The results is a consummate blend of ancient skills and modern aesthetics. The Indian market is rich in fabrics, silverware, carpets, leather work, antiques the list is endless. India is Indeed a shopper's paradise. Goods are exotic, attractive, beautiful hand-crafted and excellent value for money. Half the fun when buying goods in the bazaars is the bargaining, and you can always check for reasonable prices.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
You are greeted on arrival at the Delhi International Airport and driven to your hotel (check in 12 noon) Afternoon proceed for half day guided tour of New Delhi. The buildings designed by Edward Lutyens, architect of modern Delhi - are truly majestic. The Presidential Palace, Parliament House and India Gate are all reminiscent of the British “Raj”. Next visit a modern Hindu Temple before driving through, Delhi’s beautiful tree - lined avenues and the Diplomatic Enclave en-route to the 12th century, 234 foot high fluted minaret of Qutab Minar. Also visit the Humayun's tomb. Return to hotel for overnight.
Day 2: At Delhi
Morning after breakfast, proceed for half day guided city tour of Old Delhi. Explore the magnificent Red Fort, built at the zenith of the Mughal empire in India. The centuries- old international market-place that sprawls at its feet is still one of Delhi’s most important commercial hubs: Chandni Chowk, or “Moonlight Square”. Ride on cycle-rickshaws through the bustling silver market and the wholesale spice market. The sounds, smells and colors of the bazaar, and the throngs of people who animate it makes this an unforgettable spectacle. Visit Jumma Masjid, the largest mosque in Asia, before returning to hotel.
Afternoon free to explore the exotic markets, boutiques and art galleries of Delhi. Go shopping (vehicle with driver at disposal). Overnight in hotel. Included: (B).
Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur
Morning after breakfast, depart by surface (5 hours)for the City of Jaipur - an exuberance of color, dance and song with traditional arts and crafts. Known as the 'Pink City' is one of India's most well planned cities with wide straight avenues, roads, streets and lanes in a grid system. A 3 hours drive gets us to this land of Maharaja's, forts and Palaces and diversity of colors and culture, that is unique to the State of Rajasthan.
On arrival check in at your hotel. Afternoon is reserved for a guided sightseeing tour of the city palace, palace museum, Jai Singh's observatory, Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds) and Albert hall museum. Return to hotel via Johri Bazar (Gem Market) for overnight. Included: (B).
Day 4: At Jaipur
Morning after breakfast, proceed for half day excursion to see three of the most impressive forts of Rajasthan. Visit the impressive Amber Fort the former capital of the Royal Family of Jaipur, taking an elephant ride to the top of the fort. Next visit Jaigarh and Nahargarh Fort. Jaigarh built in 1726, has the worlds largest cannon on wheels, while Nahargarh built in 1734 provides a Panoramic view of the Jaipur city.
Afternoon is free for shopping (Vehicle with driver at disposal) Visit Sanganer to see block printing on cloth or walk through the jewel market - shop for semi/precious stones, Rajasthani durries, clothes, blue pottery etc. Overnight. Included: (B).
Day 5: Jaipur - Fathepur Sikri - Agra
Morning after breakfast, depart by surface(5 hours) for the Mughal splendor of Agra,en-route stopping to visit Fathepur Sikri, the ghost city lying 35 km from Agra. Fatehpur Sikri built in red sandstone in honor of Saint Salim Chisti, who foretold the birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar, is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important edifice here represents a type by itself. Notable among them is the Diwane Khas, Punch Mahal, the Tomb of Salim Chisti, and the Buland Darwaza. Later drive on to Agra and check-in to your hotel. Afternoon is free for shopping (vehicle with driver and guide at disposal). Overnight in hotel. Included: (B).
Day 6: Agra - Delhi
Morning after breakfast, visit the incomparable Taj Mahal. This monument, a fine example of fusion of many architectural styles, is one of the wonders of the modern world. Built in 1652 by Emperor Shah Jahan. It took 22 years and 20,000 skilled artisans to complete this poem in white marble. Next visit Agra Fort which lies across the river Jamuna. It was here that Aurangzeb the 3rd son of Shah Jahan kept his father under house arrest. Visit Itmaudualla, a mausoleum built by Queen Noor Jahan in memory of her parents.End your tour visiting Sikandra which houses the tomb of Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great, followed by last minute shopping, if so desired, before returning to your hotel for fresh and change and then departing for Delhi by surface. On arrival check into hotel for overnight. Included: (B)
Day 7: Depart Delhi. On time transfer to International Airport to board flight for onward destination.
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