Delhi, Agra & Jaipur


8 Days / 6 Nights

DELHI

The Indian capital is steeped in a glorious but turbulent history. Despite being abandoned many times, its rulers returned to it again and again, rebuilding it at least seven times. Today, the adjoined cities of Old and New Delhi are home to countless wonders.

In the pulsating old city, visit the winding alleys of Chandni Chowk and the vast Jama Masjid mosque. New Delhi is a fascinating contrast, with the grand Lutyens-designed government buildings including the former Viceroy’s House now home to the President, the majestic India Gate memorial and broad, treelined avenues. Head for Humayun’s tomb, an early example of Mughal architecture, the magnificent 14th-century Agrasen ki Baoli stepwell and the beautiful Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Sikh temple. Saffron recommends a stay of at least 2 nights.


AGRA

Agra is home to India’s most celebrated attraction, the Taj Mahal, and the stupendous 16th-century Mughal-built Agra fort, which encompasses the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. Completed by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 in memory of his late wife, the Taj Mahal took 20 years to build; it is justifiably lauded as the world’s greatest monument to love. Sunrise is a magical time to visit, when the marble transforms its colour in the changing dawn light.

Fatehpur Sikri occupies a rocky crest some 40km to the south-west of Agra. A Unesco world heritage site and once the imperial capital of Akbar the Great, the city’s wonderfully preserved collection of monuments provides a remarkable insight into the daily life of the 16th-century Mughal court.


JAIPUR

Jaipur, meaning ‘the city of victory’, was founded in 1727. Popularly known as the Pink City due to the colour of the stone, Jaipur’s prime attraction is the sprawling palace complex, still home to the current maharajah. It includes a fascinating museum of the maharajas’ lavish possessions as well as the Jantar Mantar observatory. Jaipur is also a delight for those seeking traditional Indian crafts, including jewellery, silver and silk.

Just outside Jaipur, Amber was the ancient capital of the Kachwaha Rajputs from 1037 until maharajah Sawai Jai Singh founded Jaipur. The majestic fortpalace here displays many Mughal influences in addition to traditional Rajput designs. Saffron recommends a lavish lunch at 1135AD, a restaurant set within the historic ramparts of the fort.

DELHI

The Indian capital is steeped in a glorious but turbulent history. Despite being abandoned many times, its rulers returned to it again and again, rebuilding it at least seven times. Today, the adjoined cities of Old and New Delhi are home to countless wonders.

In the pulsating old city, visit the winding alleys of Chandni Chowk and the vast Jama Masjid mosque. New Delhi is a fascinating contrast, with the grand Lutyens-designed government buildings including the former Viceroy’s House now home to the President, the majestic India Gate memorial and broad, treelined avenues. Head for Humayun’s tomb, an early example of Mughal architecture, the magnificent 14th-century Agrasen ki Baoli stepwell and the beautiful Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Sikh temple. Saffron recommends a stay of at least 2 nights.


AGRA

Agra is home to India’s most celebrated attraction, the Taj Mahal, and the stupendous 16th-century Mughal-built Agra fort, which encompasses the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. Completed by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 in memory of his late wife, the Taj Mahal took 20 years to build; it is justifiably lauded as the world’s greatest monument to love. Sunrise is a magical time to visit, when the marble transforms its colour in the changing dawn light.

Fatehpur Sikri occupies a rocky crest some 40km to the south-west of Agra. A Unesco world heritage site and once the imperial capital of Akbar the Great, the city’s wonderfully preserved collection of monuments provides a remarkable insight into the daily life of the 16th-century Mughal court.


JAIPUR

Jaipur, meaning ‘the city of victory’, was founded in 1727. Popularly known as the Pink City due to the colour of the stone, Jaipur’s prime attraction is the sprawling palace complex, still home to the current maharajah. It includes a fascinating museum of the maharajas’ lavish possessions as well as the Jantar Mantar observatory. Jaipur is also a delight for those seeking traditional Indian crafts, including jewellery, silver and silk.

Just outside Jaipur, Amber was the ancient capital of the Kachwaha Rajputs from 1037 until maharajah Sawai Jai Singh founded Jaipur. The majestic fortpalace here displays many Mughal influences in addition to traditional Rajput designs. Saffron recommends a lavish lunch at 1135AD, a restaurant set within the historic ramparts of the fort.

ITINERARIES

Day 1 Fly to Delhi : Overnight flight to Delhi. (N)
Day 2 Delhi : Arrive and transfer to Shanti Home for a 2-night stay. Rest of the day at leisure. (N)
Day 3 Delhi : Old Delhi walking tour including the Jama Masjid mosque. Afternoon visit to Humayun’s tomb and the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Sikh temple. (B)
Day 4 Agra : Early morning train to Agra. Afternoon visit to the Taj Mahal and Agra fort. Overnight stay at the Coral Tree Homestay. (B)
Day 5 Fatehpur Sikri • Jaipur : Morning drive to Jaipur, via Fatehpur Sikri. Stay 3 nights at the Shahpura House. (B)
Day 6 Jaipur : Morning visit to Amber fort. Afternoon excursion to the City Palace. (B)
Day 7 Jaipur : Day at leisure or explore Jaipur's bazaars. In the evening, relax at Castle Kanota, familiar as the Viceroy Club in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. (B)
Day 8 Fly Home : Transfer to Jaipur airport and fly home. (B)