Arrive at Delhi's International Airport. After clearing customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, your FOOTSTEPS TO INDIA representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals terminal building and transfer you to hotel. Delhi is India's capital and a major gateway to the country. It is bustling metropolis, successfully combines in its folds – the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region's ancient legacy. Overnight in Delhi.
After breakfast, meet your guide in the lobby. Today, discover Delhi in all its majesty.
Begin the tour with a visit to Old Delhi. Near the Red Fort, you trade vehicle for a bicycle rickshaw and weave through narrow lanes of colorful and bustling Chandni chowk. You will visit Raj Ghat, the serene and evocative memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi; 17th century Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and Shah Jehan's architectural triumph.
As a complete contrast to Old Delhi, New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's. You will visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House and the Presidential residence.
Overnight in Delhi.
After breakfast at the hotel, drive towards Jaipur. The fabled "Pink City" of Jaipur is the vibrant, bustling and colorful capital of Rajasthan. The "pink" is derived from the rich hues of the architecture, constructed from rare colored sandstone. Jaipur is north India's finest example of planned city, laid strictly according to the ancient Indian treatise of town planning and architecture - the Shilpa Shastra. Structured in a nine-grid plan, it has City Palace in its centre, with mansions and markets emanating outward from this core. On arrival, check in your hotel. Overnight in Jaipur.
After breakfast, visit Amber Fort. Known for its artistic style, blending both Hindu Rajput elements, the fort has huge ramparts, a series of gates and cobbled paths, and overlooks a Maota lake. Most notable and the largest tourist attraction at the Amber fort is the 20 minute elephant ride up to the fort itself. The elephants are brightly painted with water colors which makes a festive and beautiful site. Your afternoon tour starts with a visit to the City Palace Museum, also visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD). Also included is a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Later walk through the colorful bazaar of Jaipur. Overnight in Jaipur.
After breakfast, drive towards Agra. On the way you will visit Fatehpur Sikri - the deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. After visit, continue your drive towards Agra. At the time of the Mughals, in the 16th & 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of the grand Mughal Empire. It came into prominence when a lavish patronage of Mughal rulers created forts, tombs, and palaces in red sandstone and marble inlaid with semi-precious stones. During this period the city became a leading centre of art, science, commerce and culture. The short golden age of Agra came to an end with the seventeenth century reign of Shah Jehan, mastermind of the Taj Mahal. On arrival, check in your hotel. Overnight in Agra.
After breakfast visit Taj Mahal, a short horse carriage ride will take you to the gates. The Taj Mahal, was built by an emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved queen. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. Later, visit the impressive Agra Fort, the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire for successive generations. In time, drive towards Delhi airport to connect flight for your onward destination. TOUR ENDS