Tour of India from Cyprus
Enjoy a magnificent private tour of India. A truly unique land, from vibrant cities and famous forts to palaces and tantalizing temples. The Indian Experience Tour visits the most famous sites combining Delhi with the Taj Mahal, one of the 7 Wonders of the World and the pink City of Jaipur.
Day 1: Departure flight from Larnaca. Arrive Delhi next day.
Day 2: Meet & assistance upon arrival in Delhi in the morning, depart by road to Agra (204 km) Afternoon visit the world famous Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World built by Shah Jahan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece made from white marble and took 17 years to build. (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays)
Dinner at hotel in Agra
Day 3: This morning visit Agra Fort and the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah known as the baby Taj and view the massive red sandstone Agra Fort. This evening optional visit of Mehtab Bagh, 400 year old Mughal garden on the banks of the Yamuna River to see the sunset over the Taj Mahal. Dinner hotel in Agra.
Day 4: Morning drive to the deserted sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri, 40km from Agra and visit Abhaneri Step well and architectural marvel. Continue to Jaipur (236 km). Dinner at hotel in Jaipur.
Day 5: After breakfast, proceed for a guided tour of Amber Fort, a classic romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. Brief photo-stop en route at Hawa Mahal, a spectacular pyramidal façade with overhanging windows. Afternoon visit the Maharaja’s City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. During the visit see the Aarti ceremony at Govind Dev temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. Near the gates of the palace visit Jantar Mantar the largest stone & marble crafted astrological observatory in the World. Enjoy a bicycle rickshaw ride city tour through the old colourful Jaipur bazaar. Dinner at hotel in Jaipur.
Day 6: Morning depart by road to Delhi (258 km), depending on traffic journey time may take approx. 6 hours. In Delhi visit the Sikh temple Bangla Sahib, Bahai Temple known as Lotus temple (closed on Mondays) and Lakshmi Narayan temple. You are flexible to choose all the temple visits if preferred. Dinner at hotel in Delhi.
Day 7: Visit New Delhi, driving past India Gate, Viceroy’s Palace, Parliament, the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun and the Qutab Minar tower. Visit the local bazaar of Janpath. Continue to Old Delhi, view from outside the Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque, the largest in India and Raj Ghat memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Enjoy a short bicycle ride through Chandi Chowk to savour the ambiance of an oriental bazaar, this the busiest area of the city. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Transfer to Delhi airport for departure flight.