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India Tours & Travel Plans >> India Cultural Tours >> Grand Mughal & Rajputs

Grand Mughal & Rajputs
Delhi - Gwalior - Agra - Jaipur - Samode - Mandawa - Delhi (Duration - 10 Days)

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi and meet the ITS representative at the arrival hall and transfer to hotel. Relax & overnight in Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi
Morning tour of Old Delhi: visit the majestic Red Fort, the historical Chandni Chowk, besides Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana. Afternoon tour of New Delhi, visit the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war; the Laxmi Narayan Temple, built by the Birlas, one of India’s leading industrial families; Qutab Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty; and the lotus-shaped Bahai Temple. Evening free at leisure, overnight in Delhi.

Day 3: Delhi - Gwalior (By train)
After breakfast depart by Shatabdi Express for Gwalior - the pearl of Hindustan. Assistance on arrival transfer to hotel. Later take a sight seeing tour visiting the imposing and magnificent Gwalior Fort made of sandstone, visit Man Mandir a six-towered palace. In the afternoon visit the enormous, 19th century Jai Vilas Palace. This Palace is famous for its ornate chandeliers & crystal. Also visit the, Gujari Mahal, the Tomb of Muhammad Ghaus, a saint worshipped by the Mughals & the Tomb of the famous musician Tansen. Overnight in Gwalior.

Day 4: Gwalior - Agra (110 km - 2 hours)
In the morning, take the road towards Agra, the old imperial capital of India. It has some superb monuments dating from that era. Afternoon, visit the historical Red Fort where lived three Mughals Emperors. Each one left there its print, sandstone red of Akbar and Jehangir, white marble of Jahan Shah. This fort rises on the edges of Yamuna; it is surrounded by wall 20 meters high and 2500 m in perimeter. Overnight in Agra.

Day 5: Agra
In the morning visit the world famous Taj Mahal, whose eternal beauty will astonish and mesmerize the visitors. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. Thereafter visit the Visit the beautiful mausoleum of the tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daula, the first monument in India to feature Persian mosaic style inlay work or "Pietra Dura" Greatly resembling the Taj in its use of inlay on white marble, and is known as the "mini-Taj". Evening free to visit the handicraft market of Agra. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Agra - Fatehpur - Sikri - Jaipur (230 kms - 5 hours)
In the morning we begin our Journey to the princely state of Rajasthan. Enroute visit of Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned city built by Akbar, his capital for 14 years. Thereafter proceed for the ornithological reserve of Keoladeo Ghana, the sanctuary of the birds, and paradise of the ornithologists. Walk in rickshaws in the reserve. Thereafter we continue our journey to Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan also called the Pink City. Steeped in history and culture, this city is known for its magnificent Palaces and forts; broad avenues and spacious gardens. Jaipur with its romantic charm takes you to an epoch of royalty and tradition., Arrive and proceed to the Hotel. Evening a panoramic city tour of JAIPUR. Thereafter have a joyful rickshaw ride in this quaint city. Overnight.

Day 7: Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the Rajput Empire rulers, perched atop the hill overlooking the lake. Ascend to this hilltop fort in Maharajah style… by decorated Elephant. Visit the beautiful complex of palaces including inlaid mirror palace, halls, pavilions, gardens and the famous Kali temple. In the Afternoon, city tour of JAIPUR, visiting the City Palace- the Royal residence of Maharajah built in Rajasthani and Mughal architecture, Hawa Mahal" the Palace of Wind & the Observatory of the 18th century. Thereafter, have a Walk in the bustling bazaars of Jaipur, well known for their beautiful carpets, enamelled ornaments, precious and semi-precious stones, brass ornaments and many other arts and crafts. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Jaipur - Samode (50 kms - 1 hour)
In the morning, drive towards Sanganer known for its blue pottery and colorful hand made paper. Visit an old Jain Temple there. Then continuation towards the old caravan city of Samode locked up in its walls and dominated by the castle. On arrival transfer to Samode Palace Hotel, later visit the Palace, the Sheesh Mahal- the hall of mirrors. Late afternoon take camel cart ride to explore the Samode Fort and the semi desert village of Samode, evening free to relax at the Palace Hotel, overnight in Samode.

Day 9 : Samode - Mandawa (125 kms - 3 hours)
In the morning we drive to Shekhawati also called the " open air art gallery of Rajasthan. The region known for it’s splendid painted "Havelis" or merchant’s mansions decorated with superb mural frescos. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon visit of the Shekhawati to see different Havelis with fascinating murals each better than the other, built by the wealthy Rajasthani merchants ("Marwaris") in the 19th Century. Early evening one can visit neighboring villages to see Roop Niwas Palace in Nawalgarh & Dundlod Fort in Dundlod. Enjoy live folk dance & music in the courtyard of the hotel followed by dinner. Overnight in Mandawa.

Day 10: Mandawa - Delhi (275 kms - 5 hours)
Morning drive to Delhi, on arrival transfer to hotel, rest of the day is kept free for last minute souvenir shopping in Delhi. After farewell dinner checkout and transfer to International airport to board the flight back home.

* The above tours / itineraries / travel plans can be rearranged / tailormade / customised as desired by our Guests. Feel free to ask for references from our satisfied customers across the globe who have utilised our services in the Indian subcontinent.


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