Arrive in Delhi. You will be met as you exit the arrival terminal building, after which you will be transferred to your hotel for 2 nights stay.
Rest of the day is at leisure.
: Sightseeing tour of Old Delhi Visit
Tama Masjid: The great mosque of Old Delhi is the largest in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan. Begun in 1644, the mosque was not completed until 1658. It has three great gateways, four angle towers & two minarets standing 40m high & constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone & white marble. Broad flights of steps lead up to the imposing gateways. The visitors can enter by the north or south gate. Those people considered unsuitably dressed (bare legs for either men or women) can hire robes at the northern gate. The courtyard of the mosque can hold 25,000 people.
Red Fort: The Red sandstone walls of the massive Red Fort (Lal Qila) rise 33-m above the clamour of Old Delhi as a reminder of the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors. The walls, built in 1638, were designed to keep out invaders, now they mainly keep out the noise and confusion of the city.
(Closed on Fridays and National Holidays)
Raj Ghat: Visit Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Lunch at local restaurant.
Humayun's Tomb: Built in the mid-16th century by Haji Begum, senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, this is an early example of Mughal architectme. The elements in its design - a squat building, lighted by high arched entrances, topped by a bulbous dome and surrounded by formal gardens - were to be refined over the years to the magnificence is thus of great interest for its relation to the later Taj. Humayun's wife is also buried in the red-and-white sandstone, black-and-yellow marble tomb. Other tombs include that of Humayun's barber and the Tomb of Isa Khan, a good example of Lodi architecture. An excellent view can be obtained over the surrounding country from the terraces of the tomb.
Qutub Minar: The 72.5m high tower dates back to the 13th century and is one of the greatest bequests of Islamic culture. At its base lies the Quwwatul-Islam Masjid, the first mosque in India. A famous iron pillar, of the 5th century, stands before it; it has remained rust free for 1500 years. According to local belief if you can get your fingers to touch, with your back to the pillar, your wishes will be granted.
Then drive past:
India Gate: This 42m high stone arch of triumph stands at the eastern end of the Rajpath. It bears the names of 85,000 Indian Army soldiers who died in the campaigns of WW I the North West frontier operations of the same time and the 1919 Afghan fiasco.
Rajpath: The Kings Way is another focus of Lutyens New Delhi. It is immensely broad and is flanked on either side of ornamental ponds. The Republic Day parade is held here every 26th February, and millions of people gather to enjoy the spectacle.
Rashtrapati Bhawan (President's House): The official residence of the President of India stands at the opposite end of the Rajpath from India Gate. Completed in 1929, the palace like building is an interesting blend of and western architectural styles, the most obvious Indian feature being the huge copper dome. To the west of the building is a Mughal garden, which occupies 130 ha.
Overnight at Delhi
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch
This morning, you will be met and driven to Agra (204 kms & approx 5 hrs)
The city of Agra, the quintessence of the grand Mughal era, reigns to this day in the public mind as the embodiment of royal grace, imposing architecture and power. No tour to India can be complete without paying a visit to this erstwhile capital of the Mughals and the city of the Taj Mahal, the world's most beloved monument
Arrive in Agra and check in at the hotel for 1 night stay
Afternoon: Sightseeing tour of Agra
Agra Fort: lies on the bend of the River Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. It was built by Akbar as his citadel over the years 1565-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.
Taj Mahal by sunset: the mausoleum of Empress Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved spouse of Shah Jahan, who died in 1630. The Taj complex comprises a forecourt, a lof ty entrance, a charming formal Mughal garden with canals and a cenh·al tank with a series of fountains, the tomb proper, and an attached mosque on the west and its symmetrical counterpart on the east. The Taj is remarkable for its perfect proportions and rich pietra dura, with minute details executed with great skill. The building, often styled "a dream in marble" is said to have taken at least 22 years (1631-1653) to build.
Overnight at Agra
Meal Plan: Breakfast
Morning after breakfast, you will drive a little over 7 hours to the Pink city Jaipur via Fatehpur sikri Fatehpur Sikri: Built by the Mughal emperor Akbar in 1571 in honour of the Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti.
It was the Mughal capital for 14 years after which it was abandoned due to paucity of water. It is made of red sandstone and combines influences from both Hindu and Mughal architecture. Even to this day, the entrance to the fort is through the road that Akbar built which leads to the Buland Darwaza, a huge 54 metres gateway.
Later, continue drive to Jaipur.
Meal Plan: Breakfast
Morning: Excursion to Amber Fort
Amber Fort: Visit the fabulous Amber Fort (due to animal welfare we don't recommend Elephant ride) Crowning the crest of a hill, the Fort offers a view of Maota Lake & historic old town located at the base of the hill, which formed the early seat of the Amber kings before the fort was made their capital.
Afternoon: Sightseeing tour of Jaipur
Hawa Mahal (Photo stop only): perhaps Jaipur most famous building; the Hawa Mahal is the pink sandstone facade of a palace built for the ladies of the harem by Sawai Pratap Singh. The facade contains 953 small casements under a huge curve, each with a balcony and crowning arch. The windows enable cool air (hawa) to circulate and the zenana to watch processions below without being seen. This will be a photo stop.
City Palace: as described by some writers "spectacular synthesis of Rajput and Mughal architecture". The city palace occupies the center of Jaipur, covers one seventh of its area and is surrounded by high wall.
Jantar Mantar Observatory: Jantar Mantar built between 1728 and 1734 houses precise instruments for measuring "the harmony of heavens" each instrument serves a particular function and gives an accurate reading. Note worthy instruments worth visiting are the Samrat Yanh·a (sun dial), Dhruva Yantra (locates the position of the Pole star and the twelve Zodiac sings), Nari Valya Yantra (Sun dial for Southern hemisphere), Raj Yantra (used once a year to calculate the Hindu calendar) and observers seat.Day 7
Meal Plan: Breakfast
Buffet breakfast at the hotel
Morning: check out of the hotel. Fly Jaipur - Delhi for your onward flight.