Arrive Delhi, Meet and assist upon arrival in Delhi and transfer to your hotel in Delhi. Night stay in Delhi.
DELHIBreakfast: At the hotel
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi:
OLD DELHI – A sight-seeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat – the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India.
The heart of Old Delhi lies in the area around Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest market areas in India and certainly one of the busiest.
To explore this area fully would take days, but a great way to get around and experience the vibrant atmosphere and array of sounds and sights on display is by traditional cycle-rickshaw.
NEW DELHI – An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue – Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President’s Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.
Evening witness the Sound and light show at the Red Fort or ‘Lal Quilla’ as the fort is popularly known as, situated in Delhi depicts the Mughal architectural brilliance. The 17th century historical events come alive in the evenings at the fort with the sound and lights of the Son-Et-Lumiere. The Red Fort can be entered from both the Lahore and the Delhi gates. The Lahore gate being the principal gate connects the Red Fort and the Chatta Chawk Bazaar beaming with life (except monday). Night stay in Delhi.
DELHI / AGRA (205 KMS) (04 HRS DRIVE)Breakfast: At the hotel
After breakfast, drive to Agra
Upon arrival in Agra, check into your hotel
Later visit the Agra fort – the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566.
At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded Peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms.
After Agra Fort, the monument that is most important in Agra is the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah or “Baby Taj” as it is called sometimes. A highly ornate edifice, this mausoleum is considered as the imminent precursor of the Taj Mahal as far as elaborate carvings and inlay work are concerned. Though the structure does not have much to offer architecturally, it makes a clear departure from the earlier Mughal tombs built during the period and is softer and with many inlay carvings. Night stay in Agra.
AGRA / FATEHPUR SIKRI / JAIPUR (245 KMS) (05 HRS DRIVE)Breakfast: At the hotel
Morning, visit Taj Mahal – one of the seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan’s beloved wife. The Taj is at its most alluring in the relative quiet of early morning, shrouded in mists and bathed with a soft red glow. As its vast marble surfaces fall into shadow or reflect the sun, its colour changes, from soft grey and yellow to pearly cream and dazzling white; it’s well worth visiting at different times. This play of light is an important decorative device, symbolically implying the presence of Allah, who is never represented in anthropomorphic form.
Also, enjoy the Tonga Ride to the most beautiful monument in the world
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur, en route visit Fatehpur Sikri -a perfectly preserved red sandstone “ghost town” which was the estranged capital of Mughal emperor Akbar, built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed.
Also, visit drive to Abhaneri village, about 95 kms from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Agra Road. A detour is well merited for its amazing stepwell or ‘baoris’ and Harshat Mata Temple.
Step wells are the unique concept of India. These big tanks were used as cool places of resort and water reservoir in parched days. It was a ritual to wash hands and feet before visiting the temple. Adjoining the Chand Baori, there is a temple, dedicated to Harshat Mata. Raised during the 10th century, the wrecks of the temple still boast of the architectural and sculptural styles of ancient India.
From here, continue drive to Jaipur – the fabled “pink city” of the desert named after Jai Singh, the former Maharaja of Jaipur. This is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe through the nine rectangular sectors subdividing it. The palaces and forts of the yesteryears, which were witnesses to the royal processions and splendors are now living monuments.
Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Night stay in Jaipur.
JAIPURBreakfast: At the hotel
Morning, visit Amber Fort; enjoy flawless beauty of the Fort royally with an elephant ride.
AMBER FORT PALACE – Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it’s ultimate expression.
CITY PALACE – A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
JANTAR MANTAR – This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
HAWA MAHAL – The ornamental facade of this “Palace of Winds” is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.
Evening, visit Chokhi Dhani. Spread over 10 acres of beautifully landscaped area for a rustic look, it is dotted with machaans & platforms where different folk artists perform concurrently. A village fair is created every evening as an ongoing celebration of the rich & vibrant cultural heritage of Rajasthan.
The display of traditional huts and workmanship will take you back to the times when splendor was unpretentious. Experience the rich warmth and rustic charm of a typical Rajasthani Village at Chokhi Dhani- the festivities never end here !!! Night stay in Jaipur.
JAIPUR / DELHI (270 KMS) (05 HRS DRIVE)Breakfast: At the hotel
After breakfast, drive to Delhi Upon arrival, check into your hotel
Rest of the day is at leisure tom explore the local vicinity. Night stay in Delhi.
DELHI / AMRITSAR (SHATABDI EXPRESS – 0720 / 1325 HRS)Breakfast: At the hotel
Early morning transfer to the train station to board your train to Amritsar
Meet and assist upon arrival, and transfer to your hotel
After wash and change, visit Wagah Border to watch Border Retreat Ceremony. The pageant of the beating of the retreat and the change of guard within handshaking distance of the Indian and Pakistani forces here makes the most charming of the spectacles as a daily evening drill. Ascertain the timings before you leave to see this spectacle since these are changed seasonally. Wagah is the only land border open between Pakistan and India. Night stay in Amritsar.
AMRITSAR / DELHI (SHATABDI EXPRESS – 1655 / 2305 HRS)Breakfast: At the hotel
Morning visit Golden Temple -is the most sacred temple for Sikhs. It is a symbol of the magnificence and strength of theSikh people all over the world. In the evolution of the Darbar Sahib, is entwined the history and ideology of Sikhism. In its architecture are included, symbols associated with other places of worship. This is an example of the spirit of tolerance and acceptance that the Sikh philosophy propounds.
Also, visit Jallianwala Bagh- Martyrs’ Memmorial built in the shape of eternal flame of liberty is situated on the outskirts of Golden Temple. Here about 1500 and 2000 persons who were attending a peaceful meeting during the freedom movement fell under the bullets of the British General Dyer on 13 April 1919 and the city of Amritsar.
Afternoon transfer to the train station to board your train to Delhi
Meeting and assistance upon arrival in Delhi and transfer to your hotel. Night stay in Amritsar.
DELHI / DEPARTUREBreakfast: At the hotel
Transfer to the International airport for your onward flight