DAY 01: Arrival / New Delhi
Meeting and assistance on arrival by Royal India Holidays representative at the Delhi airport, the guests will be accorded traditional Indian welcome and transferred to Hotel.
DAY 02: New Delhi / Drive to Agra
After breakfast check out of your hotel and proceed to visit Lotus temple & Qutab Minar. Later continue drive 4 hrs to Agra, the city of Taj Mahal. On arrival check into your hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 03: Agra Sightseeing
Early morning visit to mesmerizing Taj Mahal made of white marble, inlaid with semi-precious gems and stones at sunrise, the symbol of love built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memories of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1653.
Taj Mahal is regarded by many as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architecture styles. NOTE: Taj Mahal is closed on Friday.
Later we will visit a marble in lay workshop where they showcase as to how the inlay work is done. Then proceed to visit a handicraft gallery where you can see a live demo of Gold thread work on carpets. Both the shops will have the exclusive collection of arts, handicrafts, textiles for shopping.
Then a short visit to the Mother Teresa Home Missionaries of Charity will be arranged and those interested can join in during the sightseeing. Most of the orphans are girls who are more frequently abandoned at birth. No one at the missionary will ask you for a cash donation. However, if you wish to contribute something of value, you are more than welcome. Any contribution by the members visiting home is welcomed by the Charity.
Afternoon visit Agra fort (A UNESCO World Heritage Site) built in 1573, made of red sandstone on the banks of river Yamuna and a fine example of Mughal architecture. And visit to Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb also known as “Jewel Box” and sometimes described as “Baby Taj” built between 1622 and 1628 based on white marble and Petra Dura inlay, most elegantly realized in the Taj Mahal.
Evening it will be free time to explore the local markets for souvenirs and some other shopping.
DAY 04: Agra / Drive to Jaipur, en route Abhaneri step wells
After breakfast drive 5 hrs to Jaipur, the capital city of the Royal State of Rajasthan, also known as pink city. En route we will visit a small village called Abhaneri to see the step wells which are very fine examples of rainwater harvesting.
Continue driving to Jaipur. On arrival check into your hotel for overnight stay.
Jaipur - The City of Victory was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Jaipur is a marvellous synthesis of architectural influences - Hindu, Jain, and Mughal. It is a well-planned city of yore, built from rose-coloured terra cotta. - That has given it the name ‘Pink City’.
Evening free time relax at the hotel or enjoy the pool.
DAY 05: Jaipur Sightseeing
Morning excursion to Amber fort on the back of the elephant, the ancient capital of the region built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh I and known for its artistic style of Hindu elements.
After the visit to Amber Fort you will visit workshops for the demonstration on Sanganeri block printing, carpet weaving, gem stone cutting and polishing.
Rajasthan is the land of sand and rich in its culture, famous for its ethnic jewellery and traditional textiles and handicrafts. A selection of the unusual and the rare which you can shop with confidence.
We will then visit a textile shop and their workshop to see the making of carpets and block printing.
Later city sightseeing of Jaipur city by visiting City Palace museum – Incorporates an impressive and vast array of courtyards, gardens and buildings and a perfect fusion of Rajasthani, Mughal and European style of architecture, Visit Jantar Mantar (Royal Observatory) - An observatory with some rare qualities to its credit built in 1737, drive past to Hawa Mahal – also known as “Palace of Winds” built in 1799
DAY 06: Jaipur
Day free to explore the colourful markets and streets of Jaipur famous for jewellery, textiles and saris, goods made of marble, wood, stone, clay, metal and leather.
Evening get ready for farewell dinner and enjoy the traditional Rajasthani dance.
DAY 07: Jaipur / Delhi
Spend the morning at leisure.
Afternoon drive 4 to 5 hrs to Delhi. On arrival check into your hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 08: Delhi / Departure
After breakfast transfer to the New Delhi international airport to board flight for your onward destination.
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