If you have a short time while you are in South Asia, and like to experience a taste of India, ths is a pefect trip fo you.
The Imperial monuments of India’s busy capital Delhi, the Royal Palaces, the ‘Pink’ city of Jaipur and the overwhelmingly beautiful Taj Mahal at Agra are the principal attractions of this tour of North India.
Day 01 Arrive Delhi, transfer to hotel.
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred to hotel.
Day 02 Tour Delhi, overland Delhi -Agra
Breakfast. Half day tour of New Delhi. New Delhi: India’s capital and an important gateway into the country. Visit Lutyen’s Delhi-drive past President’s palace and also known as Rashtrapati Bhawan, India gate, a World War I memorial. Lutyen’s city is characterized by wide, tree-lined avenues, parks and palaces built for important Indian Princes.
Day 03 Tour Taj Mahal, Agra Fort. Drive to Abhaneri.
Morning visit Taj Mahal: - Described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love. It was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his second wife Mumtaz Mahal- described by the Indian classical poet Tagore as a “tear on the face of eternity”.
Visit Agra Fort: - Constructed of the massive red sandstone Agra Fort on the bank of River Yamuna, was begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565. The auricular fort’s colossal double walls rise over 20 m in height and measure 2.5 km in circumference.
Drive to Abhaneri . Visiting Fatehpur Sikri en-route. Once the capital city of Akbar after the childless Mughal was blessed with a son with the blessings of the Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti, who lived here. The new capital came up in 1569. Though the juxtaposition of the buildings seems whimsical, they are thoughtfully planned, imparting and atmosphere of playful brilliance.
Arrive Abhaneri & check-in to tents.
Dinner and overnight Deluxe Tent.
Day 04 Abhaneri-Jaipur
Breakfast. Visit a small village. Walk around and interact with villagers. Take a short camel cart ride and visit nearby Stepwells (baoris)- Chand Baoli is a famous step well. It is located opposite Harshat Mata Temple and is one of the deepest and largest step wells in India. It was built in 9th century and has 3500 narrow steps and 13 stories and is 100 feet deep.
Lunch and drive to Jaipur. Overnight Jaipur.
Day 05 Tour Jaipur, drive to Delhi and fly out or an extension
Visit Amber fort built in the 17th Century; the palace is a distinguished specimen of Rajput architecture. Take a joy ride on an elephant back at Amber Fort. Set in a picturesque location, Amer is fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh, it sprawls on the hillside. Built in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting apartments, the likes of which are not to be found anywhere else in the country.
Explore the city starting from the Pink City Palace which now houses a museum containing rare manuscript, painting and an armory; visit the Palace of Winds-a Landmark of Jaipur made of pink sandstone and of unique design. Also visit Jantar Mantar-Observatory (Astronomical instrument).
Next to city palace built by Jaisingh in 1728. Jai Singh’s passion for astronomy was even more notable than his prowess as a warrior. Each construction has a specific purpose, such as calculating eclipses. The most striking instrument is the sundial, with its 27m-high gnomon; the shadow this casts moves up to 4m per hour.
Drive to Delhi, transfer to airport and fly back home or extend your trip to Nepal, Bhutan or Sri Lanka.