DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI: BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
Today you will arrive at Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals terminal building and transfer you to your hotel.
Delhi – India’s capital and a major gateway to the country. Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds – the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy.
On arrival, check in at your hotel. Overnight at Hotel
DAY 02: DELHI
Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby, to review the suggested itinerary and plan the pace and inclusions of your days. Today, discover Delhi in all its majesty.
Enjoy unique yet fascinating experience of Old Delhi – Happily Chaotic.
You will visit Jama Masjid – the largest mosque of Asia, followed by a private tricycle rickshaw ride through the lanes of Chandni Chowk, also known as Silver Street. Next we shall drive past the mighty Red Fort, built by the Emperor Shah Jahan – the builder of Taj Mahal. Conclude the tour of Old Delhi with visit to Gandhi Memorial where Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead.
The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, which is the tallest stone tower in India. The Qutub Minar was started in 1199 AD by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak and completed by the sultan’s successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. The building is 72.5 m high and has 379 steps from the bottom to the top. Then visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun’s, it is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal.
Our drive back to the hotel will be through one of the most colonial part of New Delhi called Raisina Hill. Drive past the Presidential House and India Gate – a war memorial arch. Overnight at Hotel
DAY 03: DELHI – JAIPUR: BY: SURFACE
After breakfast drive towards Jaipur (255 Kms/5 Hrs). Jaipur (City of Victory) was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727. It is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the Universe through nine rectangular sectors sub-dividing it. The architect who formalized the city’s plans on the Shilpa Shastra, the epic Hindu treatise on architecture, mixed it with the sublimity of the Mughal and Jain influences of those times.
On arrival check in at your hotel. Overnight at Hotel
DAY 04: JAIPUR
You will be chauffer driven to Amber Fort – the former capital of Jaipur state stunningly situated on a hillside and overlooking a lake which reflects its terraces and ramparts to add the spirit of adventure and royalty. You will ascend the fort on Elephant back – the Royal path..!! (subject to availability of Elephants)
Post Amber, our tour will begin with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal – the Palace of Winds, it has no less than 953 little windows and balconies, and it is a stunning example of Rajput artistry. It was originally built to enable ladies of the royal household to watch everyday life in the streets below through the delicately honeycombed sandstone windows.
Visit the City Palace, now a museum, which was the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. It offers a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of the Mughals and Rajputs. Proceed to Jantar-Mantar – the ancient Observatory which is acute even today..!!
Overnight at Hotel
DAY 05: JAIPUR – AGRA: BY: SURFACE
After breakfast, you will be met by our driver who will take you to Agra (235 Kms / 5 Hrs). On your way, you’ll visit Fatehpur Sikri, a fort palace that was the onetime capital of the Mughal Empire and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Fatehpur Sikri –the deserted red sandstone city, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water.
Agra – Medieval city situated on the banks of river Yamuna, it came into prominence when a lavish patronage of Mughal rulers created forts, tombs, and palaces in red sandstone and marble inlaid with semi precious stones.
Upon arrival at Agra proceed to check in at your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Hotel
DAY 06: AGRA – DELHI NCR: BY: SURFACE
After breakfast proceed for the sightseeing tour of Agra: Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays) – The Taj Mahal, a UNESCO world heritage site was built in white marble in 1635 by Emperor Shahjahan as a mausoleum for his queen Mumtaz Mahal. It is a universal symbol of love, and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Red fort popularly known as Agra Fort Construction of Agra Fort was originally started by Emperor Akbar in 1565, but his son, Jehangir, and grandson, Shahjahan, later made additions. It houses the Diwan-i-Khas and Diwan-i-Aam (Halls of Private and Public Audience) and its walls are a silent witness to the rise and fall of the Imperial Mughal Empire.
Afternoon drive to Delhi NCR (180 Kms, 04 Hrs Drive). On arrival check in at Hotel. Overnight at Hotel
DAY 07: DELHI NCR – RISHIKESH: BY: SURFACE
After breakfast drive to Rishikesh (275 Kms, 07 Hrs Drive). On the way Haridwar sightseeing. It is one of the most important religious sites of the devotees of Hindu religion. Take holy dip in the river Ganges at Har-ki-paudi. Later enjoy darshan at temples like Mansa Devi Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir, Chandi Devi Temple, Anandmai Ashram, BilkeshwarMahadev, PawanDham, DakshaMahadev Temple and Bhooma Niketan.
Ganga Aarti is a religious prayer that takes place at the bank of the sacred river Ganga at the Har Ki Pauri ghat in Haridwar. Bringing in tourists and devotees from all over the world, it is a ritual of light and sound where the priests perform prayers with bowls of fire and the ringing of the temple bells. Visitors float “diyas” (small candles) and flowers, surrounded by the chanting of the mantras and the reflection of the lights off the surface of the flowing river, which is said to be blessed by the Goddess Ganga.
Later drive to Rishikesh (20 Kms, 30 Minutes Drive). On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at Hotel
DAY 08: RISHIKESH
Breakfast at hotel and full day explore the religious city Rishikesh: Visiting LakshmanJhula, Shivananda Ashram, Ram Jhula, Triveni Ghat, Parmarth Ashram and Bharat Mandir.
Evening enjoy the Ganges Aarti in Rishikesh. Overnight at Hotel
DAY 09: RISHIKESH
Breakfast at hotel. Full day free for explore the Himalyan nature by own. Overnight at Hotel
DAY 10: RISHIKESH – DELHI: By: Surface
After breakfast drive back to Delhi (285 Kms, 07 Hrs Drive).On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at Hotel
DAY 11: DELHI – BACK HOME: BY: INTER. FLIGHT
Breakfast at Hotel. On time transfer to International Airport to board flight to back home.
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