A classic itinerary, ideal to give you a taste of India’s wonders and of the three royal cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Discover Maharajah’s palaces, the glories of the Raj, the wondrous Taj Mahal and many other amazing places. Use this journey as a starting point and add other extensions for a more complete India experience.
- Dive into the bustle of Old Delhi’s narrow streets
- Experience the unforgettable sight of the Taj Mahal at sunrise
- An Indian night out: See a Bollywood movie in India’s most iconic cinema
Day 1: Delhi
On arrival you will be met by our local operator and then transferred to your hotel. Remainder of day at leisure to unwind.
Day 2: Delhi (B)
Depart for a sightseeing tour of Delhi. Visit the 12th century Qutab Minar, gracefully hand carved for its entire height of 234ft, and the iron pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time and not rusted even after 1500 years. Visit the mausoleum of emperor Humayun – a forerunner of the Mughal style of architecture and the imposing modern Lakshminarayan temple. Drive past the India Gate (war memorial dedicated to the lives of laid down by the Indian soldiers), the president's residence - formerly the Viceroy's Palace, Parliament House and the Secretariat buildings, - an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture.
Continue to the magnificent Red Fort, - a marvel in red sandstone, built on the banks of River Yamuna by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Visit Raj Ghat (memorial to Mahatma Gandhi), Jama Masjid, - the largest mosque in India. Drive past Chandi Chowk, once an imperial avenue of Mughal Royalty which today is the busiest commercial area of the city. Walk through Chandni Chowk to savour the ambience of an oriental bazaar.
Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur (B)
Morning drive to Jaipur. The “pink City” was built in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II. It is a planned city built with ancient Hindu rules as the colonial capital of a richly colourful state. It was made attractive with the pink wash – a traditional colour of welcome in 1853 in honour of the visit of Prince Albert.
Visit the City Palace which occupies the centre of Jaipur. It now houses the Royal residence and museums with collections of textiles and costumes, armoury, manuscripts, paintings etc. Also visit Jantar Mantar observatory built by king astrologer Jai Singh II. The instruments are built of stone with marble facing on the important plains for measuring the harmony of the heavens. Each instrument serves a particular function and each gives an accurate reading.
Day 4: Jaipur (B)
After breakfast, depart for a visit of the Amber Fort situated 11 km north of Jaipur. It was the ancient capital of the Rajputs until 1037. Afternoon at leisure to explore the colourful markets of Jaipur. Later, explore the colourful bazaars and see a Bollywood movie at the famous Raj Mandir cinema. Seeing the jubilance and reaction of the movie-goers is as entertaining as the movie itself.
Day 5: Jaipur – Agra (B)
Morning drive to Agra en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akber in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. Visit the remarkably well-preserved, graceful buildings within the 'Ghost City' including the Jama Masjid, tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak of the grandeur and splendours of the Mughal empire at the height of its power. Continue to Agra.
Day 6: Agra – Sikandra – Delhi (B)
At sunrise, visit the Taj Mahal, a poem in white marble, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife. Taj Mahal means "Crown Palace" and is in fact the most well-preserved and architecturally beautiful tomb in the world. It is best described by the English poet, Sir Edwin Arnold, as "Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor’s love wrought in living stones." It is a celebration of woman built in marble and that’s the way to appreciate it.
Later, visit the Agra fort, built alongside the Yamuna river stretching almost 2.5 km. The fort’s colossal double walls rise 20 m in height and measure 2.5 km in circumference. The magnificent towers, bastions and ramparts and majestic gateways symbolised the confidence and power of the third Mughal emperor.
Later leave for Delhi visiting en route Sikandra, “The Tomb of Akbar The Great”.
Day 7: Delhi (B)
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
- Private air-conditioned transport with English speaking driver
- Accommodation in selected hotel category on a share twin basis
- Daily buffet breakfast at hotels of stay
- Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
- Entrance fee at monuments as listed in itinerary
- Travel Notes – issued by Innovative Travel
- International airfares
- Optional tours and excursions
- Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
- Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
- Personal Expenses
- Departure taxes
- Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
- Visas (unless specified)
- Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
Accommodation based on the below or similar
Delhi (2 nights)
Tourist Class - Hotel Jivitesh, Karol Bagh (Deluxe room)
First Class - The Suryaa (Deluxe Room)
Heritage Class - The Claridges (Deluxe room)
Deluxe Class - Le Meridien (Executive room)
Jaipur (2 nights)
Tourist Class - Holiday Inn City Centre (Superior room)
First Class - Hilton Jaipur (Hilton Guest Room)
Heritage Class - Alsisar Haveli (Standard room)
Deluxe Class - Jaipur Marriot, Tonk Road (Deluxe Room)
Agra (1 night)
Tourist Class - Clarks Shiraz (Standard room)
First Class - Crystal Sarovar Premier (Premium Taj Facing)
Heritage Class - Jaypee Palace (Standard room)
Deluxe Class - Courtyard by Marriott (Premium room)
Delhi (1 night)
Tourist Class - Ibis Aerocity (Standard room)
First Class - Pride Plaza Aerocity (Deluxe Room)
Heritage Class - Holiday Inn Aerocity (Superior room)
Deluxe Class - JW Marriott Aerocity (Deluxe room)
Meals and sightseeing as per itinerary
Type of vehicle used on your tour
1 or 2 passengers (Tourist, First and Heritage class): Maruti Swift Dzire (Sedan) or similar
1 or 2 passengers (Deluxe class) or 3 passengers travelling together: AC Toyota Innova or similar
Note: The hotels listed in the itinerary may vary due to tour scheduling.
Your final itinerary will contain full details of any changes where possible
Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays, Delhi Red Fort is closed on Mondays
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