Day 1 : Delhi
- Arrival at Delhi
Reach Delhi. Our tour manager will give a warm welcome at
the airport. Transfer to your hotel. Relax.
India's capital and a major gateway to the country,
contemporary delhi is a bustling metropolis which
successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the
modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons
why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. It
is not surprising then, that what constitutes delhi is a
conglomerate of seven cities. Down the ages the region in
and around modern delhi saw lalkot built in the mid 11th
century, siri established by allauddin khilji, tughlakabad
and ferozabad built by the tughlaks followed by the city of
the lodhis and then came shahjahanabad, capital of the
mughals under shah jehan. Newdelhi also reflects the legacy
the british left behind. The division between new and old
delhi is the distinction between the capitals of the british
and the mughals respectively. So, wherever the visitor goes
he will invariably confront the city's past.
Overnight at Delhi.
Day 2 : Delhi - Breakfast at hotel
Proceed for day tour of Old & New Delhi.
OLD DELHI - A sightseeing tour
of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the
memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid
- the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort - once the
most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire. Cycle
rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk.
NEW DELHI - An extensive
sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the
Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the
ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate,
Parliament House, the President's Residence and would end
with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.
Evening will be at leisure. Overnight Delhi.
Day 3 : Delhi - Agra - By road
covering 201 km in 4hr.
Proceed by surface for Agra after breakfast. Reach Agra and
check into hotel.
Badal Singh established the city of Taj in 1475. Agra finds
mention in the Mahabharat as Agraban. This city in those
days was considered to be the sister-city of Mathura, which
was more prominent than Agraban. Agra came into its own when
the Lodhi Kings chose this place beside the RIVER YAMUNA to
be their capital city. Sikander Lodhi made Agra his capital
but Babar defeated the Lodhis to capture not only Agra but
also laid the foundation of the Mughal empire.
The coming of Babar heralded a new era, which was to see
Agra at its zenith during the reign of Akbar, Jehangir and
Shah Jahan. It was during Akbar's period that Agra became
the center of art, culture and commerce and learning. This
trend reached its height when Shah Jahan became the ruler.
In the Mid 16th century and earlier 17th century Agra
witnessed a frenzied building activity and it was during
this time when the symbol of love Taj Mahal was built. The
buildings made during this era were purely in the
contemporary Mughal style and of very high quality. The same
is still reflected in whatever monuments remain in Agra. The
narrow lanes of Agra filled with aroma of Mughlai cuisine,
the craftsman who are busy in crating master pieces with
their skill all remind of the Mughal royalty which this city
had once experienced. Today whatever remains, has become a
major tourist attraction which has taken Agra again to the
heights of glory but this time as a major tourist
destination of India.
Proceed for sightseeing. Visit the TAJ MAHAL - one of the
Seven Wonders of the World was built by Shah Jahan in 1631
AD and was completed in 1651AD. Taj Mahal - The symbol of
Love was built in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal (Shah Jahan' s
FORT - Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565
AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced
within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major
After Agra Fort we will visit BABY TAJ - The interiors of
which are considered better than the Taj.
Shopping or relax in the evening. Overnight at Agra.
Day 4 : Agra - Bharatpur - By road
covering 55 km in 1hr.
Proceed to Bharatpur after breakfast.
Visit Fatehpur Sikri en-route.
The deserted, red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built that
as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an
exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and
its "ruins" are in pristine condition ... it's not
hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in
the days of its grandeur. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza, the
largest gateway in the world.
Continue your drive to Bharatpur.
Bharatpur is the eastern gateway to Rajasthan. Bharatpur is
popular for its bird sanctuary-the Keoladeo Ghana National
Park - finest in Asia rich avian variety. Every year the
rare Siberian cranes come to spend the winter in the warmer
climate of Bharatpur.
Reach by afternoon and relax. Overnight at Bharatpur.
Day 5 : Bharatpur - Jaipur - By road
covering 175 km in 4 hr.
Breakfast at hotel. Drive around the National Park in a
rickshaw and view the different species of birds. A
naturalist will accompany you to help spotting the rare
JAIPUR - The origins of the
beautiful city of Jaipur can be traced back to the
eighteenth century, during the reign of Jai Singh II who
ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today, epitomizes
the spirit of Rajputana. In-spite of growing into a bustling
metropolis, it still retains it's character and history -
Beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity. Popularly
known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the
locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted so in honor
of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria. Jaipur
thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent
palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens.
Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 6 : Jaipur
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for morning excursion to Amber
Fort. Elephant ride ascent to the fort.
AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is
the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its
construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and
completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. It's forbidding
exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion
of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it's ultimate expression.
Proceed for morning sightseeing of Jaipur covering the
important palaces and monuments.
CITY PALACE - A delightful
blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the
City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the
walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev
Temple and the City Palace Museum.
MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of
the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different
parts of the country. This observatory consisting of
outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental
facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent
landmark in Jaipur. Its five-storey structure of sandstone
plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate
balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in
1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for
the palace women.
Shopping in the city. Overnight at Jaipur.
Afternoon drive to Delhi. Transfer to international airport
to board flight for onward journey.
Day 7 : Jaipur - Samode - Delhi - By
Road 280 km in 6 hr
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing of a royal
Samode according to the Rajputana Gazetteer of 1879 was a
large and flourishing town. The Zamidars (landlords) of
Samode - the principal thakurs of the state of Amber were
the Nathawat clan from Chomu, a branch of the house of
Amber, tracing their relation to the Jaipur Maharaja the
fabled Prithviraj Singhji the 17th prince of the house of
Kacchwaha Rajputs. Gopal Singhji one of his 12 sons was
awarded Samode, a noble feudatory of the Amber & Jaipur
principality. It was among the wealthiest territories in the
Amber kingdom. The Zamidari eventually passed within the
clan to the hands of Behari Das, a Rajput warrior in Mughal
Service. After 6 generations in the hands of his descendants
Samode was relinquished to the Raj.
The 400-year-old SAMODE PALACE has a wealth of frescoes,
many of them depicting religious subjects. The highlight is
a vast DURBAR HALL.
Take a walk of the Rajasthani village or take a camel cart
ride. Have lunch at SAMODE PALACE. Proceed to Delhi. Reach
by evening. Relax and overnight at Delhi.
Day 8 : Delhi - Home - Departure
Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer to airport for flight home with sweet memories of