Day 1, Arrive Delhi. You are greeted on arrival at the Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport and driven to your Hotel. Later In the 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”. Visit a Hindu temple before driving through Delhi’s beautiful tree-lined avenues and Diplomatic Enclave en route to visit the 12th century, 234-foot high fluted minaret of Qutab Minar. Finish your tour visiting Humayun’s Tomb, the second Mughal Emperor to rule India, before returning to hotel for overnight (Rooms from 12 Noon).
Day 2, Delhi - Jaipur. Morning after breakfast, depart by surface for the City of Jaipur - an exuberance of colors, dance and song with traditional arts and crafts. Known, as the 'Pink City', it is one of India's most well planned cities with wide straight avenues, roads, streets and lanes in a grid system. A 4 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. Later on arrival,meeting and assistance in checking into your hotel. Afternoon proceed for half day guided city sightseeing tour, visiting the City Palace, the palace museum, Jai Singh's observatory, Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds) and Albert Hall museum. Return to hotel via Johari Bazar (Gem Market) and Curio shops. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 3, Jaipur - Pushkar. Morning after breakfast, depart by car for Pushkar-11 km from Ajmer, in Rajasthan, on the edge of the desert lies this tiny tranquil town along the bank of the picturesque pushkar lake an important pilgrimage spot for the Hindus. Later on arrival, meeting and assistance in checking into your hotel. Afternoon is free to observe fair ground activities. Watch cultural programmes, folk dances, camel races, etc. before retiring for Overnight stay.
Day 4, Pushkar. Early morning visit the bathing ghats of Pushkar, to witness thousands of pilgrims take their daily holy bath. As we approach the closing, fair activities are at its upbeat. Return to hotel for breakfast. Spend your day at Pushkar Mela. Wonder through the traditional decorated fair ground and view various activities, like – dance, camel races, body tattooing and many more. Return for overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 5, Pushkar. Today being the last day of the fair, all activities are at its peak. After breakfast, visit the Brahma Temple, located across the fair grounds, go for a hot balloon ride, try your hand at body tattooing, consult a local astrologer, watch camels racing or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the various cultural dances and let the festive spirits overtake you. Watch the closing festivities before returning for overnight stay in your hotel
Day 6, Pushkar - Ajmer - Jaipur. Morning after a leisurely breakfast check out and proceed by surface for Ajmer - A city of composite culture. It is a popular pilgrimage center for the Hindus as well as Muslims. On arrival visit the Especially famous Dargah Sharif - Tomb of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, with a splendid marble dome in the center of the second courtyard surrounded by a silver platform. In the corner of the inner court of this magnificent building lies Sahajahan's Mosque sculpted in white marble with a long (30.5 m) and narrow courtyard having low arcade and delicate carvings with trellis-work.
It is the most marvelous of all the sanctums within the sanctuary of Dargah. The shrine is next only to Mecca or Median for the Muslims of south Asia. Next visit the Adhai-din-ka-jhonpra: a remarkable structure and a masterpiece of Indo-Islamic architecture, located on the outskirts, of the city. Later drive on to Jaipur. On arrival, meeting and assistance in checking into your hotel. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 7, Jaipur - Fathepur Sikri - Agra. After breakfast, visit the magnificent Amer Fort, located outside Jaipur city on a hilltop where you ascend on Elephant's back to the gates of the Fort. After visit, depart by surface for the Mughal splendor of Agra - the City of Taj. En route stop to visit Fathepur Sikri built in red sandstone, was the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign, from 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water.
Sikri shared its imperial duties as a capital city with Agra, where a bulk of the arsenal, treasure hoards and other reserves were kept at its Red Fort for security. During a crisis, the court, harem, and treasury could be removed to Agra, only 26 miles away, less than a day's march. Built in honor of Sufi saint Salim Chishti in 1571 by Mughal emperor Akbar, who foretold the birth of 3 sons to the Emperor, is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important edifice here represents a type by itself. Notable among them are the Diwane Khas, Punch Mahal, the Tomb of Salim Chisti, and the Buland Darwaza. Later drive on to Agra. On arrival, meeting and assistance in checking into your hotel. Evening is free. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 8, Agra - Delhi. 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, followed by a visit to Itmaudualla, mausoleum built by Queen Noor Jahan in memory of her parents. Drive on to Delhi, En Route visiting Sikandra, tomb of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great. On arrival, meeting and assistance in checking into your hotel. Overnight stay.
Day 9, Depart 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”. Walk 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 and Raj Ghat - final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, before returning to hotel to complete Check -out formalities (Room till 12 noon). Afternoon is free to explore the exotic markets, boutiques and art galleries of Delhi. (Vehicle with driver will be at your disposal) Later in time transfer to the International airport to connect your flight for onward journey. (Room till 12 noon).
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