Day 01: Delhi
Arrival at Delhi Airport, Assistance upon arrival, transfer to hotel / resort in Delhi, get freshen up and move for Sightseeing / Visits in Delhi as per the timings,
Delhi is a city of 15 million people located on the banks of the river Yamuna in northern India is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. This city has been the seat of power for several rulers and many empires for about a millennium. Many a times the city was built, destroyed and then rebuilt. Interestingly, a number of Delhi's rulers played a dual role, first as destroyers and then as creators. City's importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent heritage monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures. Delhi's culture has been influenced by its lengthy history and historic association as the capital of India. This is exemplified by many significant monuments in the city. Delhi is also identified as the location of Indraprastha, the ancient capital of the Pandavas. The Archaeological Survey of India recognises 1200 heritage buildings and 175 monuments as national heritage sites. In the Old City, the Mughals and the Turkic rulers constructed several architecturally significant buildings, such as the Jama Masjid – India's largest mosque built in 1656 and the Red Fort. Three World Heritage Sites – the Red Fort, Qutab Minar and Humayun's Tomb – are located in Delhi. Other monuments include the India Gate, the Jantar Mantar – an 18th-century astronomical observatory – and the Purana Qila – a 16th-century fortress. The Akshardham Temple and the Bahá'í Lotus temple and the ISKCON temple are examples of modern architecture. Raj Ghat and associated memorials houses memorials of Mahatma Gandhi and other notable personalities. New Delhi houses several British Monuments reminiscent of British colonial architecture, including the War Memorial India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan (President House), Rajpath, Parliament of India. Some regal havelis (Palatial Residences) are in the Old Delhi City. In Delhi, you will discover that the city is sprinkled with dazzling gems: captivating ancient monuments, fascinating museums and art galleries, architectural wonders, a vivacious performing-arts scene, fabulous eating places and bustling markets.
Day 02: Delhi
After Breakfast move for Sightseeing / Visits in Delhi – In Delhi we will take you to some different kind of tour Walking and Car Tours in Old Delhi These tours have been designed by people with a deep understanding of Delhi’s history, culture, cuisine and quirks. In Delhi, we’ll show you the city’s heritage monuments and attractions, but we’ll also show you the ‘Real’ Delhi – its people, its religions, its streets and Bazaars (Markets).
Evening timings we will take you to New Delhi, get another picture of Delhi with modern culture and traditions. New Delhi OR Modern Delhi, the capital of British India, was built after 1911 AD as a symbol of British dominance over the Indian subcontinent. The intent was to create a grand, monumental, larger-than-life city space, which would inspire awe and be symbolic of the implied socio-cultural, architectural and political superiority of the British Empire few of them are War Memorial India Gate, Passing by President House, Parliament Street and Raj Path
The Masjid-i Jahān-Numā (Jama Mosque of Delhi) The principal mosque of Old Delhi. Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest and best-known mosque in India. Construction began in 1650 and was completed in 1656. The later name, Jama Masjid, refers to the weekly Friday noon congregation prayers of Muslims, Jummah, which are usually done in a mosque, the "congregational mosque" or "Jāma Masjid". The courtyard of the mosque can hold up to twenty-five thousand worshippers. The foundation of the historic Jama Masjid was laid on a hillock in Shahjahanabad by the fifth Mughal Emperor of India, Shahjahan, on Friday, October 19,1650 AD, (10th Shawwal 1060 AH). The mosque was the result of the efforts of over 6,000 workers, over a period of six years (1650–1656 AD). The Red Fort in New Delhi, which stands opposite the Jama Masjid.
Visit at Old Delhi Market Chandni Chowk (Moonlight Square) Visit By Cycle Rickshaws Visit at Jama Masque and Chandni Chowk (Moonlight Square) is without doubt, the busiest market area in Delhi. It dates back to 1638, when Emperor Shahjahan shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi. His daughter Jahanara constructed a square, around which a busy market grew. Today, Chandni Chowk is home to silversmiths, repair shops, clothiers, spicy street food vendors and traditional sweetmeat shops. During this walk, we will explore not just the bazaar, but also the cultural landscape of this area, from Chandini Chowk to Kinari Bazaar (Wedding Market) see the real picture of Indian wedding dresses style and jewellery style having long past continue till date then proceed to learn about the ingredients and essentials of Indian cooking. The colourful and interesting street food in this market caters to the preferences of this community. (OLD DELHI MARKET CLOSED ON SUNDAY)
The UNESCO World Heritage Site – Red Fort (Lal Qila) Built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan. This monument represents the grandeur of the Mughal Court, which was constructed during the 17th century. Lal Qila was once the residential area of the Imperial Family of India. It was the capital of the Mughal rulers until 1857, when Bahadur Shah Zafar II went in exile after he was defeated by the Britishers. In 2007, Red Fort was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is situated in Old Delhi. The construction of this fort started in 1638 and it took over 10 years to complete the work in 1648. It was originally called as 'Qila-i-Mubarak', Meaning “The Blessed Fort” as it was the royal residence of Mughals (RED FORT CLOSED ON MONDAY).
Day 03: Delhi
After Breakfast move for Sightseeing / Visits in Delhi – Evening timings be a part of Sound and Light Show at Delhi Red fort this show of more than 60 minutes and is inundated with special effects that capture the imagination of people in an amazing manner indicating the history of Delhi
UNESCO World Heritage Site – Qutub Minar One of the tallest individual towers in the world, measuring about 234 ft in height. The construction work of Qutb Minar was commissioned by the ruler of Slave Dynasty, Qutubuddin-Aibak in 1199, which was later completed by his descendant Shams-ud-din-Iltutmish. He added three more storeys to this structure along with carved minarets. It is situated in the Mehrauli region of Delhi, which is an ideal example of Indo-Islamic architecture style. This place also has a 7 m high iron pillar, which has not shown any sign of rust for more than 1,600 years, Travellers can also come across some other famous monuments like Ala-i-Darwaza and Ala-i-Minar situated within the complex
Lotus Temple / Bahá’í House of Worship completed in 1986. Notable for its flowerlike shape, it serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and has become a prominent attraction in the city. The Lotus Temple has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. Like all other Bahá'í Houses of Worship, is open to all regardless of religion, or any other distinction, as emphasised in Bahá'í texts. The Bahá'í laws emphasise that the spirit of the House of Worship be that it is a gathering place where people of all religions may worship God without denominational restrictions. The Bahá'í laws also stipulate that only the holy scriptures of the Bahá'í Faith and other religions can be read or chanted inside in any language; while readings and prayers can be set to music by choirs, no musical instruments can be played inside. Furthermore, no sermons can be delivered, and there can be no ritualistic ceremonies practised.
Old Fort (Purana Qila) oldest fort among all forts in Delhi and, the oldest known structure of any type in Delhi. It was re built by the Afghan King Sher Shah Suri, Sher Shah raised the citadel of Purana-Qal'a with an extensive city-area sprawling around it. It seems that the Purana-Qal'a was still incomplete at Sher Shah's death in 1545, and was perhaps completed by his son Islam Shah or Humayun, although it is not certain which parts were built by whom. It's located at the site of the legendary city of Indraprastha that was founded by Pandavas on the banks of perineal river Yamuna, which is revered by Hindus since ages, points to the possibility of this site's history dating back to nearly more than 5000 years old. Consequently the fort is considered by some, to be 'the first city of Delhi
UNESCO World Heritage Site–Humayun’s Tomb, famous tomb of Humayun, who was The Mughal Emperor. The construction of this tomb was commissioned by Humayun's wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562. It was designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect. The entire structure is built using red sandstone, which was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. There is a huge garden in the complex, which has fountains, pools, trees and benches to sit, visitor can see the Char Bagh inside the complex which have quadrilateral Persian style layout
Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple Delhi, Epitomises 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind. The grand, ancient-styled Swaminarayan Akshardham complex was built in only five years through devotional efforts of 11,000 artisans and BAPS volunteers. Akshardham means the eternal, divine abode of the supreme God, the abode of eternal values and virtues of Akshar as defined in the Vedas and Upanishads where divine bhakti, purity and peace forever pervades. (TEMPLE CLOSED ON MONDAY)
Day 04: Delhi - Agra
After Breakfast drive to “Indian Heritage City Agra” – Arrival at Agra, get freshen up and move for Sightseeing / Visit at Agra – Evening time Enjoy The Show “Mohabbat The Taj”
Indian Heritage City Agra, situated on the banks of holy river Yamuna. Prominent tourist destination in the country. Millions of tourists visit Agra from all across the world every year to see the beauty of majestic Taj Mahal and other historical monument lying everywhere in the city. Agra is primarily witness of Mughal architectural excellence and their love for structural designs. No trip to India can be considered as complete without visiting to Agra
Sikandra, this mausoleum is situated on the out skirts of the Agra City. It houses the mortal remains of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, who, during his lifetime itself had completed the tomb and laid out a beautiful garden. However, the topmost portion of mausoleum in marble was constructed by his son, Mughal Emperor Jahangir; the shape of tomb is pyramidal and consists of five storeys. The cenotaph is at a level below the ground level, while the false cenotaph is at the top floor. The entire tomb is constructed of red sandstone but for the top storey which is constructed in white marble. The ground floor is surrounded by cloisters except at the centre on the southern side. These cloisters are divided by massive arches and piers divisible into many bays
Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb one of the most beautiful Mughal tombs. Constructed during the reign of Emperor Jahangir, this tomb comprises cenotaphs of Mirza Ghiyas and Asmat Begum, who were parents of Mughal Empress Nur Jahan. The mausoleum is named after Mirza Ghiyas, who was given the title Itmad-ud-Daulah, which literally means pillar of the state, this tomb was commissioned by Nur Jahan, between 1622 and 1628. The tomb is primarily built in white marble with mosaic and lattice. The tomb stands 21 metres high and features 12 metres tall dome-roofed octagonal minaret at each corner. The main chamber of the tomb is adorned with mosaics and semi-precious stones that are inlaid in white marble. The white marble used in the construction of this monument was brought from Rajasthan. This marble was encrusted with semi-precious stone decorations, including cornelian, jasper, lapis lazuli, onyx and topaz
UNESCO World Heritage site – Agra Red Fort sprawling over an area of 380,000 sq m, the fortress is situated on the right bank of River Yamuna. This fort was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar, after he defeated the Afghans at Panipat in 1556. Originally, this fort was held by the Hindu Sikarwar & subsequently, by Ibrahim Lodi, Babur, Humayun and Sher Shah. The fort was in bad shape when Akbar rebuilt it using red sandstone, which was brought from the Barauli area in Rajasthan. The renovation was completed in 1573, after eight years of hard work of 1,444,000 labours. The fort is often referred to as walled city, as seventy feet high walls surround it on all sides
Day 05: Agra - Jaipur
Morning time take marvels view of UNESCO World Heritage Site – The Taj Mahal and drive continue to Jaipur, En-route Visit at UNESCO World Heritage Site – Fatehpur Sikri – Arrival at Jaipur, transfer to hotel / resort in Jaipur get freshen up and Evening free for leisure in Jaipur.
UNESCO World Heritage Site – Taj Mahal one of the most recognisable structures in the world, beautiful structure of white marble was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, in the memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The construction of the monument started in 1632, a year after the death of his wife, and was completed in 1653. This symbol of eternal love is the quintessence of Mughal architecture. Besides, it also combines elements from Persian, Turkish and Indian architectural styles. The tomb, which is a white marble structure, stands in the centre of a complex. The most striking feature of this tomb is the marble dome, which is often called an onion dome, decorated with a lotus design; the top of this tomb features a gilded finial, which is topped by a moon. The finial reflects a mix of traditional Persian and Hindu decorative elements. The exteriors of the Taj Mahal are decorated by paint, stucco, stone inlays or carvings. The Taj Mahal complex is bounded on three sides by red sandstone walls. Taj Mahal was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983. Besides, it is also counted among the seven wonders of the modern world (TAJ MAHAL CLOSED ON FRIDAY).
UNESCO World Heritage site – Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory) Exceptional testimony to the Mughal civilization at the end of the 16th century. It offers a unique example of architectural ensembles of very high quality constructed between 1571 and 1585. Its form and layout strongly influenced the evolution of Indian town planning, notably as Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi) Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, is the most typical example of Mughal walled city, with well-defined private and public areas and imposing gateways. The architecture is a blend of Hindu and Islamic and reflects the political and philosophical vision of the Mughal emperors and their style of government. The complex of monuments includes Jodha Bai's Palace, Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaza and Tomb of Hazrat Sheikh Salim Chishti.
Day 06: Jaipur
After Breakfast move for Jaipur City Tour, Jaipur has earned universal renown as 'Pink City'
Jaipur, bustling capital city of Indian state Rajasthan and a business centre with all the trappings of a modern metropolis but yet flavoured strongly with an age-old charm that never fails to surprise a traveller. Jaipur painted in Pink can grip any visitor with admiration. Stunning backdrop of ancient forts, mahals (palaces) all around, Jaipur is named after its founder; Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh (1688 to 1744)
City Palace of Jaipur located in the heart of the walled city, the City Palace Complex gives you an idea about the farsightedness of the founder of Jaipur Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. He left behind a legacy of some of the most imposing and magnificent architecture in the city, City Palace is a blend of Mughal and Rajput Architecture
UNESCO World Heritage site – The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century. It includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments. They are monumental examples in masonry of known instruments but which in many cases have specific characteristics of their own. Designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye, they embody several architectural and instrumental innovations. This is the most significant, most comprehensive, and the best preserved of India's historic observatories. It is an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period
Hawa Mahal (The Wind Place) The poet king Sawai Pratap Singh built this palace of winds. This is easily the most well-known landmarks of Jaipur and is also its icon. Located in the City Palace complex, it is best viewed from the road outside. This five-storey building overlooking the busy Market street is a fascinating example of Rajput Architecture and Artistry with its delicately honeycombed 953 pink sandstone windows known as 'Jharo Khas'
Albert Hall Museum consist of Indo-Saracenic type of architecture and is designed same as the Victoria and Albert museum which is located in London. The building and the assortment beholds the beauty of the site along with the pillars. The courtyards and the arches of the museum are worth seeing. This Albert museum was created in the 19th century, this museum amazingly houses 19,000 historic objects and has various collections like metal ware, ivory work, lacquer work, jewellery, textiles, pottery carved wooden objects, arms and weapons, clay models , sculptures, educational, scientific and zoological objects, tribal costumes, ceramics, oil and miniature paintings, inlay work, musical instruments, clocks and marble statues. The museum was designed in the year 1876 by Colonel Sir Swinton just to greet King Edward VII as Prince of Wales on his visit to India
UNESCO World Heritage site – The Amber Fort set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Constructed by Raja Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by Mirja Raja Jai Singh the fort was made in red sand stone and white marble. The rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise with a beautiful fusion of art and architecture. Amber is the classic and romantic fort-palace with a magnificent aura. The interior wall of the palace depicts expressive painting scenes with carvings, precious stones and mirror settings. In the foreground is the Maota Lake providing a breathtaking vista
Day 07: Jaipur - Delhi
After Breakfast drive to Delhi – Arrival at Delhi & transfer to Delhi Station / Airport as per the timings.