It’s fascinating. The national capital and the cities nearby are wrapped in a constant flurry of excitement. There are politics, palaces, legends, haunting stories, myths, urban legends, entertainment, great food.. everything but a moment of boredom. India has this djinn-like spirit, Djinns are fire-formed spirits that are said to assure the city’s Phoenix-like regeneration no matter how many times it is destroyed. And just like the city itself, it’s spirit is indomitable and it shows in it’s various landmarks around. Awe, that’s the first thought that comes to your mind. A wonder as to how something this massive functions like a well-oiled machine. It defies all laws of chaos. Check it out today!
On arrival at New Delhi, meet and greet with our representative who will get you settled at your hotel. Delhi takes a bit of getting used to, so today is about acclimatizing. Whether you want something modern or traditional, it's all about where you are looking in Delhi. It's a thriving metropolis with some incredible monuments preserved for centuries!
It's time to explore the New version of the City of Djinns! This city and union territory rolled into one was the capital of British India, well, Brits got one thing right and the Indian Govt has stuck with Delhi as it's political capital. Because the Brits wanted to match the Mughal architectural grand legacy, there are quite a few wonderful buildings. The Government Secretariat, President’s Palace, Parliament House and the India Gate, built to commemorate 70,000 soldiers who died in World War I. The city is always abuzz and with something to see at every twist and turn. Stop first at the Humayun’s Tomb, the forerunner to the Taj Mahal in Agra, and considered to be the best example of a garden tomb in India and the first to be built by a widow for her husband. Then see the oldest monument in Delhi; the Qutab Minar (tower of victory). Use the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.
Today is more of a scientific experiment on organized chaos that is the awe-inspiring "Purana Dilli". The colors, the clothes, the crowd, the aroma of food, the mountain like display of various items in the small streets, are all the treat for your senses. It's like going into a sensory overload. This was once the capital of the Mughal rule and it shows. The Red Fort and the Jama Masjid being their crowning legacies. Old Delhi is best experienced on a Rickshaw, as your driver fights his way through the crowd, you can take in all of the chaos that is Chandni Chowk with its themed by lanes.
After the Purani Dilli, it's time for a good old art and craft tour and shopping at ‘Dilli Haat’. Spread over a 6-acres, it's the first permanent fairground in the country showcasing the arts, crafts, handlooms, and food of different states. It's beautifully laid out and well maintained. There are about 62 stalls, let out to artisans who rent it for a maximum of 15 days. This allows variety from various parts of the country. From Vegetable dyed, block-printed and tie-and-dyed fabrics, folk art wall hangings, pottery, imitation jewelry, bamboo work, brassware, furniture and durries (lightweight carpets) anything that's pretty from any part of India can be found here at some point of the other. And the food court offers delicacies from every region in India and the atmosphere is livened up with music and dance performances at regular intervals. It's fun, it's happening, it's a sight to enjoy!
After such an eventful day, you need your rest in the evening, you have deserved it.
After a good breakfast, today head to Agra, the land best known for Taj Mahal. After checkin at the hotel in Agra, head out to see the Taj Mahal. No amount of photography can do justice to the marble wonder that is the Taj. As you walk by the marble bench, this is where all the dignitaries to India sit and take the picture. Princess Diana, Bill Clinton, Orlando Bloom, Eva Longoria, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Zuckerberg, Hillary Clinton, Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise and so many more!
About Taj Mahal:
It's the go-to destination for love-struck couples. Built by emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, this is the “crown of buildings” and the finest example of Mughal architecture and Muslim art. It was built over a period of 21 years and employed several thousand artisans and craftsmen. The intricacies and detailing are unparalleled.
Then head to the Agra Fort on the banks of River Yamuna,
Agra Fort was the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations and also where the creator of Taj Mahal was imprisoned by his own son.
After the love-ly day before at the Taj, it's time for some royalty to show how to live. Today head to Jaipur, a mere 6 hours from the City of Djinns. On the way, stop at ‘Fatehpur Sikri’ built by Emperor Akbar. This was proclaimed to the capital but abandoned only 15 years later, supposedly due to a shortage of water. Though it doesnt carry the romantic history, the building itself is a place which seems romantic. The intricate designs, the beautiful Mughal style windows, the stage in the middle of the pond, are the perfect settings for some beautiful shots. On arrival in Jaipur, you will check-in to Hotel and relax.
Today is dedicated to Jaipur. At every nook and cranny, literally, you will find villas, palaces, "mahals" with stories of the Maharajas and their lifestyles/life stories. The place called the Pink City is littered with their palaces now also filled with colorful bazaars and shopping in between. And oh the colors! The vivid, vibrant and varied colors that the people have adapted to their real life.
To this day, you can be as royal as you choose to be at Jaipur. You can ride up the Amber Fort on elephant back, sip champagne under a marquee as you watch a polo match, chase tigers in open jeeps, stay in luxuriously palatial rooms once occupied by the Maharaja of Jaipur and shop for gems at the store where Paul McCartney bought a sapphire engagement ring for Heather Mills. Or, you can be hipster just taking it all in, wandering through the Tripolia Bazaar where you find all kinds of motorized devices competing for available space on the road along with cows, camels and, yes, elephants! These are sights you can only enjoy here.
Afternoon takes you to the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Next, walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 that makes accurate predictions even to this day. At last, visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) is a landmark of Jaipur and stands 5 stories high. The cool winds blow through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.
Today takes you to Amber and the Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17 th century. Get atop an elephant that will take you up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings adorned with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls.
As if this was not fascinating enough, in you walk into the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors). Here a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room. It's as beautiful as it's classy.
Use the rest of the afternoon for exploring and shopping. Jaipur is a great place to shop for jewelry, precious stones and gold enameled work with diamonds, emeralds, rubies, pearls and sapphires. The block printing fabrics, enameled brass-ware, and shoes made of camel skin are possibilities of a shopping list.
It's time to say Al Vida to the City of Djinns!
- Room on double sharing basis in 4star hotels.
- Daily breakfast as per Itinerary.
- English speaking guide at Jaipur.
- Elephant ride at Amber fort in Jaipur.
- Monument entrance fees of Jaipur.
- Rickshaw ride at Jaipur.
- A/c Toyota Innova for 01 to 04 pax and Tempo traveller for 05 to 10 pax as per the Itinerary.
- Special welcome on arrival at Jaipur.
- All applicable taxes.
- Any air/train fare.
- English speaking guide at Delhi and Agra.
- Entrance fees of Delhi, Agra and Fatehpur sikri.
- Rickshaw ride of Delhi.
- Personal expenses like laundry, liquor, soft drinks other than mentioned.
- Camera fees at monuments.
- Any tipping to guide, potter, driver and helper.
- Any extra meals other than mentioned in above inclusions.
- Anything not mentioned in above inclusions.