Delhi, the capital city of India is one of the fascinating mixes of the contemporary and the ancient, the global and the local. Having the rare claim of being a center of power almost continuously since the 13th century, the city offers something special for each taste and every preference.
World over the name of Agra has become synonymous with that of the Taj Mahal, a symbol of Emperor Shah Jahan's undying love for his wife and a monument clothed more in poetry and splendor than in marble.
The Taj no doubt is the prime attraction in Agra. Situated on the banks of the river Yamuna, it rises in marble and shimmers on full-moon nights. Raised on a 313 square foot marble platform, it is a synthesis of pillars, minarets and domes, carved and bejeweled, decorated and engraved with intricate designs and religious transcriptions. People travel from all over the world to bask in the magnificence of this monument that has defied time and age as it continues to astound all that have the good fortune of watching it in contemplative silence.
The city of Jaipur, capital of the state of Rajasthan and also known as the Pink City, is a gem set into the north-west corner of India, glimmering like a gem amidst the barren sands of the Thar Desert. The greatest appeal of Jaipur lies in its monuments and architecture. A land of forts, palaces and havelis, the city offers a perfect amalgam of Rajput and Mughul traditions, combining in it the best of both worlds.
After arriving in Delhi, a representative from Luxury Holidays Nepal will pick up from the airport and take to your hotel. At evening, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Delhi and introduce your tour guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trip. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, one passport-size photo, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.
After breakfast your sightseeing tour of Delhi starts. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. You will visit the following Sites.
Delhi's most famous monument, the Red Fort, stands as a powerful reminder of the Mughal emperors who ruled India. Its walls, which stretch for over two kilometers (1.2 miles), were built in 1638 to keep out invaders. However, they failed to stop the fort being captured by the Sikhs and the British. To take your imagination back to the ancient era, a one hour sound and light show of the fort's history is held each evening.
Jama Masjid is another marvelous treasure of the Old City, and is the largest mosque in India. Its courtyard can hold an incredible 25,000 devotees. The mosque took 13 years to build, and was completed in 1650. A strenuous climb to the top of its southern tower will reward you with a stunning view across the rooftops of Delhi. Be sure to dress appropriately when visiting the mosque or you won't be allowed in. This means covering your head, legs and shoulders. Attire is available there.
ChandniChowk, the main street of old Delhi, is a shocking contrast to the wide, orderly streets of New Delhi. Cars, cycle rickshaws, hand-pulled carts, pedestrians, and animals all compete for space. It's chaotic, crumbling and congested, but completely captivating as well. As one of the oldest and busiest markets in India, its narrow winding lanes are full of inexpensive jewelry, fabrics, and electronics. For the more adventurous, ChandniChowk is an excellent place to come to sample some of Delhi's street food.
If you think Humayun's Tomb looks a bit like the TajMahal in Agra, that's because it was the inspiration for the TajMahal's creation. The tomb was built in 1570, and houses the body of the second Mughal emperor, Humayun. It was the first of this type of Mughal architecture to be built in India, and the Mughal rulers followed it up with an extensive period of construction all over the country. The tomb is part of a greater complex that's set amongst beautiful gardens.
QutabMinar, the tallest brick minaret in the world, is an incredible example of early Indo–Islamic architecture. It was built in 1206, but the reason remains a mystery. Some believe that it was made to signify victory and the beginning of Muslim rule in India, while others say it was used to call the faithful to prayer. The tower has five distinct stories, and is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the holy Quran. There are also a number of other historic monuments on the site.
The Bahai Temple is commonly referred to as the Lotus Temple, as it's shaped like a lotus flower. It's particularly pretty at night, when it's attractively lit up. Made out of white marble, the temple belongs to the Bahai Faith, which proclaims the unity of all people and religions. Everybody is welcome to worship there. The tranquil gardens and ponds surrounding the temple are also a great place for a relaxing picnic.
The towering archway of India Gate in the center of New Delhi is a war memorial, built in memory of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army in World War I. At night it glows warmly under floodlights, and the gardens that line its boulevard is a popular place to enjoy a warm summer's evening.
Laxmi Narayan Temple:
Built in 1938 by the Industrialist G.D. Birla, it is one of the major temples in Delhi and is located near Connought Place. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and her consort Narayana. The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on the stipulation that people of all castes shall be allowed to enter the temple. Overnight at Delhi.
After breakfast proceed to Agra, On arrival check in Hotel later start a sightseeing tour of Agra. You will visit the following Sites.
You cannot think of Agra without thinking of TajMahal. Or, you might not have thought of Agra were it not for the monument of love. TajMahal, the white marble beauty was constructed by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, MumtazMahal. The monument stands proof for the brilliance of Mughal architecture. Named as one of the wonders of the world, TajMahal stands the test of time. It has been declared as a World Heritage Site in the year 1983. It is a feast to your eyes and senses to watch the unmatched beauty on the night of full moon day.
You would regret if you miss Agra Fort during your visit to Agra. The 16th century monument is yet another proof of the architectural brilliance of Mughals. This is situated near the gardens of the world famous TajMahal. Called the Red Fort of Agra, you will be awe inspired by the powerful fortress. The fortress comprise many palaces namely, Jahangir Palace, KhasMahal and so on. There are audience halls and two mosques. The entire fortress is a symbol of Mughal’s grandeur. It was in Agra Fort, Shah Jahan was held prisoner by Aurangazeb, his son. Shah Jahan, the emperor, spent his last days here viewing the monument of love he had built for his wife.
India’s first tomb to be made completely out of marble, Itmad-Ud-Daulah signals the beginning of a new era in Mughal architecture. Until then, it was buildings of red sandstone. It was constructed during Jahangir’s period. The 21-meter high tomb was constructed in memory of MirzaGhiyas, who was the father-in-law of Jahangir. He was bestowed with the title Itmad-Ud-Daula, which means pillar of the state. Influenced by the Islamic architectural style, the monument’s towers displays Persian touch. The wall paintings inside are sheer beauty to view.
After breakfast proceed to Jaipur. You will visit the following Sites on the way to Jaipur.
Built by Akbar, the Mughal emperor in 1570, the city was a tribute to Sufi Saint. FatehpurSikri is a perfect blend of Indian, Islamic and Persian architecture and it was built using red sandstone. For around 10 years, the city remained the capital of Mughal Empire. The city has a 6-kilometer long wall on three sides and there are towers and gates. It houses some of the city’s important buildings, namely BulandDarwaza, Birbal’s House, PanchMahal and Jama Masjid. The entire city along with all the important constructions including royal palaces, Jama Masjid and courts were declared as World.
Later proceed to Jaipur. On arrival check in Hotel. Later start a sightseeing tour of Jaipur visit
Situated in the heart of the old City, it occupies about one seventh of the old city area. The palace is a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, it houses a Seven Storeyed Chandra Mahal in the center, which affords a fine view of the gardens and the city. Diwan-E-Am (Hall of public audience) has intricate decorations and collection of manuscripts, Diwan-E-Khas (Hall of private audience) has a marble pawed gallery Mubarak Mahal has a rich collection of costumes and textiles. There is a Clock Tower near Mubarak Mahal. SilehKhana has a collection of armory and weapons.
Built in the 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the huge masonary instruments were used to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky. Enormous sun-dial still provides accurate time, which is subject to daily corrections.
Built in 1799, by Maharaja SawaiPratap Singh, is the most recognizable monument of Jaipur. The 5 storied stunning semi-octagonal monument having 152 windows with over hanging latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput architecture. Originally designed for the royal ladies to watch and enjoy the processions and other activities, on the street below. Now it houses a well laid out museum. The display “Jaipur past and present” is the special feature of this newly setup museum.
Albert Hall Museum:
Situated in the Ram Niwas Garden. This graceful building was founded in 1876 by Prince Albert (also known as Albert Hall). It has a rare collection of archaeological and handicraft pieces.
Early morning after breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Jaipur. You will visit the following Sites.
The old capital of the Kachhwahas stands atop a range of craggy hills. The fort is remarkable as much for the majestic grandeur of its surroundings as for its sturdy battlements and beautiful palaces. It is a fine blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The solemn dignity of it red sandstone and white marble pavilions, when reflected in the lake at the foot hill, is a sight to behold. The original palace was built by Raja Man Singh, the additional extensions were built by Maharaja Mirja Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh lIthe last Maharaja of Amer, who built a new city called Jaipur, where he shfted his capital in 1727.
The palace complex is lavishly ornamented and displays the riches of Amer. Sheesh Mahal chamber of Mirrors. Diwan-e-Am or the Hall of Public Audience is a beautifully proportioned hall open on three sides and stands on two rows of ornamented pillars. Diwan e-Khas or the Hall of Private Audience has delicate mosaic work in glass. Sukhmandir is guarded by sandalwood doors inlaid with ivory. Throughout the massive fort finely carved lattice windows, exquisitely painted doorways, halls and finely sculptured pillars crave for attention.
The old city of Amer was the seat of power and bustling with life and prosperity. Other worth seeing sites are JagatShiromani Temple, Narsinghji temple, the stepwell of PannaMeena and fine carved royal cenotaphs on the road to Delhi.
Standing on a hilltop, overlooking the palaces and city of Amer. The world’s biggest cannon on wheels- the Jai Ban is positioned here, built during reign of Maharaja SawaiJaisingh. It has a twenty feet long barrel and pumped in the cannon for a single shot.
Cresting a hill about 600 ft. above the city, the fort was built in 1734. The walls of the fort run along the ridge and within are architectural beauties like HawaMandir and MadhvendraBhawan.
On the way to Amer, this small palace is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. Renovation around the lake is in progress.
Galta (Monkey Temple):
This holy pilgrimage center has a temple dedicated to the Sun God (Which is the only one of its kind in this part of the country) and natural spring. It crests the ridge over a picturesque gorge and provides an impressive view of the city. As the legend goes, sage Galav performed a difficult penance here.
Early morning after breakfast proceed to Jodhpur. On arrival Jodhpur check in Hotel. Jodhpur is famously called the Sun City, as the sun is visible here first every morning. Jodhpur was founded in the year 1459 by RaoJodha and the city earned its name after him. The second largest city in the state of Rajasthan is divided into the old city and new city. The city is famous for its magnificent forts and palaces. Evening visit local markets.
After breakfast start a sightseeing tour of Jodhpur. You will visit the following Sites.
It is one among the largest Indian forts. This invincible fort stands magnificently 400 feet above the city. RaoJodha constructed the fort in 1459 AD. Though the attempt to construct the fort was started in 1459, the fort had seen many centuries before it was completed. Hence, you could find that the style of architecture represents various periods. The grandeur in architecture is awe-inspiring. It offers stunning views of the city. The fort stands as a symbol of power.
Jaswant Thada was built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, the Second in the year 1899. This is close to Mehrangarh Fort. The tranquility of the marble construction is enchanting. The carvings are intricate. Inside JaswantThada, you will find the portraits of the Rathore rulers. The grounds of JaswantThada consist of a stunning multilevel garden, intricately carved gazebos and a pond.
Construction of UmaidBhawan Palace Museum was started in the year 1929 and it was completed in 1943. The palace is situated on the highest point in the city. The 347-roomed massive palace is named one of the largest private residences in the world. The palace boasts of a combination of Indian and European style of architecture. A part of the palace still serves as a residence to the former royal family, while the other two parts of the palace are converted into Taj Palace Hotel and a museum.
Mandore, belonging to the 6th century, was Marwar’s capital before Jodhpur was established. Mandore Gardens here attract tourists in great numbers. The Mandore Gardens also house a government museum, a ‘Hall of Heroes’ and a temple to 33 crore Gods. Various artifacts and statues found in the area are housed at the museum. The architectural splendor of the bygone era is clearly evident here.
After breakfast proceed to Pushkar. On arrival check in Hotel. At evening you will visit the following Sites.
The Pushkar Bazaar offers a variety of items, especially during the annual Pushkar Fair. The items available here are Rajasthani costumes and puppets, embroidered fabrics, souvenirs, bangles and beads, decorative pieces and accessories, curios, embroidered shoes, brass utensils, glass lamps, bags, belts and many more handicraft items. The Majority of the traditional items is brought to the Pushkar Bazaar from Barmer District and other tribal areas of Rajasthan.
After breakfast start a sightseeing tour of Pushkar. You will visit the Pushkar Market.
Hindus from all across India consider Pushkar Lake to be one of the most sacred lakes of India. According to legend, the origin of this lake was the lotus flower petals that fell to earth from Lord Brahma’s hands.The lake is surrounded by 52 palaces, 400 temples and 52 bathing ‘ghats’, which are a series of steps leading to the lake. Every year in November, pilgrims take a holy dip in this lake. It is believed that the water of the lake is capable of cleansing sins and curing skin diseases. A fair called Pushkar Fair is also held near this lake, every year.
The Brahma Temple is the lone Hindu temple in India, where Lord Brahma, the Creator of the World is worshipped. This major attraction of Pushkar is situated on the banks of the Pushkar Lake and is considered to have a special position in the Hindu Pantheons.Built in the 14th century, the temple comprises a raised platform, red spire, stone slabs, marble floors and an image of ‘hans’ or swan, Lord Brahma’s vehicle. A life-sized four-armed idol of Lord Brahma and a silver carved turtle is situated inside the temple. It is customary for pilgrims to stand on the steps and put coins to mark the deaths and births of their loved ones.
Situated on the peak of the Ratnagiri Hill, the Savitri Temple is dedicated to Savitri, Lord Brahma’s consort. It was built in 1687 and pilgrims need to trek up the hill in order to reach the shrine of the temple. The temple houses the statue of Goddess Savitri and offers good views of the surroundings, including the sand dunes of nearby villages and of the Pushkar Lake.Legend has it that the presence of Savitri was required in a ‘yagna’ that was done by Lord Brahma, but she kept Him waiting. Lord Brahma irritated with her behavior, married a milkmaid named Gayatri. Savitri became furious at this and cursed Him that he will only be worshipped once a year and only in Pushkar.
After breakfast proceeds to Delhi. On arrival, Delhi check in Hotel. Evening free for visit Local Markets.
After breakfast, our representatives will escort you to the Airport as per your flight time.
After the wonderful opportunity to organize this tour for you we wish you a safe and happy journey ahead.
Taking in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Varanasi, this was a well-organized tour exploring extensive Indian culture and attractions in a relatively short period of time. We covered a lot of territory, well organized by tour guide who made sure everything happened to schedule, always having a contingency available when needed. Hotels were comfortable and food was enjoyable, making for a great experience. I recommend the tour and Luxury Holidays Nepal for anybody wishing to tour India.
Visited November 2016Published: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
We weren't sure what to expect from this 12 day trip but it went really very well. We had 2 guides with us all the time (both had excellent English) as well as local guides at each stop. The hotels were very good - the Clark's ones seem to be a very reliable brand, and the Crowne Plaza in Rohini, Delhi was excellent although a fair way out (but the metro was at its door step). The latter has just won the best restaurant in India! The tour was very thorough covering all the big ticket places we expected to see in the limited time (12 days) and we had plenty of time at each place. Thought had been given to visits eg being at the Taj Mahal early morning for good photo ops and reduced tourist numbers, as well as evening and early morning (boat) visits to the Ganges Ghats at Varanasi. Our guides, Robin and Ibraheim worked nonstop trying to fit in special requests from the group as well as caring for us to the nth degree on the trains, especially on the sleeper. The buses were clean and well air conditioned, and drivers very good. The airport transfers worked seamlessly. If this tour was an example of what Himalayan Social Journey provide, then I can recommend them unconditionally. Well done, guys!
Visited June 2016Published: Monday, June 13, 2016
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When the Moghul Empire invaded during the sixteenth century, they left a significant mark on the Indian cuisine, according to the Texas A&M University. Indian cuisine is also influenced by many other countries. It is known for its large assortment of dishes and its liberal use of herbs and spices. Cooking styles vary from region to region.
Wheat, Basmati rice and pulses with Chana (Bengal gram) are important staples of the Indian diet. The food is rich with curries and spices, including ginger, coriander, cardamom, turmeric, dried hot peppers, and cinnamon, among others. Chutneys — thick condiments and spreads made from assorted fruits and vegetables such as tamarind and tomatoes and mint, cilantro and other herbs — are used generously in Indian cooking.
Many Hindus are vegetarians, but lamb and chicken are common in main dishes for non-vegetarians. The Guardian reports that between 20 percent and 40 percent of India's population is vegetarian.
Much of Indian food is eaten with fingers or bread used as utensils. There is a wide array of breads served with meals, including naan, a leavened, oven-baked flatbread, and bhatoora, a fried, fluffy flatbread common in North India and eaten with chickpea curry.
3. Transportation on Journey:
Luxury Holidays will provide luxury private vehicle throughout the trip.
4. Group Leader during the journey:
Luxury Holidays will facilitate you with the trained travelling guide in your group. The most significant thing that makes this tour enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful leader(s) and crew members. Our trip will be led by only the best and most professional leaders. All of Luxury Holidays leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Luxury Holidays only employ local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local regions.
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Luxury Holidays don’t require a minimum and maximum size of group for any private tours to India. If travelers like to travel in India with friends, families, colleagues are welcome to choose any tour packages at your convenient time frame. We will be happy to organize a small group like minded people to give them an unforgettable experience and opportunity to interact with each other in a fun-filled environment. Generally, there will be several separate groups. Each group will have a maximum of 20 people with its own experienced English speaking guide.
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There will be two people accommodated in each room during the tour. If you prefer a private accommodation, you'll find the option for "single supplement".
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They usually have good offers.
Indian clothing is closely identified with the colorful silk saris worn by many of the country’s women. The traditional clothing for men is the dhoti, an unstitched piece of cloth that is tied around the waist and legs. Men also wear a kurta, a loose shirt that is worn about knee-length. For special occasions, men wear a sherwani, which is a long coat that is buttoned up to the collar and down to the knees. The Nehru jacket is a shorter version of a sherwani.
India is situated in Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and Pakistan.
The climate in India varies from a tropical monsoon climate in the south to a temperate climate in the north. If you are thinking of Visiting Delhi (the capital of India) then best to visit it in October, November, February and March. That's when the nights are cool and the days are filled with a little sunshine. May, June and July are very hot with temperatures over 45 degrees (113 Fahrenheit). It is a dry heat and is sometimes accompanied by dusty desert winds. Most of the rain falls between July and September but they are not the tropical rains you'll experience in India's coastal cities.
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