THE HERITAGE WALK WITH ALIGARH 

TOUR DURATION – 07 DAYS 

02 NIGHTS DELHI / 01 NIGHT ALIGARH / 01 NIGHT AGRA / 02 NIGHTS JAIPUR

 

 

   ITINERARY

DAY 01: DELHI

Upon arrival at Delhi Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel/resort to freshen up. Then, at your convenience, you can head out for sightseeing and visits. Enjoy your exploration of the heritage city of Delhi

Discover Delhi, India’s capital, nestled along the Yamuna River. This ancient city, with its rich history, UNESCO heritage sites, and British colonial charm, houses a treasure trove of ancient relics, historic marvels blending Indo-Islamic architecture, captivating museums, inspiring art galleries, lively performing arts, delightful dining, and bustling markets that breathe life into every corner.

Explore Delhi’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Qutub Complex, Humayun’s Magnificent Tomb, and Safdarjung’s Grand Mausoleum. Immerse yourself in the serenity of Lodi Gardens, spanning 90 lush acres, blending nature’s beauty with historic treasures. Enjoy a leisurely evening on your own.                                        

DAY 02: DELHI

After breakfast, immerse yourself in Delhi’s rich heritage and culture with a unique blend of Walking and Car Tours. Explore the authentic Delhi, designed by those who know it best. As the sun sets, experience the captivating Red Fort Light & Sound Show, where history comes to life against the backdrop of this grand monument.

Experience the enchanting heritage of Shahjahanabad in Delhi’s walled city. Explore its history, architecture, cuisine, and traditions, with echoes of Urdu and Persian literature. Visit iconic spots like Masjid-i Jahān-Numā (Jama Mosque) and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Red Fort (Lal Qila). In the afternoon or evening, discover the modern side of Delhi, New Delhi, and the former capital of British India.                 

DAY 03: DELHI – ALIGARH 

(Approximately 130 kilometers, or a 2-3 hour drive)

After breakfast, we will drive to Aligarh. Upon arriving in Aligarh, we’ll embark on a captivating heritage walk through the grand campus of Aligarh Muslim University. This walk promises a fascinating glimpse into the rich tapestry of Indo-Islamic cultural heritage.

The indomitable spirit of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, a distinguished scholar and social reformer of the nineteenth century, has left an enduring legacy at the Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College (MAO), which was founded in 1875. MAO stands as a guiding light in education and a devoted custodian of Indo-Islamic cultural heritage. Inspired by the esteemed traditions and standards of institutions like Oxford and Cambridge, it evolved into the grand institution known today as Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in the early twentieth century, embodying the essence of Indo-Islamic cultural preservation and academic excellence. The campus showcases a remarkable architectural fusion of Indo-Islamic and Indo-British influences, featuring over 60 heritage buildings that invite you on a captivating journey through India’s history and culture. AMU stands as a testament to Sir Syed’s visionary ideals—a sanctuary of knowledge, culture, and boundless inspiration.

Let’s embark on a heritage walk through the captivating historical campus of Aligarh Muslim University, home to a plethora of distinctive heritage buildings and structures. Many of them stand as exquisite examples of Indo-Islamic architecture, while others showcase the marvels of Indo-British design. Among these architectural gems, the Jama Masjid, one of the oldest structures on the campus, holds a prominent place. Its construction commenced in 1879, and the Mosque serves as a near replica of the elegant Jama Masjid in Shahjahanabad, Delhi, with the only notable distinction being in its scale and grandeur. The unique Strachey Hall was one of the initial buildings to grace the campus, proudly bearing the name of British Indian Civil Servant Sir John Strachey. Additionally, the Victoria Gate, once the primary entrance to the College, was aptly named in honor of Queen Victoria in 1914. Within the campus, you’ll also find an array of exceptional museums and galleries. These spaces house an extensive collection of archaeological artifacts, rare sculptures, paintings, intricately carved stone pieces, and historical pillars, providing a fascinating glimpse into the rich Indo-Islamic heritage of this remarkable institution.

DAY 04: ALIGARH – AGRA 

(Approximately 90 kilometers, or a 2 hour drive)

After breakfast, we will drive to the “Indian heritage city Agra.” Upon arriving in Agra, we will embark on a journey of sightseeing and visits.

Nestled on the serene banks of the Yamuna River, Agra is a global treasure, alluring millions each year to witness the iconic Taj Mahal and explore its historical riches. Known for Mughal architectural mastery, Agra boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal. Immerse yourself in a tapestry of history, architectural marvels, and artistic heritage, leaving an indelible mark on your soul. Agra is a must-visit destination.

Embark on a heritage journey in Agra, beginning with the iconic Taj Mahal, a world wonder and emblem of India’s rich history. Celebrated as the “Jewel of Islamic Architecture,” it represents the zenith of Mughal design and was honored as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Then, explore the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort, which witnessed significant Mughal events, and marvel at the red sandstone beauty known as the “Qila-i-Akbari.” Conclude your day tour with a visit to the exquisite Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb, a Mughal masterpiece from Emperor Jahangir’s era. Housing the cenotaphs of Mirza Ghiyas and Asmat Begum, parents of Mughal Empress Nur Jahan, it’s often dubbed the ‘Baby Taj Mahal’ for inspiring the Taj’s grandeur.                                     

DAY 05: AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI / JAIPUR 

(Approximately 240 kilometers, or a 4-5 hour drive)

Begin your day with a captivating sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, a moment that promises to inspire awe. After this breathtaking experience, return to your hotel or resort to rejuvenate and prepare for your journey to the “Pink City of Jaipur.” En-route, explore the historic Sikandra Tomb in Agra and the UNESCO-listed Fatehpur Sikri. Upon arrival in Jaipur, transfer to your hotel or resort.

Indulge in the timeless beauty of Sikandra Tomb, where Mughal Emperor Akbar, one of India’s revered rulers, rests eternally. This magnificent mausoleum stands as a testament to his visionary aesthetics, adorned with an enchanting garden lovingly crafted by his son, Emperor Jahangir.

Embark on a captivating journey to Fatehpur Sikri, a mere 40-minute drive from the heart of Agra city, en route to Jaipur, renowned as the “City of Victory.” This UNESCO World Heritage site, envisioned by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, stands as a testament to Indo-Islamic architectural brilliance. For a brief period, this historic city served as the capital of the Mughal Empire, imprinting Indian urban design with its majestic Mughal architectural style and grand gateways.

DAY 06: JAIPUR 

After breakfast, embark on a captivating sightseeing tour of the Pink city of Jaipur. As the day draws to a close, immerse yourself in Rajasthan’s rich local heritage and culture at Chokhi Dhani, an ethnic village. Here, you can partake in traditional art, customs, and activities while savoring a delectable Rajasthani feast, creating a memorable evening experience.

Jaipur, the Pink City, is a UNESCO-listed world heritage city and the gateway to Rajasthan’s royal kingdom. Founded by King Maharaja Jai Singh II, a renowned mathematician and astronomer, it became India’s first planned city in 1727. Jaipur captivates with its cuisine, marvelous architecture, natural beauty, and the warmth of its residents. This city is a treasure trove of rich culture, living history, and vibrant colors. In 1876, the ruler painted the entire city terracotta pink to welcome the Prince of Wales, a tradition that continues today, symbolizing culture and hospitality.

Embark on a heritage-packed day in Jaipur. Begin at the UNESCO-listed Amber Palace, where Rajput and Mughal influences blend seamlessly in stunning architecture. Visit the Elephant Village, nestled in the scenic Aravali mountains, for unique interactions with elephants, including feeding, bathing, painting, and thrilling Elephant Safaris. Explore the City Palace, a fusion of Mughal and Rajput styles in the walled city, and the 18th-century UNESCO observatory, Jantar Mantar, known for its precise astronomical observations. Don’t miss the iconic Hawa Mahal with its honeycombed pink sandstone windows. Finally, discover the Indo-Saracenic architecture of the Albert Hall Museum, home to 19,000 historic objects, including the captivating 2,300-year-old Egyptian mummy Tutu. This day promises an enriching journey through Jaipur’s cultural heritage.

DAY 07: JAIPUR / DELHI

After breakfast, transfer to Jaipur Airport or continuing your drive to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to Delhi International Airport.

Delhi International Airport, located about 280 kilometers from Jaipur, is easily accessible within a 5-6 hour drive.

Embark on an enthralling 7-day journey through our “The Heritage Walks With Aligarh Itinerary,” a path that winds through Delhi, Aligarh, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, and Jaipur. These captivating destinations are steeped in Indo-Islamic heritage, rich history, vibrant culture, and they offer breathtaking landscapes. Over the centuries, this region has borne witness to illustrious dynasties, including the Delhi Sultanate, the mighty Mughals, and the valiant Rajputs. Their tales of heroism and romance resonate through the grand monuments that still grace these lands, serving as timeless relics of a regal era. These rulers have indelibly marked Indo-Islamic culture from the twelfth to the nineteenth century. Join this tour for a glimpse into India’s ancient and medieval history—a journey that weaves through the grand campus of academic excellence and cultural heritage. It’s a sanctuary of knowledge, where you’ll encounter captivating Indo-Islamic and Indo-British art and architectural heritage. Explore magnificent monuments, world-class museums, and UNESCO-listed sites that bear witness to a regal golden era. These cities and towns rank among the world’s most visited, promising a mesmerizing Halal-friendly travel experience where each step resonates with history and captures breathtaking beauty.