Day 1: DELHI
Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi, is the Capital territory of India. Through most of its history, Delhi has served as a capital of various kingdoms and empires. The city was captured, ransacked and rebuilt several times, particularly during the medieval period, and modern Delhi is a cluster of a number of cities spread across the metropolitan region. The city is divided into two parts – Old Delhi and New Delhi – which are two different worlds on their own. Old Delhi, once the capital of Islamic India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. In contrast, the imperial city of New Delhi created by the British Raj is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. Like an eastern Rome, India’s capital is littered with the relics of lost empires. The Pandavas of the Mahabharata had their capital at Indraprastha, which is believed to have been geographically located in today’s Delhi.
Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi
You will be greeted by our chauffeur and drive to your hotel
Check-in to the Hotel & rest of the day at leisure
In the evening drive around India gate – a famous site which has been built to pay respect to our freedom fighters
Overnight at Delhi
RO: Room only I SC: Self Catering I HB: Half Board I B&B: Bed and breakfast I
D, B&B: Dinner, bed and breakfast I FB: Dinner, bed, breakfast and lunch I
FB+: Dinner, bed, breakfast, lunch and activities daily I FI: Fully inclusive
HB – breakfast & dinner
Day 2: DELHI
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of Delhi
Delhi Sightseeing: Akshardham Temple, Red Fort & Humayun’s tomb
Return to the Hotel by late evening.
Overnight in Delhi
Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple in Delhi is the largest Hindu temple complex in the world and is on the banks of Yamuna River. The temple opened in 2005 was built by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha spiritual organization; the complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture. The main monument, at the centre of the complex designed in accordance with ancient Vedic text known as the Sthapatya Shastra, features a blend of architectural styles from across India. The monument is constructed entirely from Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian Carrara marble, and has no support from steel or concrete. The complex also features a beautiful garden known as Garden of India or Bharat Upavan. The garden spread over acres of well manicured lawns and large trees also has several bronze sculptures of famous Indian personalities and freedom fighters who have contributed to India’s history and culture. Akshardham is open between 9:30 am and 6:30 pm on all days except Mondays.
Delhi’s most famous monument, the Red Fort or the Lal Quila, stands as a powerful reminder of the Mughal emperors who ruled India. The Fort, built in 1638 by Shah Jahan, is a magnificent monument that captivates your attention and exhibits the show of architectural splendour of Mughals. Its walls, which stretch for over two kilometres (1.2 miles), and are 33 meters high were built to keep out invaders. On Indian Independence Day (15 August), the Prime Minister of India hoists the national flag at the main gate of the fort and delivers a nationally-broadcast speech from its ramparts. Except on Mondays the World Heritage site is open on other days between 9 am and 6 am.
Humayun’s tomb built in 1570 was comissioned by Queen Haji Begum, widow of second Mughal emperor Humayun. Located on the banks of River Yamuna the tomb houses the Mughal emperors body. This was the first of this type of Mughal architecture built in India which was followed by an extensive period of construction all over the country. This structure is also considered as the inspiration for Taj Mahal’s creation. Open on all days the best time to view the tomb is in the golden light of the late
Day 3: DELHI
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of Delhi
Delhi Sightseeing: Qutub Minar, India Gate & Shopping
Return to the Hotel by late evening and relax
Overnight in Delhi
Qutub Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world and the second tallest Minar in India. Made of red sandstone and marble, the 73 meters (240 feet) tall structure was built in 1206. The tower has five distinct stories, and is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the holy Quran. Qutub Minar is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture.
Earlier known as ‘All India War Memorial’, India Gate was constructed in 1931 as a war memorial for over 70,000 soldiers who were killed during First World War and Afghan War. The names of the martyrs are etched on the body of this 42 m high India Gate. It’s located in Rajpath, the royal way which leads to the President’s residence. Amar Jawan Jyoti is a burning shrine underneath the arch of the famous India Gate. The flame honors the immortal warriors of India. The shrine is a monument made out of black marble. A rifle is positioned on the barrel, tufted by a helmet of a soldier. The words “Amar Jawan is inscribed in gold in each of the faces of the monument. The place is illuminated with thousands of lights and that creates a gracious impact at night.
Day 4: DELHI – AGRA (230kms/5 hrs drive)
After breakfast, check-out from the Hotel and drive to Agra
On-route visit Vrindavan and Mathura
Arrive in Agra and check-in to the Hotel
Rest of the evening at leisure
Overnight at Agra
Vrindavan is a town in the Matura district of Uttar Pradesh and falls on the western part of the religious Braj Bhoomi, or land of Lord Krishna. According to Mahabarata, Lord Krishna spent his childhood here. The town hosts hundreds of temples dedicated to the worship of Radha and Krishna and is considered sacred by a number of religious traditions. Govindadev temple, Gopinath temple and Ranganath Mandir are the most prominent and popular places in the town. At one time it was the town of the widows- who came here to live and die in the Ashrams. The Ashrams are still here and so are the windows.
Mathura located 15 Km from Vrindavan is the birth place of Lord Krishna and is at the centre of Braj bhoomi or Land of Lord Krishna. It is one of the seven cities (Sapta Puri) considered holy by Hindus.
Day 5: AGRA
Agra is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the State Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the prominent destinations of the World Tourism map with three heritage monuments – The Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri & Red Fort. It is very essential to maintain the specialties of the city of Taj.
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of Agra
Agra Sightseeing: Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikhri, and Agra Fort
Return to the Hotel by late evening and rest of the day at leisure
Overnight transfer to Jaipur by train
The Taj Mahal is one of the most famous tourist attractions in India and across the world. It’s one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Completed in 1653, The Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal, as a symbol of eternal love. Taj Mahal is built on a red sandstone base, topped by a huge white marble terrace on which rests the dome flanked by four tapering minarets. The floors and walls have intriguing calligraphy and mosaic work adorned with precious stones. Taj Mahal is an expression of the height of the Mughal dynasty’s architectural genius in the Indian subcontinent, symbol of a bereaved emperor’s love for his empress, and also an inspiration to countless photographers and artists who have tried to capture its many subtle nuances of light and shade. It is one of the world’s most celebrated structures and a symbol of India’s rich history. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, the Taj Mahal attracts some 3 million visitors a year.
Walled and well planed city and the old Capital of the Mughal emperor Akbar, Dated back to 1569. Fatehpur Sikri is one of the best preserved collections of Mughal architecture in India. Sikri was the first planned city of the Mughals. The sloping levels of the city were connected into terraces which were utilised for various complexes such as Jami masjid, Buland-Darwazah and tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti.
Near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses within its 2.5 km long, enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal ruler with multiple palaces and architectural wonders. The beautiful, magnificent fort was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565. The Agra Fort, also known as the “Lal –Qila”, “Fort Rouge” or “Qila-i-Akbari”, is one of the highlights of the city of Agra, then capital of the Mughal Sultanate. The Agra Fort presents a formidable appearance with its vast walls, standing seventy feet in height, and a mile and a half in circuit, with imposing turrets and gateways. The outer wall is surrounded by a moat.
Day 6: AGRA – JAIPUR(230KMS/ 5HRS DRIVE)
Jaipur is the capital of the Indian State of Rajasthan. It was founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, after whom the city has been named. Jaipur is known as the Pink City of India because of the colour used exclusively in the walled city. Jaipur is rich in history and culture. The city was built on the principles of Shilpa Shastra, the science of Indian Architecture.
Arrive in Jaipur by lunch and chk in to your hotel
Check-in to the Hotel & freshen-up. Rest of the day at leisure.
In the evening visit to Chokhi Dhani – a cultural centre displaying the rich Rajasthani culture
Overnight in Jaipur
Chokhi Dhani is a concept capturing the vibrant spirit of Rajasthan and ensuring a perfect Rajasthani experience. Inbound and native tourists have a desire to experience the unique Rajasthani culture. The real Rajasthan, the villages, the paintings, Bani Thani art, the wall decorations, Dipak wall, the fresh air, the evening performances, the enthusiasm, the ‘manuhar’ (a delicate request to eat till your heart’s desire), the traditions, the costumes and at last but not least the Feelings. The pride of Rajasthan and India Chokhi Dhani Group can easily boast itself as a great promoter and preserver of traditional heritage hospitality of Rajasthani culture
Day 7: JAIPUR
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of Jaipur
Jaipur Sightseeing: City Palace, Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort
Return to the Hotel/ Resort
Overnight at Jaipur
One of the most magnificent marvels or Jaipur is the City Palace Complex which has a rare combination of the finest blends of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Two big silver vessels are also a big attraction, which the king had used to carry the water from Ganges on his visit to London.
The Amber Fort, situated in Amber, 11 kilometers from Jaipur, is one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan, located high on a hill. This fort blends both Hindu and Rajput elements. With its large ramparts, series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks the Maota Lake, at its forefront.
Means the palace of winds, Built of red and pink sandstone, the palace forms a part of the City Palace, The name Hawa Mahal was given to the palace, as the winds blowing in the palace were freezing and creating a soothing surrounding in the palace. The place ensures the beautiful and breathes taking views of the entire city.
Also known as Tiger Fort, is perched high on the rugged Aravali Hills overlooking Jaipur city. The fort was built 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur, the fort was constructed as a place of retreat on the summit of the ridge above the city. The view of the city from the fort is impressive. The popular belief is that Nahar here stands for Nahar Singh Bhomia, whose spirit haunted the place and obstructed construction of the fort.Nahar’s spirit was pacified by building a temple in his memory within the fort, which thus became known by his name.
The massive was built in 1726 and holds great appeal for military lovers. Flanked by towering gateways and watchtowers, it contains the world’s largest cannon on wheels. The cannon have never been fired though, and neither has the fort been captured. As a result the fort has remained intact over its long life Jaigarh Fort, Cannon
Day 8: JAIPUR
Have breakfast, you may explore the local streets of Jaipur for shopping
Return to the Hotel by evening and relax.
Overnight at Jaipur
Day 9: JAIPUR – DELHI (268kms/6hrs drive)
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Delhi
Reach Delhi by late evening and relax.
Overnight at Delhi
Day 10: DEPARTURE
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Delhi international airport for your flight to Australia