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Welcome to India! Upon arrival at 03:10 on 03 March, you will be transferred to the hotel for immediate check-in. Overnight Vikram Hotel or similar.
Free day to relax and get over your early arrival.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi this morning, taking in the Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque and the bazaars of Chandni Chowk. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of New Delhi, designed by the eminent Sir Edward Lutyens. Highlights include the India Gate, Rajpath and bustling Connaught Place. A visit is also made to Qutab Minar, essentially a massive tower built to proclaim the arrival of Islam in the 11th century and a carpet emporium. Overnight Vikram Hotel or similar.
Departing Delhi, we journey to Agra, once India’s Mughal capital the remainder of the day is free to relax.
This morning we travel to the legendary Taj Mahal and witness a magical sunrise. 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. Later we visit the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind it's fortified walls.
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.
Look out for the snake charmers that dot our route, as we travel to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride (subject to availability) transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. Enroute we will visit Hawa Mahal. 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 will drive you back to Delhi and on the airport, where our services will end.
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