Day 1: Arrive in Delhi - Agra. Arrive Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, you will be greeted and escorted by our local executive. Later drive to Agra (4 hours). Agra stands on the right bank of the river Yamuna, and it was once the seat of the Mughal rulers, the zenith of art and an enshrined romance. The passion of the Mughals for building endowed it with some of the loveliest buildings in the world. On arrival in Agra, check in to the hotel.
Day 2: Agra. After breakfast, visit the Taj Mahal – a poem in white marble, built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. Today India’s most fascinating and beautiful masterpiece, this perfectly symmetrical edifice is set amidst landscaped gardens on the banks of the Yamuna River. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day and glows pearl-like in the moonlight and during the monsoon. (B)
Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
Later, visit Agra Fort. Designed and built by Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is surrounded by a 70 feet high wall. It houses the beautiful Pearl Mosque and numerous palaces. The Agra fort happens to be on the same bank of the river Yamuna as the Taj Mahal, which is visible in all its beauty from one side of the fort. Emperor Shahjahan, a prisoner of his son Aurangzeb in his old age was put in a cell from where he could gaze at the Taj Mahal at a distance from his cell in the Agra Fort. It is an imposing structure whith walls of red sandstone almost three kilometers long. Overnight in the hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur. After breakfast, drive to Jaipur. En route, visit Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful and deserted medieval city built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire. The complex consists of religious, residential and administrative buildings. The Mosque is considered a copy for the Mosque at Mecca and is extremely elegant, containing elements of Hindu and Persian design. Housed here is the Shrine of Sheikh Salim Chisti one of the greatest of Sufi saints of the Muslim world. Later continue your drive to Jaipur.
Maharaja jai Singh II built Jaipur in the 18th century. It is a planned city built with ancient Hindu rules as the colonical capital of a richly colorful state. The whole city was painted pink to welcome the visit of Prince Albert in 1853. On arrival in Jaipur, check in to your hotel. Later enjoy the Rikshaw ride (Paddy Cab) in the streets of Jaipur. This will be done through the old city (30 – 35 minutes). Ride through the narrow by-lanes of Jaipur, through the hustle and bustle of the old bazaars. Overnight at the hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Jaipur. After breakfast, enjoy the full day visit of Jaipur including Amber Fort. The Amber fort was built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh and is one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture. It gives extensive views over a deep narrow valley and the wider plains. The Fort was completed in the early 18th century. It was once the capital of the Mina tribes, believed to be the original inhaibitants of this region. The fort, sprawled along the Maotha Lake, boasts of a massive complex gateways, courts, stairways and pillared pavilions, and palaces that recall the glory and wealth. Visit the palace of wind (Hawa Mahal) with 953 windows and niches which were made so that ladies of royal family could see the procession and events in the city without being visible to the people.
City Palace occupies the center of Jaipur. It now houses the Royal residence and museums with collections of textiles and costumes, armoury, manuscripts, paintings, etc. Janta Mantar (Royal Observatory), it was built (1728-34) by king astrologer Jari Singh II. The instruments are built of stone with marble facing on the important plains for measuring the harmony of the heavens. Each instrument serves a particular function and each gives an accurate reading. Overnight at the hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Jaipur - Delhi. After breakfast, drive to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, transfer to the international airport for your flight. Includes: (B).
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