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The Crowning Glory

Description

Popularly known as the Golden Triangle, this is the most famous route for any visitor to India covering the three cities that are steeped in Mughal and Rajput heritage and history. Truly spectacular in its beauty the capital city Delhi offers a splendid cultural tour right from the Mughal era to the modern age. The Taj Mahal in Agra is one of the seven wonders of the world and an epitome of love is a must see attraction. Jaipur boasts of the palaces built by the Rajputs. Truly the visitors are offered with a slice of British, Rajputana and Mughal royalty in the same platter.

Itinerary

Duration: 7 nights/8 days

Destinations: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Delhi

Day 1

Arrive Delhi

On arrival at Delhi airport our representative will meet and greet you at the airport and Transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

In Delhi

After an early breakfast proceed for sight seeing of Delhi…Start with the beautiful Laxmi Narayan Temple and proceed to India Gate , a cenotaph commemorating Indian martyrs. Drive Past the President’s Palace Built by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker in 1929, and Parliament House. Visit the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque which can accommodate upto 25000 devotees.

Later visit the Humayun’s Tomb and Jantar Mantar Observatory. Visit the Qutab Minar – 73 mtr. High tower of Victory built by Qutubuddin Aibak in in 1193. Pay homage at Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial, where he was cremated after his assassination in 1948.

Thereafter you have the option to experience the “Sound and Light Show” at Red Fort which is a striking beauty in red sandstone built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.
Return to the Hotel and overnight

Day 3

Delhi – Agra ( 4 hours)

After an early Breakfast get ready to depart for Agra . Enroute visit the Akshardaham Temple….the temple complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality and architecture. Opened in 2005 the temple sits at the bank of Yamuna adjacent to the 2010 Commonwealth Games Village. The temple features an Abhishek Mandap, Sahaj Anand Water show, a thematic garden and 3 exhibitions. Akshardham means the abode of almighty God and believed by followers as a temporal home of God on earth. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind. On arrival at Agra check into your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 4

In Agra

Wake up early morning to visit the Taj Mahal (meaning Crown of the Palace) (closed on Fridays) built in 1630 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan on the banks of the River Yamuna in loving memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is an Ivory white marble mausoleum which took 20 years to construct with 22000 workers and 1000 elephants. The tomb is the centerpiece of a 17 hectare complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house and is set in formal gardens bounded on 3 sides by crenellated walls.

Return to your hotel for breakfast. Thereafter visit Agra Fort – a city within a city..in an era marked by invasions and fortifications, where power was symbolized by grand palaces and forts….during such time was built the Agra Fort. A symbol of power, strength and glory The Agra Fort is the highlight of the city of Agra, the main residence of the Mughal King till 1638, after which the capital was shifted to Delhi. The fort comprises of splendid palaces in both red sandstone and marble built by two generations of prolific builders Akbar and later Jehangir and ShahJahan. The fort comprises of exquisite structures like the Sheesh Mahal (Glass Palace), Diwane Aam ( A common hall which once housed the Peacock Throne), Diwane Khas – Hall for special audience, Khas Maha- an immaculate marble palace, Mina Masjid – Heavenly mosque, Mussamman Burj – An octagonal tower facing the Taj Mahal and many more.
Rest of the day free. Overnight at hotel

Optional Tour : Mohabbat the Taj Show ( From August to April every year) a series of play depicting the saga of love. The true and immortal love of Shah Jahan for his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal, and also the lavish life style of the Mughal emperors.

Day 5

Agra – Jaipur (5 Hours)

After Breakfast depart by raad for Jaipur. En route visit Fathepur Sikri a small city which is 38 kms. Away from Agra built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 to commemorate the birth of his son Salim and to honour the Saint Salim Chishti. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and comprises of buildings, mosques and tombs. Red sandstone buildings cluster in the centre, the Buland Darwaza Gate is the entrance to the Jama Masjid mosque. See the Marble tomb of Salim Chishti and the Diwane Khas Hall has a carved central Pillar. Akbar’s Hindu wife, Jodha Bai’s palace is a blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture next to the 5 storey Panch Mahal. On arrival at Jaipur check into your hotel. Rest of the day is free.
Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 6

In Jaipur

After a sumptuous breakfast proceed for sight seeing tour.

Step into the Amber Fort which is 11kms. Away from the city. Located high on a hill it is the principal attraction for all tourists. In the 16th century the fort was built by Maan Singh and used by the Rajputs as their stronghold until Sawai Jai Singh II moved to the newly created Jaipur. The fort is unique in style as it is a blend of Hindu and Muslim style ornamentation. The carvings on the wall and ceilings are the extraordinary features of this fort. The fort has a series of gates, each with a different architecture.

Guests can choose to enjoy elephant ride around the fort available from 0730 – 1230 hours.

Visit the Maharaja’s city Palace which is situated in the middle of the old walled city of Jaipur was built by Sawai Jai Singh II and reflects the fusion of Mughal and Rajpur architecture. It has a sequence of gardens, buildings, courtyards, temple and museum that give it a magnificent royal grace. It features the Royal Observatory (Jantar Mantar) , the world’s largest Sun dial, which is also a UNESCO world heritage site, The Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) was constructed to allow the women to observe the daily life of the city, yet being unseen from the street. See the Jal Mahal (Water Palace) built in the middle of the Man Sagar lake. The palace stands erect and bright with 5 floors, 4 of which remain under water.
Later drive past the Rose pink residential and business areas of Jaipur. Rest of the day free for local shopping in local bazaars which have an abundance of artifacts, quilts, shawls, dress material,etc to offer. Overnight at the hotel.

Optional tour : Sound and lIght show at Amber Fort Jaipur.

Day 7

Jaipur – Delhi (4.5 hours)

This morning after breakfast check out of your hotel and proceed to Delhi Upon arrival at Delhi check into your hotel. Rest of the evening is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel

Optional tour : ZANGOORA – “The Gypsy Prince” the biggest Bollywood movie ever at Kingdom of Dreams, Gurugram.

Day 8

After Breakfast check out of your hotel and transfer to airport for your home or onward destinations.

The above tour is only a suggestive itinerary. The tour duration can be modified to suit your requirements.

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