Day 1: Full day sightseeing in Delhi.
We pick you up from the location of your choice in New Delhi at 9 a.m. in the morning, for a tour of Old Delhi. The former capital of the powerful rulers of the Mughal dynasty, it boasts of a plethora of impressive monuments. We begin with a visit to the massive Red Fort built by Shah Jahan in 1648 A.D., then explore the fascinating, colorful Chandni Chowk market by cycle-rickshaw and arrive at Jama Masjid. Believed to be the largest mosque in India, this imposing monument offers a bird’s eye view of Delhi from the top of its 40m high minarets. It was the last of Shah Jahan’s magnificent architectural constructions (1658 A.D.).
Drive past Safdarjang’s tomb, to visit the highest stone tower in India, the Qutab Minar, begun in 1199 A.D. by Qutab-ud-din Aibak; the Iron Pillar, a metallurgical marvel which has not rusted in over 1500 years and the imposing Tomb of Humayun. Considered to be the precursor of the Taj Mahal, it is the earliest example of Mughal architecture in India.
On your way back to your hotel, you will drive through New Delhi, which came into existence much later and is also known as Lutyens’ Delhi. Named after Edwin Lutyens, the British architect who was largely responsible for designing the India Gate (memorial to the martyrs of World War I), Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential House), the Secretariat, the Parliament House and many other government buildings.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi – Agra.
Check out from your hotel in Delhi for the drive to Agra. The journey will take approximately four hours, hence an 8 a.m. morning start is recommended.
After arriving at Agra, check into your hotel.
In the afternoon begin your discovery of the historic city of Agra with a visit to the impressive red sandstone Agra Fort built by Akbar – the most illustrious ruler of the Mughal dynasty - in 1565 A.D. It was subsequently embellished with beautiful palaces, mosque and gardens by his successors. Replete with priceless examples of craftsmanship from the Mughal era, these include the exquisite Moti Masjid or Pearl Mosque, the Diwan-i-Khas, the Diwan-i-Am, Jahangir Mahal and Shish Mahal.
Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, a pristine white marble mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife – Mumtaz Mahal. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, it took 20,000 workers from neighboring Islamic countries, 22 years of ceaseless toil to create this exquisite white marble monument upon which peopled have waxed eloquent throughout the world. Experience a splendid sunset viewing of the Taj Mahal and then return to your hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Agra - Jaipur
Check out of the hotel after breakfast and commence your journey to Jaipur, approximately a five hour drive. En route break journey at Fatehpur Sikri. Constructed by Akbar between 1570 -1585 A.D., this red sandstone city houses many impressive architectural monuments. Most remarkable among these are the towering Buland Darwaza, the exquisite marble tomb of Salim Chishti ( the Muslim mystic who gave his blessings to Emperor Akbar for a son), Panch Mahal, Jodha Bai’s Palace, Birbal Bhavan and the unique checkered Pachisi Court.
After you complete your sightseeing, resume the drive to Jaipur. Arrive in Jaipur and check into your hotel.
Day 4: Jaipur
In the morning embark on an exploratory tour of the fascinating "Pink City” of Jaipur and its many interesting sights. These include the magnificent City Palace complex with its many museums containing an impressive collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory; the unique Jantar Mantar (Observatory) built by the astronomer king, Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1728 A.D.; the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Wind with its intriguing façade, built in 1799 A.D. to allow ladies from the royal family to view the city and the bazaar below in complete privacy, and much more.
Afternoon is free for relaxing or shopping. Jaipur is great for purchases of jewelry, Blue Pottery and colorful fabrics.
Day 5: Jaipur - Delhi
Check out of your hotel after an early breakfast, for the drive to Delhi. En route visit the majestic Amber Fort and Palace, originally constructed by Raja Mansingh and one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture. Enjoy the unique experience of an ascent on the back of a brightly caparisoned elephant, up to the Fort. Visit the elaborately designed and decorated chambers and hallways of the Palace, which are justly famous for their beauty.
Resume your journey to Delhi.
Arrive at Delhi in the late afternoon/evening and we drop you at the location of your choice.
End of our services.
Excellent pricing available for Delhi hotels.
|HOTELS USED :
|Royal Tour Level -
||Delhi – Oberoi Hotel / Taj Mahal Hotel / Imperial Hotel
Agra – Oberoi Amarvilas
Jaipur – Rambagh Palace / Oberoi Rajvilas
|First Class Level -
||Delhi – Svelte All Suites / Oberoi Maidens
Agra – Taj View ( Taj Facing Room) / The Trident
Jaipur – Trident Hilton ( Lake View Room ) / Le Meridien.
Starting Price $319
Price varies based on dates of travel & no. of travellers.
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- One night’s hotel accommodation in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur respectively on a twin- sharing basis.
- Surface transport for Delhi-Agra-Jaipur-Delhi by your personal luxury A/C vehicle in case of 2 guests traveling together & A/C luxury SUV vehicle in case of 4 guests traveling together.
- Check-in time is 2 p.m. and check-out time is 12 noon for most of the hotels (but we can usually arrange earlier check-in).
- Breakfast at the hotel in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
- One horse-carriage ride to the Taj Mahal from the nearest parking point.
- One elephant ride at Amber Fort.
- Services of a professional English speaking local guide during sightseeing/excursions.
- Bottled mineral water for sightseeing/excursions and long drives.
- Assistance at all destinations.
Not included :
- Any personal expenses such as tips, laundry and drinks.
- Any extra meals (other than those specifically laid down).
- Personal Travel insurance, visa etc.
- Camera fees (both still and video).
- Entrance fees to various important monuments, as mentioned in the itinerary.