Day 1: Delhi. Arrive Delhi in the night and our representative will meet you at the airport and assist you to transfer to the hotel. Delhi beckons you with the remnants of its glorious past (it is one of the oldest cities in the world), which is equally complemented by the city's new skyline, new-age concept buildings, world-class recreation zones and green areas and avenues.
Day 2: Delhi – Jaipur. In the morning, after breakfast, proceed for a guided tour of Old and New Delhi. Start with the monuments - Jama Masjid, Humayun's Tomb and Qutab Minar, all of which suggest the Mughal passion for ornate and grand features, landscaping and architectural excellence. Also visit Akshardham temple - a modern grand Indo temple. Visit the buzzing markets of Chandni Chowk, Janpath, state emporiums and National Museum. Drive past Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate and parts of central Delhi. Walk around India Gate, the 160-feet sandstone gate memorial of our martyrs in the First World War and Afghan War. In the afternoon drive to Jaipur. Reach Jaipur in the evening. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Jaipur. After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, leave for a sightseeing tour of the "Pink City". Ascend the hilltop fortress at Amer on a painted elephant. This 16th century fort was built by Maharaja Man Singh and encloses palaces and a temple in marble dedicated to the goddess Kali. In the afternoon, tour the old walled city. Founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II, the city represents construction techniques and architectural elements based on the Shilpa-Shastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. Tour the unique Jantar Mantar Observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh, Sheesh Mahal, Palace of Winds and City Palace. The City Palace built by Kachchwah Rajput, ruler of Jaipur, is a classic example of the fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture.
The museum houses a collection of rare manuscripts, paintings, weapons, carpets and costumes, and Mughal and Rajasthani miniatures. Explore medieval backstreets and bazaars for the best deals in leather work, woodblock prints, handicrafts, perfumes, jewelry and Jaipur’s traditional blue pottery. Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Govind Deoji Mandir, Rambagh Palace, Kanak Valley and Laxmi Narayan Temple can also be explored. In the evening visit the Chokhi Dhani, an ethnic village resort, which offers a glimpse into the root of Rajasthani folk culture. Watch children, turbaned men and women clad in bright clothes entertain you with puppet shows, music performances and folk dances. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Jaipur - Agra. In the morning, after breakfast, drive to Agra, en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri. Visit Jama Masjid, built in 1648, notable for its unusual dome/Buland Darwaza, Birbal's Palace that gave rise to the legendary Akbar-Birbal tales and palace of Queen Jodha Bai. Resume the drive and reach Agra in the evening. Check into your hotel and relax. Agra was established as the Mughal capital in 1526 and has several mausoleums, forts, palaces and historic temples worth visiting. Agra is home to three designated World Heritage Sites - Taj Mahal, the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri and the red-sandstone Agra Fort. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Agra. After breakfast at the hotel, visit the breathtaking Taj Mahal that rises on the bank of the Yamuna River as poetry in architecture. The verses of Holy Koran are inscribed on it while the 22 small domes at the top of the gate signify the number of years the monument took to built. Inlay work using semi-precious stones add elegance to the monument. Rising 80 feet over the building is the dome under which is the tomb of Queen Mumtaz Mahal. In the afternoon visit the Agra Fort constituting the Pearl Mosque, the Halls of Public and Private Audience. Spend the evening for leisure or explore the city on your own.
Day 6: Agra – Delhi. Later in the day, check out from the hotel and depart from Delhi, en-route visiting Sikandra. Visit Itmad–ul, Daulah’s tomb, a pre-Taj era marble structure, often referred to as the "Baby Taj", as its garden layout and use of white marble, inlay designs and latticework presage many elements of the Taj Mahal. It was built by Empress Noor Jehan for her father, Ghias-ud-Din Beg, the Chief Minister of Emperor Jahangir. The mausoleum which is set on a base of about 50 meters square and is about 1 meter high is set in a large garden crisscrossed by water courses. Proceed to the International Airport in Delhi to board the flight for your final destination.
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