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Day 1. To Delhi
Depart Heathrow in the morning on British Airways flight arriving in Delhi just after midnight. Two nights stay at the Maidens Hotel.
Day 2. Delhi
Morning at leisure. Afternoon sightseeing of Old Delhi including an exhilarating rickshaw ride to the Jama Masjid through the bustling Chandi Chowk market and back streets: once the centre of the Mughal city – Shah Jehanabad. Finally continue onto the Raj Ghat – Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation site, before returning to the hotel.
Day 3. To Agra
Morning sightseeing of dynamic New Delhi including the impressive Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and India Gate. Afternoon drive to Agra. Two nights stay at The Gateway Hotel Fatehabad Road.
Day 4. Agra
Breath taking sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal to watch the sun slowly caress the white marble, awakening the day and distant memories. After breakfast explore Agra Fort, seeing the many varied architectural styles of the complex, built by successive Mughul rulers. Followed by a visit to the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah.
Day 5. To Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur en–route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful deserted city, built by the remarkable Mughal Emperor Akbar. Pause by the graceful marble Tomb (Mazar) of Salim Chisti in the middle of the Emperor’s courtyard, where generations of women have come to pray for a male heir. Two nights stay at the Samode Haveli.
Day 6. Jaipur
Morning excursion to the Amber Fort slowly meandering up the winding road seated upon a caparisoned elephant. Inside, the interior reveals murals, frescoes, paintings, wonderful intricate carvings and complex mirror work. In the afternoon visit the extraordinary Astronomical Observatory, Palace ofWinds and City Palace Complex with its fascinating museum.
Day 7. To Delhi
Morning at leisure perhaps catching up on shopping or relax by the hotel’s swimming pool. Later drive to Delhi to stay and dine in a family run guesthouse until departure.
Day 8. To London
Early morning flight to Heathrow on British Airways.