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Welcome to Delhi and the start of your exclusive voyage of discovery through 'Incredible India!' Upon arrival into Delhi, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or independently explore this bustling capital.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of both Old and New Delhi, visiting Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation and the impressive Red Fort. The order of New Delhi is a huge contrast to the unorganised chaos of the Old City, highlights will include Laxmi Narayan Temple, a drive past parliamentary buildings and President's house, a visit to Humayun's tomb then concluding with sightseeing to UNESCO World Heritage Site Qutub Minar.
Departing Delhi, we journey to Agra, once India’s Mughal capital. Here, we visit the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind it's fortified walls. Later we travel to the legendary Taj Mahal and witness a magical sunset. Built by Shah Jahan in the 16th century as an enduring memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz. Built entirely of white marble, the Taj Mahal has no peers.
En route to Jaipur, we visit ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. This magnificent fortified city was the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned dramatically due to a lack of water to support the peoples who resided in the city. Thanks to the very durable red sandstone, from which it was built, Fatehpur Sikri remains fantastically preserved.
Maybe opt for an early morning balloon flight over the pink city of Jaipur. Look out for the snake charmers that dot our route, as we travel to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. (The elephant ride is subject to availability) Later in the afternoon we tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory before stopping at a cotton weaving house to see a demonstration of fabric dyeing and block printing.
Today, we drive to the semi-desert Shekhawati region. The small towns in this region became important trading posts, a lasting legacy of which are the beautiful painted havelis (mansions) constructed by wealthy merchants in the 18th and 19th centuries. Afternoon village walk and time to relax.
This morning we make a quick visit the children and teachers at a local school in Alsisar where we operate our ‘Change for Children’ programme, before returning to Delhi. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free for you to further discover the city.
Sadly your tour with us comes to an end today after breakfast and hotel check out.
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