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Visit the capital of India, the British built New Delhi. Explore the winding laneways and bustling markets of Old Delhi and take a day trip to Agra to see one of the wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal and its sister monument the Agra Fort.
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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, head out with your guide on a tour of Old & New Delhi.
Old Delhi was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi in 1650 and in doing so brought about Delhi's glorious renaissance.
Start the day with a cycle rickshaw ride through Old Delhi where you will see the Red Fort, the most opulent fort and palace of the Mughal Empire. Built behind red sandstone walls, its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. Chandni Chowk was the commercial centre of Delhi in the old time and you will see it come alive in the morning as the trading day starts.
Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; and Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India.
In the afternoon visit New Delhi. Designed and built by the British in the 1920's, New Delhi is a city of wide boulevards, impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the design and construction of Delhi's eighth city - New Delhi. Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947.
You will visit two monuments from Delhi's past, Humanyun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House.
Enjoy the evening at leisure, your guide can provide you with dining recommendations.
This morning you will depart on the 3.5 hour drive to Agra.
A leading centre of art, science and culture during the 16th and 17th centuries, ancient Agra was a thriving Mughal capital under the reign of Akbar the Great. Today, it's a huge and dynamic city, characterised by its lively and often chaotic marketplace, its incredible fort, sprinkling of intriguing tombs and mausoleums, and the untouchable beauty of the Taj Mahal.
On arrival into Agra, visit the magnificent Agra Fort. Located just a few kilometres north of its sister monument the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort occupies a massive 94 acres on the banks of the Yamuna River. Although the fort was originally designed as a military structure by Emperor Akbar, it was later transformed into a magnificent palace by Emperor Shah Jahan, and eventually served as his prison when son Aurangzeb seized power in 1658. Explore the fort's chambers and cloistered courtyards, admiring the intricate white marble carvings of the Nagina Masjid and Moti Masjid and take in the breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal from the numerous lofty balconies and pavilions.
The awe inspiring Taj Mahal, undoubtedly the masterpiece of Mughal architecture, stands at the far northern end of an extensive walled garden overlooking the tranquil Yamuna River. Although its layout follows a strict Islamic theme, this immense mausoleum is above all, a monument to love. Commissioned by Shah Jahan to enshrine the body of his favourite wife, it is believed to have taken 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock 20 years to complete. This painstaking commitment to perfection is reflected in every aspect of the complex's design; from the precise, geometric planning of the surrounding Paradise Gardens, to the reflective quality of the marble itself which changes hue with the movement of the sun, symbolising the presence of Allah.
This evening drive back to your hotel in Delhi.
Today you will transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
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Hotels/lodges each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day).
• Accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
• All transfers, sightseeing's & excursions by air-conditioned vehicle
• Cycle Rickshaw ride in Delhi during Old Delhi visit
• Services of English-speaking local guides in each city at the time of city tour
• All currently applicable entrances at the monuments. Camera fees will be extra.
Visas for India
All nationalities need to apply for an Indian visa in advance. Give yourself at least 4 weeks.
The Indian Government has advised that from December 2014, all visa applicants will need to be physically present at a visa application centre, by appointment, to submit their applications and biometric data, including fingerprints and facial imagery.
ALL Australian travellers to India will need to personally attend their nearest consulate to complete their visa formalities. There is NO visa on arrival in India for all nationalities. Indian visas CANNOT be obtained in Nepal.
Availability of accommodation and season.
"India was great thanks, we all had a terrific time. Highlights too many to mention although the Abhaneri Stepwell & visit to Delhi Sikh Temple were particularly welcome surprises. Local tour good guides were great, as was our driver & all logistics. All in all a great trip. Will keep you in mind for our future travels. Have a great Christmas & thanks for all your help on our Indian adventure." — Dale Family, Berkshire UK, November 2017
"The trip we had in India was just the best - A fascinating country with a great history. The architects engineers and astronomers in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries really open your eyes. The road from Delhi to Agra had me on the edge of the seat, absolutely great, the driver was fantastic and could not have looked after us better when I got sick. A wonderful holiday, nine days just a little short. Thank you very much for putting it together" — Mr and Mrs Alderson , Bandiana VIC , November 2015