Day 1-2: Arrive Delhi The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre tour accommodation. On arrival please ask at the reception for information on when the pre departure meeting will be held. Delhi is India's bustling capital, political and cultural centre, with a population of almost 13 million and is bound to be a city that keeps you on your toes no matter what time of day it is! Many dynasties have ruled here and they have all left their own legacies in the architecture, culture and monuments. The city has been destroyed and rebuilt seven times in its long history. Distances are long in the city and walking to places can be futile. Take a bike rickshaw or a motorised rickshaw to get around some of the sites. You can visit the Gandhi Memorial Museum or the infamous Red Fort, maybe make your way to Humayun's Tomb in south Delhi, near Hazrat Nizamuddin station, one of Delhi's three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A popular way to discover Delhi for many people is to take a bicycle rickshaw tour and check out the view from Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Included on your tour is an orientation walk through Delhi. This excursion is only available in the morning of the first day of your tour, before your pre-departure meeting. Ask a member of the reservations team for more details. If you do not arrive in Delhi in time for your orientation walk, you can enjoy a tour on your second day in Delhi. Group tours operate on a modular system with smaller tour sections joining the main tour throughout its duration. Please note that on this tour, you will join the main India and Nepal tour in Agra/Jaipur . Upon your arrival to Delhi, your Tour leader will have left information for you at the hotel reception and a time to meet the local guide who will provide a brief pre- departure meeting and your bus/train tickets to join the main tour in Agra/Jaipur.A local guide will also escort you to the bus/train station to ensure that your boarding is easy and problem free. Upon arrival at Agra/Jaipur you will be met by your Tour Leader who will escort you to the hotel to join your new friends at the hotel.
Day 3-4: Jaipur Jaipur is Rajasthan's capital and most visited city, and is a bustling, lively destination. It is known as the 'pink city' because of its pink wash buildings although time has faded some of this colour. Make sure you check out the Old City with its bazaars, palaces and havelis. There's also the popular Nahargarh (Tiger Fort) which is a small fort with towering walls. You may also wish to go on a group visit to Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) which is one of Jaipur's most famous attractions - a five storey high Baroque- like structure built to enable the veiled ladies of the harem to observe the street scenes below, out of sight of the people below. The following day there is free time to view the city independently. Try the fresh fruit juices from the street markets (remember to ask for no water or ice!). You could shop for souvenirs and look out for the Meenakaari (enamel work) and Kundankaari (inlay work with gems), which are the two styles of jewellery made by local artisans. Alternatively you could wander around the old city taking in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Or why not visit the Amber Fort, which used to be the capital of the city.
Day 5-6: Agra Today you will travel by train to the industrial city of Agra, steeped in history and tradition, and home to the world-famous Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal never ceases to amaze all who visit to marvel at what is possibly the greatest testimonial to love and romance ever built. It was commissioned between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife. There is more to Agra than monuments of love, and other popular attractions include the Agra Fort and Tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daulah. You will have free time in Agra to explore at your leisure or book some optional excursions. Your tour leader will offer suggestions and assist you with these. You have the option to watch the sun set over the Taj Mahal - a truly incredible sight (this will be organised with your tour leader). You might also like to visit Fatehpur Sikri - a complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style. Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for 10 years. The day will be free to explore Agra further and admire some of Hinduism's most holy sights.
Day 7: Delhi We then make our way back to the capital, where there's time for some last minute souvenir shopping or to check out any sights you may have missed first time around. Due to the modular nature of our group tours, you may be taken to the bus station by your tour leader, to travel unescorted to Delhi and collected in Delhi.
Day 8: Depart Delhi Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
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This short but exciting itinerary follows the classic golden triangle route, travelling from Delhi to Jaipur, called the Pink City, where we visit the picturesque and beautifully decorated Amber Palace. Explore the labyrinthine markets where women haggle fiercely over vibrantly coloured saris and wander the bustling streets. From there it is on to Agra, built around 1,000 AD, to see easily the most famous monument in India, the glorious Taj Mahal.
What to Know
We recommend packing lightweight and durable clothes. Nights can be cold at higher altitude, so it is a good idea to bring at least one pair of warm trousers plus several thinner sweaters / fleeces which you can layer. Please avoid military or camouflage-patterned clothing as it can cause problems and in some countries may be illegal. In some sacred and religious areas you will be required to cover your shoulders and knees as a sign of respect (this often applies to men as well as women). A sarong or light scarf can be very useful in these scenarios.
About the Destination
India pulsates with a spectacular mix of people, traditions and landscapes. Your journey through this mind-stirring country will blaze in your memory long after you've left its shores.
From the soaring snow-dusted peaks of the northern mountains to the sultry sun-washed beaches of the southern coast, India's dramatic terrain is breathtaking. Along with abundant natural beauties, exquisitely carved temples rise majestically out of pancake-flat deserts and crumbling old fortresses peer over plunging ravines. Aficionados of the great outdoors can scout for big jungle cats on wildlife safaris, paddle in the shimmering waters of one of many beautiful beaches, take blood-pumping treks high in the Himalaya, or simply inhale pine-scented air on meditative forest walks.
Spirituality is the common characteristic painted across the vast and varied canvas that is contemporary India. The multitude of sacred sites and rituals are testament to the country's long, colourful, and sometimes tumultuous, religious history. And then there are the festivals! India hosts some of the world's most dazzling devotional celebrations – from formidable city parades celebrating auspicious events on the religious calendar to simple harvest fairs that pay homage to a locally worshipped deity.
Things to Do
- Red Fort
- Qutab Minar
- Gandhi Memorial Museum
- National Museum
- Jama Masjid
- Humayun's Tomb
- Salam Balak Trust (This trust offers educational opportunities and meals to street children, teaching them trades and giving them the chance of a brighter future. If time allows your tour leader may bring you here or you can donate money through your tour leader.)
- Hawa Mahal
- Amber Fort & Palace
- Taj Mahal
- Fatehpur Sikiri guided tour –
- Agra Fort
- Akbar's Mausoleum
How to get there
We recommend flying into Indira Gandhi International Airport. That is where your adventure shall begin.
- 10 Sleeps
What is Included
- Delhi Orientation Walk
- Audio Tour of Jaipur City Palace
- Visit to Birla Hindu Temple
- Guided Tour of the Taj Mahal
- 7 night(s) in hotels
- Travel by Train, Public Bus
- Tour leader, English-speaking local guide(s) on included excursions
Rates Do Not Include:
- International flights and departure taxes
- Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.
- Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation
- Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
- Optional excursions
- This tour doesn't have fixed departure dates. Instead, the departure dates can be customized. The final departure dates will depend on the client's preferences and availability of accommodations and/or other components of this tour.
- The rates of this tour can be changed without prior notice
- This tour is offered by the Tour Operator, not by aSuiteStay
- All information about this tour is provided and updated by the Tour Operator, not by aSuiteStay.
India E-visas must be obtained prior to travel to India. No documents need to be mailed to VisaHQ for processing. You will receive an Electronic Travel Authority by e-mail. Biometric details will be taken upon arrival in India. Travelers must enter at one of the following airports: Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi ,Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai & Trivandrum.
Rate of $799 USD is subject to change.
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