Day 01: ARRIVE DELHI Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport/ Railway Station in New Delhi where our representative will receive you and escort you to your hotel.
Day 02: DELHI to AGRA (200 kms/ 4.5 hrs drive approx.)
After an early breakfast at your hotel, our driver will pick you up for a day of sightseeing of the capital city. This sightseeing will comprise of parts of both New Delhi as well as Old Delhi. Following sites will be covered in New Delhi.
Qutb Minar Complex –
This site just south of Delhi is an ensemble of three monuments: The Iron pillar, The Quwwatul-Islam mosque and The Qutb Minar (minaret). The Qutb Minar was built by Qutbuddin Aibak, the first Muslim Sultan of Delhi. This tapering, fluted structure is set in red sandstone, stands 73 meters high and has five storeys - each marked by intricately carved projections or balconies. The most remarkable is the Iron Pillar, situated in the courtyard of the mosque. It is made of such pure iron that it has not rusted even after 2000 years, a standing testimony to the metallurgical skill of ancient Indians. Tours To Taj Mahal india.
Humayun Tomb –
Yet another magnificent Mughal building, the tomb of the emperor Humayun was built by his wife in
1565-66. This finely proportioned structure in red sandstone and marble, set in a square enclosed garden, served later as a model for the Taj Mahal and many other Mughal tombs. (Drive past the following sites in New Delhi) Agra taj mahal tour India,
India Gate – At the heart of the capital city is this elegant 42 meter arch in buff colored sandstone. The memorial is dedicated to the 70,000 Indian soldiers killed during the First World War and bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers. The foundation stone of the memorial was laid by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught in 1921 and was designed by Edwin Lutyens.
Parliament House – The circular design with 144 pillars flaunts excellent architecture by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker. Built in buff and red sandstone, the beautifully proportioned structure has a circumference of nearly one third of a mile. There are chambers of Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and the library inside the sprawling building. Indian Nationals can apply at the Parliament Secretariat in order to have the visitor's pass whereas the Foreign Nationals have to apply through their respective Embassies or High Commissions.
President House –
Built atop Raisina Hill, the 340-roomed Viceregal Lodge is now the residence of the President of India and is known as the 'Rashtrapati Bhawan'. Though Lutyens claims the dome to be inspired from the Pantheon in Rome; the architecture of the palace bears much evidence to the Indian architecture. The Mughal Gardens inside the premises is one of the major attractions. Following sites will be covered in Old Delhi.
Jama Masjid –
Located just opposite the Red Fort is the imposing Jama Masjid with its black and white striped domes and minarets. It is one of the largest mosques of India. The sprawling courtyard has a capacity to hold 25,000 devotees a
t a time. One of the major attractions of the mosque is the treasure room where - a hair of the beard of Hazrat Muhammad, his used chappal, the canopy of his tombstone, the footprint of Muhammad on the stone and a chapter of the holy book is kept. People following other religion are not allowed to enter the premises form 12:30-2 pm.
Raj Ghat –
Raj Ghat is the last resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. The memorial stone of Mahatma Gandhi placed there is a simple square platform made of black stone, with the words "Hey Ram" inscribed near it. As homage to the Mahatma, an eternal flame, in a copper urn, keeps on burning there. Every Friday, a remembrance ceremony takes place at the Delhi Raj Ghat National Memorial. In the evening drive from Delhi to Agra. Upon arrival check into your hotel, have dinner and rest.
Day 03: In AGRA
After breakfast proceed to the reception where our guide & driver will be waiting to take you for a day of sightseeing of Agra. Following sites will be covered in Agra
Agra Fort -
This Fort, built by the successive contribution of three Mughal generations – Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan – still fascinates the entire world with its majestic glory. More like a city inside, the fort was built to fulfill the military purpose which spreads on the banks of Yamuna enclosing a humongous area of 3 km radius. The Agra Fort gained its actual elegance, lavishness and royalty of a palace at the time of Emperor Shah Jehan. The Fort also serves as a vantage point to view the Taj Mahal from a distance and it is believed that the Emperor Shah Jahan spent his days in exile watching the Taj from here.
Itmad-ud-daulah Tomb – This tomb was built by Begam Nur Jahan wife of Jahangir, in the memory of her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg. He was one of the ge
nerals in the Mughal army who had been given the title of Itmad-ud-Daula meaning - “Pillar of the State”. Primarily built in red sandstone with marble decorations, this monument also elegantly displays white marble and Pietra Dura inlay which is considered to be one of the fore runners of the Taj Mahal.
Taj Mahal –
One of the eight wonders of the world – The Taj Mahal is often described as "the epitome of love" & "a monument of immeasurable beauty". Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to enshrine the remains of his beloved empress Begum Mumtaz Mahal which manifested the immortal love between the two. The purity of the white marble, the exquisite ornamentation, precious gemstones used and its picturesque location, all make this monument gain a place amongst the most magnificent buildings of the world. You can stay on to view the monument changing its mood with the soft light of the setting sun. The Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays.
Return to your hotel in the evening and rest.
Day 04: AGRA to DELHI ( DEPART DELHI)
After having breakfast, collect all your belongings and proceed for your journey back to Delhi. Enroute visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri -
Just 44 km away from Agra on the way to Jaipur is Fatehpur Sikri that briefly served as capital of Emperor Akbar. The majestic marble and red stone structures of the city still narrate the formidable past of this ancient city. It is believed that city was quickly abandoned due to lack of potable water. Palaces, meeting halls, courtyards inside the complex is in a remarkable state of preservation. Holy shrine of Saint Salim Chisti here is one of the important pilgrimages for Muslims and Buland Darwaza which Emperor Akbar built to commemorate his victory on Gujarat is very imposing.
Upon arrival in New Delhi have an authentic Indian dinner at a city restaurant. Transfer to International Airport/ Railway Station for onward journey.