- A gift when you book your tour with us, a DVD film called ‘Mystic India’
- International flights included
- A useful gift is given to you on arrival
- 8 nights at 4-star hotels on HB basis
- Private arrival and departure transfers
- Private minibus & driver for all road transfers
- Escorted by Sharon Evans and a local lady guide
- Snack Hamper, with juice and water in our minibus
- Meals as per itinerary (HB = breakfast & dinner)
- Train from Delhi to Mathura
- Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
- Entrances to all monument and places of interest are included
- Sightseeing of New & Old Delhi
- Sightseeing Mathura the birthplace of Krishna
- Visit Sikandra, Akbar’s Tomb
- Visit the Wildlife SOS sanctuary
- Sightseeing of Agra City
- Sunset visit to Taj Mahal (extra sunrise visit can be added)
- Sightseeing of Fatehpur Sikri
- Visit Ahbaneri & Stepwell
- Full day sightseeing of Jaipur
- Visit Amer Fort.
- Visit Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing
- Visit Akshardham Temple Delhi
Our Tour features the following locations
DELHI: The largest mosque, the biggest temple, honky auto-rickshaws; it’s easy to distinguish Delhi. The city has been at the centre of the Indian civilisation for centuries and a major seat of power ever since the Mughals built their capital here. Modern Delhi presents a mix of colonial-era architecture, Mughal forts, and mausoleums, ancient bazaars, glitzy malls and world-class restaurants. It often feels overwhelming, but given a chance, it always grows onto you. Be sure to visit Humayun’s Tomb, a 16th-century Mughal wonder inspired by the iconic Taj Mahal and Lodi Gardens, the best spot for sunsets in Delhi. There’s also the Hauz Khas Village, a throbbing hub that gained popularity with its Open Nights when those narrow alleys are transformed into cultural wonders, adorned with lights and decorated with streamers. There really is no better place to discover Delhi’s rich culture and mingle with its locals.
MATHURA: Widely known as the birthplace of Lord Krishna is located on the western bank of river Yamuna. It is 145 Km southeast of Delhi and 58 Km North West of Agra. The great school of sculpture known as Mathura school of Art flourished here for 1200 Years. A survey of this glorious School of Art can be made in the Government Museum, Mathura. The present-day Mathura abounds in Place of Religious and Historic Interest, All round the year A large number of Festival and fairs are held in Matura and adjoining areas of Vrindavan Gokul, Brazen and Goverdhan.
SIKANDRA: The great Mughal Emperor Akbar’s mausoleum. The tomb and lush gardens here were built over the Lodi city of Sultan Sikandar and were designed by Akbar in 1602. The design supposedly reflects his Din-i-Ilahi (religion of God) which was his mixture of Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian thought. Having been slightly altered by subsequent emperors, this lavish building is a mixture of sandstone and white marble with fine mosaic designs on the gateway, together with minarets which are said to precede those of the Taj Mahal.
AGRA: Known for its stunning architecture, exotic history and magical views, the Taj Mahal attracts as many as 7 million visitors each year, and for a good reason. It is, after all, the monument of love! This iconic landmark is why people from all over the world visit Agra, but the city is also brimming with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Mughal mausoleums, tombs, a beautiful fort and ancient bazaars. You’d expect to feel underwhelmed due to all that hype, but this magical city is everything you expect it to be.
FATEHPUR SIKRI: Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal Empire for just 10 years, but it still presents a massive complex of temples, monuments, and mosques, which make it a historical delight, one of the greatest feats of Indian architecture. Built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is located at a distance of just 40 kms. from Agra. Popular attractions include the Diwan-I-Am (Hall of Public Audience), Diwan-Khana-I-Khaas (Hall of Private Audience), Turkish Sultana’s House and the Treasury. Fatehpur also hosts Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India.
ABANERI: Abaneri, a small ancient village in Rajasthan, is mostly known for a stunning step well, a novel 10th-century idea that transformed this village into an incredibly popular tourist landmark in the modern-day. Popularly called Chand Baori, this huge stepwell has been fortified on all sides and was designed to act as a water reservoir for rainwater harvesting, used for ritual cleansing before visiting the adjoining temple and also for leisure purposes. With depths of 20 meters, 13 different levels and 3500 steps arranged in perfect symmetry, this is a fascinating work of art, the deepest and largest step well of India. The presence intricate and beautiful carvings all over the stepwell add to its stunning beauty, offering great insights into an ancient culture and their traditions. You’re probably wondering where you’ve seen that iconic image, so all you need to do is take a second look at scenes from the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
JAIPUR: The Pink City, the largest city of Rajasthan, is an epitome of magnificence and vibrancy. This city was established in 1727 by Jai Singh II and is India’s first planned city. It is known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city.
The Pink City stands out as one of the most spectacular and vibrant destinations on the planet, its rich lineage, striking culture and beautiful architecture painting a vivid picture of Indian society. Missing out on The City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Jaigarh or the Amber Fort is a big no-no, but make sure you reserve time for those chaotic bazaars and delicious cuisines. Jaipur is also known for its traditional handicrafts and unique souvenirs such as camel-leather slippers. The John Madden 2012 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (You can link this to your Best Marigold tour) stole our heart presenting India in an entirely new light, one that suddenly catapulted some of its more exotic destinations like Udaipur and Jaipur to instant stardom.