Upon arrival at Delhi airport you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel (check in 1400 hours). There are no activities planned for the rest of the day so you are free to explore this bustling capital city. India's capital is an exciting, busy, and often chaotic city but certainly one of the most interesting. Delhi comprises of conspicuously contrasting Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi was the capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 19th centuries and one can find mosques, monuments and forts related to this Muslim history. New Delhi is the imperial city created as India's capital by the British, intricately planned and comprises of imposing buildings displaying various modern styles of architecture. For those arriving early, explore some of the many attractions on your own - explore the Janatar Mantar, wander the local markets, catch the metro anywhere, visit the Crafts Museum, Indira Gandhi Museum or Birla House (the site of Gandhi's assassination) or relax in the magical Lodi Gardens. Overnight: Hotel Royal Plaza
This morning after breakfast we undertake a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi visiting the Red Fort (closed on Mondays), Jama Masjid & Raj Ghat, Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, Birla Temple and India Gate and drive past government secretariat buildings. Designed by the builder of the Taj Mahal, Shah Jehan, the Red Fort is famous for its delicate carvings and Royal Chambers. The Raj Ghat is the cremation ground of the father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Humayun's Tomb is believed to have been designed in 1565 AD by the widow of Mughal emperor Himayun. Its design and layout is based on the description of Islamic paradise gardens and is known to have inspired the Taj Mahal and many later Mughal tombs. The Qutab Minar has walls inscribed with intricately carved quotations from the Koran and is one of the most perfect towers of the Persian world. We will have dinner at the hotel and overnight in Delhi. Overnight: Hotel JP Palace
Built by Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal the beauty of the Taj Mahal is unmatched. On the death of his beloved wife, in wild extravagance, Shah Jahan built her this memorial. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this wealth of white marble and precious stone. The Agra Fort, with its grand courtyards, royal pavilions and palaces, it is a fitting testimony to the Great Moghuls Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan during the era when Agra was the capital of the Moghul Empire. The most impressive part of the Fort is the Dewan-e-Am, where the Emperor sat on his throne to dispense to his subjects, and the Dewan-e-Khas where he received foreign dignitaries. We also visit Itimad-ud-Daulah, known as the 'Baby Taj'; it was built before the Taj Mahal by Nur Jahan, queen of Jehangir, for her parents. The first Mughal building to be faced with white marble and where 'pietra dura', (precious stones inlaid into marble) was first used. Agra is a great place to try barbecue meats (kebabs) mixed with Indian spices. Petha, pieces of white pumpkin dipped in sugar syrup, and Gajak, a crumbly sweet made with sesame and jaggery, are delicious local sweets and sold everywhere - try them. Overnight: Hotel JP Palace (or similar accommodation)
We have an early breakfast at the hotel and in the morning drive to Jaipur (238 km 6 hours approximately) en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri. The ghost city Fatehpur Sikri was built in red sandstone by Emperor Akbar the Great in 1569 and deserted 14 years later because its water supply failed. Its glorious courtyards and palaces conjure up dreams of the mysterious past. There's the imperial Jami Masjid, the tomb of Shaik Salim Chisti who predicted the birth of Akbar's son Jehangir, the Panch Mahal, a strange building which resembles a Buddhist temple, a cloistered courtyard which was the Hall of Public Audience and the Pachchisi paved with black and white where the Emperor played chess using slave girls as figurines. We arrive in Jaipur by lunch time.
In the afternoon we visit to the Rambagh Polo Ground to witness a colourful procession. We enjoy a two night stay at Hotel Bissau Palace Heritage (or similar accommodation). We have dinner at the hotel and overnight in Jaipur.
We have breakfast at the hotel and enjoy a full day at leisure to enjoy the renown Holi Festival (with colours). Holi is a religious spring festival that is celebrated by Hindus, it is called the Spring Festival - as it marks the arrival of spring the season of hope and joy and is the most vibrant of all. The main day, Holi is celebrated by people throwing coloured powder and coloured water at each other. People exchange colours and spray coloured water on one another... whether you participate or just watch others, you are sure to be covered in colour, wet or dry! Dinner at the hotel and overnight in Jaipur. Overnight: Hotel Bissau Palace Heritage (or similar accommodation)
After breakfast at the hotel, we head out for a morning excursion to the Amber Fort, the honey coloured fortress-palace in the Aravalli Hills just north of the town centre. The sombre exterior belies the richness of the royal apartments, which open to striking views of the gorge. The Hall of Victory presents a galaxy of decorative art - panels of alabaster with fine inlay work of the tenderness hues and the intriguing Chamber of Mirrors. Following our morning spent at the Amber Fort our trip will conclude with a transfer either the airport of the railway station.