Taj Mahal Agra Incredible India Tour - mughal empire rajputana rajasthan & himalayas9 Nights-10 DaysPackage Code: HTPC001220
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Taj Mahal Agra - Incredible India Tour - Mughal Empire Rajputana Rajasthan & Himalayas
Covers - Golden Traingle, Ranthambhor Tiger Safai, Udaipur, Himalayan beauty of Shimla, Toy Train
Tour route: India : Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - ranthambhor - ranakpur - Udaipur - Chamdigarh - shimla - manali
1. world's most beautiful monument
2. Mughal sultenet tour
3. rajputana tour of rajasthan
4. Hiamlayan beauty of Shimla manali & Himachal
5. UNESCO Toy train ride from kalka to Shimla
Famous Quotes Regarding Beauty Of Taj Mahal - India
"The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs and makes sun and moon shed tears from their eyes. In this world this edifice has been made to display, thereby, the Creator's glory."
Shah Jahan (Badshah Nama)
"It appears like a perfect pearl on an azure ground. The effect is such I have never experienced from any work of art."
British painter, Hodges
"I cannot tell what I think. I do not know how to criticize such a building but I can tell what I feel. I would die tomorrow to have such another over me."
British officer, Colonel Sleeman's wife
"Did you ever build a castle in the Air? Here is one, brought down to earth and fixed for the wonder of ages".
American novelist, Bayard Taylor
"If I had never done anything else in India, I have written my name here, and the letters are a living joy."
Lord Curzon, the British Governor-General
"You know Shah Jahan, life and youth, wealth and glory, they all drift away in the current of time. You strove therefore, to perpetuate only the sorrow of your heart? Let the splendor of diamond, pearl and ruby vanish? Only let this one teardrop, this Taj Mahal, glisten spotlessly bright on the cheek of time, forever and ever."
Rabindra Nath Tagore
"Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor's love wrought in living stones."
English Poet, Sir Edwin Arnold
"And now adieu! -Beautiful Taj - adieu! In the far, far West I shall rejoice that I have gazed upon your beauty; nor will the memory depart until the lowly tomb of an English gentlewoman closes on my remains."
Welsh Travel Writer, Fanny Parkes
"Properly speaking the Sultan's memory is more perpetuated by this building than that of his favorite, for everyone who saw it would involuntarily ask who created it?"
"After hearing its praises ever since I had been in India I felt that its beauty rather exceeded than fell short of my expectations."
Anglican Bishop in Calcutta, Reginald Heber
"Mumtaz Mahal herself radiant in her youthful beauty... India's noble tribute to the grace of Indian womanhood - the Venus de Milo of the East."
Principal of the Calcutta Art School, EB Havell
"On a white marble terrace an immaterial light shell like the apartments of the blessed, whose foot does not touch ordinary ground."
Swiss Art Historical Luminary, Heinrich Wolfflin
"A massive marble structure, without weight, as if formed of ether, perfectly rational and at the same time entirely decorative, it is perhaps the greatest art work which the forming spirit of mankind has ever brought forth."
German Philosopher, Count Hermann Keyserling
Taj Mahal - Wonder of Incredible India
Taj Mahal of India - the epitome of love, a monument of immeasurable beauty. The beauty of this magnificent monument is such that it is beyond the scope of words. The thoughts that come into the mind while watching the Taj Mahal of Agra is not just its phenomenal beauty, but the immense love which was the reason behind its construction. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan got this monument constructed in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, with whom he fell in love at the first sight. The very first sight of the Taj Mahal, the epitome of love and romance leaves one mesmerized.
Taj Mahal is located in the city of Agra, one of the most powerful cities in the medieval world. Agra is a part of the state of Uttar Pradesh, in the northern region of India. It is a part of the great northern plains and is situated on the west bank of river the Yamuna. Agra is 204 km south of Delhi. The climate of Agra is extreme and tropical. Summers are extremely hot and the maximum temperature can be as high as 45 degree Celsius, while winters are cold and foggy.
Agra - Beyond Taj
The cycle-rickshaw is the best way of getting about Agra. Its smooth gliding motion and leisurely rate of progress are in keeping with the pace of life in this old world city. The rickshaw-boy jungles his way through the crowded bazaars, exchanging insults with tonga-drivers, pedestrians and other cyclists; but once on the broad Mall or Taj Road, his curses change to a carefree song and he freewheels along the tree-lined avenues. Old colonial style bungalows still stand in large compounds shaded by Peepal.
Best Time to Visit Taj Mahal
To truly appreciate the Taj Mahal and encapsulate its various moods, we suggest that you spend at least one full day in Agra and view this dream in marble at different times of the day - for the Taj transforms its character with the changing light.
Taj Mahal in the Morning
The glory of the monument is strangely undiminished by the crowds of tourists who visit each day, as small and insignificant as ants in the face of this immense and captivating monument. That said, the Taj is at its most alluring in the relative quiet of early morning, shrouded in mists and bathed with a soft red glow. As its vast marble surfaces fall into shadow or reflect the sun, its colour changes, from soft grey and yellow to pearly cream and dazzling white; it's well worth visiting at different times.
Beauty of Taj Mahal during Day
Dawn is a magical time when it's virtually deserted and the first rays of the sun light up the Taj. In the afternoon, the Taj is a dazzling spectacle in white, and in the evening the Taj dons the orange glow of the setting sun.
The Taj Mahal shows a different aspect of beauty at different times of the day. The sight of the Taj awash with the subtle pinks of dawn is an unforgettable sight.
Taj Mahal at Sunset
Sunsets stain the Taj an exotic shade of orange. But nothing beats the poignant beauty of the Taj seen when the cool white marble is bathed in the soft silver light of the moon. Even in the bright light of the day, this wonder of the world shines with an awe-inspiring loveliness.
Try arriving just as it opens or is about to close. A few minutes alone in the perpetually echoing inner sanctum will reward you far more than several hours spent on a guided tour.
Day 1: Welcome to Enchanting New Delhi, India
Upon arrival at India Gandhi International Airport, you are greeted by a private representative and escorted to the hotel. After a brief introduction of your India tour, you will check in to have some free time on your own to adjust to the new time zone.
Day 2: Heritage Sightseeing of Delhi
After breakfast, your private guide will join you for a Delhi highlights tour to passing by those city landmarks of India Gate, President's House, Parliament House & Government Secretariat Buildings. Continue to visit to the Humayun’s tomb, which tells story of a great era. Later take a visit the 800-year-old Qutub Minar, known as India’s largest Minaret. Admire the father of India at the Raj Ghat. And finish the day with an insight into the divine Laxmi Narayan Temple and Lotus Temple.
Day 3: One of a Kind Old Delhi Experience & Turning to Agra
In the morning, you will have an in-depth half-day old Delhi tour including rickshaw rides through the heritage & Bazaar, off the beaten path back-street walk and some street food adventures. Come across the local Indian people and enjoy lunch of traditional Indian meals in haveli. What’s an authentic way to experience the real side of life in Delhi!
Head to Agra this afternoon (about 4.5 hours drive) by private A/C car, with stopover for coffee break or photo opportunities at your request any time en-route. On arrival, check in at hotel and enjoy your free time.
Note: Driving time in the program is approximate, subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4: Timeless Taj Mahal, Agra
This morning takes you to breathtaking Taj Mahal to free you from the crowds and heat in daytime. Just indulge yourself in its amazing architecture, history and BEAUTY. Continue to discover the palatial Royal Pavilions at the red sandstone Agra Fort for a glimpse of the royal Mughal lifestyle.
After sightseeing, you will be welcomed by a local family and enjoy a cooking demonstration and authentic Indian meal with your host. A try Masala Chai (Indian Spice Milk Tea) and you will fall in love with it immediately. The chat with the host will definitely enrich your experience in Agra.
Tips: Strict security check is needed before entering Taj Mahal. Foods, plastic bags, chargers, etc are all prohibited things. We suggest you catch the sunrise view in the early morning for the temperature is relatively cool and avoid the peak time.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5: Jewels in a Wasteland
Drive east to Jaipur this morning. Roam around the former royal city of Fatehpur Sikri (about 1.5 hrs drive) en-route. Proceed to Jaipur (about 3.5 hours drive) to check in and overnight.
Day 6: Stunning Forts & Palaces in Jaipur
After breakfast, visit hillside Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the state; inside you'll also experience the kingly palaces incl. the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors).
Drive back to the 'pink city' of Jaipur and stop at façade of the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) for the best angle of a perfect picture. Continue to the City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar - the largest stone observatory in world that still in service today.
Your final stop today is to uncover the Mehandi (Henna Painting) from applying it on your hands and learn how to dress an Indian Saree of different color and materials at a local saree shop.
Tips: There are a lot of venders selling goods around Amber Fort. If you have no interest in their goods, don't show any interest at the very beginning.
Day 7: Free Day in Jaipur
Today you are free to explore Jaipur by yourself, or you can take the recommended optional tours (with extra cost) to have an in-depth view of this pink city.
Bazaar walking tour (2-3 hours, optional): this walking tour blends you to get in touch with the locals, taste some of the regions culinary delights, and try the Samosa Kachori, Kulfi and Lassi from some of the city’s most popular Mithai Wala's. Observe local artisans like Silversmiths and Bangle makers at work. It's a great way to blend you with Jaipur’s local daily life and learn about rich art traditions of this fascinating city.
Half-day Eleday package (optional): it’s a special experience for animal lovers to get close and interact with these gentle giants. Activities include feed, paint and bathe them. Without a doubt it is one of highlights of Jaipur.
Day 8: Jaipur - Ranthambore (By Car)
Head for Ranthambore this morning, and have some free time after your hotel check-in upon arrival. In the afternoon, start a jungle safari at Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan's first Project Tiger Reserve. You will get close to nature and meet tigers, sambar, chital, wild boar, water birds, etc. Make sure your camera is fully charged. After that, get back to your hotel.
Tips: Ranthambhore National Park is closed during the monsoon season (Jul. 1 - Sep. 30).
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel
Day 9: Ranthambhore National Park Safari
Today continue your jungle safari at Ranthambore National Park.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel
Day 10: Ranthambhore National Park - Agra (By Car)
After breakfast, drive east to Agra. En route, spend some time at the former capital of Mughal Empire Fatehpur Sikri (about 1.5 hrs), one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendor at its height, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. Hotel check-in upon your arrival in Agra and then have some leisure time.
Day 11: Hitting the Highlights of Pushkar
Drive to the desert oasis of Pushkar this morning (about 3 hours drive), a town that clings to the side of the divine Pushkar Lake. You will walk around the lake to experience the peaceful and quiet, where pilgrims and sadhus come to pay their respect. Continue to visit the Brahma Temple, the only temple in the world for Hindus to worship the Lord Brahma.
Day 12: Magnificent Fort in Jodhpur
After breakfast, drive to Jodhpur (about 4 hours drive). Upon arrival, visit the famous Meherangarh Fort, a massive complex standing at the hillside with fantastic views of the old city of Jodhpur and the imposing Jaswant Thada.
Note: We suggest you take the optional activity- Flying Fox that you will enjoy the amazing views of the Fort by the zip tour
Day 13: Insightful Visit into the Countryside
Today a jeep safari will take you to the rural Bishnoi Village, an interesting way to access the traditional way of life. And then follow the winding narrow alleys at Clock Tower to explore the local markets which is full of textiles, silver and handicrafts.
Day 14: Hidden Treasure of Magnificence in Architecture, Ranakpur
Ranakpur is a little village tucked away in the Aravalli hills between Udaipur and Jodhpur (about 2 hours drive). The tour today brings you to one of the biggest and most important clusters of Jain temples in India. Built in marble and supported by over 1444 exquisitely carved marble pillars with no two of which are alike. Head to Udaipur (about 4 hours drive) after the tour.
Day 15: Udaipur, Venice of the East
This morning, you first wander through the markets and bazaars to visit the Jagdish Temple, a center of constant activity, followed by a visit to the City Palace, of which the main part is now a museum with a large and varied collection of mosaics, glass and porcelain figures, miniatures and paintings.
After exploring the City Palace, you will take a shared motor boat ride on Lake Pichola (1 hour), before heading for the Garden of the Maids of Honour and Folk Art Museum. You finish your tour by driving past Fatehsagar Lake.
Day 16: Jaipur - Chandigarh by flight
This morning, board a flight for Chandigarh. Arrive and be transferred to hotel. The rest of day is at leisure.
Day 17: Toy Train Experience from Dharampur to Shimla
After breakfast drive to Dharampur (about 4 hrs driving) and visit the Pinjore Garden en-route. Afterward you will board the Toy Train to Shimla (Himalayan Queen at 13:42-17:20). This scenic train ride is interesting and an unique experience. On arrival in Shimla you are greeted at the railway station (assistance) and transferred to hotel.
Day 18: Shimla, Kufri Excursion & Colorful Mall Road
After breakfast, visit India Bungalow & the Himalayan Zoo on the way of a half day excursion to Kufri. You have the options of taking a hike or ride a pony up to Mashu Peak (pony rides at Kufri are on direct payment basis). Explore the Shimla Mall Road in the afternoon. Attractions of the mall road include Shimla Church, Scandal Point, Gaiety Theatre, Town hall where you can have a shopping spree.
Note: There will be no guide service for Kufri Excursion.
Day 19: Turning to Delhi
Enjoy a free morning before our driver meet you at hotel lobby and drive you to Kalka (about 2.5 hrs) to catch the Shatabdi train for Delhi (leaves at 17:45, 17:45- 21:55). Upon your arrival, you will be met by representative and stay overnight at Delhi.
Day 20: Delhi Departure
Today is at your own leisure before being escorted to the airport for your flight to next destination.