Dehli, Agra & Jaipur
Mughal masterpieces and lands of history

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    India is a unique destination that promises you an absolute change of scenery. The land of Gandhi and the majesty of Indian architecture have so much to offer. Whether it’s thanks to the kindness of the locals or the smells of spices that will be a treasure for your senses, the country remains engraved in the memory of those who visit it.

     

     

    Delhi, a city that is both modern and traditional,with a unique understanding of the country’s history: a visit to the tomb of the Mughal emperor Humayun, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi or the discovery of the streets of old Delhi by rickshaw.

     

     

    Agra was a center of learning and art during the rule of the Mughals. The “City of the Taj” will offer you its most beautiful sunrise while you gaze at one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

     

     

    Finally, you will discover the sublime Jaipur, located inside high walls and lined with bazaars and beautiful buildings. You will visit the City Palace, the current residence of the royal family.

    The program
    Day 1 - Dehli

    Flight to New Delhi

    Arrival in New Delhi

    Check-in at your hotel

    Day 2 - Dehli

    We will start our first day of sightseeing with a tour of New Delhi. The Indian capital is a city steeped in history. A land of contrasts, you will discover a unique atmosphere combining tradition and modernity. Wide roads lined with colonial buildings were built soon after the relocation of the imperial capital of British India in 1911.

     

    We will observe the India Gate, the House of Parliament and the President’s Estate. We will then visit the Qutab Minar, a 73-meter tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in 1193 by Qutab-Ud-Din-Aiwa, founder of the Delhi Sultanate. In the morning, visit Gandhi Smriti: A sacred place that collects memories of the last months of Mahatma Gandhi’s life before his death on January 30, 1948.

     

    Lunch at a restaurant in the city.

     

    In the early afternoon, visit the tomb of the Mughal emperor Humayun. Dating back to the 16th century, this tomb is one of the great masterpieces of Mughal architecture. Built entirely of red sandstone and marble, the tomb bears witness to considerable Persian influence. This monument introduced the great arches and double domes into Indian architecture. In 1993, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

     

    In the late afternoon, optional visit to the Bangla Sahib Temple, one of the most important Sikh places of worship in Delhi, or rest at the hotel.

     

    Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

    Day 3 - Delhi

    In the early morning, sightseeing tour of Old Delhi.

    We will observe the Chandni Chowk: one of the oldest markets in the area.

    We will also go to the Red Fort. Built in 1648, this red sand stone fort is located along the Yamuna River and is surrounded by a wall about 2.4 km in circumference. It was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.

    Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

    This tour will be followed by a rickshaw ride through the streets of Old Delhi. We will pass through the Spice Market, a visit that will awaken your senses. Following these visits, we will take a break at Haveli Dharampura, time for a drink. In the late morning, visit the Jama Masjid, built by the Mughal emperor Shahjahan. It is the largest mosque in the country, and one of the most beautiful.

    We will end this morning of sightseeing at the Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial.

    Lunch at the hotel.

     

    In the early afternoon, visit the National Gallery of Modern Art.The idea of a national art gallery really took shape in 1938, when an artists’ organization, the All India Fine Arts and Craft Society (AIFACS), first highlighted the need for an art institution in India’s cultural landscape. At the dawn of the country’s independence, he was a devL’établissement a officiellement été inauguré le 29 mars 1954 avec l’appui du Premier ministre de l’époque, Jawahar Lal Nehru.

     

    You will have the privilege of dining at one of the best local restaurants in the country, ranked among the 50 best restaurants in the world.

     

    Overnight at your hotel.

    Day 4 - Delhi / Agra

    Departure to Agra to your second hotel, the Oberoi Amar Vilas, for lunch on site (4 hours drive).

     

    Located on the banks of the Yamuna River, Agra is known around the world as “the city of the Taj”. It became a historic city during the reign of Sikandar Lodi, but the city’s golden age began with the Mughals. Under their rule, Agra became a center of learning and the arts.

     

    In the afternoon, head to the marble factory for which the city is famous. Marble inlay is the art that was used on the walls of the Taj Mahal. This art, also known as pietra dura inlay, involves creating beautiful floral and geometric patterns from various semi-precious stones. Among them we can count lapis lazuli (Afghanistan), malachite (South Africa) and many others. These stones are then embedded in

     

    In the late afternoon, you will attend a demonstration of Zardozi embroidery. Agra is also a city in which the art of embroidery is perpetuated. Zardozi embroidery is a beautiful metallic embroidery, once used to embellish the clothes of kings and royals in India. It was also used to adorn the walls of royal tents, scabbards and for the hangings and paraphernalia of royal animals (horses and elephants).

     

    Zardozi embroidery consists of making elaborate designs using gold and silver threads. Pearls and studded gemstones add even more charm to the work.

     

    In the evening, over a drink and in a friendly setting, you will attend an exceptional magic show. In India, the line between performing art and mysticism is narrow.

     

    Dinner at your hotel.

    Day 5 - Agra

    Depart at dawn for a visit to the Taj Mahal, listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

     

    This is one of the visits that will stay with you for a long time.

    The perfect proportions of this wonder of the world have been described as “a vision, a dream, a poem, a wonder”. It was built by Shah Jahan (Mughal emperor) in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz. Its architectural beauty is based on a rhythmic combination of solids and voids, concave and convex elements, shadows and lights, where arches and domes enhance its aesthetic aspect.

     

    After the tour, return to your hotel for breakfast.

     

    In the morning, visit the Agra Fort. Built by the great Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565, the fort is a masterpiece both in terms of design and construction. Inside the fort are a number of magnificent buildings such as the Diwan-i-Khas, Machchi Bhavan or “Fish Palace”, Diwan-i-Am, the place of reception of ambassadors as well as two mosques, the Moti Masjid or “Pearl Mosque” and the Nagina Masjid, built of white marble by Aurangzeb to serve as an oratory for his imprisoned father.

     

    Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

    Day 6 - Agra /Jaipur

    In the early morning, depart for Jaipur, via Fatehpur Sikri. (1h15 drive).

     

    Fatehpur Sikri, built in the second half of the 16th century by Emperor Akbar (the City of Victory), was the capital of the Mughal Empire for 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of India’s largest mosques, the Jama Masjid, as well as the Panch Mahal, an extraordinary five-storey hypostyle structure in perfect asymmetry.

     

    Continue on the road to Jaipur (4 hours drive).

     

    Lunch at the hotel restaurant and check-in to your room.

     

    Jaipur is surrounded on all sides by steep hills, crowned with forts. The city was built in the early 18th century and is surrounded by walls marked by battles. It is rightly nicknamed “the pink city of India”. It takes its name from the famous Maharana Sawai Jai Singh, who founded the city in 1728.

    Unlike other cities in the region located in hilly terrain, Jaipur was located on the plain and built according to a grid plan interpreted in the light of Vedic architecture.

     

    Jaipur is renowned for its artisans who specialize in the art of gemstones like garnet and ruby.

     

    In the afternoon, visit a carpet and textile workshop. You’ll see a demonstration of block printing and carpet weaving.

     

    You will then have free time to choose your fabrics and meet the workshop’s tailor, who is very renowned in Jaipur, to order you custom-made clothes which will then be delivered to you a few hours later to your hotel.

     

    Return to the hotel.

     

    Dinner in a former royal residence.

    Overnight at the hotel

    Day 7 - Jaipur

    In the early morning, visit the Amber Fort where you will access on the back of an elephant. The ancient capital of the Kachhwaha Rajputs is located on a hill overlooking Lake Maotha, 11 km from Jaipur. This fort is an imposing witness to an intense and incredibly rich warrior era with a fascinating mix of Hindu and Muslim architecture.

     

    We will then visit a jewelry factory in order to understand their manufacturing process. You will have a free time slot for your purchases.
    Lunch during the visits.

     

    After lunch, visit the City Palace. Located in the heart of the Old City, this is the former royal residence built with a mix of Rajasthani and Mughal inspirations. To this day, the City Palace is the main residence of some members of the royal family.

     

    Among the works is the Diwan-i-Khas, with its enumerable pink arches, which was a place of private audiences of the Maharajas. We will admire the passage between the inner courtyard and the palace, which is distinguished by four beautiful doors. Each is dedicated to a Hindu deity and a season. At the artists’ studios on site, we will also be able to admire the art of making miniature paintings.

     

    We will then visit the Jantar Mantar, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Royal Observatory. The facility, built by Rajput King Sawai Jai Singh and completed in 1734, has a collection of 19 astronomical instruments. Among these is the largest stone sundial in the world.

     

    Along the way, we will observe at Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds. This monument was originally designed to allow the ladies of the royal household to observe the daily life and royal processions of the city.

     

    Dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

    Overnight at the hotel

    Day 8 - Jaipur / New Delhi

    Optionally, departure at dawn for a hot air balloon flight, to discover Rajasthan from above.

     

    Breakfast at the hotel.

     

    Transfer to Jaipur airport, free lunch at the airport and flight from Jaipur to New Delhi.

     

    Upon arrival in Delhi, rest in a hotel near the airport and dinner.

     

    After dinner, transfer to New Delhi International Airport.

    Day 9 - New Dehli

    Return flight

    Hotels during your stay
    DELHI - HOTEL IMPERIAL (*****) – 3 nights

    Reminiscent of a 19th-century Indian Palace, in the land of Maharajas and Maharanis, The Imperial New Delhi was opened in 1936 as the first hotel in New Delhi. One of the Grand Dames of the East, its architecture has subtle traces of Victorian, Art Deco and Lutyens styles. White marble colonnades, verdant gardens and rooms & suites replete with Italian marble floors, polished Burma teak, Persian hand-knotted carpets, antique Chandeliers and Rosewood furniture, set the tone. The storied hotel blends rich heritage, exceptional service and modern-day comforts for today’s business and leisure travellers.

    AGRA - THE OBEROI AMARVILAS (*****) – 2 nights

    Located just 600 metres from the Taj Mahal, the world’s most exquisite testimony to undying love, it is easy to rekindle romance at The Oberoi Amarvilas. The best hotel in Agra is inspired by Mughal palace designs; with fountains, terraced lawns, reflection pools and pavilions. The Oberoi Amarvilas is a luxury hotel in Agra that offers unrestricted views of Taj Mahal from all rooms and suites, complemented by our warm, personalised hospitality.

    JAIPUR -THE OBEROI RAJVILAS (*****) – 2 nights

    Exquisite accommodation, including luxury tents inspired by the era of Maharajas, fine restaurants serving authentic Rajasthani and international cuisines, specially curated romantic experiences for couples and our sincere hospitality. The perfect setting for the holiday of a lifetime at the best 5 star luxury resort in Jaipur.

    DELHI - HOTEL ANDAZ BY HYATT (*****) – afternoon and late night

    This vibrant luxury 5-star hotel is located a 5-minute drive from the Indira Gandhi International Airport

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