For the observing voyager, India is an adventure through time. From the tree-lined boulevards of New Delhi to the antiquated fortification of Gwalior, this voyage through Northern India compasses two centuries. We visit the halcyon days of the British Raj, the colossal compositional perfect works of art of Mughal Empire including the Taj Mahal, and the marvelous fortifications and castles of the warrior rulers of Rajasthan.
Along the way we find tombs of Muslim holy people, sanctuaries dedicated to Hindu gods and models of the puzzling jain religion. Custom is the subject as we meander from the quality of maharajahs’ royal residences to the peaceful paths of town India. This visit gives a great prologue to the principle highlights of Northern India while setting aside an ideal opportunity to demonstrat to you some of its less understood pleasures. The visit to Neemrana and Samode will without a doubt advance your first experience with India.
Day One : Arrive Delhi
Neemrana Fort You will meet our representative and will be transferred to the hotel.
Day Two : Delhi
Today, leave for sight-seeing tour, which includes Jama Masjid -the largest mosque of Emperor Shahjahan. Later proceed to Red Fort, Raj Ghat -Cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, to India Gate -a 42 meter stone arch built in the memory of the Indian Soldiers who died in World War II, Drive past the President’s House & Parliament House, Humayun’s Tomb – a memorial of the Mughals -its design is inspired by the Taj Mahal, the Qutab Minar, Birla Mandir and Lotus Temple.
Day Three : Delhi – Neemrana
Morning we drive to Neemrana (120 km / 3hrs) where we stay in quiet rural surroundings in the 15th century Neemrana Fort, India’s oldest heritage resort. Each room is wonderfully furnished with traditional Rajasthan and colonial furniture.
Day Four : Neemrana – Samode
Drive to Samode (199 kms/ 4 hrs) astride an old caravan route, for an overnight stay in the fabulous Samode Palace, Home to the former ruling family. Lunch is taken among the fountains and pavilions of the Samode Bagh, the 400 year old formal gardens of the Palace. In the afternoon we taken a walk in the fascinating local village, where artisans produce printed cloth and glass bangles, to discover something of village life.
Day Five : Samode – Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur (40 kms / 1 Hrs ) the ‘City of Victory’, via imposing Amber Fort where we ascend to the battlements by elephant. The high terraces of the fort offer commanding views of the surrounding countryside.
Afternoon embark on a of the enormous City Palace with its audience halls, courtyards royal apartments, and Hawa Mahal – an intricately carved facade that protected the ladies of the harem from the prying eyes of the city below. Lastly we visit the Jantar Mantar observatory, built in the early 18th century by Jai Singh who was obsessed with studying the stars.
Day Six : Jaipur – Agra
Amber Fort – Jaipur Drive to Agra (252 Kms/ 5 hrs) via Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, a wetland that hides a multitude of rare species. We venture onwards to the ghostly city of Fathephur Sikri built as the capital of Akbar the Great in the 16th century and abandoned only 15 years later. Once India’s granddad city, it is deserted yet perfectly preserved.
Day Seven : Agra – Gwalior – Agra
Journey by Train to Gwalior an ancient hill fort established in the 1st century AD and the site in more recent times of disturbances during the Indian mutiny. The fort, occupying a sandstone precipice in the center of the town, dominates the surrounding country side. Within its walls lie Jain sculptures and the beautiful decorated Man Mandir palace. Explore the tomb of the Afghan prince Ghaus Muhammad and the Tomb of Tansen before catching the late afternoon train, back to Agra.
Day Eight : Agra – Delhi
An early start to visit the Taj Mahal at dawn when its exquisite lines are matched by the delicacy of the light. Visit the magnificent Agra Fort before seeing the Itmad – ud Daulah a small intimate tomb and visit Sikandra.Later drive to Delhi ( 203 kms / 4 hrs ).Checkinto Hotel for overnight Stay.
Day Nine : Delhi – Back to Home
Transfer to airport on time to catch your flight back to home. Transfer to airport on time to catch your flight back to home. (Hotel checkout 12:00 hrs)