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Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! Arrive at Delhi airport where we will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the day is free for you to relax after your long flight.
Our full day guided sightseeing tour of Delhi today covers the colourful chaos of Old Delhi and the modern simplicity of New Delhi. This vibrant city is full of forts, monuments, temples, mosques and more. During the 16th and 17th centuries, Delhi was important centre of the Mughal dynasty and the British made it the capital city in 1911. We take in Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk, the bustling bazaar, as well as the Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana – the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawahar Lal Nehru. In New Delhi we visit India Gate, Rasthrapati Bhawan, Parliament House and Humayun’s Tomb.
Today we take an early morning train to the town of Ajmer. Arriving at lunch time we take a tour of the town. Ajmer town just 11 kilometers apart from Pushkar represent the multi-religious character of India in the most sublime manner. Ajmer is an important railway junction town and offers the mausoleum of Muslim Sufi Saint Chisti. Ajmer, till 1947, acted as the place of British resident. Not being part of any principality, Ajmer grew up as a great center of education. Among the colleges, the Mayo College stands apart. Ajmer is a blend of Sufi culture and Hindu religion. Later this afternoon we drive on to Pushkar for the evening.
Today you get to visit Pushkar Lake and Brahma Temple. Life in Pushkar is significantly related to the ancient lake. Legend has it the lake was formed when a lotus flower fell into the valley from the hands of Brahma. It is said the waters have special curative powers. As such, Pushkar has nearly 500-whitewashed temples and 52 bathing ghats surrounding the lake, which are often packed with pilgrims and sadhus.
Today we make our way to Jaipur, around 4 hours, and check you into the hotel. In the afternoon you will enjoy a tour of the city. Highlights include the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory.
Early today, we travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort - a sprawling Rajput concoction which hugs the hill on which it was built and overlooks the hot plains below. We enjoy a stately elephant ride (subject to Government regulations & availability) to the fort and tour the well-preserved interior and grounds. Back in Jaipur, enjoy the rest of the day your way, exploring, shopping or just relaxing.
Our first stop today is the stepwell at Chand Baori, dating back to the 9th century (without guide). We head on to Bharatpur and enjoy lunch at Hotel Udai Villas Palace. After hotel check in at Bharatpur, we visit Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we’ll enjoy a leisurely bicycle rickshaw ride through the park.
En route to Agra, we visit Fatehpur Sikri, former imperial capital of the great Mughal emperor Akbar. Built between 1569 and 1585, it has been deserted for more than four centuries, by all accounts abandoned in 1600 due to a meagre supply of water. In Agra, we visit the impressive Agra Fort. Later, we enjoy a horsecart ride to the legendary Taj Mahal, one of the most extravagant monuments for love ever built.
After breakfast we drive back to Delhi. The rest of the day is free for your to explore Delhi further, shop or just relax.
We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.
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