- Holiday Inspirations
- Fixed Departure
DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival at airport and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 02: IN DELHI
Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit the following places of Old and New Delhi.
Qutab Minar – 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak. India Gate – 42 m-high India Gate, it commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War-I. Raj Ghat – A simple square platform of black marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948.
Jama Masjid (Mosque) – The largest mosque in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. It was begun in 1644 and completed in 1658 by Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal and Red Fort.
President’s Palace (drive past) – Home to the President of the world’s largest democracy. It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. It took 17 years to built this palace which was completed in the year 1929. Parliament House (drive past) – The Parliament house is a circular colonnaded building. It also houses ministerial offices, numerous committee rooms and an excellent library as well.
Rest of the day free for independent activities. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, depart for Agra (205 km / approx 4 hrs drive) en route visiting Akshardham Temple, epitomizes 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind. The complex was inaugurated on 6 November, 2005. Akshardham means the eternal, divine abode of the supreme God, the abode of eternal values and virtues of Akshar as defined in the Vedas and Upanishads where divine bhakti, purity and peace forever pervades. On arrival at Agra, check in at the hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 04: IN AGRA
Early morning at sunrise visit the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays) built in 1630 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains.
Return to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, visit Agra Fort- really a city within a city which embraces the Moti Masjid, the Diwan-i-Amor the Hall of Public Audiences, the Diwan-i-Khas or the Hall of Private Audiences,the Octagonal Tower, Jehangir’s Palace and many more monuments. Rest of the day free for independent activities. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, depart for Jaipur (235 km / approx 5 hrs drive) en route visiting Fetehpur Sikri (38 km away from Agra). Spend an hour in this deserted capital which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned 15 years later due to a severe scarcity of water. You will visit the graceful buildings within such as the Jami Masjid, the tomb of Salim Chisti, the Panch Mahal and other palaces. On arrival at Jaipur, check-in at hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 06: IN JAIPUR
Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit the following places of Jaipur.
Amber Fort – 11 km away from the city. This fort-palace was begun by Raja Maan Singh and used by the Rajputs as their stronghold until Sawai Jai Singh II moved to the newly created Jaipur. Elephant ride around the fort is a very important activity and available from 0730-1230 hrs.
Maharaja’s City Palace – The City Palace is located in the middle of the old city wall of Jaipur. The palace was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. The entire palace will take approximately 2 hours to visit. The Royal Observatory (Jantar Mantar) – The monument is built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II, and completed in 1734 CE. It features the world’s largest stone sundial, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal) – The palace was constructed in 1799. The building’s original function was to allow women to observe the daily life of the city whilst staying unseen from the street and commoner level. Jal Mahal (Water Palace) – The Jal Mahal is an exquisite palace built at the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. The palace stands bright with 5 floors, 4 of which remain under water.
Later drive past the rose-pink residential and business areas of Jaipur. Rest of the day free for local shopping in local bazaars. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 07: JAIPUR – DELHI BY ROAD
Breakfast at hotel. Morning drive to Delhi (265 km / approx 5 hrs drive). Upon arrival at Delhi, check in at hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 08: DEPART DELHI
Breakfast at hotel. In time transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination.