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Classical Rajasthan Tour - 606 $ /person onwards

Description:
In this country of thousand facets, the Mughal India (the Classical India) offers you the visit of the principal masterpieces of pageantry. India of the great Mughals and of Rajput Princes includes, "Delhi" the city of contrasts, "Gwalior", the Pearl of Hindustan, the Taj Mahal at "Agra" - one of the eight wonders of the world, and the pink city of Rajasthan, "Jaipur" with its Medieval charm!
Duration : 08 Nights / 09 Days

This itinerary covers the following destinations: Delhi - Gwalior - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur - Samode - Delhi

Day 1 : Depart for Delhi - overnight on board

Day 2 : Arrival Delhi
The colour & romance of India welcomes you with arms wide open as you reach Delhi. The aroma of Indian traditions gets hold of you in a fascinating way. The capital of India, Delhi, is one of the liveliest places in the whole world with something exciting & unexpected always happening at every corner at every moment. For a first time visitor, it serves as a perfect start to a journey towards cultural wealth, different religious beliefs and the dynamisms of India. Delhi can often be both, a melting pot as well as a mosaic of cultures & a keen traveller can take back with him a multitude of experiences. Meet our representative upon arrival, for assistance for transfer to the hotel. Later, proceed for a city tour of New & Old Delhi. Visit the buildings of the British era designed by Lutyens, including the India Gate & the Presidential Palace. Continue onto the beautiful Humayun's Tomb of the Mughal era (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) & a prototype of the world famous Taj Mahal. Later, explore the towering Qutab Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, visit Old Delhi of the Mughals comprising of the Red Fort & the Jama Masjid. Also visit Raj Ghat-the final resting place of Mahatama Gandhi. Return to the Hotel.

Day 3 : Delhi - Gwalior ( Train) Agra
In the morning transfer to the railway station to board a train for Gwalior, also known as "The Pearl of Hindustan". On arrival visit the famous citadel of Gwalior, Palaces covered with polychrome ceramic tiles and Temples decorated with beautiful sculptures. Later in the afternoon, depart for Agra - popular for the Taj Mahal. A pleasant town with a comparatively slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work called pietra dura on marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are descendants of those who worked under the Mughals. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. On arrival check into the hotel.

Day 4 : Agra
The next morning, get set for a city tour of Agra and visit the World romantic Taj Mahal, whose eternal beauty never fails to fascinate and mesmerize its visitors, travelling on a local horse pulled carriage, called a "tonga" . The Taj Mahal is also known as the "Crown of Palaces" built by the Emperor Shah Jahan to immortalize the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal who died in the year1631. The Taj - a poem of love in marble, it is popularly referred to as "a tear drop on the cheeks of Eternity". In the afternoon, discover the strong & magnificent Red Fort - built by the three generations of Mughal Emperors between the year 1565 and 1573, whose military power is beyond compare. It was the residence of the Mughal Emperors. Each one of them just added to the existing character of the Fort ; Red sandstone of Akbar and Jahangir, White marble of Shah Jahan. This fort rises on the edges of Yamuna River, surrounded by a wall of 20 to 33 meters in height and 2500 meters in perimeter.

Day 5 : Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur
The next morning proceed for Jaipur. En route visit the Fatehpur Sikri, Built in the 16th Century by the Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for about 10 years. Then it was abandoned for reasons still unknown. It includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid. Jaipur, the Capital of Rajasthan, the city-capital in the tone of an autumnal sunset, literally lush pink. Painted pink in honour of Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria, who visited the city in 1883. Interspersing the play of red and pink were white borders and motifs, painstakingly outlining the architectural highlights of Jaipur's buildings. Jaipur had been like that since the year 1727 when Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II had it built that year. On arrival check into the hotel.

Day 6 : Jaipur
After breakfast, proceed for a visit to the Amber Fort, built during the time of the Mughals. The area used to be always ready for war. Amber was the residence of the Maharajas. One is able to imagine the power of the Fort just by a look of the majestic ramparts of the Fort, which surround the palace, You will ascend this 11th century Bastion on a gaily decorated elephant. Visit the Palace with its crimped rooms of mirrors and the old harem, a true labyrinth style. The magnificent public and private rooms show evidence of the splendour of the rulers of the 16th & the 17th Century. There is a possibility of also attending a Puja ceremony with a number of priest's chanting at the Kali temple. Puja (chanting in the name of the Lord ) is the time of prayers according to the 'Hindu rites'. One can enter the temple only bare feet and only after removing leather items. Later, after the ceremony, return back to Jaipur, the land of brave knights. In the afternoon, tour of the Pink city (Jaipur) and a special visit to the City Palace (now converted into a museum) which was the principal Residence of the former ruling family, Jantar Mantar - the Medieval Observatory, Hawa Mahal - the exotic Palace of the Winds & the picturesque & colourful bazaars of the walled city. Return to the hotel.

Day 7 : Samode
The next Morning proceed for Samode - once a noble state, a small castle of a fairy tale. Visit this typical village of Rajasthan. The Samode Palace comes into view like a mirage, rising above cobbled streets and mud houses that smell like true India with people extremely innocent and unaware of a true city life. Their innocence is their prerogative. On arrival check into the hotel.

Day 8 : Samode - Delhi
The next afternoon leave Rajasthan for the journey back to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, transfer to Delhi International airport to board an outward flight to your destination.