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Visit India and follow the most famous Golden Triangle with Khandela. Enjoy the perfect introduction to India's three most popular destinations - Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra - as you explore the icons and discover the secrets of this fascinating region, together with an exceptional village experience at Khandela . Experience the history of massive forts, the opulence and splendor of Rajasthan's palaces, the bustle and buzz of markets and bazaars, and the traditions of a heritage stay. Travel through a land full of contrasts on this compact India tour, jam-packed with unforgettable highlights. A fusion of modernity and tradition, the vibrant colours of India are truly captivating. Be at one with bustling cities, surrender to the simplicity of villages and be touched by the spirituality of this land. A journey through India is enriching, inspiring and unforgettable.
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On arrival into Delhi Airport, meet with your guide and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the day.
A sprawling, vibrant and sometimes overwhelming city, Delhi is home to over 15 million people and is still growing. From an outsider's perspective, the city is divided into two distinct parts. To the north lie the winding narrow streets and medieval bazaars of the 17th century Mughal capital, Old Delhi. Encompassing the heart of the modern city to the south, New Delhi is by contrast a cosmopolitan and creative metropolis of broad, tree-lined boulevards, parks, museums and international restaurants. Both halves of the city are dotted with astonishing Mughal and British Imperial architecture, Muslim tombs and temples, and an array of magnificent monuments that commemorate the glory of bygone ages.
After breakfast, start Full day city tour of Delhi (Old and New Delhi).
Begin with Old Delhi, as we drive past Red Fort, visit the Raj Ghat (memorial to Mahatma Gandhi), Jama Masjid - The largest mosque in India & Chandani Chowk, once an imperial avenue of Mughal Royalty which today is the busiest commercial area of the city. Also enjoy a Rickshaw ride through its’ narrow alleys & bazaars.
In the afternoon we focus on New Delhi, including the Mausoleum of emperor Humayun – a forerunner of the Mughal style of architecture, Sikh Temple (Gurudwara Bangla Sahib) and finally the Qutub Minar. En route we drive past the India Gate (war memorial dedicated to the lives of laid down by the Indian soldiers), the President's House - formerly the Viceroy's Palace, Parliament House and the Secretariat buildings - an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture.
Return to your hotel & stay overnight.
Depart for Khandela in the morning for an authentic village experience.
After you have checked into you hotel we start our heritage walk and explore the local village and its’ life and discover colourful markets.
Khandela is an ancient town (more than 2000 years old), which was ruled by various dynasties of the Rajput clans. The descendants of Raja Raisal also developed the region of Shekhawati that is now a internationally known tourist destination specially for its architecture of Havelis (residence of the Elite), castles & forts.
Today we drive to Jaipur, a city founded in 1727 as Mughal power within India was declining. At this time the Maharaja Jai Singh moved his capital from Amber Fort down onto the plain below. The city is now the capital of Rajasthan State and commonly called the 'Pink City' because of the pink façade on the buildings in the old city area. This was apparently done to imitate the magnificent, red sandstone buildings of the Mughals and in an attempt to impress the Prince of Wales when he visited Jaipur in 1876.
Upon arrival check-in into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Start the day with a visit to the magnificent Amber Fort. Amber is a classical & romantic Rajasthani fort-palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. En-route to Amber Fort, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds.
In the afternoon we visit the Maharaja's City Palace, the former Royal residence, that is now partly a museum and a small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world.
After breakfast we slowly make our way to Agra. En-route we will stop at Abhaneari Village, a small town village with incredible temples. The place is popular for the amazing 'Baoris' (step well) and Harshat Mata Temple. The village of Abhaneri is believed to be established by the King Raja Chand. Originally Abhaneri was named as Abha Nagri, which means the city of brightness, but due to mispronunciation of the term, it is changed to the present name.
Step wells are the unique concept of India. These big tanks were used as cooling places and water reservoir in parched days. It was a ritual to wash hands and feet before visiting the temple. Next to the Chand Baori is the temple of Harshat Mata. It is considered to be the goddess of joy and happiness. As per the beliefs, the goddess is always cheerful, who imparts her joy and happiness to the whole village. The temple is worth visiting for its amazing architecture. Abhaneri has a glorious past and this hoary magnetism of the place, attracts tourists to its threshold, from all over the world.
Before finally arriving in Agra we will make another stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, known as the ghost city. An epic poem in red sandstone, built by Emperor Akbar the Great in 1569 and deserted 14 years later because its water supply failed. Its glorious courtyards and palaces conjure up dreams of the mysterious past.
Upon arrival check-in into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Early Morning visit to the fabled "Taj Mahal", the monument of love immortalized in marble. Certainly an experience of a life time that will remain with you for a long time. The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his Queen Mumtaz. Return to your hotel for breakfast.
Later we visit Agra Fort, situated on the west bank of the Yamuna River and built by Emperor Akbar between 1565 and 1573. Its imposing red sandstone ramparts form a crescent along the riverfront and encompass an enormous complex of courtly buildings, ranging in style from the early eclecticism of Akbar to the sublime elegance of Shah Jahan. The barracks to the north are British additions from the 19th Century.
Later on we drive to Delhi and enjoy the reminder of the day at leisure.
In time transfer to Delhi’s International Airport to board your flight for onward destination.
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