Surely one of the most romantic monuments of the world, the Taj Mahal is a must on the itinerary of every visitor to India. Designed and built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to the luminescent beauty of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, after her death in 1631, a single visit does not do justice to the Taj. Like the famed beauty of the woman it pays tribute to, the monument changes with the light. It presents different facets at different times, and there are exquisite details it reveals hesitantly, almost shyly, to those who take the time.The ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur offers much to delight, a city of history and culture, massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples, marvellous gardens, golden sands and warm people.
Reception and welcome at Delhi airport followed by transfer to your hotel
A tour this morning introduces you to the city of New and Old Delhi. Drive through the colonial heritage of Lutyen’s and on to a closer look at the Qutab Minar and the Humayun Tomb. B
Leave for Agra at dawn. Visit the city this afternoon and return to the Taj at sunset to see it fired by a different palette. B
The magnificent Taj Mahal really warrants a second visit, to appreciate its beauty, and to see it in a different light. Drive on to the Pink city, stopping en route exploring the deserted town of Fatehpur Sikri. B
Morning is a good time for the elephant ride up to the ramparts of Amber Fort. Your afternoon is dedicated to city sightseeing. B
Morning drive to the lovely little village of Samode, nestled amongst rugged hills close to Jaipur. Spend the night in a magnificent Palace. B
You will be driven back to Delhi where your tour ends on arrival.
Transfer to the airport for an onward flight, or you may wish to extend your stay.