HIGHLIGHTS OF INDIA
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.
Overnight in Delhi
After leisure breakfast at the hotel, 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
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Sawaimadhopur enroute visiting Fathepur Sikri and Abhaneri(330 Kms / 8 hrs drive including visit).
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.
Arrive Sawaimadhopur and check-in at hotel. Ranthambore National Park is considered to be the countries best for observing and photographing the activities of the tiger. The park, covering an area of 392 sq. km. is home to more than 300 species of birds. The tiger, hyena, rate, jackal and fox are among those constituting the carnivorous population here. Sawai Madhopur is known for its exclusive toys, ethnic ornaments and costumes.
Dinner & overnight in Sawaimadhopur
Early morning: Visit Ranthambhore National Park by shared open jeep along with English speaking naturalist.
Return to hotel for breakfast
Post Lunch: Visit Ranthambhore National park by shared open jeep along with English speaking naturalist.
Dinner & overnight in Sawai Madhopur
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Jaipur by A/C Indian Medium car (150Kms / 3-4 hrs drive). Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.
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 Delhi by AC Indian Medium car (260 kms / 5-6 hrs). Upon arrival, transfer to Delhi Airport in time to board flight for onward destination.
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