Day 01: Depart Australia
Finally time to set off on your adventure! We’ll let you know when and where your flights are. Get your camera ready! Please note: Depending on flight booking, you may leave Australia on Day 2 and arrive on the same day. But don’t worry! You won’t miss out on anything.
Day 02: Arrive Delhi
Touchdown - you’re in Delhi! Our representative will greet you at the airport and help you find your way to your hotel, for check-in. You’re on your own tonight so make sure to check out the sights in Delhi - it’s a beautiful, bustling city, with more history than you can poke a stick at! We’ll be coming back here later in the journey, so don’t worry if you miss a couple of must-sees - we’ll make sure you get there. (B)
Day 03: Delhi - Jaipur (262km - 5hr)
We’re onto Jaipur today, the colourful and beautiful capital of Rajasthan. Known popularly as the Pink City, Jaipur is home to culture, colour and flamboyancy - you’ll be awed by the business of the local bazaars and the beauty of the city. It’s one of our favourites!
After checking into the hotel, we’ll attend a Cultural Dance show and grab a bite to eat for dinner (Own expense). Jaipur’s splendours are waiting for us tomorrow! (B)
Day 04: Jaipur
After breakfast today, we take an excursion to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Amber Fort, the grand walled city which houses the famous Amber Palace. Amber Palace is an opulent, four-level building, with a courtyard on each level; it was home to the Rajput Maharajas, so no expense was spared in constructing its opulent marble and redstone walls.
Once you’ve had your time in Amber we’ll move onto the Jaipur City Palace, right in the heart of Jaipur City. This palace was so impressive that it continued to house the royal family after the Jaipur Kingdom merged with the
Indian Union in 1949. You’ll be awed by the massive arched entrance - and check out the Peacock Gate, designed in the colours of (you guessed it!) peacocks. You’ll want to bring your camera!
From there we’ll stop in at Jantar Mantar, a Solar Observatory and an astronomical treasure house. We’ll also have a photo op at the Hawa Mahal (in English, literally the ‘Palace of Winds’) which is attached to the City Palace - it’s a
great stone wall built so that the royal family (and particularly the women) could observe the crowds without being seen, and then we’re on to one of the local temples to witness the traditional prayer ceremony. (B)
Day 05: Jaipur - Agra via Abhaneri and Fatehpur Sikri (260km - 6hr)
We’re off to Agra! It’s a six hour
drive but have no fear - we’ll stop in at the Abhaneri Village, which is home to the millenium-old Chand Baori stepwell. We’ll also see Fathpur Sikri (the ‘Ghost Capital’), which stood as the political capital of India during the Mughal Empire Akbar’s reign, before it was abandoned in 1585 due to what historians believe to be a lack of water.
Further we continue our drive to Agra, situated on the banks of the river Yamuna. (B)
Day 06: Agra
After a delicious breakfast, we visit the Taj Mahal, a symbol of eternal love which stands on the banks of River Yamuna. You’ll be astounded by its carved white marble domes, inlaid with sparkling gems - it truly is one of the most breathtaking sights in India.
We’ll also visit the walled, winding roads of Agra Fort, home to the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty in the 17th Century. Constructed almost entirely of red sandstone - and inlaid with white marble and intricate decorations - it’s the sort of thing you won’t want to miss. (B)
Day 07: Agra – Delhi (200 km/ 3-4 Hours)
We’re off to Delhi! Check into your hotel before we move on to the famous Lotus Temple, a $10 million House of Worship. We’ll drive by the India Gate war memorial as well as the President’s Palace (Rashtrapati Bhawan) and other significant sociopolitical sites in New Delhi, like the Secretariat Buildings and Parliament House. Delhi is a beautiful place - you’ll feel the culture radiating out of it! (B)
Day 08: Departure Delhi
It’s your final day! Enjoy a delicious breakfast before we drive to Shahjanbad, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan when he shifted the capital over in the 17th century. We’ll see the magnificent Red Fort and one of the largest mosques in the world, the Jama Masjid - see those tall spikes? They’re 40-metre miranets, constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble.
Once you’ve sunk everything in we’ll treat you to a cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandi Chowk, the spine of Old Delhi - make sure to wave while we ride past the jewellers and spice merchants of the local bazaar!
In the afternoon, we’ll help you transfer to the airport so you can board a flight home - or to an onward destination! India is breathtaking - we hope you enjoyed it! Keep those memories safe, and come back soon to make some more. (B)
Day 9: Arrive home
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Oh and welcome home!