Historical India Series: india Classics

11 Days, 10 Nights

Day 1- Arrive Delhi – meet and assist and transfer to Hotel

In the afternoon proceed for a visit to the Akshardham temple. Overnight at Delhi.

Day 2 -Delhi
This morning after breakfast proceed for a full day combined tour of Old + New Delhi. In Old Delhi – Visit the Red Fort, – a marvel in red sandstone, the Raj Ghat, – memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Jama Masjid, – the largest mosque in India. Proceed to Chandni Chowk to savour the ambience of an oriental, crowded bazaar. Continue to New Delhi; pass by India Gate (memorial to the Indian army soldiers who died in the World War I), the Rashtrapati Bhavan (formerly the viceroy’s residence) and the Parliament House. Visit the 12th century Qutab Minar – gracefully hand-carved for its entire height of 234ft. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Delhi.

Day 3- Delhi / Mussoorie
Today after breakfast drive to Mussoorie (269 kms/7 hrs drive), Arrive Mussoorie and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Mussoorie.

Day 4 -Mussoorie
Proceed for a half day city tour Visit the Kempty Falls, one of the biggest waterfalls in the valley, Camel’s Back – a rock cut in the shape of a Camel’s hump, Gun Hill – offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan Ranges, and can be reached by a ropeway. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Mussoorie.

Day 5 – Mussoorie / Haridwar

Today after breakfast drive to Haridwar (85 kms/2 hrs/30 mts), Arrive Haridwar and transfer to Hotel. Later proceed for half day city tour of Haridwar including Har ki Pawri, Mansadevi Temple and the various ghats. Evening visit Ganga Aarti Overnight at Haridwar.

Day 6 -Haridwar
This early morning visit the holy river Ganges for a dip. Thereafter proceed to Rishikesh (37kms 1way) and visit Muni-ki-Reti or the “sands of the sages”, the Neelkanth Mahadev temple which is believed to be the site where Lord Shiva drank the venom that came out during the churning of the ocean, Laxman Jhoola a suspension bridge across Ganga. Evening back to Haridwar Overnight at Haridwar

Day 7 – Haridwar / Delhi
Today after breakfast drive back to Delhi (210 kms/6 hrs drive), Arrive Delhi and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Delhi.

Day 8- Delhi / Agra
Today, after breakfast drive to Agra (203 kms/4 hrs/30 mts), Arrive Agra and transfer to Hotel. Agra is the city situated on the west bank of river Yamuna, known world over as home to a wonder of the world – Taj Mahal. Located about 203 km south of Delhi in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Agra is one of the most famous tourist spots of the country. Later proceed for a Half Day tour of Agra city. Visit Taj
Mahal (Friday closed), the world’s greatest monument and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It commemorates the love of Emperor Shahjahan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal. Also visit the Agra Fort, built by Emperor Akbar in 1565. Inside are several palaces and the largest of pure marble mosques-the Moti Masjid, a magnificent citadel with exquisite marble palaces, ornate alcoves and terrace pavilions. Overnight at Agra.

Day 9 – Agra / Jaipur
This morning after breakfast drive to Fatehpur Sikri (36 kms/1 hr drive), Fatehpur Sikri literally means “The City of Victory???. This sandstone city was built by Emperor Akbar to commemorate the birth of his son and was abandoned only after 16 years due to scarcity of water. Arrive Jaipur and check into your Hotel. Jaipur is the gateway to the magnificent and vibrant state of Rajasthan. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 10 – Jaipur
This morning after breakfast visit AMBER FORT: 11 kms from Jaipur – A marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. The magnificent old citadel, a labyrinth of massive walls and towers, shrouds an exquisite marble palace, pillared and carved glimmering with a million tiny mirrors, which create tantalising reflection effect. Later Afternoon tour of JAIPUR : City Palace Museum – an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art. The Museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armoury of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and procession, Jantar Mantar (Observatory) – an accurate Observatory built in 1726 AD : Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) – a five storeyed wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 11 – Jaipur –onward destination
Transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination.

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