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Day 01 : MV Mahabaahu Cruise / Jorhat or Guwahati / Arrive Delhi
Day 02 : Delhi
Day 03 : Delhi – Agra (Approx. 136 miles / 218 Kms / 4 hour drive – One way)
Day 04 : Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Kalakho
Day 05 : Kalakho – Abhaneri – Jaipur
Day 06 : Jaipur
Day 07 : Jaipur – Delhi Airport & Depart
Leave Jorhat for Delhi by flight via Guwahati.
Arrive at Delhi airport, step into the receiving area, where our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel.
Depart Jorhat 13:55 hrs. Jet Airways # 9W 904
Arrive Guwahati 14:45 hrs.
Depart Guwahati 16:00 hrs. Jet Airways # 9W 7068
Arrive Delhi 18:35 hrs.
Arrive and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at hotel
Delhi is one of the best examples in the world where old meets new.
After breakfast, experience the combined charm of Old and New Delhi. We encounter Old Delhi, capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 19th centuries. We stop first at the Gandhi Memorial (Rajghat), the simple black marble slab honoring India’s beloved Mahatma Gandhi, the political and spiritual leader of India’s independence movement renowned for his advocacy of civil disobedience as a form of nonviolent resistance.
Next we drive past the Red Fort for a photo opportunity. The Red Fort complex of palaces is considered the greatest of all Delhi’s earlier cities and is today a UNESCO World Heritage site.
From here we visit India’s largest mosque, the red sandstone and marble Jama Masjid, completed in 1656 as the last monument commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal. Our tour continues with a Rickshaw Ride through bustling and colourful Chandni Chowk market, one of Delhi’s oldest and busiest, and where Moghul royalty once shopped.
We drive past India Gate & Rashtrapati Bhawan.
India Gate – The majestic 137-feet high arch that stands over an eternal flame to honor the 90,000 Indian soldiers who died fighting alongside the British during World War I and the Afghan wars.
Rashtrapati Bhawan – built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy is today the official residence of the President of India and Parliament House, a unique circular building with huge colonnades, houses the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament.
We continue on to see Qutab Minar, one of Delhi’s most visited and striking monuments. King Qutub-ud-din Aibak laid the foundation for the monument after defeating the last Hindu Kingdom in 1199. With a height of 239 feet, this red stone tower ranks as the highest in India.
Return to the hotel.
Overnight at hotel(B)
After breakfast drive to Agra.
Arrive Agra and visit the red sandstone Agra Fort, which stands like a crescent on the banks of the Jamuna River enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls, with a 12-meter moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors – Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan – helped create this massive structure which contains Hindu and Muslim architecture.
Later at sunset, visit the legendary Taj Mahal (Taj Mahal closed on every Friday), poetry in marble and a symbol of eternal love. The Taj Mahal was completed in 1652 and is to this day regarded as one of the wonders of the modern world and the greatest monument of love. Some 20,000 laborers worked tirelessly for 17 years to build this edifice. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. The marble used was brought from Makrana, near Jodhpur and the precious stones such as Onyx, Amethyst, Malachite, Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Jade, Crystal and Mother of Pearl were carried to Agra from Persia, Russia, Afghanistan, Tibet, China and the Indian Ocean.
Overnight at hotel (B)
After breakfast, drive to Fatehpur Sikri (40 kms/ approx. 1 hr)
Visit Fatehpur Sikri:
Fatehpur Sikri bears exceptional testimony to the Mughal civilization at the end of the 16th century. It offers a unique example of architectural ensembles of very high quality constructed between 1571 and 1585. Its form and layout strongly influenced the evolution of Indian town planning, notably at Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi).
The ‘City of Victory’ had only an ephemeral existence as the capital of the Mughal empire. The Emperor Akbar (1556-1605) decided to construct it in 1571, on the same site where the birth of his son, the future Jahangir, was predicted by the wise Shaikh Salim Chisti (1480-1572). The work, supervised by the great Mughal himself, was completed in 1573. In 1585, however, Akbar abandoned Fatehpur Sikri to fight against the Afghan tribes and choose a new capital, Lahore. Fatehpur Sikri was to be the seat of the great Mughal court only once more for three months in 1619, when Jahangir sought refuge there from the plague that devastated Agra. The site was then finally abandoned, until its archaeological exploration in 1892.
After the visit, leave for Kalakho (approx. 3 hrs). Arrive Kalakho and check-in at the Dera Village Retreat.
Lunch at the retreat.
Late afternoon, proceed for camel safari in the village where you will interact with the local people to understand village life and return back to the retreat. Evening experience a cultural dance show performed by local tribes followed by dinner.
Overnight at the retreat in Kalakho (B,L,D)
After breakfast at the retreat, leave for Abhaneri (approx. 45 mins)
Visit the Abhaneri Stepwell.
Abhaneri is prominent for ‘Baoris’, step wells which were invented by the natives to harvest rain water. These tanks were used as cool places of retreat and as water reservoirs during parched times of the year. Chand Baori is the most popular of the wells in the region, and it is one of India’s deepest and largest. There are three ways to reach the water using the steps, which are divided into stories. This colossal, delicately carved well is located in front of the Harshat Mata Temple. It was a ritual to wash the hands and feet at the well before visiting the adjoining temple.
After the visit, leave for Jaipur (approx. 3 hrs)
Arrive Jaipur and check-in at your hotel.
In the afternoon, leave for an excursion to Sanganer.
Sanganer is situated 16 km south of Jaipur. It is famous for textile printing, handmade paper industry, and for Jain temples. Sanganer prints are one of its own kinds, for the reason that patterns in bright colors are always printed on white backgrounds. Sanganeri Hand block printing received the geographical indication (GI) tag in 2010.
After the visits return to your hotel.
Breakfast at your hotel.
After breakfast, proceed to the Amber Fort, built by the Kachhawah Rajputs as their capital from 1037 to 1728 and considered the pinnacle of Rajput architecture. The impressive room of mirrors, walls of jewel-encrusted marble, and the royal apartments offering beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding valleys. Enjoy an Elephant ride (subject to availability of Elephant) up to the Palace fort and jeep ride for descending.
Make a photo stop at the Palace of Winds, the Hawa Mahal. A five-story building with 25-cm thick façade, dating from the 18the Century, the Hawa Mahal has 953 windows and niches so that ladies of royal family could see the procession and events in the city without being visible to the people.
Continue to visit the Jantar Mantar observatory (1728-34), built by Maharajah Jai Singh II, who had great interest in astrology.
Thereafter, visit the City Palace which occupies the centre of Jaipur. It now houses the Royal residence and museums with collections of textiles and costumes, armory, manuscripts, paintings, and other royal treasures.
Today morning at leisure, enjoy sumptuous breakfast at your hotel.
12 Noon – Check-out from your hotel and leave for Delhi International Airport for your onward flight (No hotel in Delhi).
Valid From: 1st October 2018 to 15th April 2019
Excluding: 20th December 2018 to 5th January 2019