DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive Delhi in the evening. Upon arrival, you shall met &
assisted with your baggages at the airport by our executive and
transferred to your prebooked hotel.
Delhi : India's capital & a major gateway to the country,
contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines
in its fold the ancient & the modern. Its strategic location was one
of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat
of power. New Delhi also reflects the legacy the British left behind
. The division between New & Old Delhi is the distinction between
the capitals of the British & the Moghuls respectively. So, wherever
the visitor goes, he will invariably confront the city's past.
DAY 02 : DELHI
After breakfast, half day city tour of Old Delhi. Visit Jama
Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Built by Shah Jahan, the
construction was started in 1844 and was not completed until 1658;
drive past Red Fort, which was also built by Shah Jehan. This
massive fort was built from 1638 to 1648; Chandni Chowk and Rajghat
- the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.
Afternoon, city tour of New Delhi. Visit Humayuns Tomb : built in
mid 16th century this is an early example of Mughal architecture;
Qutab Minar, drive past India Gate, President House, Connaught
Place. The tour ends with a visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple.
DAY 03 : DELHI - AGRA (203 kms., approx. 05 hrs. drive)
After breakfast, drive to Agra. Upon arrival, check-in at prebooked Hotel.
Afternoon, sightseeing of Agra. Visit the highlight of the day - The Taj
Mahal, which was constructed by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife
Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj began in 1631 and was not
completed until 1653.
Visit the impressive Agra Fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in
1565, and additions were made up until the time of his grandson,
Shah Jahan. It contains the hall of public and private audiences
amongst many other beautiful structures.
DAY 04 : AGRA - FATEHPUR SIKRI - JAIPUR (240 kms., approx. 06 hrs. drive)
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur enroute visit the abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur
Sikri : built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the old
capital of the Mughals, which was abandoned after 15 years due to
scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama
Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & other Palaces which are
still preserved in its original glory.
Continue drive to Jaipur - The capital city of the state of Rajasthan also know as "Pink
City" owes its name, its foundation and planning to the great
warrior astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II. The city of Jaipur has
broad avenues. The city sits on a dry lake bed in a wild and
somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by
fortresses and crenellated walls. Upon arrival, check-in at prebooked Hotel.
DAY 05 : JAIPUR
After breakfast, excursion to Amber Fort enroute witness the
façade of Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds which was built in 1799.
Amber Fort - The ancient capital of the state until 1727 when Jai
Singh decided to move from his hillside fortress at Amber to new
site on the plains. The construction of this fort began in 1592 by
Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar's army. The fort is a
superb example of Rajput architecture, stunningly situated on a
hillside and overlooking a lake which reflects its terraces and
ramparts. Visit the Jagmandir or the hall of victory glittering with
mirrors, Jal Mahal & temple of Kali. Ascend on elephant back, the
hill, on which the fort is situated.
Afternoon, city tour of Jaipur. Visit the Jantar Mantar - the
observatory built by Jai Singh in 1728; the City Palace which is a
blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. It also has a museum
with an extensive collection of art, carpets, paintings, enamel ware
and weapons dating back to the 15th century.
DAY 06 : JAIPUR - DELHI (260 kms., approx. 06 hrs. drive)
Morning, drive to Delhi. Upon arrival, check-in at prebooked Hotel.
Afternoon, visit Akshardham Temple Complex - The grand,
ancient-styled Swaminarayan Akshardham complex was built in only
five years over an area of 100 acres on the banks of the Yamuna
River by the colossal devotional efforts of 11,000 artisans and BAPS
volunteers. The temple has 234 ornate pillars, 20,000 statues and
many arches. Besides the temple the complex consists of exhibition
halls, an IMAX theatre and a musical fountain, surrounded by a
garden. Akshardham means the eternal, divine abode of the supreme
God, the abode of eternal values and virtues of Akshar as defined in
the Vedas and Upanishads where divine bhakti, purity and peace
forever pervades. It epitomises 10,000 years of Indian culture in
all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom, bliss & brilliantly
showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions
and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an
enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and
contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind.
DAY 07 : DEPART DELHI
Transfer to the airport to board your onward/return flight