Reduced hotel rates, a variable monsoon and a fewer tourists are reasons enough why a visit during India’s summer is increasingly popular. This exceptional seasonal itinerary aims to illustrate the excellent value for time and money.
Arrive into Delhi and stay overnight at the majestic Taj Palace Hotel. Delhi is India’s capital and a city of diversity. Old Delhi – is a historic district of grand mosques, majestic forts, busy bazars and dilapidated monuments. In contrast to New Delhi, that has a modern skyline, variety of malls and restaurants along with old government buildings. It has wide tree-lined avenues and pretty whitewashed bungalows purpose-built in the 1930s by the British as a colonial capital and remains the epicentre of Indian political power. Delhi is crowded, colourful and beautifully chaotic.
After the breakfast we embark a sun-up tour to Old Delhi with a knowledgeable guide to explore the area’s dense network of bustling alleyways, homes, bazaars and mosques. We will visit the famous Chandni Chowk market, the beautiful Jama Masjid, the Red Fort and Rajghat.
In the afternoon continue to New Delhi, which was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and is today home to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the Indian President, Rajpath and the grand India Gate.
Delhi to Agra By Train
Train from Delhi to Agra is a great way to reach Agra in no time, and stay overnight at the Gateway Hotel. Agra was once one of the world’s majestic cities and later today visit the grand Agra Fort, established by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565, and the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula.
No stay in Agra is complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world. Built by a passionate King called Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz. The white marble, engraved colourful stones, the geometrical mysteries and several stories make up the visit to the Taj Mahal a building know for its beauty and the craftsmanship.
Agra to Jaipur We cover approximately 238kms - via Fatehpur Sikri
As we drive to the pink city of Jaipur, we stop at a historical place called Fatehpur Sikri. Built of distinctive red sandstone, Fatehpur Sikri was once the capital of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Later enter Rajasthan and continue to the colourful ‘pink city’ of Jaipur where you will stay for two nights at the Jai Mahal Palace Hotel. Planned by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1727, Jaipur is a vibrant city of bazaars, beautiful palaces, fine havelis and spectacular forts.
Today, we drive outside of Jaipur to Amber Fort that is set on a ridge above the rugged sounding hills. A Rajput capital for over 700 years, there is plenty to explore here from courtyard gardens and small temples to the private chambers of the Maharajas.
After a long stroll on the stairs that lead to the top of Amber fort we drive back to Jaipur to visit the City Palace complex. It is the home to the beautiful Peacock Gate and famous Hawa Mahal, or ‘Palace of the Winds’ along with a visit at amazing Jantar Mantar – the largest stone observatory in the world. No visit is complete without going into one of the most decorated bazars of India – Babu Bazar and Jawahri Bazar. You must bargain there.
Jaipur to Delhi We cover approximately 280kms
Today, after breakfast, we leave Jaipur and return to Delhi by car where you will stay overnight at the Taj Palace Hotel.
Transfer back to the Delhi Airport to catch the Virgin Atlantic non-stop flight to the UK with an extra bag full of souvenirs.
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