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.
Embark on a journey to explore Delhi’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the awe-inspiring Qutub Complex, the magnificent tomb of Humayun, and the iconic Red Fort, known as Lal Qila. Delve into the enchanting heritage of Shahjahanabad within Delhi’s walled city, immersing yourself in its rich history, architecture, cuisine, and traditions, all of which resonate with echoes of Urdu and Persian literature. Pay a visit to iconic landmarks like the Masjid-i Jahān-Numā (Jama Mosque) and, as you continue your exploration, discover the modern side of Delhi – New Delhi, the former capital of British India.
DAY 02: 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 the 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 03: 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 04: AGRA IN AND AROUNG
Begin your day with a captivating sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, a moment of awe and inspiration. Following this breathtaking experience, return to your hotel or resort to rejuvenate and prepare for a day filled with exploration in and around the enchanting city of Agra.
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, just a 40-minute drive from the heart of Agra city, known as the “City of Victory.” This UNESCO World Heritage site, conceived by Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, serves as an embodiment of Indo-Islamic architectural brilliance. This historic city briefly served as the capital of the Mughal Empire, leaving an indelible mark on Indian urban design with its majestic Mughal architectural style and grand gateways.
DAY 05: AGRA / DELHI
After breakfast, transfer to Agra Airport or continuing your drive to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to Delhi International Airport.
Delhi International Airport, situated approximately 210 kilometers away, can be reached comfortably in just 3-4 hours by road travel.
Embark on an enthralling 5-day journey through our “Aligarh with the Taj Itinerary,” a path that winds through Delhi, Aligarh, Agra, and Fatehpur Sikri. These captivating destinations are steeped in Indo-Islamic heritage, rich history, and vibrant culture, and they offer breathtaking landscapes. Over the centuries, this region has borne witness to illustrious dynasties, including the Delhi Sultanate, and the mighty Mughals. 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.