Rajasthan Panorama Tour with Pushkar Fair
Delhi – Nawalgarh – Mandawa – Bikaner – Pokhran – Jaisalmer –
Manvar – Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur – Chittorgarh – Bijaipur –
Ranthambore – Pushkar – Jaipur – Fathepur Sikri –
Agra – Sikandra/Mathura – Delhi
20 Nights & 21 Days
Day 01 : Arrival Delhi
Welcome at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, assistance on arrival our representative assists and escorts you by a Private a/c car and transfer to the pre-booked hotel. After check in, you will be given all the required documents related to your tour plan; he will explain all your queries about the entire tour plan. If you are arriving by the morning flight, after relaxation in the evening witness the light and sound show at Red fort, which projects the splendid 5000 year history of the city. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Light and Sound Show: A spectacular sound and light show at the Red Fort, which makes the 5,000 years old history of the city come alive. Amidst the tranquility of the splendidly panoramic and the historic environs of the Red Fort, select episodes from the annals of Delhi's historic and legendary past are vividly brought to life. Special effects combine with the unique ambience to make this show a hauntingly unforgettable experience.
Day 02 : Delhi
After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour & explore the historic city, starting with Old Delhi: (Shahajahanabad) the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone, Jama Masjid, the largest and the most splendid mosque in India, both built by Emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame, Rajghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, where he was cremated. Later take a cycle rickshaw ride through the bustling and colorful bazaar of Chandani Chowk. The sightseeing continues to explore the best tourist attractions of New Delhi including President House (Rashtrapati Bhawan), the regal residence of British rulers; a palace built for British Viceroys. India gate; built to honour and pay a tribute to the Indian soldiers who sacrificed themselves during the Afghan war, then visit Birla Mandir (Laxmi Narayan Temple) built by the Birla family. Humayun’s Tomb, lotus shaped Bhai’s Temple, Qutub Minar; built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Delhi, the towering capital city of the independent and largest democratic country in the world: India. It is one of India's modern and fastest developing cities with a charismatic charm on its visitors. Delhi is located and sprawled on both banks of Yamuna River. The city is enriched with culture, architecture and human diversity, Delhi city is a blend of the ancient past of India with the vibration of the modern world. It houses some of India’s finest museums, historical monuments, sightseeing places, and temples. The city designed by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) & is tree-lined & spacious. Legend has it that the Pandavas of epic Mahabharata, the august heroes, founded Delhi around 1200 BC & the name of the city was Indraprastha.
Day 03 : Delhi – Nawalgarh – Mandawa (275 kms: 6 – 7 hrs)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Mandawa, Enroute halt at Nawalgarh, visit compact little town of Shekhavati region comprising of Forts and Havelis of beautiful frescoes. While touring this town a painted arched gateway adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows leads to the bazaar. Its Havelis still bear witness to the rich & prosperous Marwari era of the 19th century. Later continue drive to medieval city Mandawa in Rajasthan On arrival, check in to a heritage hotel. Mandawa is also called the 'open-air art gallery' of Rajasthan. In the evening you can walk around the narrow lanes of the tradition town, watching locals and shops. Later enjoy the traditional music and dance, live performance by the local artist, during the gala dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Mandawa: During the mid of 18th century this town was founded, located in Shekhawati region in Rajasthan. Mandawa is known for its’ speculative havelies and fort. Now days, Mandawa is known as an imposing mirage like fort now a popular heritage hotel with modern amenities. The structure of this place recalls one of the cultural and tradition this place used to be in the bygone golden era. The affluent and dominant traders and merchants built gigantic havelis, bejeweled with beautiful wall paintings, for the purpose of their residence. In the past time, painting subject was mythology dominated the themes of the frescoes, animals, dancers, religion, portraits, displaying local legends, hunting and wrestling scenes, etc. And some fascinating paintings, portraying Lord Krishna and his cowherds. During the British ruler in India, the traditions subject was turned in to cars, trains, balloons, hunting, nature, phones, and gramophones etc., a truly monuments city of Rajasthan.
Day 04 : Mandawa – Bikaner (185 kms: 4 - 5 hrs)
After breakfast visit to explore Mandawa town, visiting notably known havelies: Binsidhar Chokhani, Newatia, and Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli. The Binsidhar Newatia Haveli, are famous for its inquisitive paintings. The Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli is known for its erotic paintings and images, now mostly defaced. These havelis are like museums, numerous havelis built by the wealthy merchants as in old days. After visit checkout and drive to Bikaner. En route halt at to Deshnok, which worldly known for the Rat Temple, this temple is 600 years old, dedicated to Goddess Karni Mata, the temple is built by King of Bikaner Ganga Singh, the temple is decorated with cared silver gages and marble stone work. Later continue to drive Bikaner, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Bikaner.
Bikaner: The city was founded by Rao Bikaji in 1488; Rao Bikaji was the son of King Jodhaji of Jodhpur, due to some personal confront with his family, he took the courage to build his own city by adopting desert and barren land and then he transformed into a charming city called Bikaner, and the city was named after the King Bikaji. The 500 years old city standing still with glorious past is located in Northern part of Rajasthan. The Rajpoot rulers here built splendid palaces, temples and forts that resonance of magnificence and images of monsoon clouds in this desert land. The city is barricaded by 7 kms long walls built in 18th sanctuary with 5 huge gates around the city. Today, a flourishing city of wool, food and milk. The Bikaner is known also one of the international standard camel breeding farm and rate temple of Karni Mata. Junagarh fort is major tourist attraction of the city. The city is known for colourful market and camel festival every year. Bikaner is also known as a gateway to Jaisalmer.
Day 05 : Bikaner – Pokhran – Jaisalmer (330 kms: 7 – 8 hrs)
Today after breakfast takes the city tour of Bikaner visiting most popular and magnificent Junagarh Fort - built by Raja Rai Singh, this had never conquered during the entire history of Bikaner. The forts is having around 37 splendid palaces within the fort complex, there is wall of 7 kilometers around the fort and 37 bastions and 2 massive gates. Later check out from the hotel & drive to Jaisalmer, en route take a halt at Pokhran: visit the massive Fort of Pokhran.The town of Pokhrancame to the renown when India’s first nuclear test was conducted here in the 1970's. Pokharan Fort was Built in 1532-1584 the yellow sandstone, though not as conspicuous as some of the others forts in Rajasthan, it has a few exquisite palaces like the Mangal Niwas, the Rani Mahal and the Phool Niwas or the Flower Palace; visit the Pokhran Museum, housed inside the fort’s premises is fairly small and contains an hodgepodge of weapons, pottery paintings, and the costumes which the Maharajas wore. After visiting the fort, proceed to Jaisalmer. On arrival, transfer to hotel. if time permits, take a walk along the local market to acclimatize with the city atmosphere. Overnight at the hotel.
Jaisalmer: the desert town is located on the edge of the Thar Desert and is one of most prominent tourist places of Rajasthan. Also known as the golden city, Jaisalmer is quite popular for the crowing Golden Fort. The city is a fantasy in yellow sandstone founded in the 1156 AD by Rawla Jaisal, a Rajput King. Jaisalmer is known for its golden stretched sand dunes, splendid havelies, camel safari on the thrilling Sam dunes, Jain temples, picturesque Gadisar Lake and of course the royal heritage and culture. A tour of Rajasthan is incomplete without visiting Jaisalmer.
Day 06 : Jaisalmer
Today after breakfast take city tour of Jaisalmer city, visiting Gadisar Lake located in the main city. Then visit most popular Golden Fort, also known as Sonar Kila and Jaisalmer Fort, the fort is built on the top of Trikuta hill, having 99 bastions, the most speculator feature is Megh Durbar, also many temples, near the fort there are marvelous havelies built by the wealthy traders of the past time, notably havelies are Nathmal ji Ki Havel, Patwon ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli, the splendid mansions with latticework and stone carving, a truly break tacking intricacy. Afterwards visit to the one of the beautiful lake known as ‘Gadisar Lake’ the entrance of the lake is quite artistic and there is past day’s story behind this lake. If time permits and you wish to cover more of places, you can visit to Amar Sagar and Mool Sagar Lake and temples of Ladawara. In the evening drive to Sam Sand Dunes, the nearest place of the Great Thar Desert, Sam Sand dunes are seems to be golden stretched sands as a gateway to Thar Desert. Enjoy camel ride to on the sand dunes. Later return to the hotel for overnight Stay.
Day 07 : Jaisalmer – Manvar (180 kms: 4 – 5 hrs)
Today morning after breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Manvar in Dechu. This place falls under Shergarh Region of Thar Desert and the highest sand dunes are found in this area. On arrival transfer to the resort, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Early evening transfer on the camels for a desert safari till the Manvar Camp Site, reaching the campsite by sunset. In the evening, enjoy folk dance and music under the starlit sky while enjoying theme dinner. Overnight at the desert camp in tents.
Manvar, located right in the heart of the Great Indian Thar Desert is an unprecedented tourist destination offering a rare opportunity to enjoy Rajasthan desert life, culture, wildlife & beauty. The Manvar Resort is spread over 5 acres. Constructed using local materials & techniques, the resort consists of 21 well designed stone cottages with thatched roofs, thatched roof eateries, open air courtyard sit outs, book & gifts shop, reading room and a swimming pool. The interiors have been designed as clean and restful spaces. Smooth stucco plaster, patterned mosaic floors, earthy colours combine with customized elements like a woven headboard and bedside lamps, furniture and rugs - all of them being very specific to the desert region of Marwar. Manvar Safaris offer great outdoor adventure and a taste of the Thar Desert. Visitors can choose between camel and Jeep safaris. visiting a typical desert dwelling (Dhani), Mustard and Red Chili fields in the middle of the desert, Craftsmen at work; carpenters, metal smiths, potters, cobblers (Jutti makers), Virgin sand dunes, Desert wildlife; desert fox, Indian gazelle.
Day 08 : Manvar – Jodhpur (110 kms: 3 hrs)
Early morning you may opt to take a jeep safari to explore nearby by desert village to see understand their life style, villagers craftsman, carpenters, metal smith potters, cobblers. After village safari return to the resort to check out and drive to Jodhpur. En route visit Bishnoi Village. The villagers coming from the Bishnois caste are believed to be the guardians of animals. Bishnois are vegetarians and hence have great reverence for all living things. Then visit to the local handicrafts viz shoe makers, pottery hand weaving watching men in their traditional attire, women clad with ancestral silver Jewellery, en-route watch and photograph the beautiful wildlife - black buck, chinkaras, peacock etc. liberally moving in plenty of care by the local villagers. Later proceed to Jodhpur. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. In the evening you may opt to explore the local market, visiting various authentic restaurants. You may choose ‘On the rocks’ an open air restaurants with Rajasthani hospitality, offering authentic food and folk music and dance. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Bishnoi Village: a survivor of a great famine, which raged in 1485, already taught the principles of the ecology of centuries ago. Jambeshwar or Jambhoji observed that the famine was a result of the deforestation in the region (already at that time!). He formulated a list of 29 rules. Among other things included the rule to not kill any animals, not cut down green trees and to take from the fields only what was needed. These 29 rules (Bish-noi means '29' in the Hindi language) form the base of the Bishnoi-philosophy. They are vegetarians and therefore have great respect for all living things. Sure they keep buffaloes, sheep and goats, but only for the milk, the wool and the manure. The manure is used as a fuel and construction material for their houses. The Bishnoi people accordingly expect that the tourist respect their way of life and customs.
Day 09 : Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur (276 kms: 5 hrs)
Today morning after breakfast, take the sightseeing tour of the city, visiting massive Mehrangarh Fort, wonderful Jaswant Thada (Mausoleums of the great Rajput King: Jaswant Singh), Umaid Bhawan Palace and museum – India is one of most imposing and regal palaces, built by Maharaja Umaid Singh, designed by of famous architect Edwardian and Henry Vaughan Lanchester. Later check out the hotel and drive to Udaipur, en route take a half at Ranakpur to visit the ancient Jain Temples, built in the 12th Century – this group of temples is made of intricately sculpted white marble, with more than 100 beautifully carved pillars, each carved differently from the other. Enjoy lunch at Maharani Baugh, (on your own) one of the best hotels in Ranakpur. After visit continue to drive to Udaipur. On arrival, check into the hotel. In the evening you may walk through the old narrow street of the city to watch local houses and people. Or you may opt to visit at Lake Pichola for boat ride; afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Jodhpur: The home of Rajpoot, (Rathors) – The awesome significant city of Rajasthan. Founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha, today Jodhpur is one of the largest and flourishing city of Rajasthan known as white city of Rajasthan. Jodhpur was once upon a time was the capital of Marwar state (Northern Part of Rajasthan). Mehrangarh fort, the crowning old palace is major tourist attraction of Jodhpur. Another pride of Jodhpur is Umaid Bhawan Palace; this grand palace is now converted into heritage hotel and present residence of the Royal family of Jodhpur. This palace is most sought after regal and splendid palace for royal wedding in Rajasthan. So many world fame celebrity and business tycoons organized their wedding at this heavenly palace. The city carries rich heritage and culture and blossoming market and industry of lether goods, handcraft, wood, cattle, salt and agricultural crops.
Day 10 : Udaipur
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting wondrous City Palace complex, significant landmark of the town, the palace is a splendid white marble architectural historical place of Rajpoot Rulers, in the palace vicinity you will see notable places like Durbar Hall, Palace Museum, Crystal Gallery and Jagdish temple, followed by Sahelion Ki Bari, a beautiful recreation garden for queens and princes of the rulers. Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, an ethic places to see the traditions and culture of Rajasthan, ethnic ornaments, exhibiting folk traditional outfits, puppets, masks, dolls, classical paintings, fold musical instruments. In the evening visit to Lake Bageela 22 kms for sightseeing tour of ancient Eklingji and Nagda Temples, after finishing the sightseeing tour of the day, return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Udaipur: One of the most romantic and beautiful city of North India, the city was founded in 1568 AD by Rajput King Udai Singh., located on the banks of the shimmering Pichola Lake, is one of the most romantic city of Rajasthan. Udaipur is cuddle up in lush green Aravali mountain range. The city is also known as the ‘Venice of the East'. It is a kaleidoscope of wonderful lakes, enchanting temples, lake side gardens, amazing forts and palaces and narrow lanes of the old city with historical past, Udaipur characterize chivalry and velour of the Rajpoot clan who had ruled this city for years and valor and chivalry. There are so amazing places to visit in this incredible city of Rajasthan.
Day 11 : Udaipur – Chittourgarh – Bijaipur (160 kms: 3 - 4 hrs)
After breakfast, checkout the hotel and drive to Bijaipur. En route halt at Chittourgarh city, to visit the mightiest and the largest historical fort of India: Chittourgarh - A ruined citadel, where the royal past lives in its imposing forts, graceful palaces and spectacular 'chhatris'. The fort stands as a jaded reminder of the character and bravery of the Rajpoot Clan in Rajasthan & echoes with the tales of romance and valour unique to their tradition. Sprawled over an area of 700 acres, the fort houses historical monuments: Tower of Victory, Rani Padmini Palace, Man Mahal, Mira Temple and several ruins of the temples of Shiva. In the fort complex you will visit Kirti Stambha, Rana-Kumbha Palace, Padmini Palace, Meera Temple and Kumbha Shyam Temple and Kalika Mata Temple, State Archaeological Museum. Later proceed to Bijaipur. On arrival transfer to Castle Bijaipur. This 16th century castle is set in the serene Vindhyanchal ranges. This fort echoes the sounds of many fierce battles of historic importance fought against the Mughals and Marathas. Enjoy the traditional folk dances during your tradition dinner at Castle Bijaipur. Overnight at the hotel.
Chittourgarh, the town known for its massive fort atop hill, crowned on a 6 kms long hill, covers an area of 280 hectares with fortifications, temples, towers and palaces. The city can be singled out for its glorious past and valour, unique to the Rajput tradition. Chittourgarh is a fortified settlement, with a history of witnessing a number of sieges, but refusal to bow before foreign invaders. Tales of the Princess Padmini are told here who was known for her chivalry and beauty.
Castle Bijaipur is a 16th century castle set in the serene Vindhyachal ranges in the Mewar region, near Chittourgarh (Rajasthan, India) and was built by Rao Shakti Singhji the younger brother of the great warrior Maharana Pratap. A wildlife sanctuary adjacent to the castle has leopard, chinkara, spotted and four-horned deer, crocodile and wild boar as well as a variety of birds. Jeep and camel safaris, trekking and camping, visits to the nearby Pangarh fort, boating and fishing in its lotus lake, local tribal folk songs in the evenings are some of the interesting activities arranged here.
Day 12 : Bijaipur – Ranthambhore (275 kms: 4 – 5 hrs)
After an early breakfast, checkout from the hotel and drive to Ranthambhore, one of the finest tiger reserves of India. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Later in the afternoon, take a jungle safari with a naturalist guide at one of the best places to sight a tiger in its natural habitat. In the dry season tigers can be seen near the watering holes and are clearly visible in the dry forest. Also visit the famous Temple of Ganesha in the Fort. Rest of the evening is free for leisure activities at the jungle resort. Overnight at the jungle resort.
Ranthambhor, hailed as one of India's finest wildlife locations, was established as a sanctuary in 1959 and included in the very first phase of Project Tiger in 1972. The park derives its name from the fort of Ranthambhor, which sits on a rocky outcrop in the forest. The fort dates back to the 11th century, when it was a vital citadel for the control of central India. Though overrun by vegetation, remnants of the summer palaces, temples and guard stones within the fort still remain. Earlier, the hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the Park at Ranthambhor was once the scene of royal hunting parties. Today, it is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. The tigers can be spotted quite often even during the day, busy in their normal pursuits - especially stalking or hunting and taking care of their young. With the strict measures that have been taken for their conservation, they seem quite accustomed to human activity and are not disturbed.
Day 13 : Ranthambhore – Pushkar (285 kms: 5 - 6 hrs)
After breakfast check out the Resort and drive to Pushkar. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Pushkar is well-known for the world’s largest cattle fair every year in the month of November, with glorious celebration. Take a sightseeing tour of the city visiting temple of Lord Brahma surrounded by Pushkar Lake. Witness the devotees taking dip into the holy waters and offering prayers on the banks of the lake. Later, enjoy the vibrant Pushkar fair, activities with camels and other cattle will take place - the cattle trading, camel races, as well as various shows and competitions etc. Overnight at the hotel.
Pushkar: Amongst the grandeur of Rajasthan, discover a unique gem - Pushkar. Lord Brahma, known to be the creator of the world, in search for his abode on earth, performed the supremely pious Vedic yagna here in Pushkar, thus making it the site of the only Brahma Temple in the world. With over 500 temples and ghats, a pilgrimage center from time immemorial, Pushkar begets an inheritance of timeless architectural legacy. Pushkar is famous for the biggest cattle fair in the world. Pushkar emits an ambience of peace and spirituality that entices people to visit again and again.
Day 14 : Pushkar
After breakfast, visit the Pushkar Fair, is synonymous to the cattle fair. So there are camels, horses, cows, goats, and sheep; all decked up to be sold and purchased. The proud cattle owners throng Pushkar, travelling across the golden sands of the various places in Rajasthan. There is bargaining, presence of several popular breeds and the parading of the well bred, highly decorated cattle. You enjoy the dance shows, music performances, and other similar activities. The most striking feature is the cattle competition. Imagine the entire limelight on beautifully decorated cattle when they race their ways into the audiences’ heart or the manner in which they play musical chairs. The Pushkar Fair watches the best-bedecked camel in parade winning the beauty contest. Overnight at the hotel in Pushkar.
The Pushkar Fair, or Pushkar ka Mela, is the annual five-day camel and livestock fair, held in the town of Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is one of the world's largest camel fairs, and apart from buying and selling of livestock it has become an important tourist attraction and its highlights have become competitions such as the "matkaphod", "longest moustache", and "bridal competition" are the main draws for this fair which attracts thousands of tourists. In recent years the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar club and a team of random foreign tourists. The Imperial Gazetteer of India, mentions an attendance of 100,000 pilgrims in early 1900s
Day 15 : Pushkar
After breakfast, celebrate Pushkar Fair being Kartik Purnima, (depends on travel date) today thousands of devotees will bathe in the holy lake, believed to have been created when the god Brahma dropped a sacred lotus flower to earth, and there is a grand finale in the mela stadium. You can see the colorful culture of Rajasthan comes alive in the form of the folklores, music and dance performances besides the captivating turbans of the men. The bards and the poets enchant the audiences with the tales of gallantry, cultural shows, exhibitions and movies add to the fun at the Pushkar Fair. Here you can enjoy hot air balloons (on your own) floating across the camel ground, the town and lake. What an amazing way to see the fair. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 16 : Pushkar – Jaipur (135 kms: 3 hrs)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Jaipur. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Jaipur is worldly famous for hand woven carpets, precious stones, handicrafts, marbles, textiles, blue pottery, handmade papers amongst many others. Visit the modern & artistic, Birla Temple, with its white shimmering marble glittering in the night.In the evening you can visit to Amber fort to see the Light and Sound Show: holds the history of a citadel, pulsating with a legendry past of 600 years & 28 kings of the Kachhwaha dynasty, before their capital moved to Jaipur. Through their unique diplomacy of strategic alliances & their valour & strength, the rulers not only established a long dynasty but, in time, also played a part in changing the destiny of Medieval India. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Jaipur is widely known as the ‘Pink City’ of India. The walls, houses and buildings of the entire city were washed with pink colour for a grand and royal welcome of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria of Britain, who visited Jaipur in 1853 A.D. This splendid city as was founded in 1727 A.D by one of the greatest ruler Jai Singh II. Jaipur is surrounded by hills on three sides. Jaipur is the only city in the world, which is designed in accordance with Hindu architectural science called Shilpa Shastra. The city had been designed in rectangular shape of 9 blocks, depicting the 9 partition of the universe. This fascinating city houses - majestic forts, grand palaces, lavish gardens, havelis and museums. While visiting these places you will have a true vision of the royal golden past of Rajasthan.
Day 17 : Jaipur Today after breakfast explore the Pink City with an excursion to splendid Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, built in the 15th Century by Rajput King Man Singh. Later visit another mighty and majestic Nagargarh fort, close to Amber fort. Later drive back to the main city to visit the imperial City Palace - present residence of the royal family of Jaipur, the palace is a miraculous representation of the real Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The incredible Jantar Mantar was innovated and constructed by Jaipur King Swai Jai Singh. Amongst the 5 observatories built by him, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is one of them. The splendid Hawa Mahal, also known ‘Palace of Winds’ was built with a concept for the woman of royal families to speculate the royal ceremonies and festivals being hidden from the public eyes. In the evening you can explore the bustling market by hoping onto a cycle rickshaw ride. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 18 : Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (240 kms: 5 hrs)
After breakfast, checkout and drive to Agra. Enroute stop over at Fatehpur Sikri, the old deserted town of the Mughal kingdom, built in red sandstone in honour of Saint Salim Chisti who blessed birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar. It is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important structure here represents a type by itself. Notable among them is the Diwane e Khas; Punch Mahal, the Tomb of Salim Chisti, and the Buland Darwaza, one of the largest and tallest gateways in the world. After sightseeing continue to proceed to Agra. On arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight stay. In the evening one should visit the Oswal Emporium to watch the replica of Taj Mahal, which took 10 years for the artists to build. Also enjoy the light and sound show “Mohabbat-the-Taj: the saga of love”, the only show of its kind in India! Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Agra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Taj Mahal. A pleasant town with a comparatively slow pace, Agra is an old city and it is said that its name was derived from Agrabanad, a forest that finds mention in the epic Mahabharata. Agra is known for its superb inlay work 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. Agra and Fatehpur Sikri, both are conveniently located close to Delhi. Agra Fort, Sikandra, Ram Bagh and Itmad-Ud-Daulah are some of the noteworthy places to visit apart from the famous Taj Mahal.
Day 19 : Agra
Early morning visit world’s most popular and beautiful monument: Taj Mahal with its’ fabulous view at the time of sunrise. Taj Mahal, beautiful architectural monument among the 7 wonders of the world; this historical masterpiece is illustration of the fusion of diverse architectural styles. Taj Mahal is crown of all the loveliest buildings in the world, a symbol of eternal love. The tour continues to visit Agra Fort, was built in 1576 AD., by great Mughal Emperor Akbar, structured and designed with red stoned barricaded; in the fort you will find most splendid Pearl Mosque and various other classic example of art: Jahangir Mahal, Moti Masjid, Macchhi Bhawan, Nagina Masjid, Diwan-i-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Am, Meena Bazaar and Musamman Bhurj where from Emperor Shahjahan, prisoner of his son rebellious Aurangzeb, he put his father in the cell of Agra fort, where from he could see his love reflecting through the Taj Mahal, where his loveliest wife was cremated. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Note: Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday.
Day 20 : Agra – Sikandra - Mathura - Delhi (240 kms: 5 hrs)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Delhi, on the way stop over to visit Sikandra to see the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Akbar, a marvelous mausoleum of Mughal Emperor Akbar, spectacularly designed structure of Hindu and Muslim architecture, continue to drive to Delhi, en route halt at Mathura - the temple city known as the birth place of Lord Krishna, visiting Dvarkadhish Temple, Vishram ghat, Potara kund and Rangbhumi. Followed by other temples in and around Vrindavan (15 kms) like Banke Bihari Temple, Radha Vallabh Temple, Sri Radha Raman Temple, Shahji Temple, Rangaji Temple and ISCON Temple. After visiting Mathura proceed to Delhi, on arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 21 : Delhi - Hometown (By Air)
After breakfast the day is free for individual activities and shopping. Rest of the day is free for leisure and shopping activities. Delhi is one of the most popular cities for shopping with a wide range of ready-made collections, decoration, food items, beauty products, textile, wooden, silver, bronze art, jewelry & a whole lot more. The famous markets include Central Cottage Industries Emporium, Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan, Khan Market, Old Delhi Market, Chandani Chowk, Spice Market (Khari Baoli), Delhi Hat amongst others. Later transfer to the international airport to board the scheduled flight for home town/onwards journey. On departure
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