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Agra, Jaipur & Delhi

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  • Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
  • Starting Point:Delhi
  • Ending Point:Delhi
  • Contact :+91 9282 417 101
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  • Rate: US$625 per Couple onwards
  • Code : SITC/PT/GT01
Introduction

Wonder of the World - Taj Mahal !!!


Taj Mahal, famous as the Monument of Love, located in Agra has been consistently part of the '7 Wonders of the World' list by UNESCO. Sightseeing in and around Agra include Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.

Jaipur, known as Pink City, is also the city of palaces. The city of Jaipur and neighbouring areas are home to many palaces and forts, where members of the erstwhile royal families still live. Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort are the famous ones and frequented by the tourists. Also famous are the local markets for its unique handicrafts.

Delhi (now Old Delhi) was established as a capital area in 1600s by the Mughals and the imposing monuments built by their rulers have come to symbolise India. Here, the sightseeing places include the Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Jantar Mantar and many more. The Jama Masjid area is famous for eateries serving local cuisines. Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh, Khan Market, Palika Bazar and Connaught Place are the busiest markets in Delhi where street shopping could be done. 

Our package is organized in the most comfortable way, so that the travellers get enough time to enjoy the sightseeing as well as shopping throughout.

** TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS **
 

Day 01

Morning : Upon arrival, drive to Agra (4 ½ hrs / 200kms approx.). Check In to the hotel. Afternoon, visit Agra Fort and Taj Mahal.
Agra – globally renowned as 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 craftsmen. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.
Visit the world renowned Taj Mahal which is the epitome of tourism in India and is celebrated for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty. A symphony in white marble, a tribute to eternal love, it was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. There are tombs of Mumtaz and Shah Jahan within the mausoleum. Done in white marble, it took 22 years and over 20,000 workers and craftsmen to complete this rhapsody in stone (1630-52 AD). The main structure is set amidst landscaped gardens. While on three sides it is surrounded by high walls, the rear is bound by the river Yamuna.Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture.
Great Fort of Agra, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture, was the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Originally planned as an impregnable military structure by Akbar, the Agra Fort, over a period of time, acquired all the elegance, lavishness and majesty of an imperial palace. Situated 1 km upstream of the Taj Mahal. Later visit the Local Bazaar.

Day 02

Fatehpur Sikri was built by Mughal emperor Akbar in 1571 in honour of the Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti. It was the Mughal capital for 14 years after which it was abandoned due to paucity of water. It is made of red sandstone and combines influences from both Hindu and Mughal architecture. Even to this day, the entrance to the fort is through the road that Akbar built which leads to the Buland Darwaza, a huge 54 metres gateway. Other inspiring monuments in Fatehpur Sikri are the Hiran Minar that Akbar built in memory of his favourite elephant, Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti, Birbals House and the Diwan-i-Khas.      

The Buland Darwaza is made of red and buff sandstone, decorated by white and black marble and towers above the courtyard of the mosque. The Buland Darwaza is symmetrical in plan and is topped by pillars and chhatris with Buland Darwaiosks on the roof, stylized battlement and small turrets and inlay work of white and black marble. On the outside a long flight of steps sweep down the hill giving the gateway additional height.

A Persian inscription on eastern archway of the Buland Darwaza records Akbars conquest over Uttar Pradesh and the victory in Gujarat in 1601. It is 40 metres high and 50 metres from the ground. The total height of the Structure is about 54 metres from the ground level. It is a 15-storied high gateway that guards the southern entrance of the city of Fatehpur Sikri.An inscription on the central face of the Buland Darwaza throws light on Akbars religious broad mindedness. It took 12 years to build.

Day 03

Amber Fort is a fine example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts, situated on a hill side and overlooking a lake. Here you will be taken on an elephant back in a traditional royal style to the main gate and back, also visit to Jaigarh Fort and Jal Mahal.
Afternoon, visit the City Palace in the heart of the old city which is the former royal residence that houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and an armoury of the Mughal and Rajput. Near the palace is Jantar Mantar, a stone Observatory, the largest of Jai Singhs five remarkable observatories. Also visit the landmark of Pink City – the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of winds – a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal façade and overhanging windows, built to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch the processions passing in the street without being seen.

Day 04

Chandni Chowk : It is the perfect place to shop in. This densely populated market has been around for more than three centuries and was once visited by merchants from Turkey, China and even Holland. You may buy curios and souvenirs from here. Dariba Kalan is known for its pearl, gold and silver jewellery and attar (natural perfumes). Gulab Singh Johri Mal, established in 1819, are well-known manufacturers and exporters of attar. A visit to Khari Baoli is a must for the spice-lover — dont forget spices are what connected India to the West. Kinari Bazaar is the best place to look for zari and zardozi trimmings and tinsel. The cloth bazaar of Katra Neel offers all kinds of fabrics such as silks, satin, crepe, cotton and muslin. Bhagirath Palace is Asias largest market for electrical goods and also offers medical equipment and allopathic medicines. Moti Bazaar is famous for shawls and pearls and Tilak Bazaar for chemicals.
The Chandni Chowk (Moonlight Square) is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. Chandni Chowk is located close to Old Delhi Railway Station. The Red Fort monument is located within the market. It was built in the 17th century by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and designed by his daughter Jahanara. The market was once divided by canals (now closed) to reflect moonlight and remains one of Indias largest wholesale markets.
The bazaar, shaped as a square was given elegance by the presence of a pool in the centre of the complex. The pool shimmered in the moonlight, a feature which was perhaps responsible for its name. Shops were originally built in a half-moon shaped pattern, now lost. The bazaar was famous for its silver merchants, which also have contributed to the name of "Silver Street" as silver is referred to as Chandi in Hindi, a slight variation of which forms Chandni.

Day 05

Humayuns tomb (Maqbaera e Humayun) was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, and is located close to the Dina-panah Citadel, also known as Purana Qila (Old Fort), that Humayun founded in 1533. It was also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale. The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, and since then has undergone extensive restoration work, which is complete. Besides the main tomb enclosure of Humayun, several smaller monuments dot the pathway leading up to it, from the main entrance in the West.
It represented a leap in Mughal architecture, and together with its accomplished Charbagh garden, typical of Persian gardens, but never seen before in India, it set a precedent for subsequent Mughal architecture.

The India Gate (originally called the All India War Memorial) is a war memorial located astride the Rajpath, on the eastern edge of the "ceremonial axis" of New Delhi, formerly called Kingsway.
India Gate is a memorial to 70,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War, in France, Flanders, Mesopotamia, Persia, East Africa, Gallipoli and elsewhere in the Near and the Far East, and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. 13,300 servicemens names, including some soldiers and officers from the United Kingdom, are inscribed on the gate. The India Gate, even though a war memorial, evokes the architectural style of the triumphal arch like the Arch of Constantine, outside the Colosseum in Rome, and is often compared to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and the Gateway of India in Mumbai. It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

The Qutub Minar is the tallest minaret in the world made up of bricks. The minaret forms a part of the Qutab complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Qutub Minar is a 73-metre (239.5 feet) tall tapering tower of five storeys, with a 14.3 metres (47 feet) base diameter, reducing to 2.7 metres (9 feet) at the top of the peak. It contains a spiral staircase of 379 steps. Its design is thought to have been based on the Minaret of Jam, in western Afghanistan.
Qutab-Ud-Din-Aibak, founder of the Delhi Sultanate, started construction of the Qutub Minars first storey around 1192. In 1220, Aibaks successor and son-in-law Iltutmish completed a further three storeys. In 1369, a lightning strike destroyed the top storey. Firoz Shah Tughlaq replaced the damaged storey, and added one more. Sher Shah Suri also added an entrance to this tower while he was ruling and Humayun was in exile.
The Minar is surrounded by several historically significant monuments of the Qutab complex, including Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque, which was built at the same time as the Minar, and the much older Iron Pillar of Delhi. The nearby pillared Cupola known as "Smiths Folly" is a remnant of the towers 19th century restoration, which included an ill-advised attempt to add a sixth storey.

The Red Fort
Red Fort is a historic fort in the city of Delhi. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for nearly 200 years, until 1856. It is located in the center of Delhi and houses a number of museums. In addition to accommodating the emperors and their households, it was the ceremonial and political center of the Mughal state and the setting for events critically impacting the region.
Constructed in 1639 by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the palace of his fortified capital Shahjahanabad, the Red Fort is named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone and is adjacent to the older Salimgarh Fort, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546 AD. The imperial apartments consist of a row of pavilions, connected by a water channel known as the Stream of Paradise (Nahr-i-Bihisht). The fort complex is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity under Shah Jahan, and although the palace was planned according to Islamic prototypes, each pavilion contains architectural elements typical of Mughal buildings that reflect a fusion of Timurid and Persian traditions. The Red Forts innovative architectural style, including its garden design, influenced later buildings and gardens in Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab, Kashmir, Braj, Rohilkhand and elsewhere.
The fort was plundered of its artwork and jewels during Nadir Shahs invasion of the Mughal Empire in 1747. Most of the forts precious marble structures were subsequently destroyed by the British following the Revolt of 1857. The fortss defensive walls were largely spared, and the fortress was subsequently used as a garrison. The Red Fort was also the site where the British put the last Mughal Emperor on trial before exiling him to Rangoon in 1858.
Every year on the Independence day of India (15 August), the Prime Minister hoists the Indian "tricolour flag" at the main gate of the fort and delivers a nationally broadcast speech from its ramparts.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • ♦ 2 Nights accommodation in Jaipur
    ♦ 1 Night accommodation in Agra
    ♦ 1 Night accommodation in Delhi
    ♦ Transfers & Sightseeing by an A/c premium cab with an experienced driver
    ♦ All expenses related to the vehicle
    ♦ 4 Breakfasts
    ♦ All applicable taxes

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Not Included:
♦ Expenses of personal nature such as room service, laundry, entry tickets, boat rides & camera charges
♦ Any other meal or snack
♦ Any other expense not forming part of the Inclusions

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