“Our trip was an great experience of a life time--Our young guide did an excellent job .His English was perfect… ”
|from $800* per person||7 Days||Year-round|
|Luxury accommodations||Exertion level: 3|
|Operator: Holitours & Travel||20 people max|
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Our trip was an great experience of a life time--Our young guide did an excellent job .His English was perfect and we had no issues communicating with him. All the places that one could see in the time we had were sufficiently covered.
GREAT trip! Our driver was as excellent and our tour guide is very polite and informative. Both were extremely prompt, attentive, and pleasant. Our tour guide didn't waste time on filling us with history and facts we could read on our own, but gave us a very soulful experience, telling us the stories behind what is written and showing us little known nooks and crannies. Although we took the customary photos, we never felt like tourists at all, rather private visitors getting the royal treatment.
Very nice trip from Delhi to Agra, experienced driver with new private car and very good friendly,helpful and informative tour guide, he was the best photographer in this wonderful day in Agra. Tasty lunch included in a nice restaurant. I recommend this company to everyone, thoughtful, accurate, precise and informative staff. Thanks for everything !!!
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrival in India (New Delhi) traditional welcome by our representative at airport, transfer assistance to hotel. Check-in at hotel, before you proceed to your room/s, our representative will hand-over the travel documents and brief you about the tour programme.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02: In Delhi
Breakfast at hotel. This morning explore India’s capital city by touring its magnificent monuments, start your tour by visiting - Old Delhi: Take a photo stop at Red Fort: the most opulent red sandstone fort and palace of the Moghul Empire built by Shah Jahan the 5th Mughal Emperor of India and the builder of the Taj Mahal in Agra), visit Jama - Masjid: Largest mosque in India, the foundation of the historic Jama Masjid was laid on a hillock in Shahjahanabad by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1650 AD,Visit Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colorful market of the old city, designed by Emperor Shah Jahan’s daughter Jahanara Begum. Enjoy a cycle-rickshaw ride.
Visit the Raj Ghat, the memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi - Father of Nation.
Later visit New Delhi designed and built by the British in the 1920's it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. First drive past Connaught Place, the heart and main shopping district of the capital, then drive to Rajpath (King’s Way), India Gate - the 42mt high stone "Arch of Triumph", erected in the memory of Indian soldiers who died in First World War. Drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan (President Palace) and Parliament House. Later visit the Qutab Minar 12th century minaret built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty - this building complex dates back to the onset of Muslim rule in India and is fine example of Afghan architecture which is graceful and well sculptured and stands 75 meters. Also visit the Baha’i Temple (Lotus Temple) Lotus being a symbol of peace and prosperity all around the world.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03: Delhi / Jaipur (252 Kms)
Breakfast at hotel and later check-out and drive to Jaipur in the morning. On the way to Jaipur deviate from the main-highway to visit Samode Palace located in Samode at a distance of 42 Kms before Jaipur city, to have your lunch at this heritage hotel, which was earlier a palace of one the noblemen of Royal Jaipur state.
After the lunch, continue your drive to Jaipur. Arrive and check-in at hotel.
In the evening visit the Birla Temple, to learn more about the fascinating religious life of Jaipur. Built recently in 1985, houses ornate statues including one of Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth and Beauty) and Narayan dressed in gaudy robes, representing a Hindu vision of heavenly luxury. Witness the Aarti Ceremony (Prayer ceremony) which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity.
Return to hotel for overnight stay
Day 04: In Jaipur
After your breakfast at hotel, excursion to Amber Fort in the morning, situated outside the city, it is perhaps the most beautiful example of Rajput forts, this complex stands amidst wooded hills, with its threatening battlements reflected in the motionless waters of the Maota Lake below. You can have the unique experience of riding on a decorated elephant to the top of the hill.
Return to city and visit City Palace complex, located in the heart of Jaipur known for its blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, the museum houses the rare and rich collection of Ornaments, 15th century Arms & Weapons, Royal Costumes, Carpets, Sanganeri block prints, Kashmiri Pashmina Shawls, folk embroideries and Decorative Art objects of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art and architecture. After visit the Jantar Mantar, a solar observatory - It is the largest of the five astronomical observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh-I, the founder ruler of Jaipur. It is an astronomical treasure house, with solar device that give accurate predictions till date, it is classified as a world heritage site. Photo-stop at Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, a four storied façade of pink sandstone and one of the most picturesque landmarks with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was built in 1799 so that veiled royal women could see the royal processions through its 593 stone screens without being seen by the outsiders.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 05: Jaipur / Agra (257 Kms)
Breakfast and check-out from hotel in the morning, later drive to Agra. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri is an ancient city in Agra district, this city was built by Akbar, the Mughal emperor in the year 1571. It was constructed mainly as a tribute to the great Sufi Saint Shaikh Salim Chisti who had blessed Akbar with a son.After the visit continue your drive to Agra, upon arrival proceed to hotel for check-in.
In the evening visit Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb, along with the main building, the structure consists of numerous outbuildings and gardens.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 06: In Agra
Visit the Taj Mahal early in the morning at the time of Sunrise, Taj Mahal - One of the Seven Wonders of the World, a pristine monument of undying love, built by Emperor Shah Jahan to enshrine the body of his beloved wife Arjumand Banu Begum (Mumtaz Mahal) after she died in 1631 at Burhanpur. The Taj has continued to be a mark of love since ever. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. The construction started in 1632 and was completed in 1653. The workforce of some 20,000 and 1,000 elephants, included Masons, Stonecutters, Inlayers, Carvers, Calligraphers, Dome-builders and other artisans were requisitioned from the empire and also from Italy, Central Asia and Persia. In accordance with Islamic tradition, verses from the Quran were inscribed in calligraphy on the arched entrances to the mausoleum, in addition to numerous other sections of the complex. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen. Witness the white marble reflect the nuances of the changing light from the Sun. Taj Mahal symbolize the richness of art and architecture of the Mughal period.
Return to hotel for breakfast.
Afterwards, visit Agra Fort which retains the irregular outline of the demolished mud-wall fort of the Lodhis. It is a World Heritage Site, located near to the Taj Mahal gardens on the banks of River Yamuna. The real specimen of architectural marvel, this fortress was constructed in the 15th century.
Return to hotel, remaining day at leisure for independent activities.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 07: Agra / Delhi (210 Kms)
Breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel by noon 1200 hrs. Drive to Delhi, upon arrival, transfer to international airport to board return journey flight.
Day 8: Departure from Delhi
Departure early in the morning by an international flight.
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