01 : ARRIVE
Arrive Delhi in the evening. Upon arrival, you
shall met & assisted with your baggages at
the airport by our executive and transferred to
Delhi : India’s capital & a major gateway
to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling
metropolis which successfully combines in its
fold the ancient & the modern. Its strategic
location was one of the prime reasons why successive
dynasties chose it as their seat of power.
New Delhi also reflects the legacy the British
left behind . The division between New & Old
Delhi is the distinction between the capitals
of the British & the Moghuls respectively.
So, wherever the visitor goes, he will invariably
confront the citys’ past.
02 : DELHI
After breakfast, full day city tour of Old & New
Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India
- Built by Shah Jahan, the construction was started
in 1844 and was not completed until 1658 ; witness
the Red Fort; Visit Humayun's Tomb : built in mid
16th century this is an early example of Mughal architecture
; Visit Qutab Minar, witness the India Gate, President
House.. The city tour ends with a visit to Laxmi Narayan
Temple (Birla Mandir).
DAY 03 : DELHI
Afternoon, leave for Jaipur : The city owes its names,
foundation and its careful planning to the great warrior
- astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II. In 1727, with
Mughal power on the wane, Jai Singh decided to move
down from his hillside fortress at nearby Amber to
a new site on the plains. He laid out the city, with
its surrounding walls and six rectangular blocks,
according to the principles of town planning set down
in Shilpa Shastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture.
Arrive Jaipur and check in at prebooked hotel. Rest
of the day free for individual activities.
04 : JAIPUR
After breakfast, excursion to Amber Fort : At a distance
of 11 kms from Jaipur, Amber was the ancient capital
of Jaipur state. Construction of the fort began in
1592 by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar's
army and is a superb example of Rajput architecture.
Elephant ride from the foothills of the Aravallis
to the fort entrance.
Afternoon, city tour of Jaipur. Visit the City Palace
which has museum having an extensive collection of
art, carpets, enamel ware and weapons; Jantar Mantar
- the observatory built my Maharaja Jai Singh in 1728
and the façade of Hawa Mahal.
DAY 05 :
JAIPUR - FATEHPUR
SIKRI - AGRA
After breakfast, leave for Agra, enroute visit the
abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri : built by
Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the old capital of the
Moghuls, which was abandoned after 15 years due to
scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including
the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal
& other Palaces which are still preserved in its
original glory. Continue drive to Agra. Upon arrival,
check-in at prebooked hotel.
06 : AGRA
After breakfast, city tour of Agra. Visit Red
fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565,
and additions were made up until the time of
his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains the hall
of public and private audiences amongst many
other beautiful structues; Itmad-ud-daulah,
which was contructed by Nur Jahan between 1622
and 1628 and is very similar to the tomb she
constructed for her husband, Jehangir, near
Lahore in Pakistan; the highlight of the day
- The Taj Mahal, which was constructed by Shah
Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Contruction of the Taj began in 1631 and was
not completed until 1653.
Afternoon, free for individual activities.
07 : AGRA
- JHANSI - ORCHHA - KHAJURAHO
After breakfast, transfer to the railway station to
board by train for Jhansi at 0815 hrs. Arrive Jhansi
at 1040 hrs and transfer to Khajuraho, enroute visit
Orchha : A medieval city founded by Bundela rulers
with palaces & temples of the 16th & 17th
century – which have remarkably withstood the
onslaught of time. The city is picturesquely flanked
by the river Betwa. Visit of the surrounding fortress
& local Ram Raja temple.
Continue drive to Khajuraho, upon arrival, check in
at prebooked hotel.
08 : KHAJURAHO
- DELHI (FLIGHT)
After brekfast, visit Khajuraho : Built by the warrior
Chandela dynasty that rose to power in Central India
between 10th & 11th centuries, the 25 odd surving
temples display different facets of life, including
the sensual. These erotic carvings on some panels
have given rise to much speculation since Khajuraho’s
re-discovery by a British officer in 1838. To preserve
it for posterity, Khajuraho has been declared a World
Heritage Site. Visit the eastern & western group
of temples famous for their erotic scultpures.
Later, transfer to the airport to board flight 9W
724, scheduled to depart at 1330 hrs. for Delhi.
Arrive Delhi at 1600 hrs., transfer to prebooked hotel.
DAY 09 :
Transfer to the airport to board flight back home
or onward destination.