Day 1: Arrive Delhi. You will arrive Delhi International airport by any International flight in the evening / night. Traditional "Swagat" (Welcome) on arrival at the airport. Later our representative will assist you at airport and transfer to Hotel Imperial. Delhi is a metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds the ancient with modern. Delhi strategic location was the main reason why many dynasties chose it as their seat of power. Many monuments were built here over several centuries by different rulers like Qutub-ud-din Aibek, Alauddin Khilji, Tughlaks, Humayun and Shah Jahan, who built the Walled City Shah Jahanabad. Later in first half of the 20th century, New Delhi was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Night stay in Hotel Imperial.
Day 2: Delhi. Morning after a relaxed breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel at about 9 am and proceed for a guided tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jehanabad, including a visit of Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Mosque was built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Drive past through the Red Fort. In New Delhi, visit Raj Ghat, memorial to the father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Later drive past India Gate, memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I and the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls.
Also visit the President's House, the official residence of the President of India, built in 1931. Until 1950 it was known as Viceroy's House. After lunch, proceed to visit the Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aybak. It is the tallest (72 m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. Evening visit the Bahai temple (Lotus Temple). Overnight stay in Hotel Imperial.
Day 3: Delhi - Agra. Morning after breakfast, check out from hotel and drive to Agra. Enroute stop in Mathura and visit the birth place of lord Krishna. Continue drive to Agra. On arrival in Agra, check-in to Hotel Oberoi Amar Vilas. Agra was the capital of the grand Mughal Empire, at the time of the Mughals in the 16th and 17th centuries. During this period the city became a leading centre of art, science, commerce and culture. Akbar the Great made Agra great. The city's origins are dim but Akbar's grandfather Babur is credited with Agra's founding. The short golden age of Agra came to an end with the seventeenth century reign of Shah Jehan, mastermind of the unforgettable Taj Mahal.
This morning pay your first visit to the magnificent monument to love – The Taj Mahal, built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction was completed, Shah Jehan had Lahori's hands cut off, and blinded, so he would never be able to duplicate the structure. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation.
Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughals brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of incomparable artistry. Afternoon proceed on a tour of Agra Fort and the city. At the impressive Agra Fort you are taken through the chambers of this royal residence. Night stay in Oberoi Amar Vilas. Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Friday.
Day 4: Agra - Samode. Early morning visit the famous monument of love the Taj Mahal during the sunrise. Return to hotel for late breakfast. Check out from the hotel and drive to Samode Village. On arrival in Samode, check in to the beautiful Samode Palace. It is a place of great interest for people who appreciate culture and arts. The village or town is famous for its magnificent havelies, mansions and handicrafts. Samode Palace, belongs to the Rawals of Samode, who do not belong to a royal family but are affluent noblemen. This family was bestowed the title of "Maha Rawal" by the royal family as a reward for their loyalty and courage. The Samode Palace is about four hundred years old and has gone through a lot of restoration work. Many new additions have been made to this old palace, which is now a beautiful heritage hotel. Evening we will provide you a camel ride to visit the Samode village. Overnight stay in Samode Palace.
Day 5: Samode - Jaipur. Morning after breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to the Pink City “Jaipur”. On arrival in Jaipur, check-in to the Taj Rambagh Palace. Afternoon city tour of Jaipur include a visit of City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armoury of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, also visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD). Also included is a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Overnight stay in Taj Rambagh Palace.
Day 6: Jaipur. After breakfast depart for a half day excursion to Amber Fort. 11 km. from Jaipur, Amber Fort is a marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort on the back of a gaily caparisoned elephant, true to the style of the Maharajas of the past. The interior of the fort has various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glass work complemented by exquisite wall paintings. As you move between the rooms of this magnificent structure, you will feel the history and visualize the pomp and grandeur of a kingdom never conquered. Afternoon free for independent activities. Overnight stay in Taj Rambagh Palace.
Day 7: Jaipur - Udaipur. Morning after breakfast in the hotel, check out and transfer to Jaipur airport to take a flight to Udaipur. On arrival in Udaipur, check in to Taj Lake Palace Hotel. Late afternoon enjoy boat ride on Lake Pichola, the beauty of the lake is enhanced by the surrounding hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. The Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) and Jag Mandir, the two island palaces on the lake look like pearls in the lake.
Night stay in Taj Lake Palace.
Day 8: Udaipur. After breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel at about 9 am and proceed for the tour of Udaipur city, visit the City Palace, collection of buildings contributed by various Maharanas (Kings) after Udai Singh and built in the year 1725. The magnificence of the Palace starts right from its entrance at the northern Tripolia Gate that brings us to the central courtyard, the best place to view the facade of filigreed balconies and ornate cupola-topped towers. Later visit the Sahelion ki Bari (Garden of Maids of Honour) is an ornamental garden built by Maharana Sangram Singh for his daughter and the Ladies of the Queen's court. He built the garden with several fountains, pools and is decorated with chiselled pavilions and elephants. The fountains worked on the unique hydraulic technique devised in the year 1700 AD and are still working. Later visit Jagdish Temple. Night stay in hotel.
Day 9: Udaipur - Delhi. Morning free in Udaipur. Afternoon transfer to Udaipur airport to take flight to Delhi. Meet on arrival at airport and transfer to a nice Indian restaurant for farewell dinner, followed by transfer to Delhi International airport to take your flight back home. Trip ends with pleasant and happy memories of India.
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