Day 01: Delhi
Arrive by International flight, after traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would assist you at airport and transfer to hotel for check in. Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds the ancient with modern. Its strategic location was the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. In fact, more mythological cities are believed to be here, like the city of Indraprastha from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, founded around 5000 BC. Numerous monuments were built over several centuries by different rulers like Qutub-ud-din Aibek, Alauddin Khilji, Tughlaks, Humayun and Shah Jahan, who built the Walled City Shah Jahanabad.
Later in first half of 20th century much of New Delhi was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who laid out a grandiose central administrative area as a testament to British rule in India. The division in walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in life styles.
Day 02: Delhi
Today we take a guided tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad, Visiting the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest and best known mosque in India. Later we walk down or take a rickshaw ride through Chandi Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar to reach Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Shah Jehan. In New Delhi, we visit Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January 1948. Further we drive past India Gate, memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I and the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls. President's House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931. Until 1950 it was known as Viceroy's House and served as the residence of the Governor-General of British India. We will also visit Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site and the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. Qutub Minar and its monuments are listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Day 03: Delhi - Jaipur (262km - 05hr)
Today we drive to Jaipur, popularly known as Pink City, the flamboyant and colourful capital of Rajasthan. With its rich and colourful past, resplendent with tales of valour and bravery, it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. The city was founded in the year 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. It remains the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors. Optional - Chokhi Dhani An evening excursion to Chokhi Dhani complex, ethnic village resort located at a distance of 15 km from Jaipur. Rajasthani village atmosphere is recreated on the sprawling ground and includes the entertainment by folk dancers and musicians. Later drive back to hotel.
Day 04: Jaipur
After an early breakfast, we drive 11 km to Amber, the capital of the gallant Rajputs from 1037 to 1728 AD. We ride on elephant back and reach Fort situated on hill and then visit the Fort Palace. Later we visit City Palace, Birla Temple, Jantar Mantar Observatory and Palace of Winds.
An evening excursion to Chokhi Dhani complex, ethnic village resort located at a distance of 15 km from Jaipur. Rajasthani village atmosphere is recreated on the sprawling ground and includes the entertainment by folk dancers and musicians. Guests can move around freely and enjoy the evening. Later drive back to the Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 05: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
After breakfast in the coffee shop, we drive at 0900 hrs to Agra. En route we visit Fatehpur Sikri, a masterpiece in sandstone with the stunning elegance of its palaces and courts. Further proceed to Agra, upon arrival we help you check-in at our hotel at Agra. In the evening enjoy the magic show performed by the local magician.
Day 06: Agra - Mathura - Vrindavan - Delhi
Agra, erstwhile capital of great Mughals and known for Taj Mahal. It has always fascinated Indians and foreigners alike. Most of Agra is on West bank of river Yamuna, with the Agra Fort and Taj Mahal at its nucleus. Taj Mahal is quite simply one of mankind's most remarkable creations.
After early breakfast, we leave for sighseeing at 0800 hrs to visit the incredible architectural excellence of Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday), built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Next we visit Agra Fort, built principally as a military establishment by Akbar in 1565. The red sandstone Agra Fort was partially converted into a palace during Shah Jahan's time. This massive Fort is 2.5 km long and is considered as the predecessor of the Delhi Red Fort.
Later in the afternoon we visit Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb, built by Noor Jahan, wife of Mughal Emperor Jahangir, in memory of her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg. Before Taj Mahal was built, its rough design was already standing in the form of Itmad ud Daulah's Tomb. Next we visit Sikandara, Akbar's tomb. Later we will depart for Delhi, En route we visit Mathura (Shri Krishna Janmabhumi Temple) and Vrindavan (Bankey Bihari Temple and Iskcon Temple) (Temples is close between 1200 1600 hrs), related with birth and childhood of Lord Krishna. Later we continue our drive to Delhi and on arrival our guide will take you for a sightseeing trip to Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghatand then drive around India Gate and President's House.
Day 07: Delhi - Haridwar (225 km-5 hrs.)
Early morning post breakfast drive to Haridwar at 0900 hrs. It is on the banks of River Ganges (Ganga) and located at the foothills of the lower Himalayan Range of the Shivalik mountains. It is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. When the Ganges leaves the mountains and enters the plains, Haridwar is the first major town on the plains. Though the Ganges does not lose its rapids completely, nevertheless it becomes very quiet and calm here. Haridwar has earned fame as being the place, which has been blessed by the trinity of the Lords Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.
Its also one of the major Shaktipeeths. Down the ages, Haridwar has purified the mind, body and soul of people not only in spiritual or religious terms but as a major learning centre for arts, science and culture. Upon arrival check-in hotel. Later in the afternoon visit Mansa Devi temple and in the evening enjoy the spectacular view of Aarti at Har Ki Pauri. Later spend your time on the Ghat.
Day 08: Haridwar - Rishikesh - Haridwar
Today we leave for a full Day excursion of Rishikesh, a very important Hindu pilgrimage site. Its also a cluster of Ashrams and temples giving the entire place a spiritual feeling. The ceaseless flow of the river, regarded as Goddess Ganga adds to the beauty and the purity of the place. Along the river, area is filled with thick green forests in the all-mountainous region. Rishikesh is famous for its yoga sessions that are taught here by many yoga experts. Besides the sadhus and saints, a mass of tourists too visit here every year to have a look at this much heard place. If the wonderful scenery and the numerous pilgrimage sites are not enough, Rishikesh also makes some of the most popular adventure sport destination of India. River rafting, trekking, rock climbing, hiking etc are some of the activities one can easily opt for. We will be visiting Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Geeta Bhawan,other temples and ashrams. Later in the evening drive back to Hotel in Haridwar