Explore the Taj Mahal
"A white marble tomb built in 1631-48 in Agra,
seat of the Mugal Empire, by Shah Jehan for his wife, Arjuman Banu
Begum who later became known as Mumtaz Mahal, the Distinguished of
the Palace, the monument sums up many of the formal themes that
have played through Islamic architecture. Its refined elegance is a
conspicuous contrast both to the Hindu architecture of pre-Islamic
India, with its thick walls, corbelled arches, and heavy lintels, and
to the Indo-Islamic styles, in which Hindu elements are combined with
an eclectic assortment of motifs from Persian and Turkish sources."
Shah Jahan, who commissioned the monument, was a
prolific patron with effectively limitless resources. After the death
of Mumtaz, Shah Jahan was reportedly inconsolable, and soon after he
began construction of the Taj. His lavish aesthetic and romantic
nature is apparent in every aspect of the Taj.
Shah Jahan was the most prolific builder of all the Mughal Emperors.
Shah Jahan's wife, Mumtaz, was his constant companion. She bore him
fourteen children and died during the birth of the last child. He had
created the gardens and palaces of Shalimar in honor of Mumtaz.
India Travel Planet makes it possible, "a
dream come true tour of Taj" to explore and know the most graceful of
Architecture of World.
Day 1 : Arrival Delhi
Upon arrival at International Airport you are met and
transferred to your pre-booked Hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel you
are received with a traditional welcome . Rest of the day free.
Day 2 : Delhi
This morning we visit Old Delhi, built in the 17th century by
Shah Jehan the Magnificent (who also built the Taj Mahal). First we
will be visiting the famous Jama Masjid mosque with its 9,000 sq.
ft. courtyard, three domes and two minarets, and then proceed to the
massive complex known as the Red Fort and Chandni chowk.
Afternoon we'll visit Lakshmi Narayan Temple, a Spectacular
structure that's just 60 years old , and then proceed via India Gate
and the Governmental building to Qutab Minar, the 240 foot tower
built in 1190 to commemorate the arrival of Islam in India, the
Bahai Temple with its nine pools on an elevated platform, and the
Crafts Museum, which replicates and Indian street with over 50
artists and craftspeople at work. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 3 : Delhi - Jaipur( By Surface 260 Kms 6
Hrs Drive )
After Breakfast Today we drive towards Jaipur popularly known as
the Pink City, was built in 1727 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II.
Designed in accordance with Shilp Shastra - an ancient Hindu
treatise on architecture - Jaipur follows a grid system. Upon
arrival check in your Hotel. Afternoon - tour of City Palace and
Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend
of Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. The Palace of winds - a five
storied structure of pink sandstone has semi-octagonal and
delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the
old city. It was originally built to enable the ladies of the royal
household to watch everyday life. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 4 : Jaipur
The capital of Rajasthan is the most colourful city in India.
Today morning we visit the Amber Fort in the Aravali Hills, which is
a super example of Rajput (Medieval Hindu) style architecture. A
slow elephant ride takes us to the top of the Fort, which houses
several graceful buildings. Afternoon is spent visit the local
In the evening, we visit Chokhi Dhani where an ethnic village
atmosphere is recreated each evening with thousands of oil lamps,
folk dancers, arobats, snake charmers, puppeteers etc. Overnight at
Day 5 : Jaipur - Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikiri
- Agra( By Surface 232 Kms 5 Hrs Drive)
This morning travel to Bharatpur for a tour of the world famous
bird sanctuary here. The reserve boasts of river 300 species of
resident and migratory birds. From here we drive to the ancient city
of Fatehpur Sikri ( ghost capital) for a tour of the magnificent and
world heritage buildings still in a state of perfect preservation.
We continue our journey for Agra and upon arrival check into Hotel.
Day 6 : Agra
Agra was the capital of India under the Moghuls in the 16th and
17th centuries. This morning we see the exquisite tomb of the
emperor Jehangir's chief minister and father-in - law, often called
the 'BABY TAJ' because its design foreshadows the Taj Mahal. Then we
tour Agra's Red Fort, built over three generations by the Moghul
Following an afternoon free, we go at sunset to see the Taj Mahal,
the mausoleum built by a sorrowing Shah Jehan in memory of his young
wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Building's stupendous scale, flawless
symmetry, translucent white marble and shimmering reflection in the
water channel are truly breathtaking. Overnight at Hotel .
Day 7 : Agra - Delhi ( By Surface 210 Kms 4
After breakfast we Drive back to Delhi enroute visit to Sikandra.
Overnight at Hotel.
DAY-08 : Leave Delhi
Transfer to airport to catch the flight for Onward Journey.
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