Duration: 5 night/6 days
Explore Indian history and culture and delve into local life in the world’s most populous democracy. You will visit world-renowned architectural sites, explore famous markets that entice your senses, and experience local customs along narrow urban streets.
Day 1: Delhi
Namaste and Welcome to India!
Arrive in Delhi, the second most populous city in the world and the seat of the Indian government. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi
Visit the Gandhi Memorial, Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948. Explore the intoxicating chaos of Chandni Chowk shopping bazaar on an exciting bicycle rickshaw ride.
Visit Humayun’s Tomb, a grand 16th-century mausoleum and garden tomb that inspired the architecture of the Taj Mahal. Stop at the Sikh Temple, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, with its golden dome and interior and communal kitchen that feeds thousands. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 3: Delhi – Agra
Drive (4-5 hrs approx.) to Agra. Marvel at Agra Fort, a stunning fortress of red sandstone built in the 16th Century by Emperor Akbar. Later visit the Mehtab bagh at sunset and view the Taj Mahal from the other side of the River Yamuna. Overnight in Agra.
Day 4: Agra – Jaipur
In Sunrise, visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built by the Mughal Emperor shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife. Visit the baby Taj, one of the lesser-known monuments of Agra.
Depart to Jaipur the pink city of India. On the way visit Fathepur Sikri, the ancient capital of India built by Akbar the 3rd Mughal Emperor which is a ghost city of palaces boasting magnificent desert architecture.
Enjoy a home hospitality dinner with cooking demonstration. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 5: Jaipur
Depart for an excursion to Amber Fort, featuring an elephant ride. The palace is a classic, romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where the beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.
Continue to the city palace, a delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture which sprawls over one – seventh of the walled city.
See the Jantar Mantar, the largest and the best preserved of five observatories built by Jai Singh II, in different parts of the country. This observatory consists of outsized astronomical instruments and is still in use.
Walk through the colorful market of this lovely city. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 6: Jaipur
Fly from Jaipur to onward destination or drive to Delhi to fly back home.