India Classic and Cultural
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WHAT IS INCLUDED
Accommodation at the above-mentioned hotels in double / twin room on occupancy basis.
All Hotels 4-5 * (breakfast included)
Check-in / Check-out as per the hotel policy. Early check in / late checkout is subject to availability. – normal check in time is 1400 Hrs / checkout time is 1200 Hrs (may vary from hotel to hotel)
Arrival / Departure transfers, sightseeing tours, excursions, intercity transfers using one air-conditioned vehicle covering toll tax, permit, interstate taxes, parking etc as per the itinerary only.
English speaking city guide as per the sightseeing. (Different guide in each city)
One-time entry ticket to the listed monuments.
Bicycle rickshaw ride in Old Delhi.
Jeep / Elephant ride in Jaipur – subject to operational condition
All prevailing taxes
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Air ticket (domestic or international)
Tips gratuities given to drivers / guides, restaurant, waiters etc.
Any expenses of personal nature such as telephone calls, tips, use of payable items in room mini bar, any kind of alcoholic non-alcoholic beverages (unless specified)
Cost incurred in case of hospitalization or evacuation
Anything not mentioned above
Tips gratuities given to drivers/ guides, restaurant waiters etc.
On arrival at Delhi International airport meet and greet by our representative and transfer to the hotel.
Delhi – the capital of India, is a fascinating city with complexities and contradictions, beauty and dynamism, where the past co-exists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city s rich in the architecture of its monuments. Delhi is not only the present metropolis of India but also a Necropolis. Because of its location, being on the banks of the River Yamuna, many cities have risen and fallen over the last five millenniums.
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing
Drive pass historic RED FORT (From outside only). Shah Jehan’s elegant citadel in red sandstone.
Very near the Fort is the JAMA MASJID (Friday Mosque), India’s largest mosque, also built by Shah Jahan. Take an interesting rickshaw ride through the famous bazaars of Chandni Chowk, which is adjacent to both the Fort and the Mosque. Afternoon sightseeing of New Delhi.
Visit THE TOMB OF HUMAYUN - the magnificent structure in red sandstone and white marble is one of
the finest examples of the garden tomb, and a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Its proportionate spaces double dome and refined elegance are characteristic of Mughal architecture.
Visit RAJ GHAT – the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
QUTAB MINAR, a Tower of Victory which was built in the 12th century by Qutbuddin Aibak. Within its spacious courtyard stands the Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD and bears a Sanskrit inscription in the Gupta style. The pillar has puzzled scientists, as its iron has not rusted in all these centuries.
Also drive pass INDIA GATE, the memorial of the First World War and the road that leads from there to RASHTRAPATHI BHAWAN – the residence of the President of India, which is flanked by the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings. Overnight in Delhi
DELHI – MANDAWA (257 Kms / 06 Hrs approx.)
After breakfast, drive to Mandawa. On arrival, check in at hotel.
MANDAWA-Mandawa is situated 190 km off Jaipur in the north. Mandawa is known for its fort and havelis. The City of Mandawa was made a thikana in the mid of 18th century by the Bhojraj Ji Kasubsub clan of Shekhawat Rajputs. About the origin of this town there have been earlier references to Mandu Jat as founder of the Mandawa village.
No other region in Rajasthan is perhaps as artistically rich as Shekhawati. Beautiful images using vibrant colours have been created here not as a hobby or professional practice but as a way of life. Overnight in Mandawa.
MANDAWA – BIKANER (190 Kms / 04 Hrs approx.)
After breakfast visit the Havelis of Mandawa.
Visit Chokhani Haveli Museum - The grand Chokhani Haveli, dating from 1910, is so called because it was built in two adjoining wings for the families of two brothers. The paintings inside include floral arabesques and peacocks above the archways, as well as the Krishna legends and some mournful British soldiers.
Visit Poddar Haveli Museum - Built in the year 1902 by Mr. Anandilal Poddar, the Poddar Haveli has excellent frescoes exceeding 750 in number, all are more than a century old.
Later, drive to Bikaner. On arrival, check in at hotel. Overnight in Bikaner
BIKANER – JAIPUR (330 Kms / 06 ½ Hrs approx.)
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of Bikaner.
Visit the JUNAGARH FORT, built in 1593 AD by Raj Rai Singh, one of the best in Rajasthan. It comprises of 37 palaces with pavilions, mosaic courtyards, carved balconies, kiosks and windows dotted all over the structure. The Shish Mahal, the Grand Durbar Hall, the 17th century Karan Mahal, Anup Mahal and the Phool Mahal bring to life the grandeur of a bygone era. The Fort museum has a rare collection of Sanskrit and Persian manuscripts and miniature painting.
Visit CAMEL BREEDING FARM. Camel Research and Breeding Farm is the only one of its kinds in Asia. The farm breeds and trains camels. Later, drive to Jaipur. On arrival, check in at hotel. Overnight in Jaipur
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and later proceed for the excursion to AMBER FORT; here you will enjoy the Jeep Ride to reach atop of the palace. This journey on embellished elephants is bound to enrich your memories with the Royal lifestyle of the Maharajas and leave you with a truly unforgettable experience.
Inside the Fort visit the Hall of Victory or Jag Mandir – is the famed Sheesh Mahal – a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period.
Afternoon visit Maharaja’s CITY PALACE, the former Royal residence and some part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armory Museum, housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles.
Jantar Mantar (Royal Observatory): It was built (1728-34) by king astrologer Jai Singh II. The instruments are built of stone with marble facing on the important plains for measuring the harmony of the heavens.
Each instrument serves a particular function, and each gives an accurate reading.
During the tour you will also have a brief photography stop at HAWA MAHAL – the Palace of Winds.
Overnight in Jaipur
JAIPUR – FATEHPUR SIKRI – AGRA (245 Kms / 05 ½ Hrs approx.)
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur. Enroute visit of Fatehpur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri. Situated around 40 km before Agra, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. This was the capital of the Mughal emperor- Akbar from 1570 to 1586. Fatehpur Sikri’s sprawling structure is made of red sandstone and combines both Hindu and Muslim architecture.
The main entrance to this walled city is through the 175 feet Buland Darwaza, the finest monuments within this area are the Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas and Panch Mahal. Later, drive to Agra. On arrival, check in at hotel. Overnight in Agra
AGRA – DELHI (210 Kms / 04 ½ Hrs approx.)
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of Agra.
Agra is famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Agra is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra was their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564. A pleasant town, with a comparatively easy pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by artisans who are hereditary craft persons. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.
Visit TAJ MAHAL – monuments of Love, (Taj Mahal Remain Closed On Every Friday) which was built in the middle of the 17th century by the Moghul emperor Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Visit the Taj Mahal surely the greatest monument to love and one of the wonders of the modern world. Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked for 22 years to build this edifice, constructed by Emperor Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his
beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Marble was brought from Makrana, near Jodhpur and precious stones of onyx, amethyst, malachite, lapis lazuli, turquoise, jade, crystal and mother of pearl were carried to Agra from Persia, Russia, Afghanistan, Tibet, China and the Indian Ocean.
AGRA FORT built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings including the Moti
Masjid, Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman Burj, where Emperor Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor died a prisoner. Later, drive to Delhi. On arrival, check in at hotel. Overnight in Delhi
Day 09 DELHI DEPARTURE
Depart to airport on time to board flight for onward journey