After breakfast in the morning explore Delhi. Delhi is one of the best examples in the world where old meets new. Experience the combined charm of Old and New Delhi. We drive to Old Delhi, where we visit Gandhi Memorial (Rajghat) the simple black marble slab honouring India’s beloved Mahatma Gandhi, the political and spiritual leader of India’s independence movement. Then we drive to see the Red Fort. This is a complex of palaces considered to be the greatest of all Delhi’s earlier cities and today a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then we visit India’s largest mosque, The Juma Masjid, completed in 1656 as the last monument commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal. The tour continues through bustling and colorful Chandni Chowk market, one of Delhi’s oldest and busiest places. And we drive pass by India Gate & President’s House.
India Gate: The majestic 137-feet high arch that stands over an eternal flame to honour the 90,000 Indian soldiers who died during World War I and the Afghan wars for British.
President’s House (Rashtrapati Bhawan): Built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the then Viceroy & today the official residence of the President of India and Parliament House, a unique circular building with huge colonnades, houses the Upper and Lower Houses of Indian Parliament.
Qutab Minar: And we drive to see Qutab Minar, one of Delhi’s most visited and striking monuments built by King Qutubuddin Aiback as a monument after defeating the last Hindu Kingdom in 1199 with a height of 239 feet, this red stone tower ranks as the highest in India. Back to the hotel, relax & spend the night.
Today morning go for a sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal (Taj Mahal Closed on Fridays) the magnificent tomb built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz. Some 20,000 laborers spent 22 years on the exquisitely symmetrical white marble mausoleum, beginning in 1632. History says more than 1,000 elephants transported the marble from Rajasthan, Afghanistan, China, and Tibet, and the Taj’s elaborate inlays comprise 28 varieties of precious stones. After this grand experience we return to hotel for breakfast & continue the tour to the imposing Agra Fort complex (CA 1565). This can be more accurately described as a walled city, for generations served as the seat of Mughal power. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the fort covers 94 acres and has walls 70 feet high; some 1,440,000 workers worked eight years in its construction. Shah Jahan’s son deposed him and imprisoned him here in the fort during his final years, reportedly in a tower with a view of the Taj Mahal. From here we proceed to the Itimad-ud-Daulah (CA. 1628), the two-story marble mausoleum often described as a "jewel box", sometimes called the "Baby Taj", the tomb of I'timad-ud-Daulah is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. This mausoleum embodies the latter phase of Mughal architecture that saw red sandstone largely abandoned in favour of white Italian marble.
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Jaipur, visit Fatehpur Sikri en-route. Fatehpur Sikri is a sand stone city and a municipal board in Agra district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. The city was founded in 1569 by the Mughal emperor Akbar, and served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. The fortress here is a UNESCO world heritage site and is built entirely of red sandstone. The tomb of the revered saint Salim Chisti is built in pristine white marble and stands in stunning contrast to the red sandstone. View the exquisite filigreed marble lattice work and mother of pearl interior. Lying on a rocky ridge, the fortress is today a complex with empty palaces, forts and mosques showing a variety of architectural styles. Resume your drive to Jaipur, and check-in to the hotel on arrival. Relax & spend the night at the hotel.
Have your delicious breakfast & proceed to the Amber Fort, built by the Kachhawah Rajputs as their capital from 1037 to 1728 and considered the pinnacle of Rajput architecture. The impressive room of mirrors, walls of jewel-encrusted marble, and the royal apartments offering beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding valleys. Try an Elephant ride (subject to availability of Elephant) to the top of the Palace fort and jeep ride for descending.
We stop at several places for photo shoot. The Palace of Winds called the Hawa Mahal: Hawa Mahal is a legendary building with 25-cm thick façade, dating from the 18the Century, the Hawa Mahal has 953 windows and niches so that ladies of royal family could see the procession and events of the city without being visible to the people. Then drive to Jantar Mantar observatory (1728-34): built by Maharajah Jai Singh II, who had great interest in astrology. Thereafter, we will visit the City Palace now houses the Royal residence and museums with collections of textiles and costumes, armory, manuscripts, paintings, and other royal treasures. Spend the night at hotel.
After an early morning jungle safari at the Ranthambore National Park. Back to hotel for breakfast and check-out from the hotel and drive to Jaipur .From Jaipur you may continue your journey to the next destination.
Not all those who wander are lost
J. R. R. TolkienNov. 9, 2015
J. R. R. Tolkien
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe
Anatole FranceNov. 9, 2015
A traveler without observation is a bird without wings
Moslih Eddin SaadiNov. 9, 2015
Moslih Eddin Saadi
To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world
Freya StarkNov. 9, 2015
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step