Arrive Delhi by International flight.
Meeting upon arrival at Delhi International airport by our representative & transfer to hotel. Delhi, The capital of India, is fascinating city with complexities, beauty and dynamism, where the past co-exists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city is rich in the architecture of its monuments. Delhi is not only the present metropolis of India but also a necropolis. Located on the banks of the river Yamuna, Delhi has witnessed the rise and fall of many cities over the last five millennia.
Morning: Proceed to discover the city tour of Old Delhi Visiting India’s largest mosque, built by Shah Jahan. Ride a cycle rickshaw from the Jama Masjid through the lanes and by-lanes of Chandi Chawk, the heart of Old Delhi. Experience the life in this part of Old Delhi, which is always on the move. Visit the spice market, food street etc. The ride will culminate at the historic Red Fort - Shah Jahan’s elegant citadel in red sandstone, built in the 17th century AD. Visit the Red Fort from outside as you will visit Agra Fort in Agra, which is bigger than Red Fort and is also built by the same Mughal Emperor. Also visit, the Raj Ghat, the memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
Later in the afternoon, proceed to explore the city of New Delhi visiting the Tomb of Humayun built in 16th century AD, a magnificent structure in red sand stone and white marble, a fine example of a garden tomb and a precursor of the Taj Mahal. Drive to the Qutab Minar, a Tower of Victory started by Qutabuddin Aibak of the Slave Dynasty which ruled over Delhi in the 12th century and completed by his successors. Within the courtyard of the adjoining Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque stands the famous Iron Pillar, dating back to the 4th century AD which bears Sanskrit inscription. The pillar has puzzled scientists, as its iron has not rusted through the past centuries.
Drive along the Rajpath towards the residence of the President of the Republic of India, Rashtrapathi Bhawan which is flanked by the houses of the Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings. Also drive by India Gate before transferring back to hotel.
Overnight in Delhi
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Agra by AC Indian Medium car (230 kms/ 3-4 hrs drive). Arrive Agra & transfer to hotel.
Agra is famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Agra are a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra was their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564.
Overnight in Agra
Early morning visit to Taj Mahal, later return to hotel for breakfast and proceed to visit Agra fort. Taj Mahal, the inimitable poem in white marble was built over a period of 22 years, by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630, for his Queen, Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. It is one of the seven modern wonders of the World.
The Agra Fort was built by three Mughal Emperors, Akbar the Great, his son Jahangir and grandson Shah Jahan in succession. Started in 1565 AD, the fort is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings including Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas and Musamman Burj, the Octagonal tower, where Emperor Shah Jahan, the builder of the Taj Mahal was imprisoned by his son Aurangazeb for seven years and died a prisoner.
After the visit, transfer to Jaipur enroute visiting Fathepur Sikri and Abhaneri(330 Kms / 8 hrs drive including visit). Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Fatehpur Sikri, the exquisite city built by Akbar the Great in 1569, in red sandstone, with its fort, palaces and mosques. It was abandoned 14 years after its creation due to political reasons. View the grandeur of the Diwan-i-am, a vast courtyard where the Emperor gave a public audience, Diwan-i-khas, an unique building for private audience, the Emperor's private Chamber, the Palaces of the various queens, the chief minister and the Panch Mahal which are among some of the important buildings in this residential complex. The Friday Mosque and the exquisite tomb of the Sufi Saint, Sheik Salim Chisti are in the religious grounds set aside in a separate enclosure adjacent to the secular buildings
Abhaneri, is a village in the Dausa district of Rajasthan. The place is widely popular as it is home to a colossal step well, Chand Baori, which is considered among the most beautiful step wells of India. The village of Abhaneri is believed to have been established by Samrath Mihir Bhoj who was a Gurjar Pratihar king. The village of Abhaneri is also known for various Rajasthani folk dances which include Ghoomar, Kalbelia and Bhawai. Ghoomar is a dance of the Bhil tribe while Kalbelia is a dance performed by the women of Kalbelia tribe, who make their living by catching snakes and selling their venom.
Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan is color washed pink - the color associated with auspiciousness and Rajput hospitality. This Pink City of fairy tale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren hills, and a city of broad avenues is picturesque. The first planned city of its time, Jaipur is encircled by a formidable wall.
Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight in Jaipur
After leisure breakfast at the hotel, proceed for an excursion to Amber Fort & Palace. Drive past the palace of winds, popularly known’s as Hawa Mahal, which is just a facade built for the ladies of the Royal household in the 19th century. Later visit the capital of the erstwhile state of Jaipur until 1728. This fort is perched on a hill. it has hall of Public and Private audience, a Sheesh Mahal (Palace of mirrors) various marble palaces which are marvelous examples of the medieval Rajput architecture. Visit the Temple of Amba (Mother of Goddess), patron deity of the Royal family is at the entrance to the palace. Enjoy a short elephant ride up to the fort on which the fort is situated.
Afternoon: City tour of Jaipur visiting the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal styles. It now houses a museum with a super collection of Rajasthani costumes, an armoury of Mughal and Rajputs with weapons of arms, art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets & royal paraphernalia. Visit the Jantar Mantar - an astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 18th century, which is remarkable for its accuracy of the instruments even in the present times.
Overnight in Jaipur
Breakfast at the hotel
Later, transfer to Udaipur by AC Indian Medium car (400kms / 6-7 hrs drive) on arrival check in to the hotel.
Udaipur, the city of Dawn, is the Jewel of Mewar – a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia Dynasty for 1200 years. Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavour of a heroic past, epitomizing valour and chivalry. The reflection of these building in the placid waters of the Lake Pichola is an enticing sight.
Overnight in Udaipur
After leisure breakfast at the hotel, proceed for city tour of Udaipur visiting the City Palace, a majestic architectural marvel, which is perched on a hill and towers over Lake Pichola. The palace is a majestic conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. Visit the Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum, which has an interesting collection of Indian folk art including costumes, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, musical instruments and deities. Later visit Saheliyon-ki-bari, the ‘ladies garden’, with its rich foliage and intricately designed fountains. Later in the afternoon, enjoy boat ride on Lake Pichola, on which the majestic Lake Palace Hotel is situated. See the bathing ghats along the lake and the interesting buildings on the banks. The view of the city palace from the lake is spectacular. Dock at the Jagmandir Island where the Maharaja of Udaipur once gave Shah Jahan sanctity
Overnight in Udaipur
After leisure breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Udaipur airport to board flight to Goa via Mumbai. Arrive Goa and later transfer to hotel.
Goa is India's richest state with a GDP per capita two and a half times that of the country as a whole. It was ranked the best placed state by the Eleventh Finance Commission for its infrastructure and ranked on top for the best quality of life in India by the National Commission on Population based on the 12 Indicators.
Just relax on the beautiful beach of Goa
During your stay in Goa, we will organize ½ day tour of Goa by cruise or boat.
Overnight in Goa
Breakfast at the hotel,
Morning: Free at leisure
Later in the evening, transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.
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