescoes. The medieval fort of Mandawa gradually rises on the horizon much like a mirage. The painted arched gateway is adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows leading into to the bazaar.
Overnight in Mandawa
DAY 04: MANDAWA – JAIPUR
Morning after early breakfast transfer to Jaipur ( Approx. 170 Kms/ 3 ½ hrs drive) enroute visit Nawalgarh, a town where one of the finest of the Shekhavati’s frescoes can be seen. Its Haveli's, or mansion's still bear witness to the rich and prosperous Marwari era of the 19th century. Places that are worth visiting are the Aath Haveli complex, Anandilal Poddar Haveli, Bansidhar Bhagat Haveli and the Chokhani Haveli.
Jaipur – The Pink City : Jaipur needed a fresh coat of paint to welcome its distinguished guest the Prince of Wales in 1905-6. The contractor inability to supply any other color in the required quantity compelled the choice of pink shade for its walls. A contractors compulsion famed Jaipur to Pinkcity. Since then the PINK color is associated with hospitality in Rajput culture.
Overnight in Jaipur
DAY 05: JAIPUR
After breakfast, you will be taken for sightseeing of Jaipur. Morning proceed to Amer fort with elephant ride while going uphill the fort (subject to availability and alternatively by Jeep). After seeing the fort come back down the fort by open Jeep.
Amber fort complex stands amidst wooded hills. One of the finest examples of Rajput/Mughal architecture. Built in 16th century it stands as a testament reflecting the glory of the fierce Kachawaha Dynasty that ruled over the region from 12th to the 18th century. The Amber Fort set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture.
Then proceed to visit Hawa Mahal which is the best-known landmark of Jaipur. In the heart of the city is situated the City Palace, a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The place is now a museum except for one section where the erstwhile royal family still lives. Jantar Mantar is only one of the five observatories constructed by Jai Singh to whom the city owes its name. Central Museum has a large collection of costumes, woodwork, brassware, jewelry, and pottery. The hilltop forts of Nahargarh, Jaigarh, and Amber constitute the real Rajputana legacy. The Maota Lake offers a breathtaking reflection of the magnificent Amber Fort-Palace.
Overnight in Jaipur.
DAY 06: JAIPUR - AGRA
Early morning after breakfast, proceed to Agra (Approx. 250Kms/ 5 ½ hrs). En route visit Fatehpur Sikri (40 kms west of Agra, is built a city predominantly in Red Sandstone and is called Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar during 1570 and 1585. It is one of the finest examples of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Fatehpur Sikri Mosque is said to be a copy of the mosque in Mecca and has designs, derived from the Persian & Hindu architecture).
Afternoon visit Taj Mahal ( closed on Friday)
Taj Mahal Someone rightly said, ‘see the Taj and die’ and the Taj certainly surpasses this thought. Described as the most spectacular monuments ever built for love, Taj Mahal is the Agra fascination and greatest pride of India. One of the legendary Indian poet -Rabindranath Tagore described its beauty as “a teardrop on the face of eternity”. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died after giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. Around 20,000 workers devoted day and night to construct this magnificent monument.
The Taj is the monument of love, so its each and every detail has been conceptualized with at most care and meaning. The architects and builders made it a point not to confront the viewer with the mind boggling all at once. So they made the entry through a dazzling arched gateway inscribed with verses from Koran. The credit of designing this spectacular mausoleum goes to the architect Ustad Isa Khan Effendi from Iran. The best marble were transported from Makrana in Rajasthan, and the precious stones came from Afghanistan, Persia and Central Asia. Come back to hotel.
Overnight in Agra
DAY 07: AGRA –DELHI
Morning visit Agra Fort
Agra Fort (Near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. More often than not, the Agra Fort is overshadowed by the pristine beauty of the Taj, but for those looking for something beyond romance, the Agra Fort is worth seeing. Situated on the bank ofriver Yamuna, the Agra Fort today, stands as a citadel of the past that has witnessed centuries slip by).
Then drive to Delhi airport to catch your flight to home.