Taj Mahal Temple Tour
Places Covered : Delhi – Jaipur – Agra – Jhansi – Orchha – Khajuraho – Delhi
Duration : 08 Nights/ 09 Days
DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive Delhi in the evening. Upon arrival, you shall met & assisted with your baggage’s at the airport by our executive and transferred to hotel.
Delhi : India’s capital & a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its fold the ancient & the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. New Delhi also reflects the legacy the British left behind . The division between New & Old Delhi is the distinction between the capitals of the British & the Moghuls respectively.
DAY 02 : DELHI
After breakfast, full day city tour. Visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; witness the Red Fort; Visit Humayun’s Tomb : built in mid 16th century this is an early example of Mughal architecture ; Visit Qutab Minar, witness the India Gate, President House.. The city tour ends with a visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir).
DAY 03 : DELHI – JAIPUR
Afternoon, leave for Jaipur : The city owes its names, foundation and its careful planning to the great warrior – astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II. In 1727, with Mughal power on the wane, Jai Singh decided to move down from his hillside fortress at nearby Amber to a new site on the plains. He laid out the city, with its surrounding walls and six rectangular blocks, according to the principles of town planning set down in Shilpa Shastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. Arrive Jaipur and rest of the day free for individual activities.
DAY 04 : JAIPUR
After breakfast, excursion to Amber Fort : At a distance of 11 kms from Jaipur, Amber was the ancient capital of Jaipur state. Construction of the fort began in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar’s army and is a superb example of Rajput architecture. Elephant ride from the foothills of the Aravallis to the fort entrance
Afternoon, city tour of Jaipur. Visit the City Palace which has museum having an extensive collection of art, carpets, enamel ware and weapons; Jantar Mantar – the observatory built my Maharaja Jai Singh in 1728 and the façade of Hawa Mahal.
DAY 05 : JAIPUR – FATEHPUR SIKRI – AGRA
After breakfast, leave for Agra, enroute visit the abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri : built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the old capital of the Moghuls, which was abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & other Palaces which are still preserved in its original glory. Continue drive to Agra. Upon arrival, check-in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 06 : AGRA
After breakfast, city tour of Agra. Visit Red fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the time of his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains the hall of public and private audiences amongst many other beautiful structues; Itmad-ud-daulah, which was contructed by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628 and is very similar to the tomb she constructed for her husband, Jehangir, near Lahore in Pakistan; the highlight of the day – The Taj Mahal, which was constructed by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Contruction of the Taj began in 1631 and was not completed until 1653.
Afternoon, free for individual activities.
DAY 07 : AGRA – JHANSI – ORCHHA – KHAJURAHO
After breakfast, transfer to the railway station to board train for Jhansi at 0815 hrs. Arrive Jhansi at 1040 hrs and transfer to Khajuraho, enroute visit Orchha : A medieval city founded by Bundela rulers with palaces & temples of the 16th & 17th century – which have remarkably withstood the onslaught of time. The city is picturesquely flanked by the river Betwa. Visit of the surrounding fortress & local Ram Raja temple.
Continue drive to Khajuraho, upon arrival, check in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 08 : KHAJURAHO – DELHI (FLIGHT)
After brekfast, visit Khajuraho : Built by the warrior Chandela dynasty that rose to power in Central India between 10th & 11th centuries, the 25 odd surving temples display different facets of life, including the sensual. These erotic carvings on some panels have given rise to much speculation since Khajuraho’s re-discovery by a British officer in 1838. To preserve it for posterity, Khajuraho has been declared a World Heritage Site. Visit the eastern & western group of temples famous for their erotic scultpures.
Later, transfer to the airport to board flight 9W 724, scheduled to depart at 1330 hrs. for Delhi.
Arrive Delhi at 1600 hrs., transfer to prebooked hotel.
DAY 09 : DEPART DELHI
Transfer to the airport to board flight back home or onward destination.