rrive in Delhi, India’s bustling capital city. You will be greeted with a traditional Indian welcome and escorted to your hotel. New Delhi reflects the legacy left by the British. The division between New and Old Delhi is the segregation between the capitals of the British and Mughals respectively. Rest of your day is at leisure. HOTEL
DAY 2 – SUNDAY – OLD & NEW DELHI TOUR"
Breakfast at hotel followed by tour of Old Delhi. Your first stop is Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat; the famous Chandni Chowk bazaars, once the shopping arcade of Mughal royalty. Take a “Rickshaw” ride through the narrow and colorful lanes of old market. Finally visit marble domes and slender minarets of the Jama Masjid. After lunch your sightseeing tour of New Delhi this afternoon includes visiting Bangla Sahib, a Sikh temple, drive along Rajpath to photograph the Parliament House, President’s Palace and India Gate, a memorial to India’s soldiers. Continue to Humayun’s tomb, forerunner to Taj Mahal. Your final stop is at the Qutab Minar, Iron Pillar and ruins of Hindu temples destroyed during the Qutabshahi period. HOTEL (Breakfast & Lunch)
DAY 3- MONDAY – DELHI / JAIPUR"
fter breakfast time free to explore the city on own. Travel by air to Jaipur this afternoon, the city owes its name, foundations and careful planning, to the great warrior, astronomer, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Meeting assistance and transfer to Hotel. HOTEL (Breakfast & Lunch)
DAY 4 – TUESDAY – AMBER FORT & CITY TOUR"
After Breakfast, proceed to the ancient capital of Amber, ascending the Palace Fortress on the back of a gaily-caparisoned elephant, touring the intricate chambers and hallway. En route to Amber, stop to photograph the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) built in 1799 AD. After Lunch tour the city Palace, once the formal residence of the royal family, built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Continue to the Jantar Mantar, a stone observatory, and the largest of Jai Singh’s five remarkable observatories. HOTEL (Breakfast & Lunch) Optional - Dinner and Rajasthani dances show or Dinner with Rajput Family.
DAY 5 – WEDNESDAY – JAIPUR / AGRA"
Travel this morning by express train to Bharatpur and overland to Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri, once an imperial capital frozen in time, constructed by Akbar the great around 1570. It was abandoned as abruptly as it had been built. Also visit Sheikh Salim Chisti Dargah, originally built of red sandstone but was later rebuilt in white marble by Jehangir. After the tour continue to Agra. To the lover of art and the traveler seeking the wonders of India, Agra is a sublime destination. Emperor Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan lavished on this fabled city their love and riches immeasurable, transforming this land into one of the greatest centers of art, culture, learning and commerce. Rest of the day is at leisure. HOTEL (Breakfast & Lunch) Optional - Visit Taj Mahal by sunset.
Visit Agra Fort built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors. Continue to the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1631-1652, as a tomb and memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal (Jewel of the Palace). Stop at the Taj Museum of Agra for a close look at the original pieces of drawings of this wonderful marble monument. A look at the drawings reveals the level of accuracy and precision that has gone in planning the structure of the Taj Mahal. The architect had also guessed that the construction would be done in 22 years. Drawings of the interiors show the position of the graves in such precision that the foot of the graves faces the viewer from any angle. Many more such breathtaking collections include royal ornaments, wonderful paintings, portraits of Mughal emperors, etc. Afternoon travel overland to Delhi stopping enroute to visit Sikandra, the tomb of Emperor Akbar. The tomb construction was started within his lifetime and completed by his son Jahangir in 1613. The tomb in elevation is pyramid cal and consists of three storeys. On top is an open courtyard surrounded by a marble screen enclosing the tomb itself. The building is unique in its departure from Islamic architectural tradition, for it has no domed roof. Arrive in Delhi and Transfer to airport and board your onward flight departing early this morning. (Breakfast & Lunch)