Day 1: Delhi Arrival. 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 for check in. 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. Overnight stay in hotel.
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.
Day 3: Delhi - Neemrana - Jaipur (235 km). Drive to Jaipur, after breakfast in the morning. En-route stop at Neemrana Fort and visit the Fort. Also enjoy an early lunch here. Continue drive to Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur, check-in to the hotel. An evening excursion to Chokhi Dhani complex, ethnic village resort located at a distance of 15 km from Jaipur City. Rajasthani village atmosphere is recreated on the sprawling ground and includes the entertainment by folk dancers and musicians. Later return to hotel. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 4: Jaipur. Morning after an early breakfast proceed for an excursion to Amber Fort (11 km), the palace complex which stands to this date was commenced under the reign of Raja Man Singh. Enjoy an Elephant ride to reach the Fort situated on the hill, an overwhelming experience. You will feel like a Maharaja. Afternoon proceed for a city tour of Jaipur, including City Palace, a perfect blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Further visit the Jantar Mantar, the Solar Observatory, an astronomical treasure house, with solar devices that give accurate predictions till date. Also have a look on Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied building of pink sandstone. It was built in year 1799 so that veiled royal women could peer down unseen by the world through its 593 stone Jharokas (mini windows). Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 5: Jaipur - Ranthambore. Drive to Ranthambore after breakfast in the hotel, on arrival in Ranthambore, check in to the hotel. Afternoon free for independent activities or optionally you can go for a visit to the Fort. Though Tiger sighting can never be guaranteed, but chances for Tiger sighting are good in Ranthambore. Overnight stay in hotel.
Days 6 & 7: Ranthambore. Morning as well as afternoon game drives in Ranthambore national park by canter bus. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 8: Ranthambore - Agra. Morning after breakfast in the hotel, check out and drive to Agra. Enroute visit the Fatehpur Sikri. Continue drive to Agra. On arrival, check in to the hotel. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 9: Agra - Delhi - Departure. It is recommended to visit the Taj Mahal, at the time of sunrise. 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. It consisted of works done by 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. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day.
The Taj Mahal has distinct femininity, perfect proportions and perfect ornamentation. Paradoxical gardens surround the Taj Mahal. Have late breakfast, in the hotel and later heads towards Agra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Dola and the city. Afternoon drive back to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, transfer to a nice Indian restaurant for farewell dinner, followed by transfer to International airport to take your return flight back home.
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