Delhi is the capital of India- the largest democratic and 2nd most populous country in the world and the city has seen its rise and fall several times. New Delhi is the 8th city built by British. Delhi is famous for its beautiful monuments built by different emperors, which can be seen during the city tour.
You will be well received on your arrival at the Delhi airport and transfer to hotel.
After check- in formality, you will check in to the room.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi/ Agra (210Kms & 4hrs drive)
After breakfast at hotel, drive towards Agra.
Agra is famous for world’s most beautiful monument of love- Taj Mahal. The history of Agra is much older than the times of Mughals but during the Mughal Empire, Agra had become one of the great centers of art, culture, learning and commerce. All the great monuments with magnificent work of art and craft are still flourishing in the city including leather work and pietra dura marble-inlay work. Agra is famous for its marble work like tabletops, vases and trays, inlaid with semi precious stones or gems in ornate floral designs, an imitation of those found in the Taj Mahal. Agra is also an excellent place to buy leather, as it exports shoes, bags, briefcases and jackets.
Arrive Agra and check in to your hotel.
In the afternoon, proceed for city tour of Agra, visiting the massive Agra Fort- constructed out of red sand stone by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and containing the Halls of Public and Private Audience. Later, visit the world famous Taj Mahal, which was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the mausoleum of his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal, after her death in 1631. The Taj Mahal is recognized worldwide as a symbol of eternal love. Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays.
Overnight in Agra.
Day 03: Agra
Wake up early in the morning and proceed to visit the famous TAJ MAHAL at sunrise.
Return to hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast at hotel, proceed to visit Fatehpur Sikri (40Kms & 1hrs drive).
Fatehpur Sikri, was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar between 1569- 1585, when he shifted his capital from Agra. But after a few years, the water supply was incapable of sustaining the population and the capital was shifted back to Agra. Now it is a deserted city and also called a ghost city but it is perfectly preserved. Akbar was a very tolerant ruler and the buildings at Fatehpur Sikri blended both Islamic and Hindu architecture. One of the buildings even reflects the new religion or faith founded by Akbar’- “Din-e-ilahi”, which was very short-lived. He abolished much hated poll- tax on non- muslims (Jizya) and was the first Mughal ruler to marry a Hindu (Rajut princess from Jaipur). It is a beautiful palace complex with Hindu and Muslim artistic buildings. You can visit Birbal’s Palace (Hindu building), Jodhbai’s Palace (Hindu building), Jami Masjid, Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti and Buland Darwaza etc. Buland Darwaza is also called “Gate of Magnificence’. It is the highest gateway in the world. One has to climb 42 steps to reach this gateway, which is 40mtr high and 35mtr wide.
Return to hotel in the afternoon.
Later, proceed to visit the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, one of the most beautiful of Mughal tombs, stands across the river Yamuna. It was built by Empress Nur Jehan in the memory of her father. Though small, it is perfectly resembles and regarded as the forerunner to the Taj Mahal, being the first Mughal building all in white marble.
In the evening, proceed towards Mehtab Bagh to see the famous Taj Mahal from across river Yamuna at sunset.
Mahtab Bagh was built between 1631- 1635 and situated on the sandy bank of river Yamuna just opposite the beautiful Taj Mahal. Mahtab Bagh is an ideal spot to take picturesque view of Taj Mahal. Mehtab Bagh means 'Moon Light Garden', as it gives a perfect view of Taj Mahal and the stunning reflection of Taj Mahal can be seen here in the pool at night. It is said that the great emperor Shah Jahan who built the famous Taj Mahal for his beloved queen also wanted an identical one for himself as well across river Yamuna at Mehtab Bagh but unfortunately he could not do it. It is really a beautiful garden and worth to visit.
Overnight in Agra.
Day 04: Agra/ Delhi (210Kms & 4hrs drive)/ Fly Back Home
OPTION: Wake up early in the morning and proceed to visit the famous TAJ MAHAL at sunrise.
Return to hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast at hotel, drive towards Delhi.
Arrive Delhi and proceed for city tour of New Delhi.
The city of Delhi can be divided into two parts, Old Delhi and New Delhi.
Old Delhi was earlier ruled by Muslim Sultans for about 700years and later, it became the capital of the Mughal Empire between 17th & 19th centuries. Whereas New Delhi is an imperial and modern city, built by British, when they decided to move their capital from Calcutta in 1911.
Sightseeing of New Delhi includes a visit to India Gate- built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. Rashtrapati Bhawan (from outside)- built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy, today the official residence of the President of India. Parliament House- an unique circular building with huge colonnades, which houses the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament. Humayun's Tomb- is the first Mughal garden tomb, which looks like the famous Taj Mahal and finally Qutab Minar- one of Delhi’s most striking monuments, which is the world's tallest brick minaret with a height of 72.5 meters.
Later in the evening, you will be transferred to Delhi International airport to board your flight back home with sweet memories of your Trip with Dependable Travel Solutions (India) !!
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