This amazing trip really brings India to life for the first time visitor. From the awe-inspiring architecture of the historic sites of Delhi, to the unique beauty of the Taj Mahal and grandeur of the City Palace in Jaipur, you will be guided through a historic journey like no other you have experienced. At the end of this trip you will be left with a strong desire to return to this fascinating country to meet more of its people and gain a greater insight into its past and present.
Day 1 - Delhi
Arrive in the Indian capital by international flight. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 2 - Delhi
Today begin your journey exploring Delhi - India's historical capital and one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities, whose character and culture was influenced by a wave of invasions since ancient times. We will start with a guided tour of New Delhi with its stately buildings of the British Era designed by Sir Lutyens, the Humayun's Tomb and the towering minarets of Qutab Minar of the Mughal period.
After a short break for lunch at one of the trendy restaurants opposite the Qutab Minar, we will continue to Old Delhi. Guided tour of this historic city including the Jamma Masjid - the largest mosque in Asia, the Red Fort, and a cycle rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of Chandni Chowk.
Day 3 - Delhi to Agra
Depart by surface to Agra (approximately 128 miles, 4-5 hrs drive). Evening at leisure. Overnight in Agra.
Day 4 - Agra
Morning visit of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.
Agra - famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World – Taj Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Agra is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by artisans who have inherited their great craft skills from their ancestors. The city is also famous for its carpets & gold thread embroidery. Overnight in Agra.
Day 5 - Agra to Jaipur
Morning departure by road to the pink city of Jaipur.
En route visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri (approximately 147 miles, 6-7 hrs drive). This exquisite city built by Akbar the Great in 1569, in red sandstone, with its forts, palaces and mosques was abandoned 14 years after its creation due to political reasons. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 6 - Jaipur
Morning excursion to magnificent Amber Fort which is ascended on elephant back. Afternoon at leisure or if interested, explore the local shops of Jaipur and pick up some beautiful local crafts especially carpet weaving, silks, precious gems, gold and silver jewellery. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 7 - Jaipur
Morning tour of this first planned city includes the imposing City Palace - which is now a museum, the ancient Observatory and exotic Hawa Mahal “The Palace of the Winds”. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 8 - Jaipur to Delhi
Morning leisurely drive to Delhi (approximately 165 miles, 4-5 hrs drive). On arrival transfer to airport hotel for use of facilities. Transfer to Delhi International Airport for homeward flight.
From 1st April to 30th September for Land Arrangements.
- Luxury 5 Star Hotels: from Euro 1975 per person on sharing
- First Class Boutique Hotels: from Euro 1250 per person on sharing
From 1st October to 31st March for Land Arrangements.
- Luxury 5 Star Hotels: from Euro 3150 per person on sharing
- First Class Boutique Hotels: from Euro 1450 per person on sharing
The above prices include:
- Hotel accommodation on B&B basis with twin sharing
- Transport by private car and chauffeur with complimentary supply of bottled water
- English speaking local guides at each city
- Entrance fees to monuments
- Train ride from Delhi to Agra
- Elephant-back ride in Jaipur
- Meet and greet services of our local representatives
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Lunches and dinners (unless specified otherwise in the itinerary)
International Airfare: from Euro 750 per person (subject to availability at time of travel)