Delhi – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur – Delhi
Day 01 Delhi – Agra [210 km/ 4-5 Hrs]
Morning leave Delhi drive to Agra (approx.4-5 hrs drive). Upon arrival Agra, check in at the hotel. After relaxation visit magnificent Agra Fort located at the right bank of Yamuna River. It was built by Emperor Akbar from 1565 to 1573. His grandson Shahjahan also made some additions to it.
Agra is also well known for its marvelous marble inlay work like the Pietra Dura work on the Taj incorporating precious and semi-precious stones, pietra dura items, leather products, handicrafts and jewellery. In the evening, you will have time to visit marble inlay workshops. They will demonstrate on how they make those marble cuts. Then they will show you their finished products & incredible works of art. You may collect wonders of same inlay work for your interiors.
Stay overnight at your booked hotel.
Caution: Taj Mahal closed on Fridays.
Early morning enjoy sunrise with fabulous and world famous Taj Mahal which is one of the seven wonders of world. It was built by Shahjahan for his beloved wife. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632 and was completed in 1653.
Return to the hotel. Enjoy breakfast at the Hotel’s restaurant. Check out from the hotel with your luggage loaded in the car. Proceed to Jaipur (approx. 250 Kms/ 05 Hrs drive). En-route make a stop at Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, to honour Saint Salim Chisti who forecasted the birth of 3 sons to Akbar. Fatehpur Sikri- planned as the capital of the Mughal Empire, was later abandoned after a time span of 15 years due to the paucity of water.
The whole complex is made up of red sand stone in Indian and Persian style which consists of Diwan-i-Aam (Hall of Public audience), Diwan – i – Khas(Hall of Private audience, Panch mahal- Five storeyed building & other Palaces still reflects the unique architectural influences with original glory.
Later continue drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel.
Jaipur well known as Pink city (as almost all the buildings of Jaipur are painted pink) treasures with in the pride of jewellery and handicraft making. Your visit to gems, jewels and carpet weaving workshops will make you feel special. Its unforgettable experience to watch wonderful creations being made by the artificers. You may collect some unique products for yourself or for your home decor.
Stay overnight at your booked hotel.
Early in the morning, enjoy breakfast at the Hotel’s restaurant. After breakfast, get ready to visit the vast Amber Fort situated in Amer at a distance of about 11 kms from Jaipur. It was the old capital of Rajasthan before Jaipur. It is set high on a hill and you can go there by enjoying Royal Elephant ride from the foothills of the Aravallis to the fort entrance. Fort built with red sandstone and marble overlooks Maota lake. Fort was constructed by Raja Man Singh I in 1592, the Rajput commander of Akbar’s army. It consists of many pavilions and halls which highlights the wonderful carvings and mirror work – designed in Indian and Mughal architecture.
Later explore the miniature of City Palace-a landmark of Jaipur consists a rich collection of costumes, textiles armory and weapons. A major part of the palace has been turned into a museum now which is home to unique handcrafted products.
Drive past the Hawa Mahal also known as ‘Palace of Winds’ It was originally built for the ladies of the royal family to watch everyday life and processions in the city from their veiled comfort.
After the city tour of Jaipur, drive to Delhi. Drop at the Hotel/Airport as per your decided program.
Taufiq Ahmad & Family