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This trip is ideal if you are short on time but want to visit the icons of India. From the capital of Delhi, with its bustling markets, magnificent monuments and colonial past we head to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, discover why this is known as the Pink City and explore the incredible Amber Fort. Agra is our main destination to view the well preserved Agra Fort and the stunning Taj Mahal. Truly one of the wonders of the world, see why it was described by Rabindranath Tagore as a ‘teardrop on the face of eternity’.
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See the highlights of India
Day 1: Arrival in Delhi and transport to Hotel, +B
We will heartily welcome you on your arrival at Delhi international airport, where you be welcomed by our representative and transferred to the hotel. New Delhi, the capital and the third largest city of India is a mix of ancient and modern buildings.
Day 2: Sightseeing Delhi, o/n in hotel, +B
The foundation stone of the city was laid by George V, Emperor of India during the Delhi Durbar of 1911. It was designed by British architects. New Delhi is structured around two central promenades called the Rajpath and the Janpath. The Rajpath, or King’s Way, stretches from the Rashtrapati Bhavan to the India Gate. The Janpath (Hindi: “Path of the People”), formerly Queen’s Way, begins at Connaught Circus and cuts the Rajpath at right angles. 19 foreign embassies are located on the nearby Shantipath (Hindi: “Path of Peace”), making it the largest diplomatic enclave in India. Comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India.
Narrating the city’s Mughal past, Old Delhi, takes you through the labyrinth passing through formidable mosques, monuments and forts. You will discover lively and colorful bazaars that boast to cater all sorts of good and items at mind-blowing prices in the middle of a barely controlled chaotic ambiance.
The sightseeing of Delhi covers the Masjid-i Jahān-Numā, commonly known as the Jama Masjid of Delhi, the principal and largest mosque of Old Delhi in India. Next we visit Chandni Chowk, originally meaning “moonlit market”, one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. Built in the 17th century by the Mughal emperor of India Shah Jahan, and designed by his daughter, the market was once divided by canals (now closed) to reflect moonlight, and it remains one of India’s largest wholesale markets. In the afternoon we visit Qutub Minar, the 2nd tallest minar (73 metres) in India. Humayun’s Tomb is next on the program, it’s red sand stone structure is considered to be the predecessor of Taj Mahal. At last we see the India Gate, originally called the All India War Memorial, an important and impressive war memorial located astride the Rajpath,
Day 3: From Delhi to Jaipur, 250 km, 5 hrs, o/n in hotel, +B
After breakfast we drive to Jaipur, where we will stay for 2 days. Jaipur is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan in Northern India. Jaipur is known as the Pink City of India. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal family. In the present date, Jaipur is the major business centre for the natives of Rajasthan with all requisites of a metropolitan city. The city of Jaipur, painted in pink, grasp the appreciation of every visitor. One can see that hoary charm still alive in the avenues of Jaipur.
Day 4: Sightseeing Jaipur, o/n in hotel, +B
After breakfast at the hotel, we first take an excursion tour of Amber Fort, which is a classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. An elephant will spare you the trouble of walking all the way up to the fortress. The aesthetic ambiance of the palace is seen within its walls on a four level layout plan (each with a courtyard) in a well turned out opulent palace complex built with red sandstone and marble consisting of the Diwan-e-Aam or the “Hall of Public Audience”, the Diwan-e-Khas or the “Hall of Private Audience”, the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace) or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over the water cascade within the palace. In the after noon we visit the City Palace –a delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture. JantarMantar, the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories, is next on our tour. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use. We finally visit Hawa Mahal, the ornamental facade of this so called “Palace of Winds”, a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Look at the amazing structures of sandstone, plastered pink encrusted with fine trellis work and elaborate balconies.
Day 5: From Jaipur to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri, 245 km, 4 hrs, o/n in hotel, +B
Today’s journey leads us to Fatehpur Sikri. Emperor Akbar built it as his capital city in the late 16th century. Here he commenced the construction of a planned walled city which took the next fifteen years in planning and construction of a series of royal palaces, harem, courts, a mosque, private quarters and other utility buildings. Built of red sandstone, the fort looks like poetry on stone, a magnificent new city rose on the craggy hills. In the afternoon we arrive at Agra, the former capital of Hindustan, a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
Day 6: Sightseeing Agra, o/n in hotel, +B
Early morning the highlight of this impressive trip awaits us: the visit to the world famous Taj Mahal. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. Taj Mahal is regarded by many as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar component of the Taj Mahal, it is actually an integrated complex of structures. The construction began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, employing thousands of artisans and craftsmen. We also will visit the Agra Fort, built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D, a master piece of beautiful mosques and palaces. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled city.
Day 7: Return to Delhi, 204 km, 5 hrs, o/n in hotel, +B
In the morning we will drive back to Delhi which also concludes this impressive and unforgettable Golden Triangle tour. Rest of the day at your leisure, e.g. shopping.
Day 08: Transfer to the International airport, +B