“We had a great trip – thanks! We will definitely use Mantra Wild Adventures again and will recommend you to our friends.”
Lynn from Sydney, Australia
View of Amber fort over the lake, Jaipur, India
“What a fantastic time we had from start to finish and everything in between.Great service, great itinerary and great fun – cannot wait to do it again sometime soon. With thanks and appreciation.” Kim and Judy, NSW
Meet and greet at Delhi airport by Mantra Wild Representative and transfer to Hotel.
Your journey starts in Delhi, India’s capital and largest city. Soak up the culture, history, architecture and unique human diversity of Delhi, one of the world’s greatest cities. The fragrances and taste of the food will seduce even the most experienced gourmet travellers.
Overnight at The Imperial Hotel.
Morning breakfast at hotel.
Start the tour by exploring the fascinating and the living legacy of the Indo-Islamic culture, lifestyle in Old Delhi. In 1638 Moghul emperor Shahjahan transferred his capital from Agra to Delhi and laid the foundations of Shahjahanabad, the seventh city of Delhi. Today it is popularly called Old Delhi.
In this part of the city you will visit the largest and best-known mosque in India which can accommodate 20000 people at one time. Jama Masjid was built by Shah Jahan in the 17th C. Awe inspiring and beautiful with its three domes and elegant tapering minarets this active mosque also houses some sacred relics of the prophet.
To get a real feel of this area take a rickshaw ride in the busy and narrow streets of the mile long Chandni Chowk, popularly called “The Silver Street”. The throbbing energy of this area is palpable with all the activity that you will see- vegetable vendors calling out their wares, shops doing brisk business, roadside snack stalls attracting passer-bys, students browsing through book shops, labourers carting goods through the narrow lanes, and so much more!
This afternoon is free for those who would like to get in a little shopping or just enjoy the facilities of the hotel.
Overnight at The Imperial Hotel.
Late morning, you will drive past the magnificent Parliament Building and Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India set in 330 acres of land and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens) and India Gate in New Delhi. End the tour at Humayun’s Tomb, built in the 16th century and architecturally considered the forerunner of the Taj Mahal. You may also like to visit the Sikh temple and witness the largest community kitchen serving free food to thousands of devotees.
Optional: Depart for Kingdom of Dreams for Zangoora show followed by dinner. Zangoora – the Gypsy Prince show or similar. India’s answer to Broadway, Zangoora the Gypsy Prince – The biggest Bollywood musical ever. Introducing a brand new genre of entertainment where storytelling & Bollywood style Song & Dance meet stagecraft and technical wizardry like never seen before.
In a world class theatre Nautanki Mahal, enter a world of entertainment that brings the best of Indian and International talent to create a Bollywood spectacle live on stage that is truly cinematic. Sound, light, video, animation, special effects, aerial choreography, stunts and magic. The show boasts the grandest of Bollywood music of the last three decades strung together into a Bollywood potboiler storyline. (Travel time is about 1.15 hour one way and the show’s duration is 2.5 hours.
Overnight at The Imperial Hotel.
After Breakfast, transfer by vehicle to Agra.
On arrival you will brought to your hotel. Check in time is 2:00PM, so we suggest you drop your bags at the bell desk and proceed for a visit of the Agra Fort, strategically situated along a bend on the Yamuna River. Built 16th century AD by three generations of Mughal emperors, it is a superb synthesis of stern military fortifications with delicate interior details. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son here. Here you will see the art and crafting of the white marble that has made the area so famous, and the Halls of Public and Private Audience.
Return back to the hotel on a traditional mode of transport- a Tonga or a horse carriage, decorated with fragrant marigold flowers. Enjoy the rhythm of the clip clop of the horse’s feet and get transported into a by- gone era!
Overnight at the Oberoi Amar Vilas
Early morning, we enjoy a sunrise visit to the incomparable Taj Mahal. Experience the sublimity of the Taj Mahal – a varying kaleidoscope of solitude, colour and mood. A tribute from a great emperor to the memory of his beloved wife, it was 22 years in the making (1631-1653) and is a cerebral experience that defies description. Widely regarded as the earthly replica of paradise, the Taj Mahal is likened to “a vision, a dream, a poem and a wonder”. (Taj Mahal is closed on Friday).
After breakfast, you will be driven to Jaipur (5 hours drive) – en route visit Fatehpur Sikri, an enigmatic deserted Mughal city. This spacious, red sandstone city was built in the 16th century by the great Mughal Emperor, Akbar, one of India’s greatest rulers. The architecture of Fatehpur Sikri is a combination of Hindu and Muslim styles, expressing Akbar’s vision of synthesizing the two cultures. Akbar occupied Fatehpur Sikri for 14 years before the city was mysteriously abandoned. This hauntingly beautiful city has been painstakingly restored and is now a World Heritage Site.
Lunch can be arranged at Bharatpur at Laxmi Vilas Palace or The Bagh. (on direct payment)
Assistance upon arrival and check into the Oberoi Raj Vilas.
After breakfast, proceed on a guided excursion to the Amer Fort. Capital of the erstwhile State of Jaipur until 1728, Amer Fort is perched on a hill. It has halls of Public and Private Audience, a Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) various marble palaces which are marvelous examples of ancient Rajput architecture. Ride a jeep to ascend the hill on which the fort is situated.
Afternoon, you will be taken for a half-day city sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting the City Palace and Observatory (Jantar Mantar). Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and its centerpiece is the City Palace, home even today of the royal family, and known for its clutch of excellent private museums that display royal memorabilia particularly armaments, art, books, costumes and textiles. Lying adjacent to the City Palace is the medieval Jantar Mantar Observatory – built by Maharaja Jai Singh II, an inveterate astronomer whose curiously shaped and oversized implements are astonishingly accurate till today.
Overnight at Oberoi Raj Vilas.
Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to the airport for international flight back to Australia.
End of tour
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