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From the moment you hop aboard a traditional pedicab for a thrill-filled ride through the streets of Old Delhi, your exploration of India will leave you exhilarated. Every stop is just a single color in a wider palette that creates the magical fabric of this ancient land. Accompanied by your trip leader, this vacation adventure showcases all the historic treasures of north India including seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, giving you a memorable glimpse into its wondrous cities, famous forts, breathtaking architecture and evocative landscapes.
India is home to decadent displays of architecture, reflecting the glory and wonderful craftsmanship of long-forgotten empires. View the palatial complex of Amber Fort in Rajasthan, with its magical Chamber of Mirrors You’ll ascend to the Amber Fort atop a mighty elephant as royalty would have done centuries ago! Visit Jantar Mantar, an extraordinary observatory built in 1726, and the fabled Fatehpur Sikri, a fairy tale city built in the 16th century. And of course, no trip to India would be complete without a visit to the famed Taj Mahal. Stroll the grounds of the Taj Mahal as your guide tells the love story behind its creation. The next morning, see this magnificent monument at sunrise as the morning light turns the white marble of this magnificent memorial a rosy hue.
India is also a country rich in spirituality, and your journey will include a chance to explore its rich multicultural diversity. On a specially arranged tour of Bangla Sahib, the most prominent Sikh temple in Delhi, mingle with hundreds of daily visitors from various religions, castes and nations. Instantly recognizable by its stunning golden dome and tall flagpole, Bangla Sahib has developed into a center of pilgrimage for Sikhs all over the world. The grounds include the temple, a kitchen, a large (holy) pond, a school and an art gallery. And every day, anyone who needs a meal, regardless of race or religion, may eat in the temple kitchen - a truly inspiring example of caring and acceptance.
• 7 nights in deluxe and first-class hotels: 3 nights in Delhi, 2 nights in Agra and 2 nights in Jaipur
• 8 meals - Daily breakfast and 1 dinner
• All on-tour transportation
• Services of a professional trip leader
• Comprehensive escorted sightseeing with all entry fees
• Hotel to hotel baggage handling
Oct 17, 2014: Jaipur's Diwali Festival
Experience this ancient Hindu celebration in the historic city of Jaipur. You’ll be enthralled as innumerable candles and lanterns illuminate the roofs and streets of India’s enchanting Pink City. It’s a timeless and inspiring celebration of the power of light over darkness.
Jan 24, 2015: Republic Day in Delhi
Starting near the Presidential Palace and continuing along the city’s grandest and most elegant boulevard, this unforgettable display of pageantry and solemnity celebrates India’s cultural diversity and commemorates those who died for the freedom of their country.
Feb 28, 2015: Holi, the Festival of Colors
Greet the arrival of spring in India by joining Jaipur residents for Holi, the much anticipated Festival of Colors. As locals celebrate the end of winter, you’ll experience unforgettable spectacles including colorful parades, joyful music and lively traditional dancing!
Day 1 - Welcome to Delhi
AAA Complimentary Inclusion: Enjoy a complimentary extra night in Delhi before your tour at the Le Meridien Hotel, including breakfast the following day.
Accommodation: Le Meridien Hotel – 3 nights
Day 2 - Delhi
Enjoy a free day in Delhi to relax or explore the city on your own.
Day 3 - Discover Delhi, Old & New
Begin extensive sightseeing this morning as you drive along the elegant Rajpath past some of the city’s grandest monuments including the India Gate and Presidential Palace. Visit Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, and marvel at the imposing façade of the monumental Red Fort. Then step aboard a traditional pedicab to explore the bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk, savoring the exotic sights and intriguing smells of Asia’s largest spice market.
After a break to enjoy lunch on your own, finish your sightseeing with two of the city’s most impressive architectural landmarks and both UNESCO World Heritage sites: Emperor Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar with its graceful 12th-century minaret. Engaging Experience: Finish sightseeing with a fascinating look at the nation’s rich ethnic diversity on a specially arranged tour through Bangla Sahib, Delhi’s largest Sikh Temple.
Day 4 - Travel to Agra
Embark this morning on an overland journey through the colorful countryside. Upon arrival in Agra, check in to your hotel and refresh before this evening’s guided visit to the Taj Mahal, which reveals this magnificent icon bathed in the golden glow of dusk. Stand in awe as the setting sun seems to magically shift the hues of its glowing, pearly white façade of this magnificent monument, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the mid-1600s as a memorial to his beloved wife, a work force nearly 22,000 strong spent more than 20 years on its construction.
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel - 2 nights
Day 5 - The Taj Mahal at Sunrise
Engaging Experience: Early risers will have an opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal again, an unforgettable spectacle as the sun casts its first golden light upon the iridescent marble of this monument to everlasting love. Return to your hotel for breakfast and then tour the impressive Agra Fort, built in 1565 by the great Emperor Akbar. This palatial fort stretches for more than a mile along the banks of the tranquil Yamuna River and is a stellar example of Indo-Persian style.
Day 6 - Jaipur
Depart Agra this morning and explore the magnificent "ghost town" of Fatehpur Sikri, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Built and mysteriously abandoned in the 16h century, its pristine condition makes it easy to imagine the opulence of Mughal court life long ago.
Continue to Jaipur, traveling through the colorful Rajasthani countryside to Jaipur, India’s fabled "Pink City." Check in to your deluxe hotel and enjoy some time to refresh and relax. Engaging Experience: This evening, enjoy a guided stroll through the colorful lanes and markets of Old Jaipur. Explore the shops, many of which have been in the same family for generations, and learn how to don a traditional sari and turban. Mingle with city residents from all walks of life including the skilled artisans who make this city so famous for its exquisite jewelry, textiles and stone work.
Accommodation: Marriott Hotel - 2 nights
Day 7 - Discover Jaipur
Engaging Experience: Ascend to the Amber Fort atop an elephant just as royalty would have done centuries ago to tour the opulent pavilions, lovely gardens and courtyards, lavish royal halls and the mesmerizing Chamber of Mirrors.
Continue sightseeing at the oft-photographed Palace of Winds, beloved for its magnificent latticed façade. You’ll also visit the Palace Museum to admire its fabulous displays of miniature paintings, ancient weapons and traditional Rajasthani royal costumes. Then tour Jantar Mantar, an unusual observatory built in 1726. Here you will see architectural stone instruments that were ingeniously designed and meticulously constructed to accurately measure time, predict eclipses and track the movements of the stars and planets.
Day 8 - Depart Delhi
Return to Delhi where hotel rooms are available at the Crowne Plaza Gurgaon for you to freshen up. Then transfer to the airport for your onward flight.