TOUR NO-5 : DELHI-AGRA-MATHURA-JAIPUR (5D/4N)

DELHI

Delhi has traditionally been the seat of administrative power of India. Delhi has been the seat of power for several rulers and many empires for about a millennium. Delhi is a city that bridges two different worlds. Old Delhi is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling Havelis and formidable mosques. New Delhi created by the British Raj is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. Many a times the city was built, destroyed and then rebuilt here. The history of the city is as old as the epic Mahabharata. The town was known as Indraprastha, where Pandavas used to live. In the year 1803 AD, the city came under the British rule. In 1911, British shifted their capital from Calcutta to Delhi. After independence in 1947, New Delhi was officially declared as the Capital of India. Today's Delhi blends its historic past with a vibrant present.


SIGHTSEEING PLACES IN DELHI

QUTAB MINAR

Qutab Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is an excellent Example of Afghan architecture. It is the tallest minaret in India with a height of 72.5 metres (237.8 ft).The five storey minar has three storeys built of red sandstone and two of marble and sandstone. The foundation of the tower was laid by Qutb-ud-din aibak (1193) and his son-in-law and successor shamsuddin Iltumish added three more storeys, and in 1368 Firoz shah Tughlak constructed the fourth and last storey. The stairs of the tower has 379 steps and has a base diameter of 14.3 metres, which narrow to 2.7 metres at the top.

LOTUS TEMPLE

The Bahai House of Worship in New Delhi, Lotus Temple because of its flowerlike shape, is a prominent attraction in Delhi. Completed in 1986, it has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. Like all other Bahai Houses of Worship, the Lotus Temple is too open to all religion. The Bahai emphasize that the holy scriptures of the Bahai Faith and other religions can be read or chanted inside in any language.

RED FORT

The Red Fort is a 17th century fort complex constructed by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan. Also known as Lal Qila, it served Mughal Emperors as their residence. In the walled city of Old Delhi (in present day Delhi) the fort was the palace for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's new capital, Shahjahanabad. Red fort lies along the Yamuna River, which surround most of the walls. Red Fort’s significant phases of development were under Aurangzeb and later Mughal rulers. This monument was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

RAJ GHAT

Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, on the banks of River Yamuna. A simple square platform of black marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948. It is surrounded by a beautiful park with labelled trees planted by notables like Queen Elizabeth II, USA President Eisenhower, Ho Chi Minh and various others. The memorial was designed by Vanu G. Bhuta, reflecting the simplicity of Mahatma Gandhi's life.

VEER BHOOMI

Veer Bhoomi is a memorial to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, is in the north of Raj Ghat. The design of the memorial consists of two squares in angular relationship signifying the day of birth and day of assassination. The centre of the square is a stone platform with lotus flowers carved in granite stone.

SHAKTI STHAL

Shakti Sthal is a memorial to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, this is between Raj Ghat and Shanti Van. The sixteen feet high and sixty tons iron-ore rock symbolises the courage, fortitude and strength of late Indira Gandhi.

INDIA GATE

India Gate is a memorial to the 90,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the World War 1 and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. Name of the 13,516 soldiers are inscribed on its walls. The 42 metre high arch was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, Built in 1931. In 1971, an eternal flame was lit here to honour the “Amar jawan”, the immortal soldier.

PARLIAMENT HOUSE

The Parliament is the supreme legislative body of the country comprising of the president and two Houses- Lok Sasbha (House of the people) and Rajya Sabha (Council of states).The Parliament house is a circular colonnaded building .This huge circular building is 171 meter in diameter and has 144 pillars surrounding it, each 8.3 meters high. Magnificent wood paneled halls, Ministerial offices, Central hall, numerous committee rooms, an excellent library are part of this stately building. Parliament house was designed by Edwin Lutyens & Herbert Baker and built in 1927; it covers an area of 6 acres.

RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN

Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official residence of president of India, it covers an area of 330 acres and built in1929. Designed by sir Edwin Lutyens, it is has 340 rooms, 37 salons, 74 lobbies and loggias, 1 K M of corridor, 18 staircases and 37 fountains. The most important room is the ‘Darbar hall’, which lies directly under the main dome.it are the venue for all official functions of president of India. The building has a large court to its front and mughal garden in the back.

AKSHARDHAM TEMPLE

Akshardham is a great Hindu temple complex in Delhi. The complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu culture and architecture. Also referred as Swaminarayan Akshardham, the temple was inspired by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, whose 3,000 volunteers helped 7,000 artisans construct Akshardham. Akshardham was officially opened on 6 November 2005 near the bank of Yamuna.


AGRA

Agra in Uttarpradesh is the city of architectural wonders and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. This beautiful marble monument located on a bank of the Yamuna River in Agra. Agra was the capital of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal. After she passed away in 1631, Shah Jahan created a mausoleum that is now known as a symbol of undying love. Agra was the capital of medieval India almost for 135 years. For the first time, Sultan sikandar Lodi set his capital at Agra in 1501 and when Babur, the first Mughal Emperor of India, conquered the throne in 1526, he chose Agra as his capital. During Akbar’s Period, Agra emerged as India’s most well-known center of art, culture, learning and commerce. The phase continued for about a century and reached its pinnacle during the period of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who eventually decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi in 1637. Agra will make shop for precious and semi precious stones, Marble products, Brassware, leather items, painted wooden goods, stone decorative, embroidered rugs and famous Agra petha (A kind of sweet made of pumpkin and sugar).


SIGHTSEEING PLACES IN AGRA

TAJ MAHAL

One of the wonders of the world, The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra. The Taj Mahal was built (1631-1648) by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal has an architectural style that combines elements from Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles. The Taj Mahal stands on a raised marble platform and decorative white minarets grace each corner of the platform and the central Taj structure has four small domes surrounding the central dome. The tombs of mumtaz and shah jahan are in the basement room. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ustad Ahmad Lahauri Is generally considered to be the principal designer.

AGRA FORT

Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in about 2.5 km northwest of the Taj Mahal. Agra fort built by Akbar in Red sandstone between 1565 and 1573. Agra fort worked both as a military strategic point as well as the royal residence. Within the Agra fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including the Moti masjid, Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, Jahangir’s palace, khas mahal, sheesh mahal etc. The fort has a semicircular plan; its chord lies parallel to the river while its walls are seventy feet high. Double ramparts have massive circular bastions at intervals, with battlements, embrasures and string courses. Previously Agra fort had four main gates but now only the famous Amar singh gate and the Delhi gate are in use.


MATHURA

Mathura located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, is the land where Lord Krishna was born. Traditionally recognized as the capital of Braj Bhoomi. Situated on the bank of the River Yamuna, Mathura had assumed great significance during the Mauryan era. A sacred town with an array of holy shrines and sacred kunds. Mathura boast of numerous legends and myths, which has gained deep-rooted beliefs in the people. Each and every spot in this miraculous city has some connection with the most humane incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Mathura is the holy abode of Lord Krishna and its festivals speaks volumes about Lord Krishna’s mischievous acts from his childhood to adulthood. The monuments and buildings in Mathura exhibit a heady mix of Hindu and Muslim architecture.


SIGHTSEEING PLACES IN MATHURA

MATHURA TEMPLE (BIRTH PLACE OF SRI KRISHNA)

Sri Krishna Janma Bhoomi temple is located in the Holy city of Mathura, this temple is the place of birth of Lord Krishna .The main shrine leads to a small room with a raised platform, and pictures of Krishna and tales of his birth adorning the walls. According to legends, the prison cell, in the temple premise is the exact place where lord Krishna was born. The stone walled cell is reminiscent of the cruelty of Kansa. Many statues and sculptures from bygone era were found on excavating the site. Since prison cell is turned into the present beautiful temple.


JAIPUR

Jaipur popularly known as the 'Pink City' is the capital city of Rajasthan. Jaipur Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, after whom the city is named. The designing of the city was entrusted upon a young architect, Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, who gave shape to the plans and ideas of Jai Singh. The city was built following the principles of Shilpa Shastra and the science of Indian Architecture. The city was built in the form of a rectangle divided into blocks, with roads and avenues running parallel to the sides. In 1876 Jaipur was coloured in terracotta pink to welcome the Prince Albert, and thus the name "Pink City" was attached with the city.. Jaipur is a renowned handicraft centre and is known for producing exquisite gold jewellery enameled or inlaid with precious or semi-precious stones, blue pottery, carvings on wood, stone and ivory, leather article and handmade paper. It is worldwide famous for its unique Architecture, Astrology, Forts, Monuments, Palaces, Culture, Art and Craft.


SIGHTSEEING PLACES IN JAIPUR

AMBER FORT

Amber fort was the capital of Kachhwaha's of the old state of Dhundhar, for over 6 centuries. Amber fort stands atop a range of craggy hills about 11 Kms from Jaipur city. Amer Fort was built by Raja Man Singh<1592> and is known for its artistic style, blending both Hindu and Rajput elements. The picturesque location of the fort and its reflection in the blue waters of Maota Lake is trully spellbinding. The aesthetic ambiance of this formidable fort is seen within its walls on a four level layout plan. A particular attraction at Amber Fort is the "magic flower" fresco carved in marble around the mirror palace which is identified by two hovering butterfly depiction. The flower has seven unique designs of fish tail and each is viewed by a particular way of partial hiding of the panel with hands.

JALMAHAL

Jal Mahal or Water palace was built by Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 in the midest of Man Sagar Lake and about 6 Km from Jaipur, on the way to Amber fort. The palace and the Lake around it were renovated by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber. Jal Mahal was constructed in the Mughal-Rajputana Style of architecture as a pleasure resort. It is five storey building made up to red sandstone. Four levels of the building submerge under water when the lake is full and only the top most level remains visible and can be accessed with the help of boat. The building has chhatris on each corner while the terrace has been designed as the typical Mughal Garden. The palace looks mesmerizing in the evenings when the entire structure is immersed in flood lights. A number of migratory birds can also be seen around the Jal Mahal during winter.

CITY PALACE

City palace is a palace complex, situated in Jaipur and incorporates an impressive array of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The palace was built between 1729 and 1732, by Sawai Jai Singh II.The Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-I-Khas, Diwan-e-Arm, Govind dev ji Temple are some of the significant structures in the complex. The magnificent Chandra Mahal, occupies the centre stage and is still the residence of erstwhile ruling family. The outer courtyards have architectural beauties like Mubarak Mahal, servant obhadra, Diwan khana and Pritam Niwas, these have been converted into a museum known as the maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. The most interesting exhibits at city palace includes, the two huge silver urns known as Gangajalis, which are placed outside the Diwan-I-Khas or the 'Hall of Private Audience'. The silver Urns find mention in 'Guiness Book of world Records', as being the largest silver objects in the world.

HAWA MAHAL

Hawa Mahal or the 'Palace of Winds' was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh for the royal ladies to enjoy the procession and day to day activities from the cool confinement of this majestic facade, and designed by Lal Chand Ustad.The five storeyed semi-octagonal is noted for its elaborate and fanciful architecture. The entire structure is made up of 953 small casements each with small lattice worked pink window, small balconies and arched roofs with hanging cornices. Cool breezes enter through the window and keep the inner atmosphere extremely pleasant and airy.  Its 953 small windows called jharokha. Hawa Mahal Built of red and pink sandstone.

JANTAR MANTAR

Jantar Mantar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in outside the gateway of the Jaipur city palace complex. The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by King Sawai Jai sing II in 1728. The name is derived from jantar, instrument, and Mantar, formula, therefore jantar mantar means literally 'calculation instrument'. Sawai Jai Singh constructed a total of five such facilities at different locations, including Jaipur, Delhi, Ujjain, Varanasi and Mathura. The Jaipur observatory is the largest and best preserved.Some of the instruments used for measuring Local time, the altitudes of stars and constellations, the sun's declination, meridian and altitude.

DELHI-AGRA-MATHURA-JAIPUR (5D/4N)

DAY 1 : Arrival at Delhi Airport/Railway Station. Pickup and Transfer to Hotel. The Indian capital city of Delhi has a long history, and has been an important political centre of India as the capital of several empires. Many a times the city was built, destroyed and then rebuilt here. The history of the city is as old as the epic Mahabharata . Afternoon visit Akshardham Temple and India Gate. Overnight stay at Delhi.

DAY 2 : After breakfast sightseeing of Delhi. Visit Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, Raj Ghat, Veer Bhoomi, Shakti Sthal, Red Fort, Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhavan. Overnight stay at Delhi.

DAY 3 : Morning drive to Mathura (150 Kms/3 Hrs).Visit Mathura Temple - The Birth place of Lord Krishna. Later drive to Agra (50 Kms/1.30 Hrs). Agra is one of the main historical cities of India, situated on the banks of River Yamuna, Uttar Pradesh. Visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World built by emperor Shahjahan, renowned for its spectacular architecture and aesthetic beauty. Evening drive to Jaipur (240 Kms/6 Hrs). On arrival Check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

DAY 4 : After breakfast sightseeing of Jaipur. Jaipur popularly known as the 'Pink City' is the capital city of Rajasthan. Jaipur is worldwide famous for its unique Architecture, Astrology, Forts, Monuments, Palaces, Culture, Art and Craft. Visit Amber Fort, Jal Mahal, City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar. Evening drive to Delhi (260 Kms/6 Hrs). On arrival Check in at the Hotel. Overnight stay at Delhi.

DAY 5: After breakfast transfer to Delhi Airport/Railway Station. Tour End.



DELHI- AGRA-MATHURA-JAIPUR (5D/4N)

ADULT (ABOVE 11 Years ) : 000/- per person
CHILDREN (5-11 Years ) : 000/- per person
CHILDREN (Below 5 Years ) : FREE

PACKAGE COST INCLUDES:
  • All sightseeing & Transfer by A/c Vehicle as per the Itinerary
  • A/C Room Accommodation on Triple Sharing / Family Basis
  • All sightseeing entry fee and Delhi Metro Rail Ride
  • English-Malayalam speaking tour Manager as per the Sightseeing Itinerary
  • All Taxes, Parking charges and Driver Bata.

PACKAGE COST EXCLUDES:
  • Air-Rail Ticket, Food, Portage and Laundry
  • Show at Akshardam Temple, Camel Ride, Horse Ride, Elephant Ride
  • Anything  that is not mentioned above in the Includes

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