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Explore the Taj Mahal

"A white marble tomb built in 1631-48 in Agra, seat of the Mugal Empire, by Shah Jehan for his wife, Arjuman Banu Begum who later became known as Mumtaz Mahal, the Distinguished of the Palace, the monument sums up many of the formal themes that have played through Islamic architecture. Its refined elegance is a conspicuous contrast both to the Hindu architecture of pre-Islamic India, with its thick walls, corbelled arches, and heavy lintels, and to the Indo-Islamic styles, in which Hindu elements are combined with an eclectic assortment of motifs from Persian and Turkish sources."

Shah Jahan, who commissioned the monument, was a prolific patron with effectively limitless resources. After the death of Mumtaz, Shah Jahan was reportedly inconsolable, and soon after he began construction of the Taj. His lavish aesthetic and romantic nature is apparent in every aspect of the Taj.

Shah Jahan was the most prolific builder of all the Mughal Emperors. Shah Jahan's wife, Mumtaz, was his constant companion. She bore him fourteen children and died during the birth of the last child. He had created the gardens and palaces of Shalimar in honor of Mumtaz.

India Travel Planet makes it  possible, "a dream come true tour of Taj" to explore and know the most graceful of Architecture of World.

Tour Itinerary:

  • Day 1 : Arrival Delhi
    Upon arrival at International Airport you are met and transferred to your pre-booked Hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel you are received with a traditional welcome . Rest of the day free. Overnight Hotel.
     

  • Day 2 : Delhi
    This morning we visit Old Delhi, built in the 17th century by Shah Jehan the Magnificent (who also built the Taj Mahal). First we will be visiting the famous Jama Masjid mosque with its 9,000 sq. ft. courtyard, three domes and two minarets, and then proceed to the massive complex known as the Red Fort and Chandni chowk.

    Afternoon we'll visit Lakshmi Narayan Temple, a Spectacular structure that's just 60 years old , and then proceed via India Gate and the Governmental building to Qutab Minar, the 240 foot tower built in 1190 to commemorate the arrival of Islam in India, the Bahai Temple with its nine pools on an elevated platform, and the Crafts Museum, which replicates and Indian street with over 50 artists and craftspeople at work. Overnight at the Hotel.
     

  • Day 3 : Delhi - Jaipur( By Surface 260 Kms 6 Hrs Drive )
    After Breakfast Today we drive towards Jaipur popularly known as the Pink City, was built in 1727 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Designed in accordance with Shilp Shastra - an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture - Jaipur follows a grid system. Upon arrival check in your Hotel. Afternoon - tour of City Palace and Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. The Palace of winds - a five storied structure of pink sandstone has semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was originally built to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch everyday life. Overnight at the Hotel.
     

  • Day 4 : Jaipur
    The capital of Rajasthan is the most colourful city in India. Today morning we visit the Amber Fort in the Aravali Hills, which is a super example of Rajput (Medieval Hindu) style architecture. A slow elephant ride takes us to the top of the Fort, which houses several graceful buildings. Afternoon is spent visit the local bazaar.
    In the evening, we visit Chokhi Dhani where an ethnic village atmosphere is recreated each evening with thousands of oil lamps, folk dancers, arobats, snake charmers, puppeteers etc. Overnight at the Hotel.
     

  • Day 5 : Jaipur - Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikiri - Agra( By Surface 232 Kms 5 Hrs Drive)
    This morning travel to Bharatpur for a tour of the world famous bird sanctuary here. The reserve boasts of river 300 species of resident and migratory birds. From here we drive to the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri ( ghost capital) for a tour of the magnificent and world heritage buildings still in a state of perfect preservation. We continue our journey for Agra and upon arrival check into Hotel.
     

  • Day 6 : Agra
    Agra was the capital of India under the Moghuls in the 16th and 17th centuries. This morning we see the exquisite tomb of the emperor Jehangir's chief minister and father-in - law, often called the 'BABY TAJ' because its design foreshadows the Taj Mahal. Then we tour Agra's Red Fort, built over three generations by the Moghul emperors.

    Following an afternoon free, we go at sunset to see the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum built by a sorrowing Shah Jehan in memory of his young wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Building's stupendous scale, flawless symmetry, translucent white marble and shimmering reflection in the water channel are truly breathtaking. Overnight at Hotel .
     

  • Day 7 : Agra - Delhi ( By Surface 210 Kms 4 Hrs Drive)
    After breakfast we Drive back to Delhi enroute visit to Sikandra. Overnight at Hotel.
     

  • DAY-08 : Leave Delhi
    Transfer to airport to catch the flight for Onward Journey.

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