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Delhi is the present day version of Indraprastha, the legendary capital of Pandavas, and has in-between been seen various rulers on its throne, the longest being Mughals. No wonder Delhi has charmed writers, Sufi saints and travellers alike. The present Delhi is one of the most developed Indian as well as global cities albeit with its glorious past lurking across the city. The head of Indian government sits in Delhi in the Parliament in central Delhi, surrounded by forts and monuments of his ancestors, both autocratic and monarchs. These are places like Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, Jantar Mantar et al. Then there are imperial architectures around Lutyen's Delhi including Connaught Place, in heart of city and the closest Delhi can get to London's Trafalgar Square.
While these old one's have been there since long, the New Delhi, including NCR or National Capital Region has shown exemplary growth in architecture, business avenues, services, tourism and township. Let us have a quick trip across the capital.
A crimson sun casting an orange hue, setting behind the luminescent white marble of the epitome of everlasting love 'The Taj Mahal', is probably the 'cliched' picture that leaps to our mind when we think of Agra. Why should it not? After all Taj Mahal remains unsurpassed in beauty. But there is much more to Agra than just the Taj Mahal. Agra has a rich and puristic cultural mix of the Persian and the Mughal era. It is home to many ancient relics and monuments of historical and cultural significance - Taj Mahal, the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, the exquisite tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah are just a few of the many wonders of pristine Mughal architecture that are nestled in the city.
Historians are of the general opinion that the city of Agra was founded in 1504 A.D. by Sikandar Lodi, the ruler of the Delhi Sultunate. Sikander Lodi's son, Ibrahim Lodi, ruled over the city after his father's death until he fell fighting Babar in the first battle of Panipat fought in 1526. Under the Mughals, the city witnessed the blossoming of some of the finest pieces of architecture ever made. The magnificence of the ancient times is not the only thing that would strike you with awe. In the backdrop of the monuments and the tombs, is a bustling industrial city getting richer by the day. Some of you might get down on your knees twice - at the Taj Mahal to propose and the second time to thank your stars for all the shopping you could do in the city! Agra has a thriving market of marble artifacts, silk fabrics, and leather goods available at dirt cheap rates.
In 1853, Jaipur's prosperous ruler King Sawai Man Singh got all city walls painted in pink to welcome the Prince of Wales, Edward VII. In the semi-desert lands of Rajasthan, Jaipur is the place for you if you are tired of frequenting hill stations in Northern India. A glorious past of Kings and palaces blended with a culture of pride and hospitality and topped up with a sepia urbanism, that's Jaipur for you!
Day Wise itinerary
DAY 01: HOME – DELHI
( BY: YOUR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT )
Arrive Delhi meet-assist at airport with fresh flower garlands & transfer to your respective hotel
DAY 02: DELHI
After breakfast, Sightseeing of Delhi
Delhi- India's capital and a major gateway to the country. New Delhi also reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New & Old Delhi is the distinction between the capitals of the British & the Moghuls respectively. Tourist Attractions: Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Built by Shah Jahan, Red Fort, which was also built by Shah Jehan. This massive fort was built from 1638 to 1648, Chandni Chowk and Rajghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Witness the India Gate, the Presidents House & the Parliament, Qutab Minar.
Raj Ghat - The mortal remains of mahatma Gandhi were cremated on this spot on the west bank of the river Yamuna on the evening of January 31, 1948. Jama Masjid - Work on the Jama Masjid mosque was begun in 1650 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to complement his palace at the Red Fort. Laxmi Narayan Temple - Built in 1938, the temple is an ideal introduction to some of the gods of the India pantheon. Visit India Gate - Built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 India soldiers killed in World War I, India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1931. Presidential Palace - Formely the Viceregal Lodge, the building is the highlight of Lutyen's New Delhi and was completed in 1929 at a cost of 12,53,000 pound sterling. Qutab Minar – The origins of Qutab Minar are shrouded in controversy. Humayun Tomb - The mughals brought with them a love for gardens, fountains and water. The first mature example of Mughal architecture in India, Humayun Tomb was built by the emperor's grieving widow, Haji Begum, in 1565 AD. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 03: DELHI – SIKANDRA - AGRA (BY: SURFACE, 203 kms, 4 hrs approx)
After breakfast leave by private vehicle to Agra enroute Sikandra, Sikandra Complex containing Akbar's tomb is really an architectural marvel in Agra. The Great Mughal emperor began the construction of this complex in 1605, embedding various architectural styles. Jehangir, Akbar's son, completed the Sikandra Complex after Akbar's death. This majestic and imposing tomb is located in the scenic surroundings of a gorgeous garden. Akbar's tomb is a perfect structure constructed using red sandstones and glossy white marbles. All the four sides are laid with grandeur doorways in multicolored mosaics laid with complex but beautiful patterns. On arrival transfer to your respective hotel.
In the afternoon, City tour of Agra visit Agra Fort, Itmad-Us-Daulah, Marble Emporium etc. Agra. Badal Singh founded the city in 1475. Agra has a rich historical background, which is amply evident from the numerous historical monuments in and around the city. Agra Fort -Built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D. the fort is a masterpiece of design and construction. Itmad- Ud-Daulah's Tomb, Often described as 'jewel box', Itmad-us-daula i.e. the pillar of state was a tile bestowed on him by emperor Jehangir. The tomb is at times refereed to as the baby taj. The mausoleum rests in a walled garden with a view of the river Yamuna. In fact it is approximately
: one and a half kilometers upstream of the Taj Mahal. The structure is renowned for its pietra dura decoration i.e. the inlay works and the carvings. Overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 04: AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI –BHARATPUR - JAIPUR (BY: SURFACE, 232 kms, 5 hrs approx)
Early morning visit Taj Mahal, (Taj Mahal is closed on Friday)- We are about to witness one of the greatest sights of one's lifetime - the Taj Mahal at sunrise, as we visit the fabled Tajmahal to witness the magical effects caused by the reflections of the changing colours of the rising Sun on this brilliant white marble building. Taj Mahal- Reflects the intensity of love. which was constructed by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj began in 1631 and was not completed until 1653. The Taj is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular buildings of the world. Renowned for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty, it counts among man's proudest creations and is invariably included in the list of the world's foremost wonders.
After breakfast, later drive by private vehicle to Jaipur enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri Fatehpur Sikri- Built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the old capital of the Moghuls, which was abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. The sloping levels of the city were connected into terraces which were utilised for various complexes such as Jami masjid, Buland-Darwazah and tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti; Khass Mahal, Shahi-Bazar, Mina-Bazar, the Panch-Mahal, Khwabgah, Diwan-i-Khass, Anup-Talao, Chaupar and Diwan-i-Am. The efficient system of drainage and water- supply adopted here suggest an extremely intelligent town-planning by the Mughal emperor. Further drive towards to Jaipur. On arrival transfer to your respective hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 05: JAIPUR
After breakfast, city sightseeing of Jaipur .
City tour begins with a visit to the Maharaja's City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the city. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. The Royal families of Jaipur once used most of these weapons. Jal Mahal - Jal Mahal of Jaipur is a pleasure palace built in the 18th century. Situated amidst the picturesque Mansagar Lake, the palace has the Nahargarh hills forming its backdrop.
Jaipur Jal Mahal Palace is an architectural beauty and was meant to be used for the royal duck shooting parties. Jantar Mantar - Between 1727 and 1734 Maharajah Jai Singh II of Jaipur constructed five astronomical observatories in west central India. The observatories, or "Jantar Mantars" as they are commonly known, incorporate multiple buildings of unique form, each with a specialized function for astronomical measurement. Laxmi Narayan Temple - Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi, Birla Mandir in the pink City exhibits contemporary architecture. Though the temple is named after the deities, it is rather known by the name Birla temple, since this was built by the corporate giants, Birla Foundation. Govind Devji Temple - A holy shrine dedicated to Lord Krishna, Govind Dev Ji Temple is located in the City Palace complex. Since it is situated in the palace complex this temple is under the direct control of the royal family. Albert Museum ( Central Museum) -A fabulous building, which displays Indo-Saracen style of architecture, Albert Hall is a prototype of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Colonel Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob had designed Albert museum and Edward VII laid its foundation stone in the year 1876. Situated in the midst of the verdant Ram Niwas Garden, Public are admitted to the Museum on all days except on Fridays between 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Pm free for shopping tour. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 06: JAIPUR – DELHI ( BY: SURFACE, approx. 240kms, 5hrs )
DELHI – HOME ( BY: FLIGHT)
After breakfast, morning free for shopping.
Later in the afternoon drive back to Delhi airport for flight back to home or next destination.
1. 05 nights' accommodation on Twin sharing basis as listed above or Similar
2. Plan- Bed & Breakfast in all hotels.
3. All transfers To & From hotels, city tours, excursions, overland drives by air-conditioned transportation.
4. All prevailing taxes like Luxury tax in all hotels and Expenditure tax wherever applicable.
5. Onway visit to Fatehpur Sikri .
6. Interstate road tax, toll tax, driver's allowance, parking etc.
1. Any lunch, dinner, snacks, mineral water etc. unless mentioned in the itinerary.
2. Entrance fee to any monuments or camera fee AND GUIDE
3. Tips, gratuities , Portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks, camera/ video camera charges, or any other expenses of a personal nature
4. Tajmahal & Elephant ride ticket.
5. Airfares, Visa fees, personal insurance or airport taxes including the recently levied airport development fee at the Delhi airport.
1. Rates are NETT & NON COMMISSONABLE.
2. Check-in / out time is 12 noon at all hotels.
3. Supplement for Mandatory Meal during Christmas & New Year cost will be intimated upon booking request.
4. If original hotel is not available, we will provide one of a similar category.
1. Check-in / out time is 12 noon at most of the hotels.
2. Extension to other places is also possible with a minimal extra cost.
3. Additional nights are available at each place with minimal supplement.
4. If quoted hotel is not available, we will provide one of a similar category and standard.
5. Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.
6. Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.
7. In case the government changes presently applicable taxes, increase in airlines prices, fuel surcharge our rates will need to be adjusted accordingly.
8. In India there is no relevance between the distance and time of travelling, as it depends upon the condition of the roads and congestion of the traffic.
9. While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes etc which are beyond our control all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes.
10. Clients must be fully insured as the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage to client's property, medical emergencies or any other loss suffered by them whilst on tour.
1. Delhi - The Red Fort is closed on Mondays.
2. Delhi - Silver Street is closed on Sundays.
3. Delhi- National Museum is closed on Mondays.
4. Agra - Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
If the booking has to be made for the holiday package the passenger/Visitor needs to partially deposit certain amount depending on the number of days ahead to departure.
In the booking time the payment of Rs 2,000 has to be done.
30 percent of total cost has to be paid if booked 10 days before departure Full payment has to be done if booked 7 days before departure
Note: The amount is refundable if Visa is not obtained.
On agreement of all services and before departure full payment is required.
In case of emergency
Person Contact, Hotel Contact and Agency contact, pickup contact shall be provided in case of emergency.