Delhi, Agra & Jaipur
India - Delhi, Agra & Jaipur
Depart on your flight to Delhi, India
Arrive in Delhi where you will be met by Amahle staff and escorted to your hotel for a bit of rest & relaxation.
Spend three nights at the Lodhi Hotel.
Drive north to Old Delhi with its unchanging medieval atmosphere, a clamorous environment, chock full of cars, rickshaws, a mix of old and new buildings, serpentine lanes and the largest mosque in India built in the 17th century, the Jami masjid. Take a ride on rickshaws to experience it at close quarters visiting Chandni Chowk market with its unique character of chaos and bursting-at-the-seams jumble of shops and buildings. Then head to the residential and market areas of southern Delhi to view the Qutb Minar, a 238-ft victory tower inscribed with calligraphy, and a visit to Humayun’s tomb, considered the forerunner to the Taj Mahal.
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Depart the Nizamuddin Railway Station at 8:00am aboard the Gatimaan Express. Scheduled arrival in Agra at 9:50am. Visit the glorious Taj Mahal, which was a tribute from Emperor Shah Jahan to his departed wife. Twenty-two years in the making, it has been described as “a poem, a vision, a wonder, a dream” and an earthly replica of paradise.
Enjoy an early lunch before departing for Jaipur (140 miles/4 hour drive). Scheduled arrival time is early evening.
Spend two nights at Sujan hotel.
Enjoy the day exploring Rajasthan known as “Land of Kings,” which is part fantasy, part reality. Once home to most of India’s pre-independence maharajas and their kingdoms, the fables and images of the past loom larger than life. Jaipur, among the best known of the erstwhile kingdoms retains much of its original atmosphere and regal bearings.
Visit the iconic hilltop Amber Fort, a short distance north of the city. Enjoy the afternoon visiting Anokhi Museum known for its private collection of antiques and modern fabrics and accompanying commentary on the varied weaving techniques.
End the evening with a visit to an elephant camp where you can bathe, feed and paint the elephants on their foreheads and trunks. This will be followed by cocktails, an al fresco dinner and traditional Indian dancers staged against the backdrop of flaming torches and lamps.
Enjoy the morning at your leisure exploring the Sujan Hotel and all its luxuries. Late afternoon you will be transferred to the airport, a drive of about 40 minutes, for your flight to Delhi. Enjoy dinner and a short night’s rest at the hotel before you embark on your flight home.
Spend your final night at The Lodhi Hotel.
Depart Delhi in the early a.m. for your flight back home.