History, Heritage & Taj

taj

Best Season

October - March

Grade

Gentle

Duration

07 days

650$ / Person

04-06 Persons

PLACES TO COVER: Delhi, Jaipur & Agra.

BEST SEASON: October to March

Highlights: Exploring Delhi streets on Rickshaws, Visiting Asia’s Largest Spice Market, Visiting Save the Bear Project, Salaam Balak Trust walk, Jaipur Heritage Walk, Elephant rides & Much More…..

OVERVIEW

Besides showcasing the cultural & historical attractions of India, This tour is an attempt by us at Banjaaray to push the envelope a little more. So while you capture the essence of real India in its lanes & markets, you do so with the street slum children of Delhi as your companions of the trip. From there you move on to the regal Jaipur & wondrous Agra. Together these three represent what is famously known as the Golden Triangle. We do not stop here. You also enjoy a heritage walk in the Pink city assimilating the heart & soul of Jaipur besides visiting Save the Bear project in Agra, All in all a beautiful summary of a country called India.

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Mail: info@banjaaray.com

MAJOR INCLUSIONS

  • TRANSPORTATION INCLUDED YES
  • BREAKFAST INCLUDED YES
  • ALL MONUMENTS TICKETS YES
  • HOTELS 4 / 5 STAR INCLUDED YES
  • GUIDE / ESCORT INCLUDED YES

DAY WISE ITINERARY

DAYS 01 & 02 ARRIVE IN DELHI (SIGHTSEEING & HERITAGE WALKING TOUR)

You arrive in the capital city on your own. Exchange greetings with your representative/travel host at the airport. Leave for your hotel. Check in & relax. Later you go on a panoramic tour of old Delhi, to capture the essence of what India looks like in first glance. You experience rickshaw ride in the bustling Chandni chowk opposite the illustrious red fort. Walk to one of the largest spice wholesale markets of Asia winding your way through narrow lanes & by lanes. Savor the famous Paranthas in the illustrious food street. See hundreds of locals, walk alongside & greeting you with a smile.

Welcome Dinner today.

DAY 02 Salaam Balak Trust City Walk & New Delhi Tour

Salaam Balak Trust is an Indian non-profit and non-governmental organization which provides a sensitive and caring environment to street and working children in Delhi, India. The City Walk is an English guided tour of almost 2 hours conducted by kids who used to wander on the streets of Delhi before enrolling here. Their endeavor is to improve their communication and speaking skills. You can hear children’s stories who give you people a view of their world through their eyes. It is a very special tour far from the touristy attractions & leading into the very essence of what streets of real India look & feel like.

Later you visit India gate (War Memorial), President’s Estate (Home to the President of India with 360 rooms), Humayun’s Tomb (Precursor to Taj Mahal) & Lotus Temple (Bahai Faith, closed on Mondays).

Hotel: TBA

Meals provided today: Breakfast, Lunch at a local restaurant & Dinner

DAYS 03 & 04 DELHI – JAIPUR (280 KMS, 4- 5 hrs)

You are bound for the Pink city today. Upon arrival you check in your hotel. After some rest, you leave for an excursion of the city. We have compiled a list of the worth seeing spots in Jaipur which you can explore during your two days stay here. These are listed below:-

City Palace:

This grand edifice which also includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings is a palace complex in Jaipur, built between 1729 and 1732, initially by Sawai Jai Singh the ruler of Amber. He planned and built the outer walls, and later additions were made by successive rulers continuing up to the 20th century. The architects achieved a rare fusion of the Shilpa Shastra of Indian architecture with Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture blended into one.

Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds)

This building was created especially for the women folk of the Maharaja clan of those times. From the numerous windows & air inlets of the structure the Maharajah’s wives would spy the daily life of Jaipur hidden by the lattice work screens.

Jantar Mantar

A collection of astronomical observation instruments and calculations of the of the ancient India masters of Jyotishis is what this World Heritage site has to offer. Built by the Rajput King Sawai Jai Singh, this observatory consists of fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars’ location as the earth orbits around the sun, ascertaining the declinations of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes and related ephemerides. Highly recommended for visit

Amber Fort

Also known as Amer Fort & situated on the outskirts of Jaipur town, it is one of the most famous forts in whole of Rajasthan. It was originally the capital of the state before Jaipur got bestowed with this title. Constructed in the 16th century by the then Raja Jai Singh in red sandstone and marble, it is an imposing structure atop the hillock overlooking Jaipur & adjoining areas. You can ride an elephant up the path to the main compound. You can also see the ‘Shila Devi’ Temple and the ‘Ganesh Pol’ inside the premises that is thronged by hundreds of visitors each day. Do not miss the great durbar Hall & other pavilions. Watch the sunset over Jaipur from the Sun Temple here.

Other places of interest are Albert Museum (Named after Price Albert Edward, this massive structure in stone is a fitting tribute to the indefatigable Indian Artisan & his workmanship).

Jal Mahal ( This water palace is a part of the Man Sagar Lake & a complete makeover of the ancient place done by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur in the 18th century. You can see this lake surrounded by two hills on the sides which are itself a part of the great Aravalis)

Heritage Walk (Recommended)

This tour is very different & full of unexpected sights and surprises. You shall pamper your senses with Unforgettable images of men & women, young & old engaged animatedly in their daily work in the lanes & by lanes of this city. Though quite a modern city yet Jaipur has not lost its old charm and is a stunning example of India’s rich cultural & historical legacy. At one end of this walk you shall see metal making experts work with their traditional tools & on the other you get to see the Sarvajanik Kuan or The Public well, the spot where ladies used to gather in ancient times over some chit chat while drawing water from the well. From tie & dye textile facilities to Earthen ware, from ancient Johri bazaar (goldsmiths market) to spicy street food, you savor this all during this heritage walk.

Hotel: TBA

Meals provided today: Breakfast, Lunch at a local restaurant, Dinner.

DAYS 05 & 06 JAIPUR – FATEHPUR SIKRI - AGRA (240 KMS, 4-5 hrs)

You drive from Jaipur to Agra today. En-route you visit Fateh Pur Sikri.

FATEH PUR SIKRI

Mughal Emperor’s Akbar’s capital for over 2 decades before water scarcity & Rajputana neighborhood frustrated him to go back to Agra. Legend has it that Akbar built this place in honor of Saint Salim Chisti who had prophesied that the Emperor would one day bear a son that he had longed for. He was sure blessed.

You can after entering from the Buland Darwaza (54 mts entry gate to the Ghost city) see the Saints tomb; Diwan e- Khas (Private audience assembly hall) Jama Mosque & a couple of more structures on your visit.

You see Taj very early in the morning. Recommend seeing it by the Sunrise time even before you have had your breakfast. Return back to your hotel. Have breakfast. Rest a while before embarking on a tour of the city visiting other attractions like Agra fort, Itmad ud Daula.

TAJ MAHAL

The sole raison d’être for every tourist’s visit to Agra built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial dedicated to the love & devotion of his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to complete and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen. A place to rekindle lost love between partners;

About Save the Bear Project

The Agra Bear Rescue Facility (ABRF) lies a few kilometers north of the Taj Mahal. Located in the government owned Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, under the overall supervision of the Uttar Pradesh Forestry Department, It is run by Indian partners of Wildlife SOS and their expert team of vets and keepers.

The sanctuary provides a beautiful natural forest habitat where the bears roam freely after a period of quarantine and rehabilitation. The socialization areas have freshwater bathing pools, purpose-built dens, feeding and resting areas, as well as climbing frames and other types of other environmental enrichment. The sanctuary is home to over 250 bears that have been confiscated from animal traders, and dancing sloth bears that have been rescued through the Kalander Rehabilitation Program. The so-called ‘dancing’ bears are in reality dragged by the nose to stand on their hind legs. They are taught to dance by being beaten around the legs with a wooden ‘waddie’ or by being placed on hot stovetops. The Kalander Rehabilitation Program offers the Kalander gypsies (the ‘dancing’ bear’s master) seed money to begin an alternative profession, planting crops, learning a trade, setting up a shop or sending their children to school. In return, the Kalander surrenders the bear and his license to the authorities. The bear is then brought to the Agra Bear Rescue Facility to be cared for. Once malnourished, exhausted and sick from years of neglect and torture, they now enjoy freedom, rest and fresh food.

Hotel: TBA

Meals provided today: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 07 AGRA - DELHI - DEPARTURE FOR HOME COUNTRY

Your tour ends today. We shall see you off at the airport. Wish you happy memories & safe flight. Hope you enjoyed traveling with us.

Hotel: TBA

Meals provided today: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner.

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