7 Nights / 8 Days
Places visited: Delhi – Samode – Jaipur – Agra – Fatehpursikri – Delhi
Day 1 – Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal II you are met and transferred to your prebooked Hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel you are received with a traditional welcome of TIKKA and ARTI. Rest of the day is relaxing and for free activities. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 2 – Delhi
After Breakfast we visit Old Delhi, built in the 17th century by Shah Jehan the Magnificent ( who also built the Taj Mahal). First we will be visiting the famous Jama Masjid mosque with its 9,000 sq. ft. courtyard, three domes and two minarets, and then proceed to the massive complex known as the Red Fort.
Afternoon we’ll visit Lakshmi Narayan Temple, a Spectacular structure that’s just 60 years old , and then proceed via India Gate and the Governmental building to Qutab Minar, the 240 foot tower built in 1190 to commemorate the arrival of Islam in India, the Bahai Temple with its nine pools on an elevated platform, and the Crafts Museum, which replicates and Indian street with over 50 artists and craftspeople at work. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 3 – To Samode
Today morning we leave after breakfast for Samode . Upon arrival checkin at Samode Palace.
Samode Palace is one of India’s most charming and romantic hotels. If offers a quiet, elegant and luxurious atmosphere. The Palace has been meticulously restored offering a retreat into an aesthetically beautifully environment where visitors can enjoy India’s natural beauty and rich history.
The Palace is built on a small hillock and planned in a progression of courtyards of increasing height. Nestles among the ‘Aravali ranges’ –(a very old formation of banded gneiss dating back to some 3 thousand million years). The Samode Palace comes into view like a mirage rising above cobbled streets and stone houses of the village of samode.
Day is spent visiting the surroundings of the Village. Overnight at the Palace.
Day 4 – Jaipur
After breakfast we leave for Jaipur popularly known as the Pink City, was built in 1727 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Designed in accordance with Shilp Shastra – an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture – Jaipur follows a grid system.
Afternoon – Tour of City Palace and Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. The Palace of winds – a five storied structure of pink sandstone has semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was originally built to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch everyday life. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 5 – Jaipur
Today morning we visit the Amber Fort in the Aravali Hills, which is a super example of Rajput (Medieval Hindu) style architecture. A slow elephant ride takes us to the top of the Fort, which houses several graceful buildings and temple.
Afternoon at leisure or visit the colourful Bazaars of Jaipur.
In the evening, we visit Chokhi Dhani where an ethnic village atmosphere is recreated each evening with thousands of oil lamps, folk dancers, acrobats, snake charmers, puppeteers etc.
Overnight at the Hotel
Day 6 – To Agra via Fatehpursikri
After breakfast we start our Journey towards the Seventh wonder of the World The Taj Mahal . On our way we enroute to visit the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri ( ghost capital) for a tour of the magnificent and world heritage buildings still in a state of perfect preservation. We continue our journey for Agra and upon arrival check into Hotel.
Agra was the Capital of India under the Moghuls in the 16th and 17th centuries. Afternoon – we tour Agra’s Red Fort, built over three generations by the Moghul Emperors . Rest we visit the Marble Factory. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 7 – To Delhi
Very early morning we drive on the cycle riskshaws to visit the Famous Taj Mahal at Sunrise. This is a breathtaking view- the mausoleum built by a sorrowing Shah Jehan in memory of his young wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Building’s stupendous scale, flawless symmetry, translucent white marble and shimmering reflection in the water channel are truly breathtaking.. After viewing the Taj Mahal we return to out hotel for breakfast . After breakfast we go to visit the exquiste tomb of the Emperor Jehangir’s Chief Minister and Father-In – Law, often called the ‘BABY TAJ’ because its design foreshadows the Taj Mahal . After visiting the Agra city we leave for Delhi. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 8 – Leave Delhi
Departure transfers to the Indra Gandhi International Airport Treminal II airport to board flight back Home.