Travel a distance of 3½ hours on the Yamuna expressway to Agra. On arrival check-in to Trident Agra located just 1 mile from the Taj Mahal amidst 6 acres of beautiful gardens. Agra was the seat of Imperial Mughal court during the 16th and 17th centuries before the capital was shifted to Delhi. The city strategically located on the banks of the Yamuna, flourished under the patronage of the great Mughal Emperors attracting artisans from Persia, Central Asia and also from other parts of India who built luxurious forts, palaces, gardens and mausoleums. In the afternoon visit Agra Fort situated on the banks of river Yamuna. This imposing structure of palaces, mosques and audience halls contained within its massive walls was founded by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565. The high red-sandstone ramparts of Agra Fort dominate a bend in the River Yamuna northwest of the Taj Mahal. Late afternoon visit Taj Mahal (closed on all Fridays) at sunset when the monument appears to change its hue, tinted by the glow of the setting sun. In the memory of his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal who died at the age of 39 while giving birth to their 14th child, the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built this most extravagant and incomparable monument of love. Described by the poet Rabindranath Tagore as a "tear on the face of eternity", the Taj Mahal is undoubtedly the zenith of Mughal architecture and quite simply one of the world's most marvelous buildings. (Trident Agra)
Drive to the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, a former capital of the great Mughal emperor Akbar. Built between 1571 and 1585, it has lain silent for almost four centuries. Now deserted, it is almost perfectly preserved - a masterpiece in sandstone with the stunning elegance of its palaces, mosques and courts glowing in subtly changing shades of red. After sightseeing continue drive to Jaipur, the flamboyant capital of the state of Rajasthan. Famous for its colorful culture, forts, palaces and lakes, this historic city basks in the glory of a rich and eventful past. On arrival check-in to Trident Jaipur built in traditional Rajasthani architecture overlooking the Manasagar Lake and the Aravali ranges.
In the afternoon explore Jaipur's most famous monuments the Palace of Winds and Jantar Mantar Observatory both within the City Palace Complex, at the heart of the Pink City. The city's single most striking feature, its pink color- was not a part of the city's original design. The buildings were sallow yellow and first and were given a pink wash, the traditional the color of hospitality, when the city was spruced up for the visit of Prince Albert from England in 1856. The exhibits and interior design of the City Palace have lost none of the pomp and splendor of their glory days. Each door and gateway is heavily decorated, each chandelier intact and each hall guarded by turbaned retainers decked in full royal livery impressing the continuity of a living royal presence.
After breakfast drive 7 miles north of Jaipur to visit Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the Rajputs from 1037 until 1728. Fortified by natural hills, high ramparts and a succession of gates ascend the Fort on elephant back and visit Amber's magnificent palaces. The building of the fort palace was started by Raja Man Singh, a noted Rajput general in Akbar’s army in 1600, and the architecture shows distinct Mughal influence. The practice of covering walls with mosaics of mirrors was first introduced to India by the Mughals. Explore some excellent shopping opportunities in Jaipur. Markets of Jaipur are famous for gold and silver jewelry and gem stones particularly emeralds, rubies, sapphires and diamonds. Jaipur is also specializes in printed cotton handicraft, carpets and durries; embroidered leather footwear and blue pottery. In the late afternoon drive 5 hours back to Delhi.
(For solo travelers, travel will be by Air Conditioned Train. All other arrangements will remain the same)
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Itinerary can be changed during the tour due to operational reasons.
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All activities are subject to be operational due to any conditions, circumstances or weather. Sightseeing services and any other services may be partially or fully canceled and/or amended due to bad weather, heavy rains, natural calamities, local conditions, strikes, political reasons and/or due to any reasons beyond our control. No refund will be given in such circumstances.