|Tour||Heritage Walk With Kashmir (Delhi – Kashmir – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur – Ajmer)|
|Duration||11 Nights / 12 Days|
|Sightseeing||The Masjid-i Jahān-Numā, Chandni Chowk, Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, Kashmir, Mughal Garden Nishat Bagh, Hazratbal Mosque, Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Agra, Sikandra, Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb, Taj Mahal, Agra Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Dargah Shrine of Hazrat Salim Chishti, Keoladeo National Park, Jaipur, City Place Jaipur, The Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Chokhi Dhani Village, Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti.|
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|Key Note||Delhi’s Red Fort Closed on Monday & Old Delhi’s Market Closed on Sunday
Taj Mahal at Agra Closed on Friday
Sightseeing / Visits subject to suitable weather / traffic conditions and permission from local authorities
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Day 01: Delhi
Arrival at Delhi Airport, Assistance upon arrival, transfer to hotel / resort, get freshen up and move for Sightseeing / Visits in Delhi as per the timings – Evening be a part of Sound and Light Show at Delhi Red fort this show of more than 60 minutes and is inundated with special effects that capture the imagination of people in an amazing manner indicating the history of Delhi
Delhi is city of 15 million people located on the banks of the river Yamuna in northern India is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. This city has been the seat of power for several rulers and many empires for about a millennium. Many a times the city was built, destroyed and then rebuilt. Interestingly, a number of Delhi’s rulers played a dual role, first as destroyers and then as creators. City’s importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent heritage monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures. Delhi’s culture has been influenced by its lengthy history and historic association as the capital of India. This is exemplified by many significant monuments in the city. The Archaeological Survey of India recognizes 1200 heritage buildings and 175 monuments as national heritage sites. New Delhi house of several British Monuments reminiscent of British colonial architecture. In Delhi, you will discover that the city is sprinkled with dazzling gems: captivating ancient monuments, fascinating museums and art galleries, architectural wonders, a vivacious performing-arts scene, fabulous eating places and bustling markets
Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya one of the world’s most famous Sufi Saints, Dargah Shrine Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. Situated in the Hazrat Nizamuddin area of Central Delhi. Visited by thousands of people every week, and sees a fair share of people from other religions from all over the World. Sultan-ul-Mashaikh, Mehboob-e-Ilahi, Hazrat Shaikh Khwaja Syed Muhammad Nizamuddin Auliya (1238 – 1325) also known as Hazrat Nizamuddin, was a famous Sufi saint of the Chishti Order in the Indian Subcontinent, an order that believed in drawing close to God through renunciation of the world and service to humanity. He is one of the great saints of the Chishti order in India. His predecessors were Fariduddin Ganjshakar, Bakhtiyar Kaki and Moinuddin Chishti. In that sequence, they constitute the initial spiritual chain or “Silsila of the Chisti Order”, widely prevalent in the Indian subcontinent. Nizamuddin Auliya, like his predecessors, stressed love as a means of realising God. For him his love of God implied a love of humanity. His vision of the world was marked by a highly evolved sense of secularity and kindness. The tombs of poet Amir Khusro and Mughal princess Jehan Ara Begum are also located within the Nizamuddin Dargah complex.
Day 02: Delhi
After Breakfast move for Sightseeing / Visits in Delhi – In Delhi we will take you to some different kind of tour Walking and Car Tours in Delhi These tours have been designed by people with a deep understanding of Delhi’s history, culture, cuisine and quirks. In Delhi, we’ll show you the city’s heritage monuments and attractions, but we’ll also show you the ‘Real’ Delhi – its people, its religions, its streets and Bazaars (Markets)
The Masjid-i Jahān-Numā (Jama Mosque of Delhi) The principal mosque of Old Delhi. Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest and best-known mosque in India. Construction began in 1650 and was completed in 1656. The later name, Jama Masjid, refers to the weekly Friday noon congregation prayers of Muslims, Jummah, which are usually done in a mosque, the “congregational mosque” or “Jāma Masjid”. The courtyard of the mosque can hold up to twenty-five thousand worshippers. The foundation of the historic Jama Masjid was laid on a hillock in Shahjahanabad by the fifth Mughal Emperor of India, Shahjahan, on Friday, October 19,1650 AD, (10th Shawwal 1060 AH). The mosque was the result of the efforts of over 6,000 workers, over a period of six years (1650–1656 AD). The Red Fort in New Delhi, which stands opposite the Jama Masjid
Visit at Old Delhi Market Chandni Chowk (Moonlight Square) Visit By Cycle Rickshaws Visit at Jama Masque and Chandni Chowk is without doubt, the busiest market area in Delhi. It dates back to 1638, when Emperor Shahjahan shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi. His daughter Jahanara constructed a square, around which a busy market grew. Today, Chandni Chowk is home to silversmiths, repair shops, clothiers, spicy street food vendors and traditional sweetmeat shops. During this walk, we will explore not just the bazaar, but also the cultural landscape of this area, from Chandini Chowk to Kinari Bazaar (Wedding Market) see the real picture of Indian wedding dresses style and jewellery style having long past continue till date then proceed to learn about the ingredients and essentials of Indian cooking. The colourful and interesting street food in this market caters to the preferences of this community.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site – Red Fort (Lal Qila) Built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan. This monument represents the grandeur of the Mughal Court, which was constructed during the 17th century. Lal Qila was once the residential area of the Imperial Family of India. It was the capital of the Mughal rulers until 1857, when Bahadur Shah Zafar II went in exile after he was defeated by the Britishers. In 2007, Red Fort was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is situated in Old Delhi. The construction of this fort started in 1638 and it took over 10 years to complete the work in 1648. It was originally called as ‘Qila-i-Mubarak’, Meaning “The Blessed Fort” as it was the royal residence of Mughals.
UNESCO World Heritage Site–Humayun’s Tomb, famous tomb of Humayun, who was The Mughal Emperor. The construction of this tomb was commissioned by Humayun’s wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562. It was designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect. The entire structure is built using red sandstone, which was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. There is a huge garden in the complex, which has fountains, pools, trees and benches to sit, visitor can see the Char Bagh inside the complex which have quadrilateral Persian style layout.
UNESCO World Heritage Site – Qutub Minar One of the tallest individual towers in the world, measuring about 234 ft in height. The construction work of Qutb Minar was commissioned by the ruler of Slave Dynasty, Qutubuddin-Aibak in 1199, which was later completed by his descendant Shams-ud-din-Iltutmish. He added three more storeys to this structure along with carved minarets. It is situated in the Mehrauli region of Delhi, which is an ideal example of Indo-Islamic architecture style. This place also has a 7 m high iron pillar, which has not shown any sign of rust for more than 1,600 years, Travellers can also come across some other famous monuments like Ala-i-Darwaza and Ala-i-Minar situated within the complex
Evening timings get another picture of Delhi with modern culture and traditions. New Delhi OR Modern Delhi, the capital of British India, was built after 1911 AD as a symbol of British dominance over the Indian subcontinent. The intent was to create a grand, monumental, larger-than-life city space, which would inspire awe and be symbolic of the implied socio-cultural, architectural and political superiority of the British Empire few of them are War Memorial India Gate, Passing by President House, Parliament Street and Raj Path.
Day 03 : Delhi - Srinagar (Air Travel)
After Breakfast transfer to Delhi Airport to Board at Morning Flight to Srinagar, departure for Srinagar – Arrival at Srinagar Airport, Assistance upon arrival and transfer to houseboat / hotel / resort, get freshen up and move for Sightseeing / Visits in Srinagar as per the timings,
Kashmir known for its scenic landscape, ancient monuments, shrines, castles, gardens and forts. Often dubbed “Paradise on Earth”, Kashmir’s mountainous landscape has attracted travellers for centuries. Notable places are Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens and Hazrat Bal Shrine in Srinagar, beautiful green valleys, Gulmarg’s Gondola- The second highest cable car in the world. Kashmir’s natural landscape has made it one of the popular destinations for adventure tourism in South Asia. Ladakh has emerged as a major hub for adventure tourism. This part of Greater Himalaya called “moon on earth” consists of naked peaks and deep gorges. Srinagar (The Lake City) It is at a collection of images It tells the story of love of the Mughal Emperors for this paradise like vale with deep green rice fields, rivers, gardens in bloom and lakes rimmed by houseboats, where lush wild gardens of lotus and water-lily grow amidst bustling lanes.
Mughal Garden Nishat Bagh (The Garden of Pleasure) – The largest Mughal garden situated on the banks of world famous Dal-Lake in the backdrop of Zabarwan hills encircles the Dal Lake. Empress Noor Jahan’s brother Asif Khan laid the Garden in 1633 AD. Nishat has seven terraces with a beautiful central water course flowing right in the middle. These terraces rise dramatically off the mountains from the eastern part of the lake. Shalimar Bagh – It was planted by Mughal emperor Jehangir for Empress Noor Jahan in 1619 AD and later extended in 1727 A.D. by Shah Jahan. Shaded by magnificent Chinar trees, the Shalimar is a series of stone pavilions and flowing water with paint box bright flower beds. The Garden blooms with innumerable varieties of flowers in spring and autumn. Chashma Shahi Garden a tastefully laid garden in terraces, which commands a magnificent view of the Dal Lake below and surrounding mountain ranges. The cool water of the spring is highly refreshing and digestive. The original garden was laid out by Shah Jehan in 1632 AD.
Hazratbal Mosque is located in a village of the same name on the banks of the Dal. Its pristine white marble elegance is reflected in the waters of the lake. Hazratbal’s special significance is derived from the fact that it houses a hair of the prophet Muhammad. This is displayed to the public on religious occasions, usually accompanied by fairs. Hazratbal is remarkable for being the only domed mosque in Srinagar; the others having distinct pagoda like roofs. The shrine – mosque complex is situated on the western shore of the Dal Lake opposite Nishat Bagh and commands a grand view of the lake and the mountain beyond.
Day 04 : Srinagar - Sonmarg / Srinagar
After Breakfast move for Day Excursion trip to Sonmarg
Sonmarg (Meadow of Gold) – It is a place of enthralling beauty, lies in Sindh Valley, streamed with flowers, surrounded by mountains and perched at an altitude of 2690 m above sea level. Visited less frequently by tourists, it has as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a clear sky. It is a quiet alpine retreat surrounded with sycamore, silver birch, fir and pine trees and the last halt on the Kashmir side for the drive from Srinagar to Leh. It is also the base for some interesting treks to the high altitude of Himalayan Lakes
Day 05 : Srinagar - Gulmarg / Srinagar
Morning enjoy a relaxing Shikara Ride & move for Day Excursion trip to Gulmarg Evening free for leisure in Srinagar
Shikara Ride at the Srinagar Lake one of the most soothing & relaxing aspects of a holiday in Kashmir
Gulmarg (Meadow of flowers) – It was discovered as a tourist destination by the British in the 19th century. Prior to that, Mughal emperors vacationed in the Gulmarg valley which is about 03 kms long and up-to 01 km wide. It is exquisitely situated in a pine surrounded basin of the Pir Panjal range at an altitude of 2,730 meters above sea level and one of the most famous tourist destinations of Kashmir. It also has one of the world’s highest green golf courses with 18 holes, as well as a clubhouse, which is a historical building in its own right.
Day 06 : Srinagar - Delhi / Agra)
After Breakfast transfer to Srinagar Airport to Board at Flight to Delhi, departure for Delhi – Arrival at Delhi Airport, Assistance upon arrival and Proceed to Agra – Arrival at Agra, transfer to hotel / resort, get freshen up and free for leisure in Agra
Indian Heritage City Agra, situated on the banks of holy river Yamuna, prominent tourist destination in India. Millions of tourists visit Agra from all across the world every year to see the beauty of majestic Taj Mahal and other historical monument lying everywhere in the city. Agra is primarily witness of Mughal architectural excellence and their love for structural designs. Agra home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites are The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Several others historical monuments and gardens in Agra like Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah, Tomb of Mughal Emperor Akbar The Great
Day 07 : Agra
After Breakfast move for Sightseeing / Visits in Agra.
Sikandra situated on the out skirts of the Agra City. It houses the mausoleum of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, who, during his lifetime itself had completed the tomb and laid out a beautiful garden. However, the topmost portion of mausoleum in marble was constructed by his son, Mughal Emperor Jahangir; the shape of tomb is pyramidal and consists of five storeys. The cenotaph is at a level below the ground level, while the false cenotaph is at the top floor. The entire tomb is constructed of red sandstone but for the top storey which is constructed in white marble. The ground floor is surrounded by cloisters except at the centre on the southern side. These cloisters are divided by massive arches and piers divisible into many bays.
Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb one of the most beautiful Mughal tombs. Constructed during the reign of Emperor Jahangir, this tomb comprises cenotaphs of Mirza Ghiyas and Asmat Begum, who were parents of Mughal Empress Nur Jahan. The mausoleum is named after Mirza Ghiyas, who was given the title Itmad-ud-Daulah, which literally means pillar of the state, this tomb was commissioned by Nur Jahan, between 1622 and 1628. The tomb is primarily built in white marble with mosaic and lattice. The tomb stands 21 metres high and features 12 metres tall dome-roofed octagonal minaret at each corner. The main chamber of the tomb is adorned with mosaics and semi-precious stones that are inlaid in white marble. The white marble used in the construction of this monument was brought from Rajasthan. This marble was encrusted with semi-precious stone decorations, including cornelian, jasper, lapis lazuli, onyx and topaz.
Taj Mahal designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Indo-Islamic architecture in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. Described by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore as “the tear-drop on the cheek of time”, it is regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India’s rich history. It was declared a winner of the New 7 Wonders of the World (2000–2007) initiative. The Taj Mahal was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1631, to be built in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632. The imperial courts documenting Shah Jahan’s grief after the death of Mumtaz Mahal illustrate the love story held as the inspiration for Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal complex is believed to have been completed in its entirety in 1653 at a cost estimated at the time to be around 32 million rupees, which in current times would be approximately 52.8 billion Indian rupees (US $ 827 million). The construction project employed some 20,000 artisans under the guidance of a board of architects led by the court architect to the emperor, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri.
UNESCO World Heritage Site Agra Red Fort sprawling over an area of 380,000 sq m, situated on the right bank of River Yamuna. This fort was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar, after he defeated the Afghans at Panipat in 1556. Originally, this fort was held by the Hindu Sikarwar & subsequently, by Ibrahim Lodi, Babur, Humayun and Sher Shah. The fort was in bad shape when Akbar rebuilt it using red sandstone, which was brought from the Barauli area in Rajasthan. The renovation was completed in 1573, after eight years of hard work of 1,444,000 labours. The fort is often referred to as walled city, as seventy feet high walls surround it on all sides
Day 08 : Agra - Fatehpur Sikri / Jaipur (240kms / 05hrs Approx.)
After Breakfast drive to Jaipur, En-route Visit at UNESCO World Heritage Site – Fatehpur Sikri and UNESKO World Heritage Site – Keoladeo National Park – Arrival at Jaipur, transfer to hotel / resort in Jaipur get freshen up and Evening free for leisure in Jaipur
UNESCO World Heritage Site – Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory) Exceptional testimony to the Mughal civilization at the end of the 16th century. It offers a unique example of architectural ensembles of very high quality constructed between 1571 and 1585. Its form and layout strongly influenced the evolution of Indian town planning, notably as Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi) Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, is the most typical example of Mughal walled city, with well-defined private and public areas and imposing gateways. The architecture is a blend of Hindu and Islamic and reflects the political and philosophical vision of the Mughal emperors and their style of government. The complex of monuments includes Tomb of Hazrat Sheikh Salim Chishti, Jodha Bai’s Palace, Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaza
Dargah Shrine of Hazrat Salim Chishti (1478 – 1572) was a Sufi saint of the Chishti Order during the Mughal Empire in India. It was thought by many that Chishti could perform wonders. The Mughal Emperor Akbar-e-Azam went to the shrine of Ashraf Jahangir Semnani, but on his travels he also felt inspired to see Chishti. Akbar came to Chishti’s home, deep in the desert, seeking a male heir to his throne. Chishti blessed Akbar, and soon the first of three sons was born to him. He named his first son Salim (later emperor Jahangir) in honor of Chishti. A daughter of Sheikh Salim Chishti was the foster mother of Emperor Jahangir. The emperor was deeply attached to his foster mother, as reflected in the Jahangirnama and he was extremely close to her son Qutb-ud-din Khan Koka who was made the governor of Bengal and his descendants are still to be found in Sheikhupur, Badaun. Hazrat Salim Chishti’s mazar is one of the most notable accomplishments of Mughal architecture, surpassed only in reputation, and is flanked by the massive Buland Darwaza or Victory gate on the southern side, the Badshahi darwaza or Emperor’s gate on eastern side, and a grand mosque Jama masjid on western side, as well as by courtyards, a reflecting pool, and other tombs. Construction commenced in 1571 and the work was completed fifteen years later.
World Heritage Site – Keoladeo National Park (Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary) created 250 years ago, constructed by Maharaja Suraj Mal, the then ruler of the princely state of Bharatpur Between 1726–1763. Now a paradise for the avian world, and the pilgrimage for the bird lovers, The park was a hunting ground for the maharajas of Bharatpur, a tradition dating back to 1850, and duck shoots were organized yearly in honour of the British viceroys. In one shoot alone in 1938, over 4,273 birds such as mallards and teals were killed by Lord Linlithgow, the then Governor-General of India. It was known as the best duck shooting reserve in the British Empire. Declared a reserve for birds in 1956 and later upgraded to National Park. UNESCO has listed it as a world heritage site. The geographical location is ideal as it is on the main North-South avian route of India. It boasts to house more than 375 species of beautiful birds, and more than 132 of them breed inside the Keoladeo Ghana National Park and nearly every year new ones are added to the list. The sanctuary not only attracts birds from India but also from places like Europe, Siberia, China and Tibet Before monsoons birds roost and nest building activities start on the babool and kadam trees of Keoladeo National Park (Bharatpur).
Day 09 : Jaipur
After Breakfast move for Sightseeing / Visits in Jaipur,
Jaipur, renowned as ‘Pink City of India‘ Bustling capital city of Indian state Rajasthan and a business centre with all the trappings of a modern metropolis but yet flavoured strongly with an age-old charm that never fails to surprise a traveller. Jaipur painted in Pink can grip any visitor with admiration. Stunning backdrop of Ancient Forts, Mahals (Palaces) all around, Jaipur is named after its founder; Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh (Ruled 1688 to 1744), The city was founded in the year 1727 by Maharaj Sawai Jai Singh II, who was the ruler of the nearby city of Amber. The old city is surrounded by a strong wall and beautiful ornately painted gates. This was the first planned city of India. The city has been battle ground in the past and has witnessed great victories; hence Jaipur is also referred to as the city of victory. Thus Jaipur Travel Guide also speaks about the heroism and chivalry of the Rajputs who brought the city sired by palaces, forts and royal colours. During the rule of Sawai Ram Singh, the city was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, in 1876. Many of the avenues remained painted in pink, giving Jaipur a distinctive appearance and the epithet Pink city.
City Palace of Jaipur located in the heart of the walled city, the City Palace Complex gives you an idea about the farsightedness of the founder of Jaipur Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. He left behind a legacy of some of the most imposing and magnificent architecture in the city, City Palace is a blend of Mughal and Rajput Architecture.
UNESCO World Heritage site – The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century. It includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments. They are monumental examples in masonry of known instruments but which in many cases have specific characteristics of their own. Designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye, they embody several architectural and instrumental innovations. This is the most significant, most comprehensive, and the best preserved of India’s historic observatories. It is an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period.
Hawa Mahal (The Wind Place) The poet king Sawai Pratap Singh built this palace of winds. This is easily the most well-known landmarks of Jaipur and is also its icon. Located in the City Palace complex, it is best viewed from the road outside. This five-storey building overlooking the busy Market street is a fascinating example of Rajput Architecture and Artistry with its delicately honeycombed 953 pink sandstone windows known as ‘Jharo Khas’.
UNESCO World Heritage site – The Amber Fort set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Constructed by Raja Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by Mirja Raja Jai Singh the fort was made in red sand stone and white marble. The rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise with a beautiful fusion of art and architecture. Amber is the classic and romantic fort-palace with a magnificent aura. The interior wall of the palace depicts expressive painting scenes with carvings, precious stones and mirror settings. In the foreground is the Maota Lake providing a breathtaking vista.
Evening timings visit at Chokhi Dhani Village has been the mirror of Rajasthani culture. Spread over 10 acres of beautifully landscaped area for a rustic look, it is dotted with platforms where different folk artists perform concurrently. A village fair is created every evening as an ongoing celebration of the rich & vibrant cultural heritage of Rajasthan. Started as part of ambiance for a restaurant, over the years it has evolved as a tasteful and authentic symbol of ethnic village life of this most colourful state in the country.
Day 10 : Jaipur - Ajmer / Jaipur (140kms / 03hrs Approx. One Way)
After Breakfast move for Day Excursion trip to Ajmer Visit at Dargah Shrine of Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti
Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti Also known as Shrine of Hazrat Khwaja Gharīb Nawāz “Benefactor of the Poor”, he is the most famous saint of the Chishti Order of Sufism of the Indian subcontinent. Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti introduced and established the order in the subcontinent. The initial spiritual chain or silsila of the Chishti order in India, comprising Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti, Hazrat Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki, Hazrat Fariduddin Ganjshakar and Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, each successive person being the disciple of the previous, constitutes the great Sufi saints of Indian history. Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti visited the seminaries of Samarkand and Bukhara and acquired religious learning from the eminent scholars of his age. He visited nearly all the great centers of Muslim culture, and acquainted himself with almost every important trend in Muslim religious life in the Middle Ages. He became a disciple of the Chishti saint Hazrat Usman Harooni. They travelled the Middle East extensively together, including visits to Mecca and Medina. Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti reached Ajmer along with Mu’izz al-Din Muhammad, and settled down there. In Ajmer, he attracted a substantial following, acquiring a great deal of respect amongst the residents of the city.
Day 11 : Jaipur - Delhi (280kms / 06hrs Approx.)
After Breakfast move for Optional Visits in Jaipur and drive continue to Delhi – Arrival at Delhi, and transfer to hotel / resort as per the timings.
Day 12 : Delhi
After Breakfast move for Optional Visits in Delhi and transfer to Delhi Airport as per the timings