The Architectural Glimpse !!
Duration - 8 Nights & 9 Days
Destinations - Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Delhi
Arrive at DELHI. Meet on arrival by company representatives. Proceed to hotel and relax.
Delhi -: Delhi is the capital of India and its third largest city. Delhi, the seat of one of the world’s largest democracies is a combination of “Old Delhi”- the capital of Muslim India and “New Delhi” the imperial city created as the nation’s capital by the British. There’s a unique blend of tradition and modernity. Here one can see mingling of many cultures, languages, traditions and people in complete harmony.
Overnight will be at Delhi.
Breakfast will be at hotel.
Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Delhi visiting, Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, India Gate, Parlimentary Building, Rashtrapathi Bhavan.
Red Fort: Red Fort or Lal Quila as it is more popularly known is a masterpiece of architecture and one of the most haunting spots for tourists from both India and abroad. This colossal fort on the banks of the river Yamuna, built by Shahjahan as the citadel of the 17th Century Delhi
Raj Ghat: The mortal remains of Mahatma Gandhi were cremated on this spot on the west bank of the river Yamuna on the evening of January 31, 1948. A simple open platform inscribed with the Mahatma's last words, 'Hey Ram' (Oh God) is set in a garden with fountains and a variety of exotic trees.
Jama Masjid: It is the largest mosque in India. Located in Old Delhi, the mosque has the capacity to accommodate 25000 devotees. Jama Masjid was completed in 1656 AD and it was again the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan behind this architectural masterpiece. Close to some 5000 craftsmen were involved in the construction of the mosque.
Qutub Minar: The word 'Qutub' itself, means 'pole of justice.' The Qutub Minar made of red sandstone rising to the height of 72.5mts is an architectural marvel of the 13th century. It is situated in Delhi. It is constructed by Qutb-ud-din Aibak in the 12th century to celebrate the victory of Mohammed Ghori over the Rajputs and was completed in the 13th century by his successors.
India Gate: It is a majestic high arch, 42 meters high, built as a memorial to the Indian soldiers killed in the World War I. It is called the All India War Memorial. The foundation stone was laid by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught in 1921 and was designed by Edwin Lutyens.
The Parliamentary Building
The Rashtrapathi Bhavan - The President's Residence
Lotus Temple: The grand "Lotus Temple" is termed by many as the Taj of modern India. Its distinctive lotus shaped marvel in marble is surrounded by a landscaped garden and is a symbol of peace. It is a very recent architectural marvel of the Bahai faith. It was completed in 1986. It is made of marble, cement, dolomite and sand.
Overnight will be in Delhi.
Have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and drive to Agra.
Briefing (Agra): The overwhelming is the exquisite beauty and presence of this marble mausoleum that centuries later today, even the very land where it has been located - Agra - has been immortalized as the City of the Taj. Yet, it doesn’t take much for the roving eye to discover that there's more to Agra than just the fabled Taj Mahal. The older city of Agra has impressively retained much of its resplendent history… captivating every visitor with fond memories to take back home.
Reach and check in at the hotel. Spend some time at your own leisure and later in the evening proceedfor Cultural Show by Kala Kriti in Agra.
Overnight will be at Agra.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and proceed for the sightseeing tour of Agra visting, Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Sikandara.
TAJ MAHAL: Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder, which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.
AGRA 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 tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.
SIKANDRA – This beautifully maintained monument is where EMPEROR AKBAR was buried. It has one of the most awe – inspiring tombs. It is surreal how one of the greatest emperors has been put to rest.
After Agra Fort we will visit BABY TAJ – The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj.
Overnight will be at Agra.
By Road 248 Kms/4Hrs
Have a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel and later proceed for Jaipur the “Pink City” of Rajasthan. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri.
Briefing (Fatehpur Sikri) - Fatehpur Sikri is 37 km west of Agra. Jajal-ud-din-Muhammad Akbar, Humanyun's son, accessed the throne at the tender age of 14. While hunting around Sikri his curiosity was aroused by the songs of some minstrels about the celebrated Khwaja -Mu'inu'd-din Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of SUFIS. Akbar, who was without a male heir heard about Saint Salim Chisti and visited him in the year 1568.
Continue your drive to Jaipur,
Briefing (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 its character and history - A beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity. Jaipur is 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.
In the evening, we will take you to the Birla Temple to know more about the fascinating religious life of Jaipur. The marble structure, built as recently as 1985, houses ornate statues including one of Lakshmi (goddess of Wealth and Beauty) and Narayan dressed in gaudy robes, representing a Hindu vision of heavenly luxury. Carvings in the temple and on pillars supporting the covered walkways include images of the Hindu pantheon, as well as Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Francis of Assisi. Your visit will coincide with the AARTI Ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity.
Overnight at Jaipur
This morning have a heavy break fast as we start the day's excursion with Amber Fort Palace:
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. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.
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.
JANTAR 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. It is a 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.
This afternoon is free for you to relax shop or explore independently. Shopping is superb in Jaipur, particularly for gold and silver jewellery, pottery, tie-dye materials, silk, saris, wooden handicrafts and carpets.
While you cherish your memories, spending your night at the hotel, we will be ready with new places tomorrow morning.
By Road 320Kms/6 Hrs
This morning have a heavy break fast and proceed for Jodhpur.
Jodhpur: Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Jodhpur "The Sun City" was founded by Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rathore clan, in 1459. It is named after him only. Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India was previously known as Marwar. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. It is divided into two parts - the old city and the new city. The old city is separated by a 10 km long wall surrounding it. Also it has eight Gates leading out of it. The new city is outside the walled city.
Overnight will be at Jodhpur.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and proceed for the sightseeing tour of Jodhpur visiting Meharangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, and Rai Ka Bagh.
Meharangarh Fort: Mehrangarh Fort stands a hundred feet in splendor on a perpendicular cliff, four hundred feet above the sky line of Jodhpur. Burnished red sand stone, imposing, invincible and yet with a strange haunting beauty that beckons. Much has been written about the Citadel of the Sun, for truly, it is one of the most impressive in all Rajasthan. So colossal are its proportions that Rudyard Kipling called it “the work of giants”. Today, it is acknowledged as the finest living example of a Hindu fortress.
Jaswant Thada: The magnificent Jaswant Thada is a beautiful marble cenotaph that was built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh in 1899. This architectural landmark in Jodhpur is truly an architectural wonder in itself with its intricately carved façade. In fact, the Jaswant Thada is truly a magnificent sight to behold with its elegant beauty and picture perfect settings.Jaswant Thada is a classic example of the famed Rajputana style of architecture.
Rai Ka Bagh: The Rai ka Bag Palace of Jodhpur, Rajasthan is another tourist spot for you to visit on your trip to Jodhpur. The queen of Maharaja Jaswant Singh-I, Hadiji, built this palace. It is situated near the Raika Bag palace railway station. Famous Rai Ka Bag palace in Jodhpur, India was constructed in 1663. It was amongst the favorite palaces of King Jaswant Singh-II, most of the time he stayed in the octagonal bungalow of Rai Ka Bag palace.
Overnight at the hotel at Jodhpur
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel.
Spend some time at your own leisure. You can either choose to explore the local market or you can opt for shopping as well.
Later you will be transferred to the airport to connect flight for Delhi and back home. Return with sweet memories of India!!