Day 01: DELHI
Arrive in Delhi, and after a warm welcome relax in your beautiful hotel. In the evening you will have your first taste of the wonderful North Indian cuisine. Tonight you will have delectable Mughlai food. Enjoy your first evening in Delhi.
Day 02: DELHI
After breakfast visit Humayuns Tomb, now a World Heritage Site. It is the first distinct example of proper Mughal style, which was inspired by Persian architecture. It is well known that Humayun picked up the principles of Persian architecture during his exile, and he himself is likely to have planned the tomb, although there is no record to that effect. The tomb was constructed at a cost of 15 lakh rupees (1.5 million). Later in the evening you will be taken for another culinary experience in the capital city of India.
Day 03: AMRITSAR
Today you wake up early to board the train Shatabdi Expresss to Amritsar, the town famous for being the highest religious seat of the SIKH RELIGION. Arrive in the afternoon, and after some rest, a visit to the Wagah border is suggested. Or you can take a walk in the old city. Later in the evening you will be introduced to the unmatched Amritsari palette.
Day 04: AMRITSAR/DELHI
After breakfast visit The Golden Temple, considered as one of the seven wonders of India and the highest seat of the Sikh religion. The fourth Guru of Sikhism, [Guru Ram Das], excavated a tank in 1577, which subsequently became known as Amritsar (Meaning: Pool of the Nectar of Immortality), giving its name to the city that grew around it. In due course, a Sikh edifice, Harmandir Sahib (Temple of God), was constructed in the middle of this tank, which became the supreme centre of Sikhism. The Golden Temple, or Darbar Sahib, is the most sacred temple for Sikhs. It is a symbol of the magnificence and strength of Sikhs all over the world. After the visit, head to catch the Shatabdi Express train back to Delhi. Dinner will be served on board the train.
Day 05: DELHI
After breakfast visit The Qutub Minar, this is also a world heritage site. Qutub Minar is the pride of Delhi and is the most visited monument of the city. The tall Minaret was constructed in 1192 by Qutub-ud-din Aibak and later completed by his successor Iltutmish. The soaring conical tower is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic-Afghan architecture. Each of the five storeys of Qutub Minar has unique designs. It was hit by lightning a couple of times and was damaged. But the subsequent rulers repaired it. Thus it is standing mightily as it was before till date. Also visit India gate and the presidents Palace in Lutyens Delhi. This evening you are in for another culinary experience with a tandoori night.
Day 06: LUCKNOW
Today after breakfast you board the Shatabdi train again to go to Lucknow, the city of Nawabs and most famous for its delectable Awadhi cuisine. Later in the afternoon visit Hussainabad Imambara. The structure has an imposing white colored dome and many pillars or minarets. The interiors of the monument are worth seeing. They have been decorated beautifully with elaborate chandeliers, mirrors with gold frames, and the majestic throne of the King. There are small miniatures of the Taj Mahal on either side of the monument. Later in the evening you will stimulate your taste buds with one of the best cuisines in India
Day 07: LUCKNOW
Today after breakfast you visit this beautiful city of Nawabs. Firstly visit Moti Mahal. The Moti Mahal in Lucknow is one of the most beautiful monuments of India. The Nawab of Lucknow, Saadat Ali Khan, constructed it. The Lucknow Moti Mahal is also known as Palace of Pearls. The Moti Mahal is located on the borders of Gomti River and provides a spectacular view of the city of Nawabs. The Nawabs used this palace to view birds in flight and spend time in leisure. Later visit Bada Imambara built in the year 1784 by the fourth Nawab of Awadh, Asaf-ud-daula. It was built as a part of a relief project for a major famine that took place in 1784. Later in the evening enjoy a wonderful dinner of Awadhi food.
Day 08: LUCKNOW/AGRA
After breakfast visit the clock tower, this is the tallest clock tower in India and the Chattar Manzil, the prominent feature of which is an umbrella shaped dome. It has some elements of European architecture thus proving that it must have been pretty much influenced by the modern style of architecture in Europe. After the visit board the Shatabdi train to Agra. Dinner will be served on board.
Day 09: Agra
After breakfast, visit Agra fort. An era marked by invasions and fortifications, where power was symbolized by grand palaces and grander forts. The Agra Fort, also known as the "Lal Qila", "Fort Rouge" or "Qila-i-Akbari", is the highlight of the city of Agra, then capital of the Mughal Sultanate.
After lunch, visit the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in the memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as the jewel of art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world. Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Turkish and Indian architectural styles. In 1983 The Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World heritage site. Later in the evening you will be taken for a wonderful kebab meal.
Day 10: AGRA/JAIPUR
After morning breakfast, drive through to Agra and midway, visit Fatehpur Sikri, built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1570. It served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 until 1585. It was abandoned after 14 years because the water supply was inadequate to sustain the growing population and the unrest in North West. Later in the afternoon board the Shatabdi train again to go to the pink city of Jaipur. You will reach in the evening and after some rest, enjoy a sumptuous Peshawari meal tonight.
Day 11: JAIPUR
Today you get on an elephant back to visit the fascinating Amer fort. The Amer Fort set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Constructed by Raja Man Singh in 1592 and completed by Mirza Raja Jai Singh the fort is made in red sand stone and marble. The rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise with a beautiful fusion of art and architecture. Come back to the hotel for lunch and later visit the City palace museum which is situated inside the walled city. Tonight you will be treated to a wonderful Rajasthani meal in one of the palaces of Jaipur.
Day 12: JAIPUR/DELHI
Today after breakfast visit Jantar Mantar. The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja (King) Jai Singh II at his then new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1734. It is modeled after the one that he had built for him at the Mughal capital of Delhi. He had constructed a total of five such facilities at different locations, including the ones at Delhi and Jaipur. The Jaipur observatory is the largest and best preserved of these. It has been inscribed on the World Heritage List as "an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period". Later in the afternoon board the Shatabdi train last time to go back to Delhi. Dinner will be served on board. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 13: Departure
After breakfast leave for International airport to catch your flight back home.