Fly to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, you will be Greeted and Escorted by the staff of travel GOLD to your Hotel. On arrival at hotel check in.
After breakfast enjoy city tour visit the Qutub Minar the landmark of Delhi, a huge tower of victory started in 1199 and completed in 1368. The Minar is 72.5m high with a diameter at the base 14.4m and 2.7m at the top. The tower has 379 steps to the top.
Later visit the Humayun's Tomb, built by his wife Haji Begum in the 16th. Century. An early example of Mughal architecture considered the predecessor of the Taj Mahal. The elements in its design a squat building, lighted by high arched entrances, topped by bulbous dome and surrounded by the char bagh (garden divided into quadrants), water channels and fountains.
Drive through Lutyens Delhi and see India Gate Built of Bharatpur stone, commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in the 1st world war. 13516 names of British and Indian soldiers killed in the Afghan War of 1919 are engraved on the arch and foundations. Photo stop at Rashtrapati Bhawan once the Viceroy's residence is now the official residence of the President of India.
Also visit Jama Masjid. Opposite the Red Fort lies Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) made of red sandstone and white marble, completed in 1656 at a cost of one million Rupees has perfect proportions. India's largest mosque where more than 20.000 people can kneel in prayer. The interior of the prayer hall is divided into aisles by arches. The walls and floors are of marble inlay panels.
Later visit the Red Fort – from out side (IMP: Red fort remains closed on Monday) the 17th century imposing fortress built in red sandstone is surrounded by a huge 33m high boundary wall. Inside are exquisite palaces and beautiful gardens.
Also visit the Raj Ghat on the banks of the river Yamuna is Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial, where he was cremated following his assassination in January 1948. The memorial lies in the midst of landscaped gardens and made of a simple square platform of black marble inscribed with his last words "Hey Ram". An eternal flame burns 24 hours.
Dinner & Overnight at the Hotel
After breakfast drive to Agra.
After breakfast drive to Agra. Agra stands on the right bank of the river Yamuna, was once the seat of the Mughal rulers, the zenith of art and an en shrined romance. A town famous for its beautiful medieval monuments. The passion of the Mughals for building endowed it with some of the loveliest buildings in the world.On arrival at Agra, transfer to the hotel and check in.
After some rest visit Agra Fort. Designed and built by Akbar in 1565 A.D., the fort is surrounded by a 70 feet high wall. It houses the beautiful Pearl Mosque and numerous palaces. The Agra fort happens to be on the same bank of the river Yamuna as the Taj Mahal, which is visible in all its beauty from one side of the fort. Emperor Shahjahan, a prisoner of his son Aurangzeb in his old age was put in a cell from where he could gaze at the Taj Mahal at a distance from his cell in the Agra Fort. It is an imposing structure with walls of red sandstone almost three kilometers long.
Later in evening enjoy the unique musical extravaganza that unfolds the romantic saga of the builders of the Taj Mahal. Mohabbat the Taj is an absorbing tale of the golden era of Indian medieval history, resplendent with colour and life in all its dimensions.
Dinner & Overnight at the hotel
Early morning visit the Taj Mahal - a poem in white marble, built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in the mem1ory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. Today India's most fascinating and beautiful masterpiece, this perfectly symmetrical edifice is set amidst landscaped gardens on the banks of the Yamuna River. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day and glows pearl-like in the moonlight and during the monsoon.
Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday
After breakfast drive to Bharatpur. On the way visit Fatehpur Sikri. It is a beautiful and deserted medieval city built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire. The Mughals later abandoned this city for lack of water.
Later drive to Ranthambore. Ranthambore National Park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country Park's abandoned fortress, lakes and above all its `friendly' tigers have made it one of the most filmed wildlife reserves in the world. Ranthambore was decalred a wildlife sanctuary in 1955 and became part of Project Tiger in 1973. On arrival, transfer to the hotel and check in.
Dinner & Overnight at the Hotel
Early morning enjoy the game drive in the park (by Canters or Jeep). Return to the hotel for breakfast. Ranthambore is a dry deciduous forest replete with several lakes, rivulets and a magnificent ancient fort overlooking the park. The wildlife that one can see here are a large variety of birds, including an impressive number of waterfowl and birds of prey. The water bodies are home to marsh muggers, turtles and pythons. The park also has an abundant population of Sambhar and cheetal as well as nilgai.
Optional Tour: After some rest enjoy an interesting walk to Ranthambore Fort. The Ranthambore Fort, in turn, is said to have got its name from two adjoining hills - Rann and Thambhore. It lies on the Thambhore hill, overlooking the Rann and offers some breathtaking views of the Park. The walls of the fort are about 7 kilometers in length and include an area of nearly 4 square kilometers. All around the fort, one can see many old ruins, including palaces, temples, cenotaphs, step-wells and houses.
In the afternoon set out for another game drive (by Canters).
Overnight in the Hotel.
After breakfast drive to Jaipur. Maharaja Jai Singh II built Jaipur in the 18th century. It is a planned city built with ancient Hindu rules as the colonial capital of a richly colorful state. The whole city was painted pink to welcome the visit of Prince Albert in 1853.
On arrival in Jaipur, check in at hotel. Dinner & Overnight at the Hotel
Visit the Amber Fort which was built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, is one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture. It gives extensive views over a deep narrow valley and the wider plains beyond. The Fort was completed in the early18th century, it was once, the capital of the Mina tribes, believed to be the original inhabitants of this region. The fort, sprawled along the Maotha Lake, boasts of a massive complex gateways, courts, stairways and pillared pavilions, and palaces that recall the glory and wealth, of Amber's association with the Mughals. The fort is entered through the 'Dil e Aaram' Garden, laid out in the traditional Mughal style. An imposing flight of stairs leads to the 'Diwan E Am' (hall of public audience), which has latticed galleries and double row of columns each having a capital in the shape of elephants on the top. To the right are steps that lead to the small Kali Temple. Maharaja Man Singh was a great devotee of Goddess Kali and prayed to the goddess for victory during battles.
Hawa Mahal : We will make the photostop here enroute while going towards Amber Fort. Palace of wind (Hawa Mahal) with 953 windows and niches was made, so that ladies of royal family could see the procession and events in the city without being visible to the people
In the afternoon, visit City Palace occupies the center of Jaipur. It now houses the Royal residence and museums with collections of textiles and costumes, armoury, manuscripts, paintings
Also visit Jantar Mantar (1728-34) by king astrologer Jai Singh II. The instruments are built of stone with marble facing on the important plains for measuring the harmony of the heavens. Each instrument serves a particular function and each gives an accurate reading.
Later will take the group to Dera Amer, (Dera Amer is situated behind the hills of Amer Fort) where we will arrange the Lunch for the group followed by 01 Hour Elephant Ride.
Later drive to Samode, evening enjoy the Gala Dinner at Samode. The start of the experience is very exciting, as the complete Palace is lit up especially for the group. The group then walks up to the palace entrance gate wherein village elders receive them with garlands and the village belles in full local attire shower rose petals on the group.
Overnight at the Hotel
After breakfast drive to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, transfer to the International airport to board the flight back home. Your fascinating journey comes to an end
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