Explore India’s dusty capital Delhi, taking in the Qutab Minar, buzzing bazaars and opulent temples before venturing forth to Agra to see the venerable Taj Mahal. Then decamp to the pink city, Jaipur, for an intoxicating introduction to Rajasthan.
One of the most unique ways to see the city is through your camera at night. Your guide will take you around New Delhi to some of the most picturesque spots, buzzing bazaars and important landmarks of Delhi, whilst you also experience the exciting nightlife surrounding it. Overnight in Delhi.
This morning take a half-day city tour of Delhi. Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so immersed in history and legend as the Indian capital Delhi. Throughout your tour see the Laxminarayan Temple, a modern Hindu temple, and India Gate, the 42 m high War Memorial Arch. On the tour you will also drive past the Parliament House, the Secretariat buildings and the Vice Regal Palace, now the official residence of the President of India. The last part of the tour will take you to Qutab Minar – what was intended to be the most glorious tower of victory in the world and was to be the prototype of all minars in India. Overnight in Agra.
Laxminarayan Temple in Delhi, India © saiko3p/Shutterstock
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Day 3: Agra
Start your day by exploring the famous historical landmarks of India - the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. The Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan as the mausoleum for his favourite queen Mumtaz Mahal. This famous historical landmark of India is one of the original Seven Wonders of the World. Often described as a teardrop on the cheek of time, it is also one of the most famous historical landmarks of India and reflects the grandeur and wealth of the Mughal empire.
View of Taj Mahal at sunset in Agra © Don Mammoser/Shutterstock
The impressive architecture of the Red Fort at Agra also speaks volumes about the architectural skill of the Mughals. Built of red sandstone and marble, it offers incredible views of the Taj Mahal and the Yamuna River. Agra was the capital of the Mughal Empire, and this is reflected in the scale of the Red Fort.
Located 40km from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1869 in honour of the great saint Sheikh Salim Chisti who blessed Akbar and prophesied the birth of three sons to the heirless Emperor. It is built in red sandstone, and is a beautiful blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural elements. Overnight in Jaipur.
Red Fort in Agra, Amar Singh Gate, India © Rafal Cichawa/Shutterstock
Day 4-5: Jaipur / Delhi
Today you will visit Maharaja's City Palace, the former Royal residence. Built-in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh area of the city. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armory Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry. Later on in the day, you'll discover Jantar Mantar which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Overnight in Jaipur.
The City Palace of Jaipur © hecke61/Shutterstock