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  The Wonder that was India (Delhi-Agra-Karauli-Jaipur-Delhi)  
 
Your unique India journey this time combines the fascinating rural, historical and Architectural highlights of the northern regions of India, with an attempt to present you something culturally enriching, mentally and physically rejuvenating and showcasing the diverse facets of Life in India in its glorious past and present.

Highlights: A truly diverse journey; Start with the mesmerizing beauty of the Taj Mahal in the city of Agra and later enter Rajasthan: land of glorious citadels, forts and opulent palaces on one side and the most riotously colored people in its villages and hamlets on the other. Get pampered and relive the days of royal Rajasthan with a stay in the Palace of Karauli, an off the beaten track stop, before venturing into the Pink city of Jaipur and getting awed by its majestic Amber Fort.

 
     
  Day 1: Delhi, Drive to Agra
Welcome to the Days of the Mughal Raj in the erstwhile Mughal capital city of Agra. It was the capital of the Mughal Empire in India for over hundred years. The imperial capital then known as Akbarabad has many sights for you to explore. Emperor Babur, laid the foundations of the Mughal dynasty here and on the bank of river Yamuna laid out the first formal Persian garden, Aram Bagh or the Garden of Relaxation. His grandson Akbar raised the towering ramparts of the Great Red Fort, besides making Agra a center for learning, arts, commerce and religion. Shahjahan gave the city the country's most prized monument, the Taj Mahal, "A teardrop on the face of Eternity", as Poet Tagore puts it.

Agra, is home to India's most stunning icon- The Taj Mahal, undoubtedly the greatest monument ever built for love. Built in the 17th century by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife Arjumand Bano Begum or Mumtaz, as the emperor called her.

This shimmering white marble Mughal masterpiece is one the most symmetrical creations on Earth and the inlay work involving more than 30 precious and semiprecious stones that leaves one spellbound. It took 22 years, workforce of 20,000, 1000 elephants and camels, architecture from Persia, Turkey and India to complete this magnificent mausoleum. With the geometrically patterned gardens the Emperor wanted his beloved's resting place to look like Paradise on Earth.
 
 
We also visit the world Heritage Agra Fort. This 16th century fort amazes you with its immense size, palatial sections and wide moats and Gardens, fed by the river Yamuna. Take a look at the Musamman Burj, the marble inlaid tower room of the Fort, where emperor Shahjahan, the builder of the Taj was put under house arrest by his own son. This is where he spent the last 8 years of his life looking at the distant Taj Mahal, his wife's final resting place.

Overnight at Agra - Hotel Utkarsh Vilas or similar
 
     
  Day 2: Drive to Karauli: Apprx 4.5 hrs
We drive further west to the state of Rajasthan, a region previously ruled by different royal clans of Rajput warriors for over a thousand years. Karauli is one such principality of Rajasthan, where the proof of days of the past is still alive in its present.

A 600 year old rural town, Karauli was a walled city, with 6 entrance gates, which can be still seen as one enters the old town. The palace in the heart of the old town is more than 400 years old and one of the finest examples of fresco paintings in Rajasthan, done all over its ornamental stucco work. We take you for a camel cart ride to explore the old city and its medieval bazaar, chaotic and bustling at its best. The bazaar is busy selling lacquer bangles, bamboo items, wooden toys and Indian sweat meat.
 
     
 
In the early 20th century, the royal family built a colonial and more modern Palace outside the old city, as their residence, which is still their home and partly converted into a Heritage hotel with art deco furnishings. The huge garden and organic farm; make for a nice stroll in the morning, along with a visit to the Palace compound school run by the royal family for the kids in the town, definitely a brief introduction to the education system in India.

Hotel Bhanwar Vilas Palace
 
     
  Day 3-4: Drive to Jaipur, apprx 4 hrs
Jaipur the "Pink city" is one of the few well planned cities of India. Jaipur is where the enduring charisma of the past blends with the throbbing vitality of today. Where a kaleidoscope of characters from printers and potters to artists and antique dealers present a colorful tableau of this exhilarating city. Raja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur was no ordinary man. A scholar and an astronomer, keenly sensitive to beauty, a formidable general, who tempered power with wisdom. In building Jaipur, Jai Singh's vision took him beyond architectural beauty, for in the sprawling barren plains beneath Amber the former capital he gave India its first planned city which has remained unique in two and a half centuries. Jai Singh made a haven and it became a center of commerce and religion.
 
 
Post lunch we head to the city place complex in the centre of pink city and measure the world's largest silver jars, made for one of the Maharajas to carry Ganges water on his visit to England. A portion of the Palace is still a private residence of the royal family of Jaipur.

Jai Singh the founder of Jaipur being a great mathematician and astronomer, has left an excellent observatory called Jantar Mantar adjoining the city palace. Here you can calculate the local time, more reliable than anyone's wristwatch and see the biggest sundial in the world.
In Jaipur the next morning we drive you eleven kilometers outside the city to the hilltop Amber fort. It captivates the traveler with its large ramparts, series of gates and cobbled paths, overlooking the Maota Lake. The Kachchawah rulers of Amber made this 16th century fort, which is known for its artistic styles blending both Rajput and Mughal architecture. Don't miss the identical residential apartments of Maharaja Man Singh's twelve wives the oldest section of this mighty fortification.

Enjoy lunch in one of the city's famed restaurant. After some time for souvenirs in the city later in the day enjoy an evening at Chowkidhani with Rajasthani folk music and dance and a traditional Rajasthani dinner.

Hotel Mahal Khandela or similar
 
     
  Day 5: Drive to Delhi
Post breakfast checkout and drive to Delhi, apprx 5.5 hrs.
 
     
  Cost Per person: USD 525 per person for minimum 10 paying persons on twin share
Single Supplement: USD 195


Cost Includes:

 
  – All meals
– English speaking Tour guide throughout the trip
– Visit rajasthani folk village - Chowkidhani
– Private Transport vehicle
– Sightseeing and entrances as listed in the itinerary

 
     
  Cost Excludes:  
  Any expenses of a personal nature including beverages, laundry, tips etc
Any Travel / Medical insurance
Any airfares
Any expenses arising due to unavoidable circumstances beyond our control

 
     
   
     
   
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