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Taj Mahal and Amritsar

Code:   NI 06

Taj Mahal & Amritsar - INR 37843 PP

Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Amritsar - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi   

Day 01  - Arrive Delhi
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Check-in time is 12 Noon
Day 02 - Delhi
After breakfast, proceed  to visit Old and New Delhi.

Delhi, the capital of India, conceals within its bosom the remains of civilization that flourished over the last three thousand years.  Since those legendary days, many dynasties and rulers have flourished on its regal soil.  The legacy of that past survives in the  many monuments left behind by the regents.

Old Delhi’s landmarks are Red Fort built by Emperor Shahjehaan in 1638 AD, Jama Mosque largest mosque in India also built by Shahjehan. Raj  Ghat and Shanti van -the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Chandni Chowk - the main shopping hub of Old Delhi.

New Delhi showcases imposing buildings and monuments built during Mughal, British period and indepenentIndia. Qutab Minar, one of the earliest remains of Imperial Delhi (13th century AD ) Humayun’s Tomb-the fine monument believed to be forerunner of Taj Mahal represents the Mughal era while during British rule buildings with imposing architecture such as India Gate, the 42 metre high arch that was raised as a memorial to soldiers, Parliament House, President’s House, Secretariat and other Govt. Building as also Connaught Place, the oldest city centre shopping hub are prominent tourist spots.

Day 03 – Delhi-Amritsar train : 0720-1315 hours
Transfer to railway station for train to Amritsar.
On arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Rest of the day free.

Late evening, Palki Ceremony at Golden Temple.
The evening is a time for the devotees to come and listen in deep thoughtfulness to the evening recitations. It is time for the Rahras, the Arti and the shabad kirtan. At end of the prayers, the Sri Guru Granth Saheb (the religious book) is reverentially and royally carried to the palki  (a gold and silver palanquin) waiting outside. The head priest of the Harmandir appears with the Sri Guru Granth Sahib on a cushion on his head.  The palki is carried by dedicated Sikhs. The grand Darshani Deorhi is shut down for the visitors after this.
Day 04 : Amritsar
Morning sightseeing tour.

Amritsar, founded in 1577 by Ram Das, the fourt guru of the Sikhs, it is both the centre of the Sikh religion and the major city of Punjab state.  The name means Pool of Nectar, referring toe the sacred tank around which the Sikh’s Golden Temple is built. The Golden Temple is exceptionally beautiful and peaceful places. Durgiana Temple, dedicated to Goddess Durga, dates back to the 16th century. Jallianwala Bagh, commemorates the 2000 Indians who were killed at this site, short indiscriminately by the British in 1919.

Afternoon at leisure.

Day 05 : Amritsar-Delhi-Jaipur

Morning transfer to airport for flight to Delhi ( 0800-0935 hours )

On arrival, drive to Jaipur, 260 km/4 hours
Check-in at the hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06 : Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort, set in a picturesque location.  Amer is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture.  Built in the 16th century  by Raja  Mansingh in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting sections. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pol andTemple of Kali  are some of the prominent areas of interest.  Elephants are provided to ascend the fort. 
Afternoon city sightseeing tour.
The city was planned and built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer 260 years ago. The City Palace, the home of the erstwhile royal family, the Observatory,  RamNiwas  Gardens, Hawa Mahal or the Palace of winds built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and Birla Temple are the most important tourist sites.
Day 07 : Jaipur-Agra drive, 235 km/6 hours
Morning proceed to Agra, stopping en-route to visit Fatehpur Sikri.

The beautiful city was planned and erected by Emperor Akbar in 1569. The story behind the city relates to birth of his Son Salim who was named after a Muslim Saint – Sheikh Salim Chishti.  Emperor Akbar hearing his renown, had visited the Saint, asked of the blessings of a child.  When a son was born, he decided to built a city near the place where the Saint lived.  The city was abandoned after 14 years due to shortage of water and growing population.  The imposing pavilions, Mosque, massive Buland Darwaza (Gate), Panch Mahal and other buildings are worth a visit

On arrival, check-in at your hotel.

Day 08 – Agra/Delhi  drive, 204 km
Morning visit Agra Fort and Taj Mahal.

Agra Fort’s importance can be judged with the great names of Mughal dynasties Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shahjehan and Aurangzeb who lived here. The imposing structure on the banks of the river Yamuna is replete with priceless examples of craftsmanship in the Mughal period. The beautiful pearl Mosque, Diwan-e-Am, Diwan-e-Khas, Jehangir palace, Moti Masjid are to name a few that form the part of this great fort.  Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture.  A UNESCO World Heritage site, this immortal monument, the inimitable poem in white marble is the true expression of love of Emperor Shahjehan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal.  The monument was completed in 1653 AD and thousands of workers and artisans were employed.  It took little over 20 years for its completion.

Afternoon drive to Delhi.

On arrival, transfer to international airport for onward flight.


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