Tour route: India : Delhi - Amritsar - Jaipur - Agra
Welcome to India! Upon your arrival at the airport in Delhi, our representative will greet you and escort you to the hotel. After hotel check-in, have some free time on your own to adjust to the new time zone.
Head for the Old Delhi this morning, to admire the magnificent Jama Masjid - India’s largest mosque, enjoy a rickshaw tour through the bustling Chandni Chowk bazaar. Later pass by the fantastic Red Fort and go back to New Delhi. Visit India’s tallest ancient stone tower Qutub Minar and its surrounding ancient Hindu and Muslim complex, followed by Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Next drive along the city landmarks such as the India Gate, President's House, Parliament House & Government Secretariat Buildings, before today’s last stop Laxmi Narayan Temple.
Tips: Female tourists are asked to wear robes when entering Jama Masjid. If you don’t have any, you can rent one at the entrance (50 Rupees, at your own expense).
Take the Shatabdi Express train to Amritsar. When you arrive, be met and transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Wagha border to watch a daily "lowering of the flags" ceremony practiced since 1959, by both the security forces of India (Border Security Force) and Pakistan (Pakistan Rangers). After that, explore nearby area in your way or relax at the hotel.
In the morning, pay your respects to the shining and magnificent Golden Temple, a sacred Sikh sanctuary covered with gold leaves by the river side. Next visit the Community Kitchen where 10, 000 pilgrims are fed for free every day and then memorize the innocent people killed during the independence movement of India at the Jallianwala Bagh. Later visit the beautiful Ram Bagh Gardens.
Explore this colorful city in your way before being escorted to the airport for your flight to Jaipur. Upon arrival at Jaipur, be met and transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure.
After breakfast, visit hillside Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the state; inside you'll also experience the kingly palaces incl. the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors).
Next go back to Jaipur to view the gorgeous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and the City Palace Museum featured with palatial structures and rich collections of Rajasthania costumes and armoury.
After that, visit Jantar Mantar, the largest stone observatory in world which is still in use, before driving back to your hotel through the pink rose residential & business areas.
Tips: Hard sell by vendors around Amber Fort is easy to find. If you don’t want to buy the goods, do not show any interests or say anything. Even "no thanks" is dispensable.
Head for Agra this morning. En route, stop to explore the formal capital of Mughal Empire - Fatehpur Sikri (about 1.5 hrs), one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendor at its height, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. Lunch time after that and proceed to Agra. Hotel check-in upon arrival and rest of the day is at leisure.
Note: Driving time in the program is approximate, subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.
Later visit the palatial Royal Pavilions at the red sandstone Agra Fort for a glimpse of the royal Mughal lifestyle.
Tips: Strict security check is needed before entering Taj Mahal. Foods, plastic bags, chargers, etc. are all prohibited. We suggest you catch the sunrise view in the early morning when is relatively cool and less crowded.
Say goodbye to India today. Your driver will pick you up from hotel then directly drive to Delhi airport in time for your return flight.
No hotel in Delhi.
Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey
Good accommodation choice will in no doubt enhance your tour experience. Our well-established partnership network with key hotel chains in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri-Lanka will bring you the benefits of competitive hotel rate and guaranteed room availability.
We pick hotels for you based on:Location: geographically convenience values for your precious holiday time. So properties we use are either in downtown area close to main city attractions and amenities, or convenient for sightseeing or transportation.
Hotel Criteria for Each Tour Class
Note: Bhutan is less developed with fewer hotels criteria for choice, and most of the hotels there aren't as high standard as those in Western society.
Hotel Arrangement for Standard Tour ClassUsually conveniently located and meet the basic requirements of a comfortable stay: decorative lobbies and nice guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants may be average in size but offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. In most cases, staffs have basic command of English. Usually 3 star hotels are adopted.
Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class
Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in some cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience.
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.
Hotel Arrangement for Superior Tour Class
Usually properties are conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby and offer a better service and hotel facility than that in hotels of Comfortable Tour Class. Usually 4-4.5 star hotels or boutique hotels are adopted.
Hotel Arrangement for First Tour Class
Deluxe hotels with high-end service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Usually 5 star hotels are adopted.
Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class
The most luxury hotels are used and only available in some particular cities. These properties have top-notch service and unique location, such as a lake or a historic site, and usually incorporate some of the country’s most exquisite architecture traditions. Usually top 5 star or the best available hotels are adopted.
Normally, India Odyssey Tours put breakfast in your itinerary except for in Bhutan (all meals included). Lunch won’t be included for the sake of tour convenience, while dinner is also excluded as some travelers might want a little culinary adventure themselves. But surely your tour guide/driver is always glad to offer their advice.
It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.
Usually lunch won’t be included considering the fact that sometimes travelers may want to stay somewhere longer/shorter or need other minor changes during daily sightseeing, and it’s better to decide the lunch site then rather than pre-arranging it. For sure our tour guides/drivers will be happy to advice good places to you, and we strongly suggest qualified local restaurant or hotels around the scenic spots for the sake of your health.
Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in the incredible India & South Asia. This is why we offer you this flexibility of food choice, and you can always get advice from your tour guides/drivers.
If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Private Guide & Transfer
You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across South Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.
All tour guides of India Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.
You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.
All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.
If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.
With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across South Asia.
Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.
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