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On this tour, you’ll visit some of India’s most stunning historical sites including the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort in Agra, Qutab Minar in New Delhi, and Amber Fort in Jaipur. Excellent hotels and private, local guides with a passion for the history and culture of their country make this an unforgettable trip.
Iconic cultures, religions, and ancient history make India one of the most diverse, intense, and fascinating countries in the world.
Arrive in New Delhi where you’ll be welcomed by our airport representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. Overnight in New Delhi.
Your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel and take you on a tour of the best sites of Delhi. Start in the southern end of the city with a visit to the Qutab Minar – an ancient stone tower in India, and Humayun’s Tomb – a grand example of Indo-Persian style similar to the Taj Mahal. After lunch, take a short walk through the bustling Chandi Chowk local market in Old Delhi and visit the adjacent Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Finally, visit the Laxmi Narayan Hindu Temple near Connaught Place, the heart of Delhi where you can shop or have dinner. Overnight in New Delhi. (Breakfast)
Early this morning, your driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the train station for your 2.5-hour train ride to Agra on the Shatabdi Express. Upon arrival, you will be met at the station and taken on a tour of Agra. Visit the Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb and see the Taj Mahal from the opposite side of the Yamuna River. Then visit Agra Fort and the Jami Masjid, “Friday Mosque” with the bustling Kinari market at its entrance. Then travel by tonga (horse-drawn cart) to the entrance of the Taj Mahal and stay until sunset, watching the character of the white marble change as the sun goes down. Overnight in Agra. (Breakfast)
After breakfast, depart for Jaipur by car, stopping to visit the ancient Moghul city, Fatehpur Sikri. This planned city took 15 years to build, but was abandoned after only 14 years due to a shortage of water. View the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & other palaces which are still well-preserved. Then continue on to to the Step wells of Abhaneri, which were built in the 9th century. The step wells are lined by 3,500 symmetrically laid steps that descend into a 100-foot pit. Continue the drive to Jaipur and check into your hotel. Total travel time is about seven hours, including the stops. Overnight in Jaipur. (Breakfast)
In the morning, visit the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge 11 kilometers outside Jaipur City. One of the highlights of the Fort is the famous Shish Mahal, or Palace of Mirrors. Return to Jaipur for lunch, then tour the main sites of the city including the Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of the Winds, the open-air Jantar Mantar Observatory to see the vast astronomical instruments, and the City Palace and museum. The City Palace is still the home of the Maharaja and the museum has an interesting textile section, which contains dresses and costumes of the former Maharajas and Maharanis of Jaipur. Later afternoon, enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the bazaars. Your evening is free to explore the markets of Jaipur. Overnight in Jaipur. (Breakfast)
Transfer to airport for a flight to Delhi. Your car and driver are at your service in Jaipur and New Delhi for last minute shopping or other activities. Upon arrival at Delhi Airport, you will be assisted to connect with your international flight. If you have a late night flight, we can arrange an airport hotel room for the evening to wash up and rest prior to your flight. (Breakfast)
Our private tours include the things that make it so you don’t have to worry about logistics for your trip.
If you have more time in India, do consider our 3-night Rajasthan Extension to Jodhpur and Udaipur. Travel by car to Jodhpur for one night and Udaipur for two nights and return to New Delhi by flight. Contact us for details.
Here’s an explanation of what to expect and why about the planning and booking process and working with a Red Lantern Journeys travel consultant.
Your peronal travel consult to work with you to prepare your itinerary, recommend tours and activities and accommodation and explain the reasoning behind every aspect of your tour.
You'll have your own private, chauffeur-driven vehicle for all of your airport transfers and daily excursions. These will also include your personal, English-speaking guide who is licensed and will provide the insights to make each of your tours an exceptional experience.
We've inspected hundreds of hotels and can recommend accommodation that fits your style and budget.
We have access to a wide range of activities to make your trip truly memorable. Activities range from visiting iconic sights to meeting local personalities, adventure sports, and exclusive dining experiences!
The best weather in India is generally between October and March. In northern India, avoid the months of April and May as it can get oppressively hot—120 degrees F (50 degrees C) is not uncommon. In June, the monsoon season arrives and lasts through September, cooling things off a bit, but with daily rain showers. In the south, the monsoon is a bit more complex, with a temporary dry period for most of the month of September, before getting wet again in October and November. The far north regions of Kashmir and Ladakh are best visited from May through September due to their cooler temperatures and higher elevations.
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