Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Namaste! We are welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together. After immigration and custom formalities, we are assisted and driven through the city to our hotel. New Delhi, the capital of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern India. It unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic shows. Comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India. Narrating the city's Mughal past, Old Delhi, takes through the labyrinthine streets passing through formidable mosques, monuments and forts. The imperial city of New Delhi displays the finely curved architecture of British Raj. It generates a mesmerizing charm reflecting well-composed and spacious streets under the shade of beautifully lined avenues of trees and tall and imposing government buildings. Overnight: The Oberoi –5 Star Deluxe (Premier Room) (2 Nights) (B)
Day 2: Delhi
We start our morning tour with New Delhi and visit Birla House - The Former Residence of Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi spent his later years at Birla House before he was assassinated by Nathu Ram Godse on January 30, 1948. Later we visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place, Humayun's Tomb and the Qutub Minar - a perfect minaret towering 72.5 meters / 80.5 yards into the sky and there are 379 stairs inside the tower. New Delhi is a blend of Mughal India, Hindu India, and British India and certainly of modern independent India.
Our afternoon concentrates on Old Delhi, starting with the famous Red Fort. Built by Shah Jehan, this was once the most opulent fort of the Mughal Empire. Next we visit another Mughal majesty, the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. We end our tour with the visit to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.
Red fort and Birla House remain closed on Monday and Chandni Chowk remains closed on Sunday
Day 03 : Delhi- Sikandra - Agra (Drive: 220 Km/ 5 Hrs)
This morning we pass interesting Indian scenery as we drive to Sikandra. This is where lie the remains of Akbar the Great - one of the greatest of the Mughal rulers. A very simple mausoleum for a person of his stature. We then proceed to Agra - the city that is home to the most well known of the wonders of the world - the Taj Mahal. On arrival we check in our Hotel. Later we visit Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is built of white marble, beautifully carved and inlaid with semi-precious stones. Next we visit Agra Fort, where Shah Jehan, in the later years of his life, was imprisoned by his son to prevent him from spending the family fortunes on a black echo of the Taj Mahal. We end our tour with a visit to some of the local factories famous for inlay work on marbles and witness the complex art inlaying precious and semiprecious stones on the world famous Marbles from the mines of Makrana.
Overnight: The Oberoi Amar Vilas– 5 Star Luxury (Premier Room) (1 Night) (B)
Taj Mahal is closed on Friday
Day 04: Agra- Fatehpur Sikri –Jaipur (Drive: 235 Km/ 5 Hrs)
A short drive gets us to Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful capital built in 1640 by the Mughal King, Akbar the Great. The city was later abandoned for lack of water. A superb example of Mughal architecture, it stands perfectly preserved in the desert. We also visit the artistically designed mausoleum of Salim Chisty who is reputed to have prayed for a son for Akbar leading to the birth of Salim Jehangir. From here we continue on a countryside drive to Jaipur. On arrival we check in our Hotel. Later in the evening we visit the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu the creator of Universe. The temple is the latest addition to the list of monuments in Jaipur and is an all marble temple with beautiful carvings. Overnight: The Oberoi Raj Vilas- 5 Star Luxury (Premier Room) (2 Nights) (B)
Day 05 : Jaipur:
A royal experience awaits us as we take an elephant ride uphill to the intriguing Amber Palace, a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. After the tour and enjoying a panoramic view, we return to Jaipur to visit the old astronomical observatory built by Jai Singh the founder of the city. We also visit the majestic Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art and the colorful bazaar. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting. Most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone and one of the most beautiful is Hawa Mahal, Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. Evening is free to enjoy both shopping and a cultural experience in the bazaars of Jaipur. (B)
Day 06 : Jaipur – Samode- Gurgaon (NCR Delhi): (Drive: 250 Km/ 5 Hrs)
In the morning after breakfast we drive to Samode- It is a place of great interest for people who appreciate culture and arts. Samode is situated around 60 kms from Jaipur; this small village is famous for its haveli and fort. We visit Samode and take our lunch at Samode Palace. After visiting Samode, we drive to Gurgaon (NCR Delhi). On arrival in Gurgaon, we check in our Hotel. Overnight: The Oberoi –5 Star Deluxe (Premier Room) (1 Night) (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 07: Gurgaon – Delhi Airport- Home
Today we are transferred to Delhi airport for our flight to onward destination. (B)
(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner
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PRICES OF THE ABOVE TOUR -
(All Prices on Per Person Basis in US $)
| Per person cost on twin sharing basis
|| Single Room Supplement
|| 3 Pax
|| 4 Pax
|16 April 2012 to 30 September 2012
|01 October 2012 to 31 March 2013 except between 20 Dec. 2012 to 05 Jan. 2013
|Supplement of accompanying tour escort cum guide throughout the tour---- If required
||Category of room
||The Oberoi – 5 Star Deluxe
||The Oberoi Amar Vilas – 5 Star Luxury
||The Oberoi Raj Vilas - 5 Star Luxury
|Accommodation on twin share basis in the mentioned hotels for 6 Nights with daily buffet Breakfast
||International Airfare, visa fees, airport tax or any kind of insurance cover
|Transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary by air-conditioned TOYOTA INNOVA
||Items of personal nature like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips, etc.
|Road tax, Toll Charges, parking fees and driver’s overnight wages
||Any other meals than those mentioned in the itinerary
|Entrances to the monuments of visit
||Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like change in schedule / cancellation of flights / trains / political disturbances, natural phenomenon etc.
|Elephant ride at Amber fort- Jaipur (Subject to availability)
||Accompanying tour escort cum guide throughout the tour - Supplement quoted above
|Lunch at Samode Palace
||Any other item not specifically mentioned above as 'INCLUDED'
|Services of an English speaking Local guide at each city as per the itinerary
|All presently applicable taxes including service tax on package @ 2.58%