The Mughal Hind North India Tour
10Days / 9 Nights
The Mughal have the unique distinction of being the builders of the most famous buildings, gardens, tombs and mausoleums in India. Amongst their outstanding aesthetic creations are the Taj Mahal, Shalimar Garden the spectacular Jama Masjid, Badhshahi Mosque, Red Forts in Delhi & Agra as well as many more. Our Tour provides an experience of India as it was in the Mughal Raj heyday.The Mughal Hind North India Tour schedule is as follows:
Day 01: Delhi
Assistance on the arrival. Traditional welcome with garlanding and stamped picture postcard to each guest on the arrival . Transfer to Hotel. Delhi, the capital of the Republic, has many interesting places on offer for its visitors, with a great blend of both historical monuments and British structures along with modern buildings. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay is in Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi – Mandawa (250km/05hrs pprox.)
After breakfast in the hotel, begin this day with a full day sightseeing tour of the capital of India – Delhi. During your sightseeing tour of Delhi you will observe the various shades of ancient and modern Delhi. Some major attraction of the capital of India are the India Gate – the war memorial dedicated to martyrs who laid their live for the sake of the country, Parliament House – the government headquarters, Humayun’s Tomb – built in mid 16th century and an early fine example of Mughal architecture, and Qutub Minar. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Day 03: Mandawa – Nawalgarh (30kms/45m approx.)
After breakfast proceed to Nawalgarh. Visit its forts and Havelis, full of minute fresco paintings on walls at Roop Niwas Palace, Anandhi Lal Podar Haveli, Sheesh Mahal. Evening visit the local village and market..Overnight- hotel
Day 04: Nawalgarh – Jaipur ( 260 km/5hrs approx.)
After breakfast leave for Jaipur generally known as the city of victory it is also the capital city of Rajasthan. Although most of the visitors visit Jaipur for seeing its impressive monuments, there are numerous who come to shop as well. The list of things available is never ending, but the more famous items on the program of a visitor to the city are jewellery, textiles, goods made of marble, wood, stone, lac, clay, metal and leather. Upon arrival check in at the hotel & overnight stay is in Jaipur.
Day 04: Jaipur sightseeing
After breakfast head to Amber Fort – Amber was the antique capital of the state. Now an abandoned complex and one of the best hilltop forts in the country, Amber is something which no traveller can afford to give a miss. It is a magnificent for complex with number of attractive palaces, halls and temple in it such as Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, Jai Mandir, Ganesh Pol, and many more. Due to its location at a height an exciting elephant back ride takes its visitors to its entrance making the whole experience more enjoyable. After Amber visit we drive back to Jaipur to visit the popular monuments there which include City Palace & Museum, Jantar Mantar – the Observatory, Hawa Mahal and magnetic bazaars of Jaipur. Overnight stay is in Jaipur.
Day 05: Jaipur –Fatehpur Sikri- Agra (238kms/5 hrs approx.)
After breakfast, leave for Agra, visiting Fatehpur Sikri enroute. Fatehpur Sikri was the political capital of Mughal Empire under Akbar ‘s reign, from 1571 to 1585 , when it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water. It is a world heritage site . It is regarded as emperor Akbar’s crowning architectural legacy. Visit the palaces inside the fortress city: the Great Mosque-Jamma Masjid, a crenulated wall delineates the vast space that can accommodate 10,000 worshipers, the beautiful interior design based arabesques reminiscent of Persian art, the Panch Mahal, curious building with 5 floors of decreasing sizes After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, proceed to Agra. Visit the famous Taj Mahal of Agra- Taj Mahal , the most magnificent tribute to love and beauty and one of man’s proudest creations, is easily the most identified image to be associated with India. The intensity of the Emperor’s love is carved in white marble as the most beautiful and wondrous expression of love ever. The sight is indeed mesmerizing to the visitor. Associated with the rich Mughal era, this magnificent edifice is testimony to the highest stage in the evolution of a Tomb not only in India but across world. Agra Fort: :The fort is built alongside the Yamuna river and stretches almost 2.5 km. It consists of a wall built in red sandstone and several buildings inside. The fort consists of many pillared Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience). Hall of Public Audience, beautiful mosques (Nagina Masjid & Mina Masjid), palaces (Macchi Bhavan, Khas Mahal, Shish Mahal, Shah Jahani Mahal) and the Zenana Mina Bazaar. Several of the buildings are made of pure marble with beautiful carvings. To cool off the rooms in the marble pavilions, the walls were hollow and filled with running water. Overnight- Hotel.
Day 06: Agra – Gwalior ( 2h:40m by train)
After early breakfast depart for former princely state of Gwalior by train. Arrive Gwalior and visit the city monuments. . Throughout the city of Gwalior , there are these reminders of a proud past, of the great men and women of Gwalior. The Great Tansen, the father of Hindustan classical musician during the Akbar time. The earliest Freedom fighter Tatya Tope and the indomitable Rani of Jhansi are all commemorated in memorials in Gwalior. There are cenotaphs at major public crossings, memorial to Scindia kings and queens. Place to visit ; Gwalior Fort , Teli Ki Mandir. Overnight- Hotel
Day 07: Gwalior – Jhansi (by train) – Khajuraho (175km/3hrs approx by coach)
After breakfast levee by train for Jhansi. Arrive Jhansi and proceed for Khajuraho by car. Enroute visit the small historical town of Orchha and have lunch there. Onwards drive to Khajuraho. . In Khajuraho, visit the world famous erotic sculptured temples. The most important ones include the Mahadev Temple, Chitragupta, Vishvanath and Nandi Temples. These beautiful temples strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture. Overnight – hotel
Day 08: Khajuraho – Varanasi (by flight)
After breakfast, leave for Varanasi by flight. Arrive Varanasi and proceed straight to Sarnath : located 8 kms from the city , one of the holiest Buddhist site in the world . It is here at Sarnath Buddha gave his first teachings in 590 BC. Visit Sarnath museum, Dhamik stupa, monasteries of different Buddhist sects. Return back to hotel in Varanasi. In the late afternoon walk on foot through the countless alleys of the old town, in front of temples , cenotaphs , and tiny shops teeming with customers. Late evening- Visit the Ganges Aarti ( Evening prayer) by rickshaw and attend the Hindu devotional prayer at dusk at the banks of river . Return to your hotel by dinner. Overnight- Hotel.
Day 9: Varanasi – Delhi (By flight)
Early in the morning , before the sun rises , revisit Ganges- Embark on a local boat and open to the manifestation of Hindu devotees around the Ganges Ghats while cruising accross the main stream of Ganges. Hindus pilgrims congregate on the ghats to the rites of the morning swim , practice yoga and prayers ” pujas ” at sunrise. Many rituals which continue unchanged through millennia of worship and tradition. Also witness the sunrise at the eastern horizon of river. Return back to hotel for breakfast. Later after breakfast visit the temples of Varanasi, the Benaras Hindu University and the local handicraft centers working in silk textiles. Afternoon- leave for Delhi by flight. Arrive Delhi and check in at hotel. Overnight- Hotel.
Day 10: Leave Delhi:
Morning free in Delhi for independent activities. Later transfer to airport and connect flight for further destination.