Legendary Rajasthan is full of spectacular color and wondrous reminders of its glorious past. On guided excursions, explore Jaipur, a walled city of pink stone and a treasure-trove of exuberant 18th and 19th century palaces; visit the haunting red sandstone ruins of the remote Mughal capital at Fatehpur Sikri; and watch a golden sunset and sunrise illuminate the legendary Taj Mahal, an exquisite white marble palace set on the banks of the Yamuna River in Agra. “Princely” accommodations include the former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur!
Arrive in Delhi where you are met for transfer to the Claridges Hotel Delhi...Meals on your own
Train to Agra / Taj Mahal
Take the early morning train to Agra (2 hrs), capital of the Mughal Empire from the 16th to early 18th centuries. On arrival, enjoy a full-day tour of Agra including the legendary Taj Mahal, an exquisite white marble palace set on the banks of the Yamuna River. The Taj Mahal was constructed over a 21-year period from 1632 to 1653 by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth. It was described by the English poet Sir Edwin Arnold as “Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor’s love wrought in living stones.” Agra’s other treasures include the beautiful four-gated Agra Fort. Overnight at the ITC Mughal Agra...B
Note: The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays, so please note that the days may be reorganized to accommodate this.
Fatehpur Sikri / Jaipur / Rambagh Palace Hotel
Awake early this morning for a sunrise viewing of the Taj Mahal, then drive to the haunting desert ruins of Fatehpur Sikri, once the capital of Mughal Emperor Akbar. The emperor and his court stayed here only from 1570 to 1586, and this fabulous city of red sandstone has lain abandoned ever since. The palaces and courtyards remain in pristine condition, offering us an extraordinarily accurate glimpse of a Mughal city. Continue to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. Afternoon tour of the City Palace and Museum. Overnight at the Taj Rambagh Palace, former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Driving time today is approximately 6 hours...B
Jaipur / Delhi / Depart
Jaipur was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the early 18th century, and this elegant city is unsurpassed as a testament to the craftsmanship of the old masters. Fresco painting and mirror work were two favorite ways of decorating interior spaces in Jaipur’s forts and gracious residences. Our full-day city tour includes Amber Fort, the Palace of the Winds, or Hawa Mahal, and the fruit and vegetable market. Transfer to the airport for an evening flight to Delhi to connect with late evening homeward-bound flights (or overnight in Delhi, an 'on your own' expense)...B
3 nights deluxe hotels
Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
A visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting India. Your visa must be obtained prior to arrival.